Diversity Caucus to Host Reception at MACo Winter Conference

The Maryland County Officials Diversity Caucus (Diversity Caucus), a chapter organization of MACo, will host a reception at the MACo Winter Conference. The reception will be held Thursday, December 5, 2019 from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Hotel in Cambridge Maryland. This year the reception will highlight the 2020 census and hard to count communities with remarks from Diversity Caucus Treasurer Prince George's Council Member Deni Taveras. It is…

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Maryland Joins Multi-State Appeal Challenging SALT Cap Ruling

Maryland, Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York today filed a notice of appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to continue litigation against the federal government for its cap on the deduction for state and local taxes (SALT). The SALT deduction allows taxpayers to subtract state and local income, sales and property taxes from their federal tax payment. The 2017 federal tax overhaul capped SALT deductions at $10,000 – a move…

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FCC Deals “Major Setback” to 9-1-1 Location Accuracy

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Friday adopted new rules designed to improve location accuracy for wireless 9-1-1 calls in multi-story buildings. The Order adopts a vertical -- or "z-axis" -- location accuracy metric of ±3 meters relative to the handset for 80% of indoor wireless 9-1-1 calls. According to the FCC, "This accuracy metric— within three meters above or below the phone—will more accurately identify the floor level for most 9-1-1 calls and is…

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Cutting it Close: Feds Narrowly Avoid Government Shutdown

With just hours to spare before a critical midnight deadline, President Donald Trump on Thursday signed a temporary spending bill to avoid another government shutdown. Earlier on Thursday, the Senate passed the short-term funding bill by a vote of 74-20. The House approved the bill on Tuesday by a vote of 231-192. The short-term spending measure, known as a continuing resolution, will keep the government running through December 20, 2019, while lawmakers try to strike…

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Baltimore County Wins $1.65 Million Grant for Towson Circulator

Baltimore County has won a federal grant award to support the launch of a Towson Circulator pilot. The $1.65 million grant, announced today by U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes, was requested by County Executive Johnny Olszewski’s administration as it seeks to create innovative transportation options for Baltimore County residents. “The Towson Circulator will be a critical project that will better connect residents between where they…

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Scholarships Still Available! Register Now for NACo’s High Performance Leadership Academy

The NACo High Performance Leadership Academy is an online 12-week program that empowers frontline county government professionals with the most fundamental leadership skills to deliver results for counties and communities. The Academy has now graduated over 780 county leaders from 48 states. More than 490 counties have enrolled emerging and existing leaders since the launch of the program last year, with incredible feedback and results. In fact, the positive feedback and demand for this NACo program has…

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Baltimore Delegation Announces $250,000 to Curb Youth Substance Misuse

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Representatives Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes today announced $250,000 for two Drug-Free Community Coalitions in Baltimore to establish and strengthen community collaboration in support of local efforts to prevent youth substance misuse. The National African American Drug Policy Coalition, as part of the South East Baltimore Drug-Free Coalition and Morgan State University, as part of the Get SMART West Baltimore Drug-Free Community Coalition, each received $125,000…

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Feds Seeking Members For New Advisory Committee on “Big Data”

A newly created Advisory Committee on Data for Evidence Building is seeking non-Federal members to assist its mission to guide the Office of Management and Budget on data sharing, privacy, and data usage. As part of the Federal Data Strategy, the Department of Commerce is looking for stakeholders to help Federal agencies use their data for decision-making as part of the newly formed Advisory Committee on Data for Evidence Building (Notice of Establishment of the Advisory Committee…

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NACo’s CAV Toolkit for Counties

The National Association of Counties (NACo) created the Connected and Automated Vehicles Toolkit in order to provide county officials with an overview of the rapidly-growing connected and automated vehicles (CAV) sector. The toolkit proves insight into how all levels of government are adapting to this revelutionary technology. The four sections, (1) technology, (2) policy, (3) deployment, and (4) next steps all provide high levels of information and resources for each topic. From NACo's policy section…

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Van Hollen, Cardin Announce $125,000 to Curb Youth Substance Misuse in Cecil

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin last week announced $125,000 in federal funding to establish and strengthen community collaboration in support of local efforts to prevent youth substance misuse in Cecil County. The funding was awarded through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Drug-Free Communities Program (DFC). This funding will support the Cecil County Drug-Free Communities Coalition’s work to increase youth engagement, implement social marketing and media campaigns, grow youth…

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