Family, Health

Medicare recipients being targeted with ‘free COVID test’ scam

TOWSON, MD—Local officials say scammers have been targeting Medicare recipients with a fake offer to get “free COVID tests.” The scammers are reportedly calling and running websites, as well as online and television ads to try to convince people to give out their Medicare information. Those who give out their information are seeing fraudulent charges being billed to Medicare. The …


Education, Family, Politics

Governor Hogan announces opening of application window for Child Care Stabilization Grants

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan this week announced that the Maryland State Department of Education has opened the application window for the Child Care Stabilization Grant Program and will be accepting applications through Monday, August 29, 2022. Through this program, MSDE will distribute $50 million in state funding to help address the financial burdens and operational challenges faced by child care …


Governor Hogan announces release of Maryland’s 2022 American Rescue Plan recovery report

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan this week announced that the State of Maryland has submitted its 2022 American Rescue Plan, State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) Annual Performance Report to the U.S. Department of the Treasury. The report—which details expenditures from March 3, 2021 through June 30, 2022 and includes planned allocations for Fiscal Year 2023—describes the use of the …

Four Maryland residents facing federal indictment for CARES Act COVID-19 unemployment fraud scheme with over $3 million in losses

BALTIMORE, MD—A federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging four Maryland residents with federal conspiracy and wire fraud charges related to a CARES Act unemployment insurance fraud scheme with more than $3 million in losses. The indictment was returned on July 13, 2022, and unsealed this week upon the arrests of the defendants. Charged in the indictment are: Tyshawna …

Olszewski announces ARPA grant funding for Baltimore County nonprofits

TOWSON, MD—County Executive Johnny Olszewski on Wednesday announced the availability of $1.3 million in grants for nonprofit organizations serving Baltimore County through the County’s allocation of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. The new program aims to support organizations responding to the COVID-19 public health emergency or its economic impacts in Baltimore County. “Our nonprofit organizations play a critical role …

Governor Hogan announces supplemental budget for new public safety facilities, expanded cyber readiness, infrastructure and public health investments

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan this week announced that he has submitted a $2.8 billion supplemental budget to the General Assembly that makes key investments in some of his administration’s core priorities, including support for police and public safety, an expanded cyber readiness and workforce initiative, and critical infrastructure and public health investments. This supplemental budget also funds top priorities for …

Governor Hogan announces $291.7M supplemental budget with health care services provider rate increases, support for child care providers and facilities

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan has submitted a $291.7 million supplemental budget to the Maryland General Assembly with substantial provider rate increases for health care and disability services providers, and additional resources to support child care providers and facilities. “Every day, we are inspired by the commitment of our health care and child care providers, and these investments will help further …

Masks to become optional at all Baltimore County Public Schools on March 1

TOWSON, MD—It’s official. Masks will become optional at all Baltimore County Public Schools on March 1st. BCPS made the announcement on Friday evening. Earlier this week, the Maryland State Board of Education lifted the statewide mask mandate. On Friday, the Maryland General Assembly’s AELR Committee agreed with the decision. BCPS officials say additional information will be sent to all families …