The bill would require employers to promptly notify employees and health officials if one of their workers is exposed to COVID-19. Some believe the existing law does not have clear enough requirements for employers’ reporting.
There are approximately 325,000 rural Marylanders and 40 percent of households in Baltimore that can’t access high-speed Internet. While digital equity isn’t a new issue, it’s now urgent as many work and learn from home.
By Alison Knezevich, Lillian Reed and Wilborn P. Nobles III, The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2020
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham defended her executive orders allowing up to $30 million in coronavirus response spending after a legislative inquiry questioned her authority to do so. Only $1.1 million has been spent so far.
Two-thirds of Black and Latino voters reported that the virus was a major health threat while less than half of white voters reported the same. And 69 percent of voters agreed that COVID-19 is increasing inequality.
By David Lauter, Los Angeles Times | August 6, 2020
While the city’s Wi-Fi service will not be available ahead of this school year, officials hope that it will be ready before next year’s academic schedule. “We are getting closer to closing the digital divide.”
By Jeff Adelson, The Times-Picayune | August 6, 2020
The state’s Census fund has more than $1.3 million that hasn’t been spent. Advocates want the money to be spent to encourage hard-to-count communities to participate in the 2020 Census as the Sept. 30 deadline draws near.