As the debated continues over the Presidential election, my staff and I are beginning to prepare for the 2021 Legislative Session. Many bills come from our constituents who share ideas and issues which need to be fixed through legislation. We enjoy hearing from you and welcome your thoughts all issues.
To all who have served in our Armed Forces, both those living and those who went before, we owe you more than words can express. We pray that the promises made to you are honored.
This past week gave us the opportunity to acknowledge those who have served. We are more aware now than ever before of the challenges many of our veterans face. Let’s all keep working to ensure that none of our them are left behind when their service is finished.
Governor Hogan Announces Federal Cares Act Funding for COVID-Related Needs
The following initiatives were announced yesterday by the Governor—funded through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. For the full press release click here. IMPORTANT: These are federal funds from the CARES Act that had to be spent before year's end, they do not impact state tax dollars - but they are our federal tax dollars. They included:
$20M: Additional Funding for PPE
$15M: Unemployment Insurance Measures
$10M: Additional Relief for Renters - New applications for November rent are being accepted now.
$10M: Mass Vaccination Planning - Last month, the state submitted to the CDC a draft vaccination plan that prioritizes vulnerable populations.
$10M: Additional Support for Area Food Banks
$2M: Supplemental Resources for Foster Care
$2M: SNAP and Energy Assistance Administration -Read more information from the Maryland Department of the Environment.
MD COVID Alert Update -Subscribe to MD COVID Alert
Economic Recovery Initiative Updates
In addition, Governor Hogan provided updates on the $250 million ‘Maryland Strong: Economic Recovery Initiative’ he announced last month.
Restaurant Relief Program More information is available here.
Layoff Aversion Fund Layoff Aversion Fund.
Small Business COVID-19 Emergency Relief Grant Funding to be released in coming days.
Carroll County Stormwater Management Money Approved
The Maryland Department of the Environment will provide grant funding of up to $577,904 from the Bay Restoration Fund to Carroll County for its Stormwater Management Restoration project. The entire project consists of work on stormwater management systems and stream restoration in Westminster, Eldersburg, Mt. Airy and Taneytown.
Carroll County: Public Safety Seek Resident Feedback on Hazard Survey
Carroll County Emergency Management is reaching out to Carroll County residents to learn more about the types of hazards affecting our area and to help identify ideas for possible mitigation measures that might reduce the risk from those identified hazards. Residents can help the county by participating in this short survey designed to help inform the Hazard Mitigation Plan update process. Please complete the survey by December 1, 2020. For more information about Carroll County’s Hazard Mitigation plan, click here.