Millions of dollars are earmarked for Baltimore youth groups. City leaders want to know when they’ll reach organizations.

Baltimore elected officials say they are concerned about the management of a multimillion-dollar fund earmarked for local youth organizations. The city’s Children and Youth Fund was created to funnel taxpayer dollars toward grassroots organizations that work with young people. Associated Black Charities, which was selected to manage the fund, announced the first round of 84 grantees in August 2018, awarding them $9.6 million. (Balt Sun)

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Task Force Meets To Identify Ways To Curb Growth In Vaping Illnesses In Maryland

Members of the E-Facts Task Force met Thursday to discuss the FDA’s recent decision to ban most mint and fruit-flavored vaping products after dozens of Marylanders have been sickened from electronic cigarettes. New numbers from the CDC show at least 100 people have been hospitalized for vaping-related illnesses since last month. (WJZ-TV)

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Rep. Harris Votes Against “Purely Political Resolution Seeking to Tie the President’s Hands” as He Responds to Terrorist Threats

From Congressman Andy Harris:   Today Rep. Andy Harris, M.D. (MD-01) voted “no” on H. Con. Res. 83 – Directing the President pursuant to section 5(c) of the War Powers Resolution to terminate the use of United States Armed Forces to engage in hostilities in or against Iran.   Congressman Harris made the following statement: “Today I voted against the Democrats’ purely political resolution seeking to tie the President’s hands as he responds to the terrorist threat posed by Iran, its proxies, and radical Islamic terrorists. (Dagger)

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Maryland Comptroller Franchot confirms plans to run for governor

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot plans to run for governor in 2022. “I don’t think it’s a mystery to anybody that I’m running," Franchot said in an interview Thursday with The Baltimore Sun. He added that “everybody and their cousin” has been asking him about whether he’d get in the race.  (Balt Sun)

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Treasurer’s Office Planned For Pines Library

Officials approved plans for a new Worcester County Treasurer’s Office location within the Ocean Pines library. The Worcester County Commissioners this week voted 6-0 to spend slightly more than $7,000 refitting a small computer room at the Ocean Pines branch of the Worcester County Library to serve as a replacement for the Worcester County Treasurer’s Office location in the county’s Isle of Wight facility. (Dispatch)

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Maryland lawmaker seeks to cap late fees on unpaid tolls

In the coming months, any remaining toll booths in Maryland will be coming down as the state gets ready to go entirely cashless. But though drivers without an E-ZPass will be able to go through as quickly as those with, they still face obstacles, which a bill in the Maryland General Assembly seeks to address. (WTOP)

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Will some Maryland tax credits be eliminated or changed this session? It's likely.

State Sen. J.B. Jennings likes Harbor East. But he pointed to the upscale waterfront development in Baltimore as an example of when tax credits "are not always great." "It’s an incredible location and looks great," said Jennings, a Republican and the minority leader in the Maryland Senate. "But for 20 years the city has not collected taxes on those buildings and it’s really causing issues for them economically. They're not getting the income coming in that they should." (Balt Bus Journal)


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Miller’s pledge to recede into Senate background lasts 1 day

Maryland’s Senate president emeritus Thursday called on lawmakers to focus more on crime, comparing the situation in Baltimore to ancient Rome. Sen. Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., D-Calvert and Prince George’s, expressed concern for the continuing rise of violent crime in Baltimore. From his new seat near the back of the Senate chamber, he called on lawmakers — especially those from Baltimore — to focus on the issue over the 2020 session. (Daily Record)

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