Study of the State’s Long-Term Electricity Needs

As reported by the Baltimore Business Journal, Governor O'Malley signed an executive order on July 23 calling for a study of the State's long-term electricity needs. The Executive Order was developed by DNR in cooperation with the Public Service Commission, the Maryland Department of the Environment and the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA). The report, which will be prepared by DNR’s Power Plant Assessment Program, will assess future electric energy use requirements and peak electric demand…

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Interim DHR Secretary Begins Today

As reported by the Baltimore Sun, Brian Wilbon will take over as interim Department of Human Resources Secretary effective today.  Wilbon, who was serving as deputy director of administrative operations, will replace Brenda McDonald who left the position last week to take a job with the Annie E. Casey Foundation. "I want to make sure we maintain our continuity and maintain the progress we've made to date, continuing our Place Matters agenda ensuring that we're…

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Debate continues over new voting system

The Gazette ran a story on December 25 further summarizing the challenges posed by the implementation of a new voting system for the 2010 election. As described in an earlier post, the State Board of Elections voted 4 to 1 to certify the selection of a vendor, Election Systems & Software, for the new system. However, many concerns were raised during the meeting over the cost and timeframe. The Board will be sending a letter…

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Joint Legislative Fiscal Work Group Adopts Fiscal Recommendations

In addition to actions taken on Maintenance of Effort, the Workgroup adopted six fiscal recommendations.   After some discussion, the first recommendation on purchasing consortiums was amended to encourage counties and municipalities to review and provide the Workgroup comments about the Procurement Advisory Council’s Report to the General Assembly on Public Procurement: Cooperation Among State and Local Entities and Maximizing Small Business Participation on Intergovernmental Cooperative Purchasing.   MACo will be receiving a letter regarding these recommendations.

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MD State Clearinghouse for Intergovernmental Assistance Now on Twitter

The Maryland State Clearinghouse for Intergovernmental Assistance, which provides information on State, federal, and private financial assistance programs and grants, is now providing information through Twitter.  Check out the Clearinghouse's "tweets" to get the latest information on State and federal funding opportunities, rule changes relating to federal funding and more.

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