Governor Hogan Reveals MD to Cease Enhanced Pandemic Federal Unemployment Aid, Dems Rebuff Decision

Chidi Michaels

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan. Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images

This past Tuesday, Gov. Hogan (R-Maryland) announced that the supplementary $300 in unemployment benefits supplied by the federal government will come to an end July 3, 2021. This choice came as a surprise to those that were expecting the benefits to continue into the fall of this year.

Our health and economic recovery continues to outpace the nation, and we have reached the benchmark set by President Biden of vaccinating 70 percent of adults,” said Governor Hogan. “While these federal programs provided important temporary relief, vaccines and jobs are now in good supply. And we have a critical problem where businesses across our state are trying to hire more people, but many are facing severe worker shortages. After 12 consecutive months of job growth, we look forward to getting more Marylanders back to work."

Comptroller Peter Franchot (D-Maryland) condemned the Gov. Hogan’s choice to halt the federal unemployment relief.

“I also find it exceedingly disappointing to hear the news yesterday that Governor Hogan joins a growing list of Republican governors ending a critical economic lifeline to tens of thousands of Marylanders who still through no fault of their own find themselves without a job,” Franchot commented.

Democratic leaders across the nation have been highlighting the significance of fully re-opening schools and allowing vaccination numbers to further increase before several parents can recommence full time employment. To current, at least 24 other GOP-led states are taking analogous actions to halt the federal funding earlier than the allotted September goal.

"We have a critical problem where businesses across our state are trying to hire more people, but many are facing severe worker shortages," Hogan commented, referencing the at least 70% of Maryland adults that are vaccinated. "We look forward to getting more Marylanders back to work."

The Governor’s decree was swiftly slammed by many Democratic state lawmakers. Senate President Bill Ferguson (D-Baltimore City) called the move a "rash and rushed decision will hurt Marylanders who have been hit the hardest during the pandemic, having lost jobs through no fault of their own. It feeds into a hard right-wing narrative that denies human dignity, puts profits over people, and puts politics over sound economic research." Ferguson added that he was pushing Hogan to overturn or postpone his decision.

The Governor’s office says that the state will resolve all active applications for unemployment aid.

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