Yesterday, federal authorities announced that 3.3 million people filed for unemployment benefits last week. 42,000 of those claims were from Marylanders. As we went on the air today, the House of Representatives was preparing to vote on the $2.2 trillion dollar economic aid package. (The measure passed on an overwhelming voice vote in the early afternoon, and the President signed it into law a few hours later.)
A word about Day Care. The Governor has ordered day care centers to close, but there is a service to provide day care to children of ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL who are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. There is a free referral hotline. The number is 877-261-0060.
For more analysis of how Maryland families and businesses stand to benefit from the new federal aid package, and from a wide variety of state relief programs, Comptroller Peter Franchot joins Tom until the top of the hour. Maryland's chief fiscal officer and tax collector, Mr. Franchot was elected Comptroller for the first time in 2006. He is also, at the moment, the only person to have declared his candidacy for Governor in 2022.