Sanderson Elected into NACo Affiliate Leadership

Maryland's own Michael Sanderson was elected by peers from across the country to serve as Third Vice President of the National Council of County Association Executives. Michael Sanderson has joined the leadership queue for the National Council of County Association Executives, an affiliate of the National Association of Counties (NACo) including directors of the various state associations. He was elected by the council membership during its annual fall meeting in October in Duluth, MN. NCCAE…

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Baltimore City Senators Hold Rental Assistance Town Hall

Yesterday, the Baltimore City Senate Delegation held a roundtable discussion on the state's Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP). Maryland Senators Corey McCray (Chair, D-45) and Mary Washington (D-43) represented the delegation. Melody Simmons, a journalist with the Baltimore Business Journal, moderated the event, which also included: Faith Leach, Deputy Mayor, Baltimore City Angela Whitaker, Director, Baltimore City Community Action Partnership Danielle Meister, Senior Policy Officer, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Matt Hill, Attorney, Public…

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Baltimore County Unveils ARPA Spending Proposals

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced spending proposals for the County’s $160.7 million allocations from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The proposals advance a broad range of innovative, equity-focused efforts in addition to ongoing pandemic response needs. The County will use approximately $80 million in funds to support Baltimore County’s ongoing public health response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The County is proposing approximately $60 million for various programs to ensure an equitable recovery for…

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Congress to Provide More Than $2 Million for Local Crime Prevention

On Tuesday, October 26th, Maryland's Congressional Delegation announced $2,076,666 in federal funding to bolster crime prevention programs for local governments across Maryland. Funding will be provided through the U.S. Department of Justice’s Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program and used for the purposes of crime prevention through drug treatment, prevention and education, mental health, law enforcement, witness and crime victim, and crisis intervention team programs. The delegation, including U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van…

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Key Muni Bond Provisions Cut From $1.75T Reconciliation Package

Despite efforts from Maryland Congressman and former Baltimore County Executive Dutch Ruppersberger, it appears as though a critical cost-saving tool for local governments -- which could save taxpayers billions -- will not make it into the final version of the $1.75 trillion reconciliation package pending in Congress. Advance refunding bonds allowed counties to refinance tax-exempt municipal bonds to save taxpayer money on outstanding debt. Previously, counties could issue one advance refunding bond per municipal bond…

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Feds Extend Public Health Emergency Declaration

On Friday, October 15th, the United States Department of Health and Human Services extended its Public Health Emergency Declaration (PHE) through January of 2022. In keeping the PHE in place, state and local governments are afforded more flexibility with respect to their COVID-19 response. According to the National Association of Counties, the PHE will do the following for state and local governments: Make federal grant funding and supplemental appropriations available to local entities to assist with…

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U.S. Senate Passes Legislation Expanding Scope for Federal Recovery Funds

Bipartisan legislation aims to provide state and local governments flexibility to invest a portion of the American Rescue Plan Act's (ARPA) Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (Recovery Funds) in transportation, infrastructure, and government services. This month, the U.S. Senate passed S.3011 - State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Fiscal Recovery, Infrastructure, and Disaster Relief Flexibility Act, legislation that would allow counties nationwide to use a total of over $27 billion for new transportation and…

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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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