MARYLAND BIZ GET MORE THAN $10B IN PPP LOANS: Maryland businesses have received more than $10 billion in loans from the federal Paycheck Protection Program, according to data the U.S. Small Business Administration and Treasury Department released Monday. Emily Opilo and Lorraine Mirabella of the Sun write that the financially struggling Baltimore Symphony Orchestra received a loan of between $2 million and $5 million. Hogan Companies, an Annapolis-based real estate group founded by Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, received a loan in the $150,000 to $350,000 range, according to the federal data.
- All told, 86 Maryland businesses and nonprofits received between $5 million and $10 million, according to the database, while 537 received between $2 million and $5 million and more than 5,100 were loaned between $350,000 and $1 million, the Daily Record reports.
- In Greater Baltimore, 14 private schools received more than $2 million in PPP funding, including one that received more than $5 million, Morgan Eichensehr of the Baltimore Business Journal reports.
SZELIGA WANTS STATUE VANDALS PROSECUTED: House Minority Whip Kathy Szeliga said those who were involved in the vandalism and toppling of the Christopher Columbus statue that stood near Baltimore’s Little Italy neighborhood should be prosecuted, reports Bryan Renbaum for MarylandReporter.
LATINO CAUCUS SEEKS STATE AID FOR UNDOCUMENTED: The legislature’s Latino Caucus is calling on Gov. Larry Hogan Jr. (R) to help undocumented Marylanders weather the twin crises that have hit the state this year — the COVID-19 pandemic and the sharp downturn in the economy, Bruce DePuyt of Maryland Matters reports.
DOMINION SELLING TO BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY: The initial headlines focused on Dominion Energy’s decision to abandon its long-desired Atlantic Coast Pipeline, after a six-year legal, political and regulatory fight. But Dominion Energy is selling all of its natural gas transmission and storage assets – including those in Maryland – for $9.7 billion. The buyer is Berkshire Hathaway, Josh Kurtz and Elizabeth Shwe write in Maryland Matters.
OPINION: POLITICS OF BUDGET CUTS: In a column for Maryland Matters, Frank DeFilippo opines that Gov. Larry Hogan whiffed on whittling the public payroll when he couldn’t muster the necessary two votes. The board’s Democrats – Comptroller Peter Franchot and Treasurer Nancy Kopp – joined in blocking more than $200 million crafted by Hogan as cuts in benefits and pay raises, siding with unions’ vociferous opposition. (Franchot is a declared candidate for governor in 2022.)
NONTRADITIONAL WORKERS SEEK JOBLESS BENEFITS: For the first time since the start of the novel coronavirus pandemic, nontraditional workers seeking unemployment benefits in Maryland outpaced those of traditional filers, according to state Labor Department data, Bryan Sears of the Daily Record reports. Maryland added more than 56,100 new unemployment claims in the last week.
CASINO REVENUE FALLS: Revenue for Maryland’s casino industry fell by more than a quarter over last fiscal year as the novel coronavirus swept through the state, shuttering gambling facilities including Baltimore’s Horseshoe Casino, Amanda Yeager of the Baltimore Business Journal reports.
- For the month of June combined the casinos generated nearly $35 million in revenue and contributed more than $14 million to the state. That is far less than the $143 million made in June of 2019 and the $60 million sent to the state, Leah Crawley reports for WBFF-TV.
COVID UPDATE AROUND MARYLAND: Twenty new community cases of COVID-19 were reported over the three-day, Fourth of July weekend, according to Carroll County Health Department data released Monday afternoon, Bob Blubaugh of the Carroll County Times reports.
- Montgomery County on Monday had the lowest daily increase in COVID-19 cases — 0.22% — since mid-March. With the increase, the county has had 15,163 confirmed cases, as of Monday morning, Briana Adhikusuma of Bethesda Beat reports.
- Montgomery County Liquor & Wine in the Gaithersburg area has temporarily closed after three workers tested positive for COVID-19, Dan Schere reports in Bethesda Beat.
RENTAL AID & LOOMING EVICTIONS: Baltimore County is allocating an additional $1 million for tenants who applied for rental assistance in June because of lost income during the coronavirus pandemic. Another $2 million will be made available in grant funding for community-based or government eviction prevention programs, Taylor DeVille of the Towson Times reports.
- For some, Maryland courts resuming eviction hearings on July 25 is a talking point, a policy matter – something abstract. For Elmer Calderon, it means looming homelessness, writes Louis Krauss for Baltimore Brew. If he can’t pay his rent by the end of his month, Calderon’s landlord told him he and his family would be evicted.
FREDERICK TEEN PETITIONS FOR SHERIFF BODY CAMS: Launched by 16-year-old Alex Cumber, a petition — which had more than 3,800 signatures as of Monday — calls on Sheriff Chuck Jenkins and Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner to include body-worn cameras for sheriff’s deputies in the budget for fiscal 2022, Jeremy Arias of the Frederick News-Post reports.