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Maryland budget official outlines billions in pandemic aid

Maryland is expecting to receive about $3.7 billion in federal pandemic relief “within the next week or so,” a state budget official said Thursday during the first meeting of a state workgroup on pandemic-related spending. Marc Nicole, who is Gov. Larry Hogan’s deputy budget secretary, outlined more than $62 billion in overall federal and state pandemic relief funds during an initial meeting of a state workgroup on pandemic spending. Comptroller Peter Franchot asked Nicole whether funds would be dispersed in lump sums or in segments.

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Gov. Larry Hogan Meets With South Korean Veterans Affairs Minister Friday

Gov. Larry Hogan met with Hwang Ki-chul, South Korea’s minister of veterans affairs Friday in Annapolis. After the meeting, Hwang presented a plaque of appreciation to Sam Fielder, a Korean War veteran from Harford County, according to a statement from Hogan’s office. More than 15,000 Marylanders served in the Korean War. Of those, 531 were killed in action.

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Advocates gear up for debate over Baltimore police budget proposal, seek to press mayor who oversaw cuts to spending last year

Police reform advocates and community organizers are scrutinizing the city budget proposed this week and preparing to oppose a plan to increase Baltimore’s spending on police, saying they want to hold Mayor Brandon Scott to his expressed support for reallocating money away from law enforcement. Under Scott’s proposed budget, police spending would climb from $527 million in the current fiscal year to $555 million for the year that begins July 1.

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Months after Jan. 6, many PACs still shun pro-Trump election objectors, including Maryland’s Andy Harris

Months after the attack on the U.S. Capitol, many deep-pocketed corporations say they are continuing to withhold campaign donations to 147 Republican lawmakers — including Maryland’s Andy Harris — who refused to certify last year’s presidential election results. Big political players such as Exelon Corp., Comcast Corp., and Eli Lilly and Co., which collectively donated $15,000 to Harris during the 2019-20 election cycle, told The Baltimore Sun they aren’t ready to lift the indefinite funding pauses imposed after the Jan. 6 Capitol occupation by a mob loyal to former President Donald Trump.

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State’s attorney launches community-focused carjacking task force in Prince George’s

The Prince George’s County state’s attorney’s office has launched a carjacking task force that will work with local lawmakers, school personnel and community organizations on prevention and public awareness of the rising crime — especially among the region’s young people. Carjacking crimes have spiked over the past year and a half locally and nationally, as the pandemic brought economic hardship upon many Americans and virtual learning left children and teenagers with more free time.

Baltimore County Council slams inspector general for ‘intimidating’ investigation practices, calls to create oversight board

Some Baltimore County Council members want to create a board to oversee the Office of the Inspector General after criticizing the county’s corruption watchdog for her “intimidating” investigative tactics. “Maybe it’s your demeanor, maybe it’s your procedure,” Council Chair Julian Jones told county Inspector General Kelly Madigan during a budget hearing Wednesday. “It scares people.”

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After denial, Baltimore State’s Attorney Mosby acknowledges obscene gesture toward Keith Davis Jr. supporter

Marilyn Mosby was enjoying her Wednesday evening at the waterfront bar Sandlot when a man passed her with his cellphone recording. Filming her, Sean Gearhart called out the words that have hounded the Baltimore state’s attorney for years. “Free Keith Davis Jr.!” Mosby turned, raised her hand — at first with only her thumb extended — and then the video shows her flashing him the middle finger.

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Annapolis council Ward 2 candidate calls for non-partisan city elections

A candidate for the Annapolis City Council is calling on the city to do away with its current election system in favor of one that makes it easier for third-party candidates to appear on the ballot. Scott Gibson, who is running for the Ward 2 seat in the 2021 Republican primary, submitted testimony to the Charter Review Commission Monday calling for the city to adopt “non-partisan elections” that abolish primaries and allow members of third parties, such as Libertarians, Green Party and others, to appear on the ballot alongside Democratic and Republican candidates.

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Comptroller Convenes Panel to Review Distribution of Billions in Relief Funding

A workgroup convened by Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot (D) to track pandemic spending met for the first time Thursday, setting the stage for a lengthy look into billions in state and federal relief funding. Franchot said the workgroup is meant to “learn what could be done better” and provide oversight over how relief funding is spent. The meeting kicked off with an overview of pandemic spending from both federal and state governments in Maryland from Deputy Budget Secretary Marc Nicole. He said state and federal governments have doled out roughly $60 billion in pandemic spending in Maryland, including:

Maryland will soon get roughly $3.7B in federal coronavirus relief, budget official says

Maryland is expecting to receive about $3.7 billion in federal relief “within the next week or so,” a state budget official said Thursday during the first meeting of a state work group on coronavirus pandemic-related spending. Marc Nicole, who is Gov. Larry Hogan’s deputy budget secretary, outlined more than $62 billion in overall federal and state pandemic relief funds during the meeting.

Read More: Baltimore Sun

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