Frederick Announces Stage Two Recovery, Key COVID-19 Health Metrics Improve

Frederick County announced improvements in key metrics relating to COVID-19 and therefore most non-essential businesses may reopen today at 5pm.  Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner announced the rate of people testing positive for COVID-19 in Frederick County has dropped to 8.4%, below the 8.9% average of Maryland. Frederick County has also shown a decline in overall hospitalizations, intensive care unit beds and acute care bed counts. Gardner also reporter that six of the last seven…

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St. Mary’s to Offer Grants for Local Businesses and Non-Profits

St. Mary's County Department of Economic Development established a COVID-19 Small Business and Non-Profit Relief Fund to support local businesses and agencies through the pandemic. The County appropriated $2 million for small businesses and non-profits that have suffered a financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses/non-profits with 15 or less employees are eligible for grants of $5,000 and businesses/non-profits with 16-30 employees are eligible for a grant of $7,500. The funds "may be used…

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Hogan Moves Forward with Completion of Phase 1 of Recovery, Maintains Local Flexibility

Today, Governor Larry Hogan held a press conference to announce the near completion of Stage One of the "Maryland Strong: Roadmap to Recovery." “After another 14 days of continued encouraging trends, Maryland is ready to take the additional steps to complete Stage One of our gradual, safe, and effective recovery plan." said Hogan. He announced that as Maryland has reached the goal of conducting 10,000 test per day and Maryland's contact tracing operation is now…

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Locals and Nonprofits: Avoid “Raw Deal” on Unemployment

MACo signed onto a joint letter addressed to Governor Larry Hogan, Lieutenant Governor Boyd Rutherford, and Secretary of Labor Tiffany Robinson requesting necessary relief for COVID-19 related unemployment benefit charges. Under current law, local governments and many nonprofits may elect to categorized as "reimbursing employers" for unemployment costs rather than pay the unemployment insurance contribution tax-rate. As the local government workforce is relatively stable, the option of "self-insuring" provides counties savings in the long run.…

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The Conduit Street Podcast is Seeking New Music! Submit Your Entry Today!

Musically inclined? Know someone in a band? The Conduit Street Podcast is seeking new original intro music. Submit your clip today for a chance to be featured on our popular weekly podcast! Counties deliver education, public safety, land use, infrastructure and most front-line services to Maryland residents – this podcast from the Conduit Street Annapolis headquarters of MACo, the Maryland Association of Counties, touches on it all. The Conduit Street Podcast covers Maryland policy and…

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Hogan Announces Special Election to Fill Congressional Seat

Today, Governor Larry Hogan announced a special primary election to fill the late U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings seat. The special primary election will take place February 4, with a special general election on April 28. Hogan had 10 days from the death of Rep. Cummings on October 17 to issue a proclamation setting the dates of both the special primary and general elections for Cummings replacement. Candidates who want to run for the seat can…

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Former Baltimore County Executive Roger Hayden Has Died

Baltimore County school board member Roger Hayden, who previously served as county executive from 1990 to 1994, has died. County executive Johnny Olszewski commented on Hayden's death in a statement on Thursday. From The Baltimore Sun: “A dedicated public servant and tireless advocate for public education, County Executive Hayden exemplified what it means to give back to our communities," Olszewski said. "Baltimore County is stronger for his service and my sympathies and prayers are with…

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Comptroller’s Office Seeks Nominations for the R. Clayton Mitchell Jr. Award for Distinguished Public Service

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot has announced a new award to pay tribute to R. Clayton Mitchell Jr., one of the most skilled and respected lawmakers in Maryland history. Joined by two of Speaker Mitchell’s sons, the Comptroller officially announced the new award last week at Twinny’s Place in Galena, a favorite restaurant of the late House Speaker who passed away in June. The R. Clayton Mitchell Jr. Award for Distinguished Public Service seeks to recognize…

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State, Local Officials Mourn the Loss of U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings

Representative Elijah Cummings, longstanding champion for the city of Baltimore and the State of Maryland, passed away early this morning at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was 68 years old. Cummings represented Maryland's 7th Congressional District for 23 years. A former trial attorney, he became a national figure in January of this year when he was appointed as chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has ordered flags at…

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