July 13th Update: Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Lawrence Fletcher-Hill issued a ruling today that will continue Maryland’s participation in enhanced federal unemployment benefits. These benefits add an additional $300 to weekly unemployment claims.
You can read the preliminary injunctiom here.
Governor Hogan was looking to end the federal enhanced benefits two months earlier than the September expiration date. Hogan, along with other Republican Governors, believe unemployment payments are the reason for recent worker shortages.
July 2nd: Judge Blocks Governor Hogan’s Effort to End Extra Unemployment Benefits Early
Fox 5 is reporting that a Baltimore County Circuit Court judge has blocked Governor Hogan’s effort to end enhanced unemployment benefits two months early. Congress had set for the benefits to expire come September. The temporary restraining order will last at least 10 days.
The benefits provide an extra $300 weekly to individuals filing unemployment claims.
Hogan said he was ending the benefits early due to complaints from local businesses that say they were unable to find staff.
According to FOX 5, “the judge ruled Saturday in favor of the plaintiffs who sued to block Gov. Hogan from ending the enhanced unemployment benefits early.”