American Rescue Plan Put to Action at #MACoCon

As we begin the long-term recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, local governments are looking to make smart investments with the American Rescue Plan funding they receive. Join us at the 2021 Summer MACo conference for a deep dive on ARPA funding, sponsored by NORESCO. American Rescue Plan Put to Action The American Rescue Plan Act includes unprecedented direct and flexible aid for states and local governments to mitigate the fiscal impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.…

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Counties Submit Comments on Treasury’s Interim Final Rule for Fiscal Recovery Fund

The National Association of Counties (NACo) last week submitted comments on the US Department of the Treasury’s Interim Final Rule (IFR) for the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund established under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Since the enactment of the ARPA, counties have been working hard to develop implementation plans that will help spur an equitable economic recovery across the nation. Local governments are using these critical recovery funds to invest in…

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NACo Now Accepting Applicants for Policy Steering Committee Membership

Want to be a part of advocacy efforts on the national level? Apply today to be considered for an appointment on a steering committee for the 2021–2022 presidential year. The nomination process for membership on the National Association of Counties (NACo) policy steering committees is underway! Access a seat at the table and add your voice and expertise on the most important issues counties face. These committees help drive NACo’s federal policy advocacy. Their recommendations…

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Extended Jobless Benefits to Continue in MD: Court Ruling, Administration Won’t Appeal

A Maryland Judge granted an injunction stopping the Governor's proposal to end additional federal benefits for Marylanders, and recognizing the timing of further court challenges, the Administration signaled it will not pursue further legal appeals. The decisions seemingly cap off a contentious decision to curb federal extended benefits for Marylanders, that the Governor has viewed as stifling regrowth of the job market. Maryland joins Indiana among states where courts have rejected the Governor's decision in…

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MACo and Its Members Attend NACo Conference in Prince George’s

This past weekend, MACo and its members attended the National Association of Counties conference in Prince George's County. Check out these tweets to see the action at NACo's conference:   Be sure to join us in August at MACo's summer conference in Ocean City where we will explore topics pertinent to Maryland politics and policy and continue to network with leaders from across the state. Learn more about MACo’s Summer Conference: Full Schedule Details and Attendee…

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Anne Arundel Asks for Community Input On ARPA Funds

Survey seeks community guidance on investing funds to create economic opportunities and promote health and wellness initiatives. Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman today announced a community survey to help guide the County’s use of federal Fiscal Recovery Funds authorized under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), which provides a total of $65.1 billion in flexible, direct funding to every county in America. “I want to thank residents, nonprofit leaders, and other stakeholders for their…

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Larry Johnson, Georgia Commissioner, Takes the Lead as NACo President
NACo’s new executive team, elected July 12 at the 2021 Annual Business Meeting in Prince George’s County, Md. are (l-r): Immediate Past President Gary Moore, Boone County, Ky. judge/executive; President Larry Johnson, commissioner, DeKalb County, Ga.; First Vice President Denise Winfrey, board member, Will County, Ill. and Second Vice President Mary Jo McGuire, commissioner, Ramsey County, Minn. Photo by Denny Henry
Larry Johnson, Georgia Commissioner, Takes the Lead as NACo President

Larry Johnson, Georgia commissioner, takes the lead as NACo president. DeKalb County, Ga. Commissioner Larry Johnson was sworn in as NACo’s new president Monday afternoon at NACo’s 2021 Annual Business Meeting in Prince George’s County, Md. Johnson began his journey to the top spot when he was elected second vice president of NACo in 2019 at the Annual Conference in Clark County, Nev. “When I was growing up, I couldn’t imagine being here today,” Johnson…

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Montgomery County Council and Progressive Maryland Call for Medicare for All

Montgomery County Council and Progressive Maryland call for Medicare for all. Today the Montgomery County Council, in partnership with Progressive Maryland, introduced a resolution calling on the U.S. Congress to enact Medicare for All. According to a County press release: "Access to high-quality health care should be a fundamental right for every American. The Montgomery County Council stands united in support of the Medicare for All Act of 2021 and calls on the U.S. Congress…

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Dollars and Sense: Budgeting in a Post-COVID World

MACo’s Summer Conference is coming up August 18-21, 2021, and is completely IN-PERSON at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, MD. Join us for insightful and beneficial sessions focusing on local government challenges and priorities. As counties determine how to invest ARPA State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds to foster a swift and equitable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, they face the risk that spending will increase to levels that will prove impossible to…

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Broadband Task Force: High-Speed Internet Is Essential For All Counties

Throughout America’s history, the most prosperous communities and people thrived based on their proximity to infrastructure, like rivers, railways, roads, and airports. Today, reliable, fast, and affordable high-speed internet is as fundamental as acquiring electricity in the first half of the 20th century. A new report from the National Association of Counties (NACo) Broadband Task Force highlights significant gaps in broadband access, barriers to filling said gaps, and charts a path forward for counties to…

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