Gov. Hogan, Senate President Ferguson & Speaker Jones announce bipartisan COVID-19 relief plan

COVID-19 updates

On March 31, Governor Larry Hogan, along with Senate President Bill Ferguson and Speaker of the House Adrienne Jones, announced their bipartisan plan regarding the allocation of Maryland’s imminent $3.9 billion federal COVID-19 relief funding.

  • $1.1 billion will go toward replenishing the state’s unemployment insurance trust fund, keeping it solvent and stabilizing unemployment insurance rates for at least the next two calendar years.
  • $800 million will be added to the Maryland Emergency Economic Relief programs to provide additional tax relief and economic stimulus for Marylanders in need.
  • $600 million will go toward the safe reopening of schools, addressing pandemic-related education costs, including the long-term impacts of learning loss and fund additional improvements to HVAC, ventilation and filtration systems.
  • $300 million will be invested in a broadband technology initiative to ensure every Marylander has access to high speed internet.
  • $100 million will be added to employment training and apprenticeship programs.
  • $100 million will go to support state employees providing essential services.
  • $500 million will be invested in infrastructure and transit improvements at the Department of Transportation and the Maryland Transportation Authority.
  • $300 million will go toward assisting struggling Marylanders, including low income households utility bills, temporary cash assistance program and temporary disability insurance payments.

Senate President Bill Ferguson stated that the lack of equitable technological infrastructure is a serious liability to Maryland’s economic future. He supported the Governor’s statement that the new groundbreaking broadband initiative is a crucial component in eliminating digital disconnectivity in Maryland in both the long and short term.

Speaker Adrienne Jones reiterated her commitment to ensuring that the federal COVID-19 relief funding is distributed in the most efficient and effective way possible to accelerate Maryland’s economic recovery. She also highlighted other priorities the Maryland General Assembly has championed in their budget. Approximately $500 million additional dollars will be invested in shovel-ready construction projects to get Marylanders back to work. Additionally, park and playground projects will be funded in every county. Workforce training and helping students recover from the effects of COVID-19 were other significant areas of importance.

Also see:

COVID-19: GBC Coverage and Response

Coverage of GBC Member companies’ philanthropic responses to COVID-19

News Coverage of GBC COVID-19 Events