Events, Politics

Governor Hogan: Maryland finishes in top ten for 2020 Census response

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Friday announced that Maryland finished ninth in the nation for response to the 2020 Census. More than 2.2 million households were counted, representing a total of 99.9 percent of the state’s population. “Our administration is proud that even amid all of this year’s challenges, Marylanders stepped up with one of the country’s leading response rates …


Business, Health, Politics

Baltimore County awarded $1.6 million CARES Act grant to fund business relief loans

TOWSON, MD—Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski announced on Monday that the county had secured a $1.6 million CARES Act grant to provide low-interest loans to qualifying Baltimore County small businesses to help them recover from the sudden and severe economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. “We are not only in the midst of a public health crisis, but an economic …


Attorney General Frosh announces court victory in attempt to transfer CARES Act funds from public schools

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh on Thursday announced that a coalition of attorneys general has secured a preliminary injunction against U.S. Department of Education’s attempt to transfer pandemic relief funds away from K-12 public schools. In reaching the decision, the court held that the Department of Educations may have unlawfully reinterpreted the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security …

Attorney General Frosh urges Congress to give state attorneys general authority to investigate unconstitutional policing

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh on Thursday joined a coalition of 18 attorneys general urging Congress to expand federal law to give state attorneys general clear statutory authority to investigate patterns or practices of unconstitutional policing. In a letter issued to Congressional leadership, the coalition is asking Congress to expand the law enforcement misconduct section of the Violent …

Maryland Department of Labor announces payment of 327K unemployment insurance claims during COVID-19 pandemic

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Department of Labor Secretary Tiffany P. Robinson on Tuesday provided an update about the processing and payment of unemployment insurance claims in Maryland since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. Despite the unprecedented volume of claims and hurdles to implementing new federal programs, Maryland has been able to pay 327,649 of the unemployment claims received during the pandemic, …

Frosh joins coalition urging Congress to strengthen Paycheck Protection Program

NOTTINGHAM, MD—Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh on Wednesday joined a coalition of 23 state attorneys general in calling for key changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to ensure that funds are distributed fairly and equitably. In a letter sent to Congressional leadership, the attorneys general express concern that the program, while helping some small businesses and their employees, …

Nation’s governors urge federal leaders to provide immediate fiscal relief for states

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan, chairman of the National Governors Association, and Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York, vice chair, issued the following statement this week: “Governors across the country are leading the on-the-ground response to the national COVID-19 pandemic, implementing a variety of stay at home orders and other aggressive measures that are successfully flattening the curve of the spread …

Federal Reserve announces an additional $2.3 trillion in loans to support the economy, Powell predicts recovery

WASHINGTON, DC—The Federal Reserve on Thursday took additional actions to provide up to $2.3 trillion in loans to support the economy. This funding will assist households and employers of all sizes and bolster the ability of state and local governments to deliver critical services during the coronavirus pandemic. “Our country’s highest priority must be to address this public health crisis, …