NACo to Hold Webinars on P3s and Emergency Rental Assistance Programs

The National Association of Counties (NACo) invites member counties to attend two upcoming webinars on April 12 and 13. Each webinar has its own registration link, included below. Check out all of NACo's upcoming events on their website. Prenatal to Three Rural Peer Learning Network: Creating Public-Private Partnerships with Local Foundations Apr. 12, 2021 , 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm   Local philanthropic organizations can be important partners, advising on prenatal-to-three strategic efforts and policy…

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Counties Central on Post-Pandemic Mental Health Efforts

A report from NACo and the National Council for Behavioral Health details county governments role in mental health services, and illustrates a clinic-based model for that approach that may be well-suited for the post-pandemic environment. This article is drawn from our partners at the National Association of Counties, whose blog routinely contains topics of major interest to Maryland counties. America’s 3,069 counties are integral to the nation’s behavioral health system, making fiscal investments in both…

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CDC, HHS Announce Grant Programs to Improve Vaccine and Health Equity

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Health and Human Services (HHS) in recent weeks have announced multiple grant programs that aim to improve equity in COVID-19 treatment and vaccine access. Counties may apply directly for these grant programs prior to the deadlines later this month. A list of eligible applicants and estimated funding award amounts is available here. Applications for the grants are due April 30, 2021. According to the National Association…

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Several Governors Urge Biden to Repeal SALT Cap

Several governors are urging President Joe Biden to support a repeal of the $10,000 cap on state and local tax (SALT) deductions. The push comes as President Biden and Congress begin negotiations on the president's ambitious $2 trillion infrastructure proposal, which calls for massive investments in America’s roadways, bridges, public transit, ports, and airports. According to Route Fifty: “Capping SALT deductions was based on politics, not logic or good government. This assault disproportionately targeted Democratic-run…

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Join NACo Tomorrow, Update on the Implementation of the American Rescue Plan

Every Maryland county is a member of the National Association of Counties (NACo), and all Maryland county elected officials and staff are invited to join the NACo National Membership Call. WHAT? NACo is hosting a call for all NACo members. AGENDA: Join the National Association of Counties (NACo) for a National Membership Call on the implementation of the American Rescue Plan and to hear about the Biden Administration’s proposal for infrastructure investments, the American Jobs Plan. WHEN? Tuesday,…

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President Biden Unveils $2 Trillion Infrastructure Plan

President Joe Biden this week unveiled an ambitious, $2 trillion infrastructure proposal that aims to make massive investments in America's roadways, bridges, public transit, ports, and airports. "The American Jobs Plan will invest in America in a way we have not invested since we built the interstate highways and won the Space Race," said President Biden in a press release. The plan includes $115 billion to address crumbling roads and bridges, chosen by those in most…

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April Is National County Government Month

National County Government Month (NCGM), held each April, is an annual celebration of county government. Since 1991, the National Association of Counties (NACo) has encouraged counties to actively promote the services and programs they offer. NACo's NCGM resources provide a host of tools and ideas to highlight innovative programs and raise public awareness and understanding about the bevy of services counties provide each and every day for communities across Maryland. According to the National Association…

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NACo to Hold Hybrid 2021 Annual Conference in Maryland

Last week, the National Association of Counties (NACo) Board voted to hold a hybrid annual conference in Prince George's County, MD July 9-12, 2021. The conference would be a hybrid of in-person and remote programming. NACo will reimagine the conference agenda and format to reduce the overall number of sessions and to maximize the use of the convention space for social distancing, COVID screening/testing and live streaming. A safe experience for members to the maximum…

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NACo Consolidates, Submits Questions on Federal Rescue Funds

The National Association of Counties has submitted a broad list of questions, and supporting documentation, to the US Department of Treasury - as counties across America develop their plans for putting federal rescue funds to work across their communities. The US Department of Treasury welcomed input from a variety of stakeholders on implementation of the recent American Rescue Plan, and its accompanying provisions for the State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund. With federal funds flowing…

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IRS Extends Federal Individual Tax Return Deadline to May 17

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) yesterday announced that an extension of the filing deadline for the 2020 tax year for federal individual income tax returns from April 15 to May 17, 2021. The federal extension does not apply to estimated tax payments due on April 15, 2021. The IRS action follows Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot’s announcement last week to extend the filing deadline for 2020 state income tax returns by three months to July 15,…

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