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Roadway Floods in Maryland Caused More Than $15M in Economic Losses Last Year. These Projects Could Help

A new report puts a dollar value on what it means to get stuck on flooded roads in Maryland. In the first eight months of 2020, the economic cost of motorist and freight delays was nearly $15.1 million, according to the study, in which researchers analyzed the effect of flooding on about 20% of state-maintained roadways, or about 15,000 lane miles. The report was completed by strategic consulting group ICF, commissioned by The Pew Charitable Trust.

‘The Numbers Slapped Them In The Face’ Father Shares His Family’s COVID-19 Diagnosis As Thousands Of Maryland Students Remain In Quarantine With Cases Rising
Thousands of central Maryland students are in quarantine as more students and staff are testing positive for COVID-19. In Carroll County public schools, there are more than 200 positive cases and more than 1200 students are in quarantine. Northwest Middle School had to shut down for two days because of an outbreak. The school is expected to reopen Thursday. WJZ saw a testing center set up outside the school today. Brian Schisler has three children in the Carroll County Public school system.
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Maryland Casinos Thriving Post-Pandemic

In 2020, the coronavirus pandemic brought the hospitality industry to a halt in many parts of the United States. Restaurants, theme parks, and event venues across the country were forced to either close or seriously limit their operations to help stem the spread of COVID-19. Casinos were no exception and, by the end of the year, revenue in American casinos had dropped a whopping 31%–the lowest numbers the industry had seen in nearly 17 years.

MDOT State Highway Administration Launches New Project To Enhance Bicycle Safety

The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration announced a new project to help enhance bicycle safety along nearly five miles in Clarksville. “Once completed, this project will provide an improved alternative for bicyclists traveling through this portion of the county,” said MDOT SHA Tim Smith. “We thank Howard County for supporting MDOT SHA in our mission to help people get where they need to go safely.”

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Leaders Say Md. Local Parks Need More Staff and Funding

In the wake of a visitor surge so great that Maryland state parks turned people away 292 times last year amid the COVID-19 pandemic, local leaders say that county and municipal parks also are struggling with too little staff and funding to meet continuing demand.  While Wicomico County saw a 33% increase in park visitors it also experienced a 33% staffing shortage, Steven Miller, director of Wicomico County Recreation, Parks and Tourism, told the State Park Investment Commission Tuesday.

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Md. finds federal pandemic aid may fall $1B short of expectations 

Maryland’s budget secretary told legislators Wednesday that the state will need to cover more than $1 billion in spending that federal pandemic aid was initially going to provide. Budget Secretary David Brinkley warned the joint budget committees of the House and Senate that changes in what the federal government will cover with pandemic aid will require adjustments to a spending agreement with the legislature. “We will be introducing some adjustments in the budget that you should see in January,” said Brinkley.

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Baltimore’s new economic development plan hopes to achieve equity 

Equality and inclusion are front and center in the Baltimore Development Corporation’s latest economic development plan, which is currently accepting public feedback. The plan, entitled Baltimore Together: A Platform for Inclusive Prosperity, has been in the works since 2019 but was stalled by the COVID-19 pandemic. Regions are required to submit an economic development plan, called a CEDS, or Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, to the U.S. Economic Development Administration approximately every five years to continue benefiting from EDA funds.

Maryland’s diversity continues to stand out in the nation

When it comes to diversity, Maryland continues to show that it ranks as one of the best in the nation, according to a recent study and census data. And that ranking may be because of education. “Maryland has great educational institutions and quite often the more educated one is, the more open one is to new thoughts, ideas, and people,” Howard County Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Leonardo McClarty told MarylandReporter.com.

Maryland has started accepting sports betting applications. Here’s when wagers could start.

Marylanders could be placing sports wagers in time for the NFL playoffs. The state has started accepting applications from some potential sports betting hosts, including casinos, professional sports teams and race tracks, and the director of the agency responsible for screening applicants says betting could start “late this fall or early this winter.” “We’re actively working to expedite the process,” Maryland Lottery and Gaming Director John Martin said last week.

Anne Arundel schools Superintendent Arlotto requests $193 million capital budget

The Board of Education will hear from the public and vote on Superintendent George Arlotto’s proposed $193 million Capital Budget request for fiscal year 2023 during its meeting Wednesday evening. The $193 million request is about 17% smaller than Arlotto’s fiscal year 2022 request, which was for $234 million. Of the $193 million budget request, Arlotto is seeking $84 million from the county, and the remainder in funding through the state. In fiscal 2022, he sought $187 million from the county, and $196 million was approved.

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