Gov. Hogan proposes $1B in emergency economic relief for low-income families, small businesses

Gov. Larry Hogan on Monday unveiled a $1 billion economic aid package he wants state lawmakers to make their first order of business when they convene Wednesday for the 90-day General Assembly session. The RELIEF Act of 2021 would distribute stimulus and tax relief to working families and small businesses. Marylanders who qualified for the Earned Income Tax Credit in 2019 or 2020 will get a pair of stimulus checks totaling $450 for individuals or $750 for families. The checks would go out as soon as the measure becomes law, with no need for qualifying Marylanders to apply. (WBAL)

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Maryland State Police preparing for armed protesters at State House next week as FBI issues nationwide warning

Maryland State Police are preparing for the possibility of violence at the State House in Annapolis next week, after the state received an FBI bulletin that warned of plans for armed protests at all 50 state capitals and in Washington in the days leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. Annapolis is among the state capitals across the country stepping up security in response to threats of armed demonstrations, following the deadly insurrection attempt last week at the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump who sought to overturn the results of the presidential election. (Balt Sun)

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Advocacy Group Taking Shape, Pittman Seeks ‘Common Ground’ on Development Issues

While he continues to run the day-to-day operations of Anne Arundel County government ― including the local COVID-19 response ― and begins to plot his 2022 reelection campaign, County Executive Steuart Pittman (D) is pressing ahead with plans for his new statewide political advocacy group, Future Matters. The 501c4 organization, which he announced two months ago, has scheduled its first issue forum for later this month and has also assembled an advisory board of former officeholders, labor leaders and community activists to work with him. (Md Matters)

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan: ‘No Question’ President Trump Is Responsible For Inciting US Capitol Riot

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said Sunday that President Trump is responsible for inciting the riots outside the U.S. Capitol, adding that he is ashamed of some GOP members of Congress who still supported the theory of a “rigged” election even after the attack. “There is no question in my mind that he was — he was responsible for inciting this, this riotous mob. This was an insurrection,” Hogan told Tapper on the same program Sunday. “You know, they stormed the Capitol, and threatened to kill the vice president and put the lives of people in danger. And he had a huge part, a huge role to play in that.” (WJZ)

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Maryland AG Frosh leads coalition with plan to stop ‘serial evictions’ and help families get through the coronavirus

A 43-person coalition of top lawyers, nonprofit heads and legislators in Maryland are pushing a raft of measures to help families get through the coronavirus pandemic, including raising court fees in an attempt to stop landlords who file “serial evictions.” Led by Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, the coalition is also recommending changes to state law to guarantee paid sick leave for part-time workers and directing state money to ensure poor families can get a lawyer. (Balt Sun)

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Governor to announce COVID-19 economic relief Monday morning

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan plans to "make a major COVID-19 economic relief announcement" at 11 a.m. Monday. Hear the announcement on 1090 AM, 101.5 FM and streaming here. According to the governor's office, the state has provided more than $700 million in emergency economic relief to date. (WBAL)

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Baltimore to consider $550,000 settlement with man who suffered traumatic brain injury in city police ‘take down’

Baltimore’s spending board will consider a $550,000 settlement with a man who suffered a traumatic brain injury when he was tackled by city police during a 2014 pursuit. The settlement, which appears on the Board of Estimate’s Wednesday agenda, would be paid to Eric Jones who filed a complaint against the city in U.S. District Court in 2016. Jones’ lawsuit argues that Baltimore Police Officers Joshua Jordan and Russell Tonks violated his civil rights during his arrest. (Balt Sun)

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Maryland lawmakers eye one-cent increase in alcohol tax to address health disparities

Johns Hopkins University and the JHU health system on Friday joined a legislative push to boost healthcare in under-served communities. More than 250 other organizations are also supporting the creation of Health Equity Resource Communities, the top legislative priority of the Maryland Citizens Health Initiative. Under the measure, Senate Bill 172 and a companion House proposal, a one-cent increase in the state’s alcohol tax would establish grants for programs to provide health coverage, substance abuse treatment and mental health services. (WTOP)

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