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Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced yesterday that the state would provide $250 million in financial assistance to small businesses as they struggle with the impact of the coronavirus. Comptroller Peter Franchot has been urging the governor to provide $500 million in such relief. Delmarva Public Media's Don Rush talked with Franchot about what he would like to see before the governor made his announcement.

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ANNAPOLIS, MD (AP) -- Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has issued a travel advisory urging residents to avoid visiting some states with rapidly increasing cases of coronavirus and has also expanded mask-wearing requirements. Hogan on Wednesday announced that anyone older than 5 years old will be required to wear a face covering starting at 5 p.m. Friday in all indoor public areas of businesses and buildings, including churches, offices and restaurants. Hogan’s order also expands the requirement to outdoor spaces when it is not possible to maintain social distance.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — More than 51,000 Maryland residents filed for unemployment last week. The state's labor department reported Thursday that 51,108 people filed for unemployment benefits. That's down from 65,805 people who filed for benefits the week before that. More than 607,000 Maryland residents have filed for unemployment in the last nine weeks. The U.S. Labor Department says roughly 38.6 million people have filed for jobless aid in the United States since the coronavirus forced millions of businesses to close their doors and shrink their workforces. Meanwhile, Maryland Gov.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says he is allowing elective medical procedures and easing some restrictions on outdoor activities that have been in place due to the coronavirus. Hogan said Wednesday that golf, tennis, boating, fishing and camping will be allowed starting at 7 a.m. Thursday. Hogan says Maryland is getting closer to implementing the first stage of Maryland's reopening plan to allow small businesses that have been closed to open.

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May 1, 2020
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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland is reporting more than 37,000 unemployment claims filed for last week. The numbers reported Thursday marked the third straight week the numbers have declined from more than 109,000 the week of April 4. There have been more than 385,000 claims filed in the last six weeks. That's an unprecedented surge in a state where businesses have been shuttered for weeks in response to the coronavirus. The number of cases has bedeviled the state labor department's unemployment website. Gov. Larry Hogan acknowledged the “serious problems” with a new website on Wednesday.

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All Marylanders will be required to wear masks when entering retail establishments, grocery stores or riding any form of transportation.

Governor Larry Hogan issued the executive order effective 7 a.m. this Saturday April 18.

In addition, staff at all essential retail establishments will be required to wear face covering and keep the appropriate social distance from others.

Meanwhile, the governor said that there is some light at the end of the tunnel for the coronavirus pandemic.

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With the coronavirus pandemic Maryland Governor Larry Hogan moved quickly to stem the tide of the disease ordering stay home orders and closing down non-essential businesses. In part three of our discussion with Salisbury Mayor Jake Day we talk about his assessment of the state and national response to the virus.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has postponed the state's April 28 primary to June 2.

But Hogan said Tuesday the state is moving forward with a vote-by-mail April 28 special general election to fill the congressional seat left vacant by the death of Elijah Cummings.

As the coronavirus spreads worldwide, Hogan says it would endanger public health to allow thousands of people to assemble in places like schools and senior centers, which are already closed.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is ordering the closure of bars, restaurants, gyms and movie theaters across the state in response to coronavirus.

Hogan announced his order would go into effect Monday at 5 p.m.

Hogan says drive-thru, carryout and delivery service will still be allowed.

Hogan also announced a prohibition on social, community, recreational or religious gatherings of more than 50 people in close proximity.

He also says the state is planning to make up to 6,000 more hospital beds available.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says he is submitting a $10 million supplemental budget to help make preparations for the new coronavirus disease.

The governor outlined steps the state is taking in preparation for the outbreak during a news conference Thursday.

Hogan says the $10 million is just precautionary because it's believed the state will need additional money to pay for preparations.

The governor says all levels of government are working together to take precautions to respond to potential threats.

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If one Delaware lawmaker has his way school in the state would start after Labor Day.

State Senate Minority Leader Gerald Hocker told WRDE that he believed that businesses in the First State would benefit from such a delay.

The Delaware Republican said that the first effort was able to get past the Senate but then failed as time ran out for the session.

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The Trump Administration budget would slash the Chesapeake Bay Program from $85 million in 2020 down to $7.3 million.

This is part of its decision to reduce Environmental Protection Agency budget by 27 percent.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the budget statement say it is targeting or eliminating low-value programs as well as “wasteful spending on mandatory programs.”

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There’s legislation in the Maryland House that would settle a $580 million lawsuit by Historically Black Colleges and Universities to be paid out over the next 10 years.

The 13-year-old lawsuit claims that the institutions were underfunded while white institutions drained students with money for programs similar to ones at the HBCU’s.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the money would go for new programs and investing under-enrolled programs as well as new scholarships and aid assistance.

There would also be funds for recruiting and training teachers.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is highlighting the need to reduce violent crime in Baltimore in his State of the State speech.

Hogan gave his annual speech Wednesday to the Maryland General Assembly.

He says crime is an urgent crisis and decisive action is needed. The Republican governor called for bipartisanship in his speech to the legislature, which is controlled by Democrats.

Hogan urged lawmakers to support his proposal for tax relief for retirees.

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Maryland lawmakers overrode the governor’s veto of a measure that would oversee the management of the state’s oysters.

The legislation would use environmental activists, scientists, watermen and seafood sellers along with an independent mediator that would oversee efforts to increase the oyster population.

WBOC reports that the Maryland Department of Natural Resources would then work with an advisory commission and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Studies.

They would put together a consensus for how to improve the oyster population.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Gov. Larry Hogan says work on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge will be complete by this summer.

