$30M Eviction Prevention Program To Help Baltimore Families Dealing With COVID-19 Related Issues Stay In Their Homes

Mayor Jack Young announced a $30 million eviction prevention program on Wednesday, meant to help keep Baltimore families in their homes as the eviction moratorium expired this week. The program, set to begin in late September, builds on the city’s Temporary Rent Support program to give more extended support to families, the mayor said Wednesday. (WJZ)

Read Full Article

Arthur ‘Mac’ Love firing sparks debate on First Amendment’s rights for public officials

The recent firing of a high-ranking Maryland state employee who posted and reposted controversial comments and memes on social media-some of which suggested ideological sympathy with a teenager who is accused of having fatally shot two people in Kenosha, Wisconsin last week-has reignited debate over how far free speech protections extend in the workplace and what the consequence should be for breaching protocol. (Md Reporter)

Read Full Article

Maryland Environmental Service deputy director: McGrath changed priorities, wasn’t held accountable for expenses

As Maryland lawmakers investigate practices at the Maryland Environmental Service, they heard Wednesday from the service’s former deputy director, who described a culture under former head Roy McGrath of a lack of accountability, shifting priorities and unpopular decisions. The General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Fair Practices and State Employee Oversight is reviewing McGrath’s tenure at the independent state agency after learning the MES board gave him a six-figure severance package this spring as he left to become Gov. Larry Hogan’s chief of staff. (Balt Sun)

Read Full Article

Baltimore to go more slowly on coronavirus reopening than state, offer additional relief to renters

Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young said Wednesday that the city won’t move into Stage Three of the coronavirus recovery plan announced by the governor, although it will further loosen restrictions in some areas, including restaurants. Gov. Larry Hogan announced Tuesday that Baltimore City and the state’s counties could allow all businesses to reopen, including theaters, and permit more people to attend indoor events, such as worship services. (Balt Sun)

Read Full Article

Baltimore postal facility sat on 68,000 pieces of election mail for 5 days ahead of primary, audit shows

An audit of U.S. Postal Service performance during this year’s primary election season has found 68,000 pieces of political mail sat untouched at a Baltimore mail processing facility for five days ahead of the June 2 primary. The audit published Monday says the mail, sent on May 12, “sat unprocessed” for five days before being discovered by management at the facility. Baltimore was in the midst of several contentious political races at the time, including those for mayor, comptroller and City Council president. (Balt Sun)

Read Full Article

Hogan Announces Move to Phase Three Of COVID-19 Recovery

Effective Friday at 5 p.m., Maryland will move into phase three of its COVID-19 recovery plan, allowing businesses, including music venues and movie theaters, to reopen at a limited capacity. This is the third “and final” stage of recovery, Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr (R) said at a State House news conference Tuesday afternoon. “I’m pleased to report that our early and aggressive mitigation efforts to fight COVID-19 have been extremely successful and that we have continued to see declining numbers in all of our key health metrics,” he said. (Md Matters)

Read Full Article

‘Every Single Vote Matters’ | Baltimore County Executive Encourages Voters To Request Mail-In Ballots Early

Baltimore County officials are encouraging residents to request the mail-in ballots early and to make a plan to vote. “Every single vote matters,” said County Executive Johnny Olszewski said. “No matter how or for whom you vote, please make sure that you do vote.” The general election is less than 100 days away. You must make the request a mail-in ballot by Oct. 20 and you will receive your ballot during the first week of October. (WJZ-TV)

Read Full Article

Cory McCray: ‘You can come out of these circumstances’

As a young man Sen. Cory McCray was headed for a prison cell not the Maryland General Assembly. McCray, a teenage drug dealer, was repeatedly arrested on the streets of east Baltimore, including an arrest while in possession of a handgun. His life, however, changed direction when he found an apprenticeship with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. (Daily Record)

Read Full Article