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Extended Benefits Ruling To Be Made Tuesday; Fed Notifies Maryland of Mandatory 30-Extension

July 12th, 2021 by WCBC Radio

A Baltimore Circuit Court Judge says he will rule by 10:00 AM Tuesday whether to make an order prohibiting the Hogan Administration from ending the federal enhancement to unemployment benefits here.

The benefits add $300 per week to an unemployment check.  Plaintiffs say the jobless need the money.  Governor Hogan says the workforce needs the people.

Maryland Democrats have blasted Hogan for the move, while Hogan says has yet to see a Democratic plan to address the shortage of employees. 

Regardless of the judge's ruling, the benefits, set to expire Tuesday at midnight, will stay in place for another month.

Maryland  Labor Secretary Tiffany Robinson testified Monday  that she got a notice form the U.S. Department of Labor that the state needed  30 days notice before the cuts take effect.

The notice requirement means the benefits will continue until mid-August.