Judge orders Maryland to keep expanded jobless benefits

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BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore judge has blocked Gov. Larry Hogan’s plan to end pandemic-related federal enhanced unemployment benefits early in Maryland.

Circuit Court Judge Lawrence Fletcher-Hill issued a preliminary injunction Tuesday morning ordering the Hogan administration to keep paying the expanded benefits at least until two lawsuits brought by out-of-work Marylanders are resolved. The judge found that plaintiffs showed that they would suffer “irreparable harm” if the preliminary injunction weren’t issued.

The governor’s office said the state doesn’t plan to appeal.

Last month, Gov. Larry Hogan announced that the state would discontinue benefits on July 3rd ahead of their expiration in September.


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