Paper Shortage Causing Headaches for Local Election Officials

Paper supply chain challenges concern election officials ahead of 2022 elections. According to Route Fifty, some state elections offices are having such a hard time finding paper that they could face missing legal deadlines for mailing ballots and notices in the upcoming elections. Election officials face a critical shortage of paper for election materials like voter registration forms, ballots, mail-in vote envelopes, and voter instruction materials. Ballots, in particular, can only be printed on a…

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Available Now: “Infrastructure School” Webinars

As previously reported on Conduit Street, the White House released a guidebook for state and local leaders outlining resources on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The guidebook is a roadmap to the funding available under the law and an explanatory document that shows, in as much detail as currently available, program-by-program information. Over the past few months, federal officials hosted a series of webinars dubbed "Infrastructure School" on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law guidebook and a deeper…

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Frederick Approves Budget: Cuts Taxes, Invests in Schools, Public Safety, Core Services

The Frederick County Council adopted a $792 million operating budget and a $215 million capital budget for the next fiscal year. The fiscal 2023 operating and capital budgets, proposed by County Executive Jan Gardner, invest in education, public safety, core services, libraries, school construction, and more. Funding for education and public safety makes up about 70 percent of the operating budget. While the operating budget increases approximately 10 percent over the current fiscal year, the…

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Apply Now: Feds Awarding Billions for Safe Streets and Roads

The FY22 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for Safe Streets and Roads for All grants is live on Grants.gov. As previously reported on Conduit Street, the new Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) program funds regional, local, and Tribal initiatives through grants to prevent roadway deaths and serious injuries. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law established the SS4a discretionary program with $5 billion in appropriated funds over the next five years (up to $1 billion in fiscal 2022). Who…

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Charles Adopts Budget with Historic Funding for Schools, Public Safety

Charles County Commissioners adopt a balanced General Fund budget of $494,446,200. The fiscal 2023 budget, which marks a 9.8 percent increase over last year, prioritizes core services, provides historic funding for Charles County Public Schools, and makes record investments in public safety -- while holding income and property tax rates steady. “The county continues to prioritize education, public health and safety, and maintaining our core services for residents in the fiscal 2023 budget,” said Commissioner…

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Hot off the Press: County-by-County Primary Election Ballots

The Maryland State Board of Elections this week certified the county-by-county ballot content and arrangement for the July 19 primary election. As previously reported on Conduit Street, the Court of Appeals of Maryland issued an order moving the 2022 primary election from June 28 to July 19. Early voting for the delayed July 19 primary election will begin on July 7 and run through July 14. The deadline to register to vote in the primary…

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Amidst National Shortage, MD Dept. of Health Releases Baby Formula Guidance

On May 16th, the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) released guidance for Maryland families seeking baby formula amidst a nationwide shortage. The shortage stems from a February recall of popular baby formula products produced by Abbott Nutrition, including Similac, Alimentum, and EleCare. In recent days, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has taken aggressive action to address the shortage, including an effort to boost baby formula imports and entering into a consent decree with Abbott Nutrition…

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MACo Soliciting Proposals for 2023 Legislative Initiatives

MACo is currently welcoming suggestions for legislative initiatives for the 2023 legislative session. Each year, MACo adopts up to four topics to forward as initiatives — working with supportive legislators to translate those ideas into successful legislation. Past years have seen a wide range of MACo focus — from infrastructure to expanding broadband access to emergency services (view MACo’s 2022 Initiatives for specific examples). County governing bodies, individual elected officials, MACo’s professional affiliate groups, MACo…

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White House Aims to Streamline Environmental Permits to Accelerate Infrastructure Projects

As previously reported on Conduit Street, the Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act (IIJA) includes $973 billion over five years from fiscal 2022 through fiscal 2026, including $550 billion in new investments for all modes of transportation, water, power, broadband, cybersecurity, energy, environmental remediation, resilience, and more. To make the most of these historic investments and ensure infrastructure projects are delivered on time and budget, the Biden-Harris Administration is releasing a new Permitting Action Plan to…

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