Headlines from HJM: Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Visit Baltimore faces deep budget cuts as coronavirus upends travel

Publisher Name : Baltimore Business Journal
As the novel coronavirus continues to roil the travel and tourism industries, the head of Baltimore's destination marketing organization says there's more hardship to come.
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Guidance in the Aftermath of George Floyd

Publisher Name : Mdlobbyist
The devastating murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis’ law enforcement has made us all acknowledge the resurgence of America’s tumultuous racial climate.
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Maryland casinos can soon reopen. State revenue has taken a big hit because of their closures.

Publisher Name : Baltimore Business Journal
The mid-March closure of Maryland’s casinos because of the Covid-19 crisis continues to leave quite a hole in state coffers.
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Maryland likely to be on the hook for millions if it wants to save the Purple Line project, analysts say

Publisher Name : The Washington Post
When the contracting team building the Purple Line announced plans to quit mid-construction this summer, some project watchers viewed it as posturing in a three-year fight with the state of Maryland over hundreds of millions in cost overruns.
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Don’t let Purple Line kill jobs in Baltimore. Again. | COMMENTARY

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
William P. Doyle, the former federal maritime commissioner recently hired to take over management of the Port of Baltimore and Maryland’s other shipping facilities, probably does not need an extra navigator, but we are inclined to offer some direction anyway: Beware the rocky shoals of the D.C. suburbs.
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Mayor Young commits $148 million in bond funding to jumpstart Port Covington project

Publisher Name : Baltimore Brew
The biggest TIF tax increment funding in city history includes many risks to Baltimore taxpayers, a review of publicly undisclosed material shows.
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McDonald’s worldwide sales improve as restaurants reopen after coronavirus closures

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
McDonald’s sales are gradually improving as more of its restaurants reopen worldwide.
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Commentary: Business Community Stands With Protesters

Publisher Name : WBAL News Radio
In a commentary, Greater Baltimore Committee President and CEO Don Fry says the business community stands with protesters.
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In a ‘kind of nuts’ time for Carroll County businesses, Maryland delays ban on use of foam containers

Publisher Name : Carroll County Times
In an effort to give small businesses and schools a chance to use up their stock of foam food and drink containers, the Maryland Department of the Environment announced Tuesday the state’s ban on the containers would not go into effect until October.
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University of Maryland Releases Fall Semester Reopening Plan

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
The University of Maryland has released its fall semester reopening plan following an abrupt shift to online classes in March during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Maryland election officials questioned on primary problems

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
Maryland election officials faced criticism Tuesday from lawmakers who questioned them about problems with the state’s mostly mail-in primary, at a hearing to explore ways to make mail-in voting trouble free in November if it’s required again by the virus outbreak.
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Jones, Democrats call on Hogan for police reforms

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
House Speaker Adrienne Jones and House Democrats are calling on Gov. Larry Hogan to immediately implement a number of police reforms through executive orders.
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Despite primary day lines, Maryland election board defends limited voting sites amid legislators’ questions

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Members of the Maryland State Board of Elections defended Tuesday several key decisions, including the number of voting sites offered during the June 2 primary, while the state’s elections administrator admitted she made a mistake in removing returns from the state’s website without explanation.
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Calvin Butler joins M&T Bank board

Publisher Name : Baltimore Business Journal
One of Baltimore's most well-known executives has joined the board of one of its biggest banks.
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Full Statement Here: Hopkins to Put Off Establishment of Police Force for at Least 2 Years

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
As communities from coast to coast, including in Maryland, debate the role of police and policing, officials from Johns Hopkins University announced late Friday afternoon that they would pause plans to establish an armed police force on their campuses for at least two years.
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Trone Introduces ‘Ban the Box’ Legislation With Maxine Waters

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
U.S. Rep. David J. Trone (D-Md.) has introduced a bill that would remove the requirement to inform employers of a job applicant’s previous criminal history.
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Pressure Mounts on Legislature to Reconvene in Special Sesison

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
The head of the Legislative Black Caucus wants the General Assembly to return to Annapolis before January to override a series of vetoes issued by Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R), particularly the measure to provide new funding for the state’s historically black colleges and universities.
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With State Budget Woes, Advocates Fear for Future of Developmental Disability Service Providers

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Like many others in this uncertain time, Linda Cades of Kent County is a concerned parent.
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Cox seeks injunction to lift Gov. Hogan's executive orders

Publisher Name : Frederick News Post
Del. Dan Cox has filed for an injunction with the region’s second-highest federal court, asking that court to lift restrictions on churches, businesses and others impacted by Gov. Larry Hogan’s executive orders during the coronavirus pandemic in Maryland.
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PPP lending increases for second consecutive week amid rule changes

Publisher Name : Baltimore Business Journal
Money approved for loans to small businesses through the federal Paycheck Protection Program has increased for the second consecutive week, according to figures from the U.S. Small Business Administration released Monday.
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Baltimore certifies primary votes, closing spring election season

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
The Baltimore City Board of Elections certified the vote totals from this month’s primary Monday, bringing an end to a closely watched election season.
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In Baltimore budget battle, Mayor Young exerts power over City Council and Democratic nominee Scott

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Baltimore’s lame duck Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young blocked City Council President Brandon Scott — the Democratic nominee for the city’s top job — from brokering a deal Monday to shift money in the $3 billion budget from police to public services.
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Dixon concedes, says she’s “at peace” with Democratic primary loss

Publisher Name : Baltimore Brew
Congratulating City Council President Brandon Scott, former mayor Sheila Dixon has conceded the 2020 Democratic mayoral primary after Scott defeated her, 29.6% to 27.5%.
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