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July 6, 2021 | Suzanne Pollak

Courts Temporarily Halt Hogan’s Attempts to End Covid Jobless Benefits

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich called it “great news” that the Maryland Circuit Court issued a temporary restraining order to limit Gov. Larry Hogan’s ability to cut off enhanced federal unemployment benefits for workers who lost jobs during the pandemic. According to Judge Lawrence P. Fletcher-Hill’s ruling on July 3, the six plaintiffs in the […]

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October 14, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

Elrich Responds to His Council Critics: ‘The Money Will Be Spent’

One day after councilmembers blasted County Executive Marc Elrich for not allocating and distributing much of the funds designed to help residents and businesses during the global pandemic, Elrich responded, “I don’t have any question we are going to spend the money. It’s going to get spent, but getting it right, you know, is really […]

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October 13, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

‘The Buck Stops With Him’: Council Blasts Elrich for Undistributed Federal COVID-19 Funds

An emotional Montgomery County Council blasted the county staff, and specifically County Executive Marc Elrich, after receiving information that much of the federal money allocated to help residents and businesses during the global pandemic have yet to be distributed. “The buck stops with him,” Council Vice President Tom Hucker said during a Oct. 13 council […]

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October 2, 2020 | Deirdre Byrne

Food Insecurity Remains Growing Problem in Montgomery County

Nourish Now recently opened its 17th food distribution site in Bethesda, one of the wealthiest cities in America. The distribution site, which is open Friday afternoons from 1 to 3 p.m., is located in the parking lot of Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad on Battery Lane. “Sometimes people think of the Bethesda community as a place […]

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September 29, 2020 | Reid Flumbaum

With Budget Cuts Looming, Metro Opens Public Comment Period

Metro opened its official Public Comment period Saturday as the transit agency faces an end to federal funding support, potentially forcing major budget cuts. In a press release Saturday, Metro said they have been heavily dependent on the CARES Act, which has provided much needed funding as ridership and revenue slip due to the COVID-19 […]

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September 18, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Metro Considering Layoffs, Service Cuts if Federal Funding Ends

The Metro Board of Directors held a special meeting Friday to approve potential service cuts and layoffs that may go into effect if federal funding does not come through.  The COVID-19 pandemic led Metro to cut back service causing as much as a 90% drop in ridership and revenue, according to a statement from the […]

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September 10, 2020 | Suzanne Pollak

County Launches Second Phase of Rent Relief Program

Montgomery County launched the second phase of its $20 million COVID-19 Rent Relief Program, which is designed to financially assist eligible residents. The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services administers the program. The money comes from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security. Eligible residents who can’t pay their rent due to […]

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July 24, 2020 | Jordan Lindsay

Elrich Urges Action on Need for Eviction Prevention Assistance

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich is urging Governor Larry Hogan and Representatives in Congress to act on financial assistance for tenants during the COVID-19 pandemic. During his weekly virtual media briefing on Wednesday, Elrich discussed the end of the eviction protection period which is Saturday. Elrich recently recommended that the County Council appropriate $20 million from the […]

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May 27, 2020 | Maryam Shahzad

Cardin Thinks Montgomery County Will See More Federal COVID-19 Funding

U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin said he believes Montgomery County will see more funding after the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to help with COVID-19 costs.  “At the end of the day I think there will be a second round of funds coming to state and local governments, which will affect not only […]

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May 11, 2020 | Grace Mottley

Ride On to Receive $30 Million to Cover COVID-19 Profit Loss

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation will receive more than $30 million from the federal and state government to support Ride On bus program during the COVID-19 health crisis. The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) designated $25 billion to support states’ public transit in light of closures and profit loses […]

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