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Federal and State Aid COVID-19

Aug 22, 2023

Dwindling COVID relief funding forces tough decisions for Maryland’s counties

Maryland’s county governments have been deciding what to continue funding and how to spend the dwindling COVID relief money still available.

Sep 22, 2021

Maryland finds federal pandemic aid may fall $1B short of expectations

Maryland's budget secretary told legislators that the state will need to cover over $1B in spending that federal pandemic aid was initially going to provide.

Sep 13, 2021

Nonprofits asked to submit proposals for Baltimore’s $641M in recovery funds

Baltimore area nonprofits will be able to submit ideas for how the city can use $641 million in COVID-19 recovery funds it will receive from the 2021 American Rescue Plan Act, Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott announced Monday. “These dollars will not just go towards my administration’s ideas for a healthier, more equitable and better Baltimore; […]

Jan 4, 2021

Minority-owned companies waited months for PPP loans, data shows

Thousands of minority-owned small businesses were at the end of the line in the government’s coronavirus relief program as many struggled to find banks that would accept their applications or were disadvantaged by the terms of the program. Data from the Paycheck Protection Program released Dec. 1 and analyzed by The Associated Press show that […]

Sep 8, 2020

McConnell: Senate to vote on ‘targeted’ virus aid

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, under pressure from GOP senators in tough reelection races, said Tuesday the Senate would vote on a trimmed-down Republican coronavirus relief package, though it has a slim chance of passage in the face of Democrats’ insistence for more sweeping aid. “The Senate Republican majority is introducing a new […]

Aug 20, 2020

New Md. unemployment claims up for 1st time in more than month

New unemployment claims in Maryland increased for the first time in more than a month, according to new figures released by the Maryland Department of Labor.

Jul 22, 2020

Democrats warn GOP divisions are delaying virus aid

Despite deep Republican divisions, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pushed ahead Wednesday toward a COVID-19 aid package with the White House as Democrats warned the GOP is delaying needed relief to Americans during the crisis.

Jul 16, 2020

Maryland unemployment claims resume downward trend

First-time unemployment claims in Maryland dropped to their lowest mark in 10 weeks.

Jul 15, 2020

Hogan: State catches $501M unemployment fraud scheme

ANNAPOLIS — Officials say they uncovered an attempt to defraud the state of more than $500 million in bogus unemployment claims. The announcement by Gov. Larry Hogan, state Labor Secretary Tiffany Robinson and federal investigators came as part of wide-ranging news conference in which the governor discussed the coming school year and called on state […]

Jun 17, 2020

Civil rights groups challenge loan rules on criminal records

SILVER SPRING — The Trump administration says a recent rule change allows small business owners convicted of felonies to apply for government loans to help them weather the COVID-19 pandemic, but civil rights groups claim the program revision doesn’t go far enough. The groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, sued Tuesday to block the […]

May 29, 2020

Debate over $600 in jobless aid to intensify as claims rise

A debate in Congress over whether to extend $600 a week in federally provided benefits to the unemployed looks sure to intensify with the number of people receiving the aid now topping 30 million — one in five workers.

May 26, 2020

Congress weighs choice: ‘Go big’ on virus aid or hit ‘pause’

Congress is at a crossroads in the coronavirus crisis, wrestling over whether to “go big,” as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wants for the next relief bill, or hit “pause,” as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell insists.

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