Officials Release Information On Maryland Recipients Of Paycheck Protection Program Aid

The U.S. Small Business Administration is releasing new data showing more than 12,000 federal loans were doled out in Maryland. Companies and organizations benefiting from the Paycheck Protection Program include restaurants, law firms, religious groups and private schools. The largest loans went to employers like Diamond Comic Distributors in Hunt Valley, the Baltimore developer Hord Coplan Macht and the law firm Miles & Stockbridge. (WBAL)

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Returning Havre de Grace council members sworn in; mayor thanks voters for ‘believing in this administration’

David Glenn’s colleagues on the Havre de Grace City Council named him council president for a fourth consecutive year Monday, meaning he will be leading the council later this year when the new Havre de Grace Middle/High School opens. “It’s going to be a sheer honor to serve as council president for the ribbon cutting of that new school,” Glenn said after the council voted unanimously for him to continue in that position. (Aegis)

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Montgomery County eyes property tax breaks for projects on Metro-owned sites

Montgomery County could soon offer property tax breaks to developers looking to build around Metro stations in a bid to accelerate the construction of new housing near transit. Legislation on the subject is set to be introduced at the County Council Tuesday as part of an ongoing effort by a group of lawmakers to ramp up residential development in the Maryland suburb and help the county realize its housing production goals. This new tax incentive, along with a host of others, has been in the works for months. (Wash Bus Journal)

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Baltimore County expands eviction prevention with $3 million more for renters, community groups

Baltimore County is allocating an additional $1 million for tenants who applied for rental assistance in June because of lost income during the coronavirus pandemic. Another $2 million will be made available in grant funding for community-based or government eviction prevention programs. The county estimates the extra money will support 800 more households after the “significant response” from renters seeking aid when the county announced its eviction prevention program in June, according to a news release. (Balt Sun)

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Baltimore City Council adopts resolution calling on Atlas to drop dress codes

The Baltimore City Council adopted a resolution on Monday urging Atlas Restaurant Group to drop dress codes at its 15 Baltimore restaurants and bars. Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke introduced the resolution because she was “embarrassed” for Marcia Grant and her son, Dallas, who were turned away from Ouzo Bay in Harbor East two weeks ago. A manager informed Grant, who is Black, that the 9-year-old child’s shorts violated the eatery’s dress code. Meanwhile, in video Grant took at the scene, she pointed out that a similarly dressed white child and his family had been served. (Balt Sun)

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Senate bill would encourage states to end driver’s license suspensions for debt

A Senate bill introduced Thursday would encourage states to stop suspending the driver’s licenses of people with government debt, a reform that advocates say would reduce the number of unnecessary police interactions with drivers and help people return to work during the coronavirus pandemic. Driver’s license suspensions for debt have been criticized by anti-poverty advocates at least since 2015, when a federal investigation, focused on Ferguson, Mo., showed that law enforcement used fines to raise revenue for state and local governments. (Wash Post)

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City Councilman Dorsey seeks to bar new gas stations in Baltimore, with aim of improving climate, luring supermarkets

City Councilman Ryan Dorsey wants to block any new gas stations from opening up in Baltimore, a proposal he introduced Monday as a way to attack the fossil fuel infrastructure and give the city’s food deserts a better chance at luring grocery stores. Critics lined up to condemn the bill — one in a package of three Dorsey introduced to make it less attractive for people to drive cars in Baltimore — calling it “radical,” “backward” and “shortsighted.” (Balt Sun)

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Supreme Court rules electoral college representatives must honor choice of state’s voters

Anxious to avoid chaos in the electoral college just months before the U.S. vote, the Supreme Court ruled Monday that electors who formally select the president can be required by the state they represent to cast their ballot for the candidate who won their state’s popular vote. The justices unanimously rejected the claim that electors have a right under the Constitution to defy their states and vote for the candidate of their choice. (News-Post)

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