Friday Five | October 23, 2020

Each Friday, the Maryland Chamber will bring you the top five news stories from the intersection of business and government. Here are this week’s top five stories.

 1. Gov. Hogan announces an additional $250 million to support businesses statewide

Gov. Larry Hogan announced another $250 million in assistance in economic relief Thursday, including $50 million of which will be for the state’s small business COVID-19 relief fund, and another $50 million for restaurants and bars.

Hogan said state officials are still waiting on Congress to pass another stimulus bill in order to fill all of the state’s business needs, but hopes the additional state funds provide some immediate relief.

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2. Maryland Details COVID-19 Vaccination Plan

As the federal government gears up for a potential COVID-19 vaccination campaign, Maryland has submitted its distribution plan to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. States were due to submit draft plans to the CDC by last week. The governor’s office released the details of Maryland’s two-phase strategy on Tuesday.

Under Phase 1, Maryland would provide vaccines to those who are most at risk of developing complications from COVID-19 exposure — nursing home residents and staff, and people who reside in long-term care and assisted living facilities.

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3. Planning Agency Rejects State Plan to Widen Highways

The planning agency that serves Montgomery and Prince George’s counties on Wednesday formally rejected the state’s plan for widening the Capital Beltway (I-495) and Interstate 270. The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission vote was unanimous.

Because the commission is a “cooperating agency” in the formal process for obtaining needed land and environmental permits, the vote is a potential complicating factor for the state’s push to add four “express toll lanes” to the two highways.

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4. Local Superintendents and Lawmakers Still Seeking Statewide Protocols for Reopening Schools

Local school leaders and health officials told state lawmakers Wednesday that they want more statewide coordination and guidance with the state superintendent and governor regarding school reopening plans.

Local superintendents have been left in the precarious position of developing specific protocols for school systems on their own, such as figuring out testing regimen details and what to do if there is a COVID-19 outbreak in a classroom.

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5. State Providing Funds to Connect At-Risk Teens With Mental Health Services

The Maryland Department of Juvenile Services announced Tuesday that it has received over $100,000 in grant funding to connect at-risk kids and young adults in Baltimore City to Multisystemic Therapy diversion services.

The $130,000 in funding was given by the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services to support the agency’s partnership with the University of Maryland School of Social Work’s Institute for Innovation and Implementation aimed at connecting youth offenders aged 12 to 20 with mental health and family support services.

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