Hogan announced Tuesday that a rehabilitation project on the westbound right lane will be finished a year ahead of schedule. He also says all-electronic tolling will be used.

The governor says all lanes of the bridge will be open by summer of 2020.

The governor's office says the deck rehabilitation project began in September of 2019, after more than a decade of deferred maintenance resulted in severe deterioration of the westbound right lane.

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Tributes are being made to Spencer Wiersberg a member of the Fruitland Police Department.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the 23-year-old officer died after a 10-month struggle with bone cancer.

He joined the force after graduating from the Eastern Shore Criminal Justice Academy in June of 2018.

Among the officials offering tributes were Governor Larry Hogan and the Mayor of Salisbury Jake Day.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is proposing the state cut income taxes for retirees.

The Republican governor says his proposal would bring more than $1 billion in tax relief to retirees over five years.

He says it would benefit more than 230,000 state residents. Hogan says Maryland taxes force too many residents to leave the state when they retire.

Hogan says retirees who make $50,000 or less would pay no state income taxes under his plan.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A leading Maryland senator on environmental issues says a draft plan from Gov. Larry Hogan's administration to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is truly vague.

Sen. Paul Pinsky criticized the draft plan to reduce emissions by 40 percent in 2030 during a presentation Thursday by the governor's secretary of the environment.

Ben Grumbles, the secretary, says he disagrees with Pinsky's characterization.

Grumbles says he's confident the proposal will reach the goal.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has highlighted funds to fight crime, improve education and protect the environment in his budget plan.

The Republican governor held a news conference Tuesday to talk about highlights in his $47.9 billion budget proposal for the next fiscal year, which begins in July.

The governor is releasing his entire budget Wednesday.

The General Assembly, which is controlled by Democrats, will have the rest of the legislative session to work on the budget before adjourning April 6.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has announced the awarding of nearly $9 million in tax credits for Maryland residents with student loan debt.

The governor announced the tax credits Monday.

The administration says there were 9,600 applicants who were eligible for the Student Loan Debt Relief Tax Credit.

There were 6,331 eligible applicants who attended in-state institutions who will each get $1,000 in tax credits.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot says he's running for governor in 2022. Franchot, a Democrat, confirmed his plan to run in a telephone interview Thursday.

Franchot is in his fourth four-year term as the state's tax collector.

He was re-elected in 2018 with more than 1.6 million votes in the statewide race, or about 72% of the vote.

He says he would govern in a similar way to how he has run the comptoller's office and focus on bringing respect, responsibility and results to taxpayers.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan says stronger ethics laws should be a priority of the state's upcoming legislative session.

Hogan cited recent cases of corruption involving former state legislators as he outlined his proposed Ethics and Accountability in Government Act during a news conference Tuesday.

The Republican governor wants to increase fines for bribery of public officials and force convicted lawmakers to forfeit pensions.

He also is proposing an expansion of prohibitions of misuse of confidential information by public officials.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland's governor has indicated that he'll continue to allow refugees into the state.

The Capital Gazette reports that Gov. Larry Hogan’s office released a letter on Wednesday that was sent to the Trump Administration.

The letter said the state would continue to accept properly vetted refugees.

The Trump Administration had set a Jan. 21 deadline for states and cities to decide whether they would continue to allow refugees to settle within their jurisdictions.

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(AP) Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's administration has announced that agreements have been reached with state employee unions for the next fiscal year.

The administration said Thursday the agreements affect about 26,000 employees. The unions include the Maryland Professional Employees Council and the American Federation of Teachers.

They also include the Baltimore Washington International Professional Firefighters Local 1742, and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A county executive in Maryland is urging Gov. Larry Hogan to continue to allow refugees into the state.

The Capital Gazette reported Wednesday that Hogan faces a Jan. 21 deadline regarding refugees that was set by President Donald Trump.

State and local governments must give written consent to let refugees resettle within their boundaries.

Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman ask Hogan to keep the door open. Hogan has so far not taken a public stance. 

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Governor Larry Hogan wants the state of Maryland to go 100 percent clean electricity by 2040.

His plan is called the Clean and Renewable Energy Standard which will be presented to the state legislature when it meets in January.

WBOC reports that the governor made the announcement after touring the Baltimore Washington Medical Center which has a state-of-the-art combined heat and power system.

It was installed in 2017 with a $464-thousand grant from the Maryland Energy Administration.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Gov. Larry Hogan is supporting $130 million more to expand pre-K and other education priorities. The Republican governor made the announcement Friday.

Hogan says he will support legislation to commit more than $100 million for early support and interventions for young children and their families.

He's also pledging to commit more than $30 million over two years to fund Concentration of Poverty grants to provide full-time coverage of health care practioners and community school coordinators.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan has named a new transportation secretary for the state of Maryland.

The governor announced Monday that he has appointed Gregory Slater to be the next secretary. Slater is currently the administrator of the State Highway Administration.

The governor says Slater has led a major traffic relief plan involving public-private partnerships. He also led negotiations with Virginia to fix the American Legion Bridge.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Gov. Larry Hogan is proposing $3.8 billion for Maryland school construction over five years. The Republican governor made the announcement Thursday, along with an initiative aimed at improving accountability in academic performance in schools.

Education funding is expected to be a top issue before the Democrat-controlled General Assembly, which convenes next month for its annual 90-day legislative session.

Lawmakers will take up wide-ranging recommendations from a state commission that include raising teacher pay and expanding prekindergarten.

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