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A few weeks ago I shared some election recommendations and reminders about how to vote. I will not repeat that all here but here is a reminder, primarily about the ballot questions. If you requested an online ballot, you can look up the status here. And if you missed my last email and have any questions about where to early vote or vote on Election Day, just click reply to this email.
Question 1: Yes
Question 2: Yes
Question A: Yes
Question B: No
Question C: Yes
Question D: No
Montgomery County is decoupled from the statewide changes to what is open and what is not to deal with the public health crisis. You can track the current rules in Montgomery County here. The County's COVID-19 data dashboard can be viewed online as well. There is also a state dashboard online.
Many of you are trying to navigate the state's unemployment system, which was simply not equipped for the volume or complexity of the current caseload. The Department of Labor website is your entryway for unemployment benefits. If you are having trouble with unemployment and live in District 16, you can fill out our District 16 constituent service Google form for assistance here. The District 16 Team has been in regular contact with the Department of Labor to try and resolve individual cases.
I recently wrote to the Maryland State Highway Administration regarding their methodology for setting speed limits on state roads. The state uses the traditional 85th percentile rule--which essentially lets cars set their own speed in free flowing conditions. But traffic and pedestrian safety calls for us to follow the lead of other states like Oregon that follow a different, more comprehensive approach. Read the letter here.
The Maryland Board of Revenue Estimates released its updated Maryland General Fund revenue forecasts today, including the official year end numbers from Fiscal 2020 (which ended June 30) and projections for Fiscal Year 2021 (which we are currently in) and Fiscal Year 2022 (which begins calendar date July 1, 2021). The short version is that the projections are down from pre-pandemic March 2020 expectations but not as bad as the May 2020 worst case scenarios that were being shared.
The BRE cites the federal stimulus efforts--including Federal Reserve Monetary policy and the CARES Act--as a major factor in offsetting revenue losses. There are likely other factors such as Maryland's underlying strengths and the fact that large swaths of the economy can go virtual. That said, it is still tough out there for many individuals, families, and businesses and we should not lose sight of that reality. You can read the details here.
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