Judge rules federal unemployment funds must continue in Maryland


BALTIMORE, Md. – Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has been ordered to take back a notification to the United States Department of Labor that the state will end federal unemployment benefits. The notice sent by the governor and Secretary of Labor Tiffany Robinson said those benefits would end no later than 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, July 3rd.

The ruling was made by Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Lawrence Fletcher-Hill. The judge says plaintiffs proved they would suffer immediate, substantial, and irreparable harm before a full adversary hearing could be held. If the ruling is not extended, it would expire on July 13th. The court is expected to set a date for the hearing around July 6th.

The ruling comes after two lawsuits were filed by Marylanders. Saturday was set to the the day that the federal unemployment funding would come to an end in Maryland. That includes $300 weekly payments and benefits covering the self-employed. Governor Hogan says he plans to appeal the ruling with the help of state lawyers.

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