NACo NE Regional Conference Call – Tuesday 2/19

WHAT: NACo is hosting its Northeast Regional Conference Call. Call Objectives: Regular update from your NACo Regional Representative NACo Staff update on critical issues legislatively and organizationally Address issues of concern to you AGENDA:  Welcome and Introductions Hon. Christian Leinbach – Chairman, Berks County Commissioners (PA) / NACo NE US Representative Roll Call by State - Each state will be called and Elected County Officials will be given the opportunity to state their name and county. DC DE…

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First Term Congressman Trone Spearheads Addiction Working Group

Representative David Trone announced a 36-member congressional Freshmen Working Group On Addiction Maryland's recently-elected U.S. Representative David Trone (D, MD6) today announced the formation of a coalition of newly-elected representatives dedicated to working on addiction issues. His Twitter account highlighted the first notes of the effort: https://twitter.com/RepDavidTrone/status/1096120616942559233 Rep. Trone detailed the efforts ahead in additional social media posts, including an image of a press release discussing the effort in more detail: https://twitter.com/RepDavidTrone/status/1096122270395842560 Read the full…

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Make Cross-Country Connections, Gain Federal Insight at National County Gathering

Registration is open for NACo's Annual Legislative Conference, March 2-6, 2019 in Washington DC. Conference Agenda Selected Meetings Leading Local Efforts to Reach Young Children Addressing Ongoing and Emerging Threats Due to Adverse Weather Patterns Creating an Ethical Culture Creative Counties Forum CIO Forum Selected Educational Session Topics Backstage Pass: Behind the Scenes of Congressional Decision Making Get Your Money in the New Economy: Collections via Online Sales Tax and Tax Refund Intercept How Evolving…

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President Trump Calls for Bipartisan Infrastructure Plan, Details Unclear

President Trump in his State of the Union address Tuesday called on Republicans and Democrats to work together on an infrastructure package, but offered no details on what his administration is willing to support. According to Route Fifty: Infrastructure played a much larger role during Trump’s first State of the Union last year. But the administration’s eventual $1.5 trillion proposal, which relied on state and local governments putting up much of the dollars, along with…

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U.S. Employers Add 304,000 Jobs in January; Unemployment at 4%

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 304,000 in January, and the unemployment rate edged up to 4.0 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The United States Department of Labor this morning released its monthly estimate of hiring, unemployment, and wages for January. The report provides a crucial snapshot of the American economy. Despite the partial federal government shutdown, a slowing global economy, and trade tensions with China, employers added 304,000 jobs in January, marking a 100th straight…

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Conduit Street Podcast: Kirwan Commission Wraps 2018 Work, Fiscal Mother Lode, and the Latest from #MDGA19

MACo has made the podcast available through both iTunes and Google Play Music by searching Conduit Street Podcast. You can also listen on our Conduit Street blog with a recap and link to the podcast. You can listen to previous episodes of the Conduit Street Podcast on our website. Useful Links Previous Conduit Street Coverage: Kirwan Commission Wraps 2018 Work, Issues Broad $3.8B Recommendations Previous Conduit Street Coverage: DLS Briefs House Committee On Budget Big Picture Previous Conduit Street Coverage: Federal Government Shutdown: State, Local…

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Hogan Launches #MDHelps to Assist Furloughed Workers

Governor Larry Hogan yesterday announced #MDHelps, a multi-agency state effort to support federal workers who have been affected by the ongoing partial government shutdown. According to a press release: “This federal government shutdown, the longest in the history of the United States, is impacting the security of our nation, the economy of the State of Maryland, and most importantly, the lives of tens of thousands of our Maryland citizens,” said Governor Hogan. “Leaders in Washington need…

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County Leaders: End The Fed Shutdown

Several county leaders called for an end to the federal shutdown, citing undue burdens on workers and the local economy. Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr., Harford County Executive Barry Glassman, Howard County Executive Calvin Ball, and Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman each shared their views at an Annapolis press event, citing the costs and suffering arising from the partial federal government shutdown, now carrying on for several weeks. From…

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Shutdown Snarls Rural Broadband Expansion

In today’s world, internet connectivity is no longer a luxury—it is a necessity. Access to affordable internet, broadband, wireless, and cellular services is an essential component of a county’s economic development and the socio-economic advancements of its residents. Residents benefit from increased economic growth, improved labor market access and outcomes, access to better health care, enhanced civic participation, enriched education opportunities, improved quality of life, and overall competitive and vibrant communities. And while there is…

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U.S. Representative Introduces Bill to Overturn FCC Small Cell Order

California Representative Anna G. Eshoo has introduced the Accelerating Wireless Broadband Development by Empowering Local Communities Act of 2019 to overturn the FCC small cell order and restore local control in deployment of 5G. “Having served in local government for a decade on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, I understand and respect the important role that state and local governments play in protecting the welfare of their residents,” said Rep. Eshoo. “5G is essential for our country’s…

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