Headlines from HJM: Thursday, August 6, 2020

During roundtable with Franchot small business owners call for tax credit

Publisher Name : The Daily Record
Retailers feeling the economic pinch of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic said a tax credit could help ease their pain.
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Maryland will manage Purple Line construction if partnership falls through, state officials say

Publisher Name : The Washington Post
Maryland transit officials are preparing to manage Purple Line construction if a public-private partnership on the $2 billion project dissolves amid feuds over hundreds of millions in cost overruns, according to a letter sent Wednesday to the project's subcontractors.
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Md. cannabis dispensary trade association launches diversity initiative

Publisher Name : Baltimore Business Journal
The Maryland Medical Dispensary Association (MDMDA), which represents about 30 licensed dispensary businesses in the state, recently began the first phase of a new program it is calling the Dream Initiative.
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Trump administration slams Hogan and Maryland for lack of pandemic-related nursing home inspections

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
The Trump administration called out Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan in a harshly worded letter Wednesday for a lack of coronavirus pandemic-related inspections of nursing homes, deeming the state’s effort a “failure.”
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Maryland bans health insurers from dropping policy holders for non-payment

Publisher Name : WMAR News 2
Governor Larry Hogan and Maryland's Insurance Commissioner, Kathleen A. Birrane, have slapped a 60-day ban on health insurers, preventing them from canceling or refusing to renew plans for policy holders who've not yet paid their premiums or deductibles.
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Maryland casinos bring $139 million in July, first full month open since coronavirus pandemic

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
After closing down in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, Maryland casinos opened in July to more than $139 million in gaming revenue, only a slight decrease from the same month a year ago, according to figures released Wednesday by Maryland Lottery and Gaming.
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Franchot calls on Gov. Hogan to tap Rainy Day fund to help small businesses survive pandemic

Publisher Name : The Baltimore Sun
Comptroller Peter Franchot urged the governor and lawmakers Wednesday to boost aid to small Maryland businesses struggling in the pandemic and renewed calls for businesses to be given grants of $10,000 each.
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