As Congress debates what should be in the next round of stimulus funding — and who in America should receive assistance — Gov. Larry Hogan and local leaders are keeping a close eye on what potential assistance lies ahead.

Earlier this week, Hogan was frank about recent discussions surrounding a stimulus bill. Both he and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) recently penned a letter to Congressional leaders, asking for monetary relief to state governments due to economic losses during the coronavirus pandemic.

“The current proposal on the floor in the Senate has some flexibility on previous money, which is helpful, and has some education funding,” Hogan (R) said during a press conference Wednesday. “That’s helpful. But does it even mention funding to the states and local governments? It doesn’t. Which is disastrous.”

For Hogan and governors nationwide, that federal relief would help states recover lost revenue due to the pandemic, along with providing money necessary to continue important services during the pandemic, like unemployment insurance.

Delegates Jesse Pippy (R-Frederick and Carroll) and Carol Krimm (D-Frederick) both have been helping many of their constituents navigate services throughout the coronavirus pandemic, whether that be connecting them to unemployment insurance or other needs.

Pippy, chair of the Frederick County delegation in Annapolis, said when shutdowns began in March, his office experienced a lot of requests for unemployment insurance assistance. That has lessened in recent months, although some are still unemployed and need assistance, he added. But as Congress debates another round of stimulus, it’s important that Congress target those that actually still need financial assistance with this latest bill, Pippy said.

“I think that any stimulus needs to be kind of measured against … any progress that we have made,” Pippy said. “At the start, there was a complete economic shutdown and it was likely needed to keep people together, and to keep food on the table … any money that’s given out [now], it needs to be measured.”

Still, he understands that some people are still hurting, and need assistance. Krimm, who sits on the House of Delegates’ Appropriations Committee, said she’s concerned about not only unemployment insurance, but also the demand for funds to help those facing eviction.

The state is facing great revenue shortfalls due to sales tax, casino revenue and other areas hurt by the pandemic, Krimm added. She and other state officials will have a greater idea of that impact by the end of August, when the state’s Bureau of Revenue Estimates reports estimated lost revenue during the pandemic, she said.

“This is a real big threat to working families and making sure they have a roof over their heads and food on their tables,” Krimm said. “I know there are people who are not in a situation where it’s drastic, but there are members of our community that are barely hanging on right now, and without the protections that are in place right now, it’s going to be difficult.”

Like Hogan, Krimm was concerned that nothing in recently proposed stimulus bills had language concerning assistance to state and local governments.

Hogan said in order to help states nationwide — including Maryland — Congress needs to pass some sort of stimulus bill and get it to President Donald Trump’s desk quickly.

“The governors are on the front lines providing much needed services to people who really need them. More services to more people than ever,” Hogan said.

“I don’t care about the specifics, if it’s a Republican bill or Democrat bill,” he added. “We’re fighting about this or that. Just get some kind of a bipartisan consensus and get something done because to not do something would be a disaster.”

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Steve Bohnel is the county government reporter for the Frederick News-Post. He can be reached at sbohnel@newspost.com. He graduated from Temple University, with a journalism degree in May 2017, and is a die-hard Everton F.C. fan.

(12) comments

newspostreader

Would be nice if the next stimulus has a higher income level. Just because someone makes more doesn't mean they aren't impacted by this.

sue1955

Virtually everything has gone haywire for any medically related services where people need immediate help. None of the applicable state/county offices are open. There is no getting through on the phone or via their website. Even if one can get through to leave messages, nobody calls back. I keep reading articles about employees working at home. How about getting back to their office(s), wearing masks and other cleanliness protocols by the employees? Based on my daughter's experience, "nobody is minding the store." There is obviously such a backlog of cases that are not being acted upon (and may never). My daughter is laying in a broken down hospital bed in my living room on oxygen 24/7, completely non-ambulatory, and in great pain. There is no hope and no action to remedy anything. Home medical help (aides) and physical therapy promised when she left the nursing home in April went by the wayside with everything closed down. Oh, and don't think that the hospital is the solution. Hogan needs to concentrate less on gyms opening and getting serious and prompt continual help to truly needy people with medical conditions.

awteam2000

Your suffering is first hand. And that’s why Hogan is demanding federal relief. The care your daughter receives won’t be there if there is no funds. The state is running out of resources (money) that’s why it needs federal funds. Without help, you’ll see even greater decline in public services like - healthcare, policing and other services, no national plan and national support to help in the middle of a world crisis. Not sure what gyms have to do with public services.

I wish your daughter all the best.

sue1955

I brought up gyms because there has been so much emphasis on services that are a "first-world" situation. Maryland and, especially Frederick County, has been lacking funds even before COVID-19. My comment is in regard to health/medical services. I found this out during this "journey" with my daughter's situation. In other words, Montgomery and Baltimore city/county have a lot more services. I do thank the wonderful EMTs of Independent Hose who had to solve the problem of my daughter falling out of her bed (after I wrote my previous e-mail). What a terrible mess. I know...that's off-topic. They are unsung heroes. Aw, thank you for your comments and sentiment for my daughter.

DickD

God Bless you and our prayers are with you and your daughter.

mgoose806

The Federal government is funded by taxpayers too. How about cuts in spending like the private sector.

duffy5x

How about the federal government stops bailing out the private sector? Good talk.

DickD

Looks like disaster has happened. Congress went home Friday.

Dwasserba

McConnell refuses to negotiate. Donate to his opponent's campaign in the upcoming election.

KellyAlzan

The state Needs to place a hold on mortgage payments being due without penalty and negative credit reporting.

DickD

That will certainly help the property owners. If you are losing money on a investment what do you do? You sell.

public-redux

A couple of weeks ago a County Council member had an LTE in which she suggested that the county seek state funds. A commenter took her to task for that. I opined that as a county taxpayer, I would much prefer state funds to county funds because it would cost me less. The commenter replied “Absolutely unadulterated nonsense.” but didn’t explain why. I presume jsk will now take the guv to task for seeking federal funds.

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