Join NACo for the Latest on the Delta Variant

Join the National Association of Counties (NACo) for a webinar Tuesday, November 2, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EST to hear the latest on the delta variant and how counties can use American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to address the public health emergency. As public health officials track the surge of the Delta variant, counties are also poised to take steps to reduce transmission and protect our communities. NACo will be joined by Dr.…

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NACo Webinar: Reducing Jail Populations

Join the National Association of Counties (NACo) and its partners at The Pew Charitable Trusts for a webinar on “Reducing Jail Populations through State and Local Policy Coordination” Thursday, October 28th, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST. Counties across the country are partnering with state leaders to consider policies that reduce jail populations and improve public safety, especially as congregate care settings have fueled the spread of COVID-19. Counties operate 91 percent of local jails…

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Maryland Gets $19M in First Round of Emergency Connectivity Grants

Maryland schools and libraries receive more than $19 million to keep students, staff, and patrons connected during the COVID-19 health emergency. The Federal Communications Commission is committing over $1.2 billion for 3,040 schools, 260 libraries, and 24 consortia as part of the first round of funding from the $7.17 billion Emergency Connectivity Fund Program. As previously reported on Conduit Street, the ECF, established as part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), reimburses schools and libraries…

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NACo Webinar: Cyber Insurance

Join the National Association of Counties (NACo) for "Is Cyber Insurance Coverage Holding Local Government Ransom?" this Wednesday, October 20th, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST. Rising cyber liability insurance premiums and fewer insurance carriers have left counties facing difficulty acquiring and renewing coverage. Join the National Association of Counties (NACo) and industry experts from Risk Strategies, Inc., Eckert Seamans and county elected officials for a discussion on the evolving cyber liability insurance landscape and…

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FEMA Denies State’s Disaster Assistance Request for Tornadoes, Flooding

The Federal Emergency Management Agency denied Maryland's request for a disaster declaration for significant damage caused by the remnants of Tropical Depression Ida last month. The denial comes after Governor Larry Hogan requested federal aid for Anne Arundel County, Cecil County, and the City of Annapolis, each of which declared Local State of Emergencies for significant damage to commercial and residential areas caused by tornadoes and severe flash flooding. Under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster…

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Appeals Court Rejects States’ Challenge to SALT Cap

A federal appeals court yesterday rejected a constitutional challenge to the cap on state and local tax (SALT) deductions on the federal income tax. The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed a lower court ruling that dismissed a lawsuit brought by four states, including Maryland, challenging the $10,000 limit on state and local tax (SALT) deductions enacted by the 2017 federal tax reform law. The appeal challenged the U.S. District Court…

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Treasury Updates ARPA Reporting Requirements

The U.S. Department of the Treasury is extending the deadline for counties to submit the first round of Project and Expenditure reports for American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. The Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) Program provides a substantial infusion of resources to communities working to turn the tide on the pandemic, address its economic fallout, and lay the foundation for a strong and equitable recovery. Counties that receive funding from the…

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Feds Narrowly Avert Another Government Shutdown…for Now

With only hours to spare, Congress passed, and President Biden signed, legislation to avoid yet another partial federal government shutdown. The short-term funding measure, known as a continuing resolution, funds government operations through December 3, 2021, but does not raise the debt ceiling, which lawmakers must address separately in the weeks ahead. The House approved the continuing resolution by a 254-175 vote not long after Senate passage in a 65-35 vote. Every year, Congress must…

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