Maryland Board of Public Works – January 27, 2021 Agenda

Maryland’s Board of Public Works (BPW) reviews projects, contracts, and expenditure plans for state agencies – many of which have an effect on county governments. The BPW is composed of Governor Larry Hogan, Treasurer Nancy Kopp, and Comptroller Peter Franchot. It meets on alternating Wednesdays and the meetings are open to the public. The meeting will be held in Governor’s Reception Room on the 2nd floor of the State House in Annapolis. Note: In light of the COVID-19 epidemic,…

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Biden’s Relief Plan Includes $350 Billion In Critical Aid for State and Local Govts

President-elect Joe Biden yesterday unveiled the details of a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 rescue package that aims to speed up the vaccine rollout and keep the economy afloat amid the deepening COVID-19 pandemic. The proposal — entitled the American Rescue Plan — includes direct payments of $1,400 stimulus checks to qualifying Americans (bringing the total relief to $2,000), $350 billion in direct aid to state and local governments, an increase in and extension of federal unemployment…

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Frederick School Budget Seeks $26M Increase, Requesting $6.5M for Academic Recovery

Frederick County School Superintendent Terry Alban on Monday announced her Fiscal Year 2022 recommended budget, which totals more than $701 million. The FY 22 request tops last year's by $26 million. Last year's approved operating budget for Frederick County Public School System totaled $674 million. From the Frederick News-Post: “The FY22 budget was built to move our system forward. It was designed to enable us to recover, reconnect and reinvent. Recovery is the first step…

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Harford to Offer Grants to Hotels Through State Relief Funds

Harford County announced today that hotel owners are eligible to receive grant funding through the state of Maryland to help offset COVID-19-related expenses. Harford County announced applications for the Hotel Relief Grant may be submitted beginning Wednesday, January 13 and will close at 5 p.m. on Friday, January 29, 2021. Hotel owners who have previously received a Harford County COVID-19 Business Relief Grant are still eligible for the Hotel Relief Grant. Grants are only available…

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Sun Previews Session “Major Issues”

The Baltimore Sun released a preview of major issues facing the General Assembly for the 2021 Session, including police reforms, education, sports wagering. With the 2021 reconvening of the Maryland General Assembly afoot, Maryland's top newspaper covers a range of issues expected to gather attention and ink in the weeks ahead. Unsurprisingly, police reforms are on that list, as many states have responded to calls for social justice in policing tactics and accountability. The legislature…

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County Leaders Show Support for Stronger Regional Transit System

Baltimore City Mayor Brandon Scott, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski, Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman, and Howard County Executive Calvin Ball today expressed support for the Transit Safety and Investment Act. Sponsored by Delegate Brooke Lierman (HB 114) and Senator Cory McCray (SB 199), the Transit Safety and Investment Act legislation would provide the MTA with capital and operating funding to address a backlog of state of good repair needs, maintenance, and pressing issues…

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January 6 Board of Public Works Meeting: What Counties Need to Know

The Board of Public Works (BPW) considered and approved the following requests and recommendations in its January 6, 2021 meeting. This is not a comprehensive list of all considerations and approvals during the meeting. Allegany A request from the Department of Natural Resources to commit $12,500 from the Program Open Space funding allocated to Allegany County to add picnic tables and purchase and install the following at three Town of Barton parks: Latrobe: Additional mulch…

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Top Issues of 2021 Session: Sports Wagering

With the 2021 Legislative Session rapidly approaching, MACo is profiling some major issues that stand to gather attention in the General Assembly’s work. Here, we preview the road ahead for legal sports wagering in Maryland. The U.S. Supreme Court in 2018 found the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), the federal law prohibiting states from authorizing sports wagering, to be unconstitutional. It is now up to individual states to decide if they want to…

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