Hogan emphasizes need for stimulus relief to Biden-Harris transition team

Hogan emphasizes need for stimulus relief to Biden-Harris transition team

Governor's Office photo by Patrick Siebert

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Gov. Larry Hogan Monday wrote to the transition of team of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris to emphasize the need for another stimulus package to help states remain solvent and small businesses stay afloat amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“My first priority for the citizens of Maryland continues to be a Phase 4 COVID-19 relief package that includes robust and direct stabilization funding for state and local governments,” Hogan said in the letter. “States are already fighting an uphill battle to rebuild our economies and maintain essential services in education, health care, emergency operations, and public safety.”

Months of negotiations between the Trump administration and congressional leaders have yet to produce an agreement on another stimulus package.

Hogan also urged the incoming administration to prioritize infrastructure improvements and maintain federal funding for the Chesapeake Bay.

“Building a more efficient, innovative, smart, resilient and secure infrastructure future is a mission that governors from both sides of the aisle strongly support. I encourage you to consider our list of key recommendations to the federal government as you craft your initial policy proposals and am happy to discuss this issue further.”

Hogan is included among a handful of Republicans who have recognized Biden as having defeated President Donald Trump. Trump has refused to concede the election and continues to mount legal challenges aimed at overturning its results. Most of Trump’s lawsuits have thus far been dismissed.

Hogan has not ruled out running for president in 2024.

There are 198,370 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Maryland as of Monday morning, according to the state’s Department of Health, and 4,486 people in Maryland have died from the virus. The state’s positivity rate is at 6.86%, which is well above CDC recommended guidelines for containment. Maryland has conducted more than 4.4 million COVID-19 tests.

On Sunday more than 134,000 new cases of COVID-19 were reported nationwide.

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Bryan Renbaum

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Reporter Bryan Renbaum served as the Capitol Hill Correspondent for Talk Media News for the past three-and-a-half years, filing print, radio and video reports on the Senate and the House of Representatives. He covered congressional reaction to the inauguration of President Donald Trump as well as the confirmation hearings of attorneys general Jeff Sessions and William Barr and Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. He also filed breaking news reports on the 2017 shooting of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and three others. Previously Bryan broke multiple stories with the Baltimore Post-Examiner including sexual assault scandals at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and a texting scandal on the women’s lacrosse team at that school for which he was interviewed by ABC’s “Good Morning America.” He also covered the Maryland General Assembly during the 2016 legislative session as an intern for Maryland Reporter. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science from McDaniel College. If you have additional questions or comments contact Bryan at: bryan@marylandreporter.com

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