SINGLE MOTHER DERIDES HOGAN ENDING JOBLESS BENEFITS: A 35-year-old single mother ripped Gov. Larry Hogan’s recent decision to discontinue federal unemployment benefits, calling it “discrimination” that has left her scrambling to figure out how she is going to survive. “It was like a slap in the face. I can’t believe he did that,” Lindsay Gallagher told Bryan Renbaum of MarylandReporter.com on Wednesday.
LAWMAKERS SEEK TO BLOCK HOGAN END TO JOBLESS AID: Leaders of the Maryland General Assembly asked their lawyers Wednesday whether they could pass a law or otherwise reverse Gov. Larry Hogan’s decision to opt out of federal programs that have aided the unemployed during the pandemic. It will leave tens of thousands of out-of-work residents with reduced unemployment benefits or none at all starting July 3, Alison Knezevich and Pamela Wood report in the Sun.
- More than 175,000 Marylanders receiving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance — which expanded eligibility to the self-employed, independent contractors and gig workers — and those receiving payments after extended periods out of work — more than 86,000 people as of May 8 — would lose benefits entirely under Hogan’s action, Bruce DePuyt of Maryland Matters reports.
NEW LAW TO FIX LOOPHOLE IN AUTOPSY FINDINGS: Beginning Oct. 1, families can file an appeal to the secretary of the Department of Health if the chief medical examiner denies their request to change the manner of death on their loved one’s autopsy report, Hannah Gaskill of Maryland Matters reports.
MO CO STATE’S ATTY COMMISSIONS BIAS REVIEW: Montgomery County’s top prosecutor has launched an investigation into whether racial bias plays a role in prosecutorial decisions — within his own office, Dan Morse reports in the Post. “I’m proud of the fact we’re willing to do this,” State’s Attorney John McCarthy said Wednesday. “We’re not afraid to do this.”
- It is commissioning an outside review of the department, examining trends such as racial, gender and ethnic disparities in how the law is applied, as well as arrests, charges, plea offers and sentencing, Dan Schere reports in Bethesda Beat.
CARROLL ED BOARD, DELEGATES SEEK END TO SCHOOL MASKING: Members of Carroll County Board of Education and the District 5 state delegation wrote letters to the state education department requesting the in-school mask mandate be lifted, Kristen Griffith of the Carroll County Times reports.
PITTMAN LARGELY AGREES WITH RAFT OF BUDGET CUTS: Of more than 75 spending cuts and recommendations the Anne Arundel County auditor presented to the County Council, County Executive Steuart Pittman’s administration agreed with all but 17, making for a relatively quick and non-contentious budget session Wednesday, Danielle Ohl of the Capital Gazette reports.
OLSZEWSKI OUTLINES ‘FLEXIBLE’ SPENDING FOR RESCUE FUNDS: Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski has laid out what one official called a “flexible blueprint” for spending the $161 million Baltimore County is expecting to get from the American Rescue Plan that passed Congress in March, John Lee of WYPR-FM reports. It comes after County Council members wanted more details before allowing Olszewski to spend the money.
RESEARCHERS SAY EVIDENCE LACKING THAT HOPKINS OWNED SLAVES: Former Maryland State Archivist Ed Papenfuse and Sydney Van Morgan, who directs the international studies program at Johns Hopkins University, are the principal authors of “Johns Hopkins and Slavery,” a 71-page paper that finds evidence lacking for the bombshell assertion that Johns Hopkins himself owned slaves, Jonathan Pitts of the Sun reports.
B’MORE IG: CITY OFFICE FAILED TO COLLECT $400,000 IN FEES: The Baltimore Office for Promotion and the Arts left banner advertisements on city poles for months after contracts expired last year and failed to collect more than $400,000, according to a report by the Office of the Inspector General, McKenna Oxenden of the Sun reports.
B’MORE GOVT FACED POTENTIAL SECURITY BREACH: A web shell, a form of computer malware, was found on a city email server on March 2, exposing Baltimore’s government to a potential security breach, Mark Reutter of Baltimore Brew reports.
3 MARYLAND FIRMS MAKE FORTUNE 500: Three Maryland companies joined the Fortune 500, a list released annually by Fortune Magazine that denotes the highest-revenue companies in the United States, for the first time, Johanna Alonso reports for the Daily Record.
- T. Rowe Price ranked 447th, Sinclair 465th and McCormick 482nd on the annual list published by Fortune magazine, which ranks 500 of the largest U.S. corporations by total revenue, Lorraine Mirabella of the Sun reports.
LUCY ADAMS CARDWELL, RETIRED SPECIAL ASST. ATTY. GEN., DIES AT 76: Lucy Adams Cardwell, a retired Maryland special assistant attorney general who worked to combat consumer fraud, died of ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, May 18 at her Inner Harbor home. She was 76, Jacques Kelly reports for the Sun.