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I hope that you and your family had a happy Memorial Day weekend.  It’s a relief to have two pieces of news this week that highlight that we are recovering from the recent pandemic.  It’s time to get back to normal – kids learning in a normal environment and people back to work. 

District 5 Team Supports Lifting Mask Mandate in Schools

Last week, Delegates Krebs, Rose and Shoemaker and I sent a letter supporting the State Superintendent of Schools to allow Carroll County's Board of Education the authority to lift the mask mandate in our local schools. We were supporting requests sent in by Carroll Board of Education President Marsha Herbert and member Ken Kiler. The low likelihood of students to contract COVID and the significant learning distractions for students and instructors creates a strong argument for the lifting of the requirement.  While we are almost through the school year, we are concerned about summer school and the start of next school year. You can read our full letter here.

Interview on Letter to Lift Mask Mandate

Following the letter asking to lift the mask mandate, I was interviewed by ABC2 News, you can watch my interview here.

Maryland to Discontinue Enhanced Pandemic Unemployment Benefits

Governor Larry Hogan announced this week that the State of Maryland will discontinue enhanced pandemic federal unemployment benefits and reinstate work search requirements early next month.

These federal programs provided important temporary relief.  Now that vaccines and jobs are in good supply, we have a critical problem where businesses face severe worker shortages.

Discontinuation of Enhanced Benefits. Claimants will no longer be able to submit new applications for the federal programs after the end date on July 3.

Reinstatement of Work Search Requirements. Beginning the week of July 4, Labor will reinstate the standard requirement for all regular state unemployment insurance claimants to actively search for work by engaging in three reemployment activities each week.

You can read Governor Hogan’s full press release.

The state has also prioritized the reopening of child care centers: as of today, 92% of licensed providers in Maryland are open and operating. (However, I know there are still tremendous challenges that we are working to try to address on behalf of our local child care providers. 

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me anytime at [email protected]. My team and I will do our best to get back to you as quickly as possible.