Headlines from HJM: April 2, 2020

Franchot: Working or not, don't pay your bills just yet

Publisher Name : The Star Dem
As the concurrent financial and health crises continue to mount under the coronavirus’s grip, Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot says Marylanders should put all bill payments on hold and protect their money “like a mother lion guards her cubs” — regardless of their employment status.
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$5M in opioid crisis grants available in Maryland; applications due April 10

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
About $5 million in grant funding is available for efforts to address the opioid crisis, and applications are due to the Carroll County Health Department by April 10.
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Maryland’s unemployment filings soar for 2nd straight week

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
More than 84,230 Marylanders filed for unemployment benefits for the first time in the last week, a continuing sign of the shock effect a pandemic is having on the local and national economy.
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Without much zeal, Harrison backs “spy plane” as city approves agreement

Publisher Name : Baltimore Brew
Police Commissioner says he backs aerial surveillance to gather data on the concept, “not because we have any belief that it will work”
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Prince George's readies $15 million in grants, loans to help businesses survive coronavirus

Publisher Name : Washington Business Journal
Prince George’s County will offer up to $15 million in grants and loans to businesses impacted by the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, as localities continue to plot out ways to respond to the public health crisis.
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Baltimore faces major COVID-19 budget crunch

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
Baltimore faces a deficit of $42.3 million in the current year’s budget stemming from the COVID-19 outbreak, which has rendered the preliminary budget proposal for the coming year irrelevant.
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Brown and Swadow: Will insurers cover business interruption claims?

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
With all but essential businesses shuttered in Maryland, and with revenue streams drying up, executives throughout the state are now reading up on their commercial policies to see if they might be covered for the calamity that is COVID-19.
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Frosh, Fellow AGs to Trump: Put the Brakes on New Regulations

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh (D) and 20 other attorneys general from across the country are pressing the Trump administration to freeze pending regulations so officials can focus on the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Leigh Williams: General Assembly’s New Leaders Navigated Uncharted Territory

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
With Maryland’s stay-at-home order recently put into effect as a way to flatten the COVID-19 curve, it is unlikely the Maryland General Assembly will get back to business any time soon.
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Rep. Harris Blasts Relief Package, Says U.S. Will ‘Learn A Lot’ From COVID-19

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
As the COVID-19 pandemic sinks its teeth into the U.S., policymakers are looking for ways to stop their constituents from being ravaged by both the disease and its economic fallout.
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BULLETIN: 83,000 Marylanders Filed Unemployment Claims Last Week

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
As Maryland workers and employers begin to feel the full force of the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 83,000 Marylanders filed unemployment claims last week.
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Hogan Designates Disability Support Workers ‘Essential,’ Expands Telehealth

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) issued two emergency orders Wednesday that expand health care services available to Marylanders in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Maryland’s Newest Political Party Is Focused on the Working Class

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Maryland has a new political party ― but social distancing precautions mean it may take a while for the Working Class Party to form an official state central committee.
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Rutherford, Franchot Get Snippy at Teleconferenced BPW Meeting

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Was it the first debate of the 2022 race for governor?
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Employ Prince George’s launches COVID-19 hourly employee relief fund

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
Employ Prince George’s (EPG) has partnered with the Greater Washington Community Foundation to launch the Prince George’s County COVID-19 Hourly Employee Relief Fund.
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