Headlines from HJM: April 22, 2020

Payroll Protection Plan is Dumpster Dive for Restaurant Owners

Publisher Name : The Patch
While certainly well intentioned, The PPP portion of the recently passed CARES Act, intended to be the lifeline for small businesses across the country, in reality does little to help the restaurant sector Designed to offer short-term relief, keep employees on the payroll, pay rent and interest on bank notes and keep utility bills current, the PPP's current structure and regulations unfortunately do not address the underlying financial hurdles facing restaurants during this crisis.
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CEO Al Hutchinson says Visit Baltimore will take $7M hit: 'There's no playbook for what we're dealing with right now'

Publisher Name : Baltimore Business Journal
Maryland saw a $300 million net loss in year-over-year travel spending for the week ending April 4.
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Retailers Urge Hogan to Allow Greater Use of Curbside Pickup

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
Maryland retailers who were forced to close last month because they were deemed “non-essential” have seen a crushing drop in sales since restrictions on commerce were issued.
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NATIONAL RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION: HALF OF MD. RESTAURANTS COULD FAIL; WE CAN’T LET IT HAPPEN

Publisher Name : Maryland Reporter
On Monday, April 20, the National Restaurant Association released the results of its survey on how the restaurant industry has been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis – and the results are catastrophic. In Maryland nearly 150,000 restaurant employees have lost their jobs and 40% of all restaurants are closed – that’s 4,500 businesses.
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Md. Lawmakers Take First Steps Toward Remote Meeting, Voting

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
With members of Congress locked in a debate over proxy voting, a rule change that would allow out-of-town lawmakers to participate remotely under limited circumstances, the COVID-19 crisis has also led leaders of the Maryland General Assembly to begin discussions about potential changes to their meeting and voting procedures, Maryland Matters has learned.
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Del. Cox says Hogan orders overreach authority, but scholars side with governor

Publisher Name : The Frederick News Post
As protests to reopen states occur nationwide, a local Republican delegate penned a letter to the governor questioning his executive orders and power during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Maryland hospitals join other health care offices in turning to telemedicine during coronavirus fight

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Rosalie Parker will spend less time kayaking this summer than she’d hoped after doctors repaired her left shoulder in February.
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Cardin, Van Hollen: New PPP funding unlikely to be the last

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
Maryland’s two U.S. senators said Tuesday that a second round of funding for the Paycheck Protection Program will help businesses unable to secure loans before the previous funding dried up and that more stimulus measures are expected as the nation battles the COVID-19 pandemic.
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STEELE SLAMS TRUMP OVER PLANNED IMMIGRATION SUSPENSION ORDER

Publisher Name : Maryland Reporter
Former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, a former Republican National Committee chairman, slammed President Donald Trump for having tweeted that he will issue an executive order temporarily suspending immigration to the U.S. because of the coronavirus crisis.
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Hopkins eyes up to $375M budget shortfall; leaders take pay cuts, plan layoffs

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
Johns Hopkins University will cut top offiicials’ pay, halt projects and undertake furloughs and layoffs amid projections it could lose as much as $100 million by the end of June and $375 million during the next fiscal year due to the fallout from COVID-19, university President Ronald J. Daniels wrote in a letter to campus Tuesday night.
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Consumer Group Wants Protections for COVID-19 Relief Recipients Who Face Debts

Publisher Name : Maryland Matters
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the state’s economy, Maryland consumers are confronting a growing list of challenges, looking for relief at any turn.
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Disability advocates push Hogan administration for pledge to protect rights if ventilator use is rationed

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
A coalition of advocates for Marylanders with disabilities petitioned Gov. Larry Hogan to give medical providers clear direction that access to treatment, ventilators and hospital beds should not depend on a person’s abilities if they need to triage patients for scarce resources during the coronavirus pandemic.
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