Franchot, Kopp Answer Unions’ Pleas To ‘Vote No’ On Hogan Budget Cuts

State Treasurer Treasurer Nancy K. Kopp (D) has joined Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot (D) in opposing the governor’s  budget proposal — which goes before the Board of Public Works this morning. Republican Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. said the spending cuts are necessary to deal with declining revenue brought on by the COVID-19 crisis.  Unions representing state workers, and some legislators, protested the cuts at a rally Tuesday, calling them unfair and made in haste. (Md Matters)

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Hollowed out public health system faces more cuts amid virus

The U.S. public health system has been starved for decades and lacks the resources to confront the worst health crisis in a century. Marshaled against a virus that has sickened at least 2.6 million in the U.S., killed more than 126,000 people and cost tens of millions of jobs and $3 trillion in federal rescue money, state and local government health workers on the ground are sometimes paid so little, they qualify for public aid. (AP/Times-News)

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Hogan presses for more federal aid to states, unveils $1.45B in budget cuts

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Monday again called on the White House to implement federal aid to help states facing budget shortfalls because of the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. “In this unprecedented crisis, more than 1.6 million government workers have already been laid off, and states across the country face the prospect of devastating cuts to essential services,” Hogan said in a statement. “If swift action is not taken, states will be forced to make cuts that could cost several million additional jobs, which would further stall the recovery.” (Wash Journal)

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Kopp, Franchot to reject more than $200M of Hogan’s proposed budget cuts, imperiling Maryland governor’s plan

Gov. Larry Hogan’s proposal to cut $672 million from the upcoming state budget because of the economic crisis is imperiled because his two fellow members on the state Board of Public Works say they will reject a large chunk of the plan when the panel meets Wednesday. State Treasurer Nancy Kopp joined fellow Democrat and State Comptroller Peter Franchot to oppose a portion of the budget cuts proposed by the Republican governor, who said they are needed now because of the dire economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. (Balt Sun)

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Gov. Hogan Announces $190M In Federal Aid For COVID-19 Relief

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has outlined $190 million in federal COVID-19 relief for small businesses, higher education and nonprofit organizations. Hogan announced Tuesday that $45 million will be allocated to expand a program to help small businesses. It awards grants of up to $10,000 to businesses of 50 or fewer employees. The Hogan administration says the program already has provided more than $40 million to 4,073 applicants. (AP)

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Maryland Department Of Health Launches ‘Answer The Call’ Campaign

The Maryland Department of Health is urging you to “Answer the Call” if they try to reach you as part of their contact tracing in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The health department is launching a state-wide outreach campaign to get people to answer the phone when they see “MD COVID” or 240-466-4488 as the incoming call on their phone. (WJZ-TV)

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Partisan divide over voter fraud fears keeps Maryland officials from reaching consensus on Nov. 3 election method

A partisan divide over whether voter fraud is a legitimate concern in mostly mail-in elections kept Maryland officials from reaching a consensus on how they believe the state should conduct voting in the upcoming presidential election. The five-member state elections board is tasked with presenting Gov. Larry Hogan a recommendation for how to hold the Nov. 3 election. It’s ultimately up to the Republican governor to make the decision — a choice complicated by great unknowns regarding how the coronavirus pandemic might be affecting society come fall. (Balt Sun)

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Maryland Gov. Hogan extends executive order prohibiting utility providers from cutting off residential service, charging late fees

Utility providers may not cut off residents’ gas, phone, water, cable or internet or charge late fees for overdue payments until Aug. 1, following an extension of a coronavirus-related executive order by Gov. Larry Hogan on Tuesday. The extended order is among several actions taken by Hogan, a Republican, to stem the spread of COVID-19, the most significant of which was a stay-at-home order announced in March. (Balt Sun)

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