Marylanders to keep extended federal unemployment benefits, for now


BALTIMORE (WDVM) — The Baltimore City Circut Court has put a temporary restraining order on Maryland Governor’s Office plans to remove expanded federal unemployment benefits to residents left jobless during the pandemic.

U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., welcomed Saturday’s ruling to keep the expanded benefit in place for now. He believes ending the benefit could harm Maryland’s recovery efforts.

Last month, however, Governor Larry Hogan, R-Md., believed ending the expanded benefit was “the right decision that most governors agree on, and even the Biden administration [was] starting to come around to that position.”

Governor Larry Hogan plans to appeal the decision and following the ruling he tweeted, “Even President Biden has said that states have every right to do what’s best for our economies. I’m confident the courts will rule in favor of getting Marylanders back to work, supporting struggling small businesses, and continuing our economic recovery.”

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