Maryland to continue paying federal unemployment benefits after judge rules against Governor Hogan

After a judge against Governor Larry Hogan, federal unemployment benefits will still be paid in Maryland.Maryland will end its pandemic unemployment assistance Saturday night. This includes $300 weekly payments.Governor Hogan indicated that he would appeal the decision immediately.Subscribe to the 10 Things in Politics Newsletter for the latest news in politics and the economy. Loading something is currently loading. Click Sign up to receive marketing emails and other offers from Insider.Maryland will continue to receive federal unemployment benefits for at most ten days after the Saturday ruling against Governor Larry Hogan.The benefits were scheduled to be ended this weekend. However, Circuit Judge Lawrence Fletcher–Hill issued a temporary order requiring Maryland, first reported by The Baltimore Sun. This temporary restraining order was issued in response to two lawsuits filed by unemployed Marylanders against Governor Hogan, and Maryland Labor Secretary Tiffany Robinson.The restraining orders will expire in ten working days. This gives the courts sufficient time to schedule a hearing to discuss the merits of the lawsuits. Fletcher-Hill's decision means that tens of thousands unemployed Maryland workers will continue to get the benefits, which include a $300 per week benefit paid by federal government.Self-employed workers are also covered by the coronavirus-related unemployment benefits. In Maryland, 178,000 people were receiving unemployment benefits as of June 30, 2009.Hogan is among more than 20 Republican governors that have made the decision to reduce federal unemployment benefits. Governors claim that federal unemployment benefits, in addition to state unemployment benefits, have slowed the recovery of jobs. This has resulted in fewer people looking for work due to the additional money. Governors frequently point out anecdotal evidence that local businesses, particularly restaurants, are unable to fill vacant positions. Federal unemployment payments will expire in September.Thursday's jobs report revealed that the US economy added 850,000 jobs to its ranks in June while the unemployment rate rose to 5.9%. Maryland's unemployment rate was 6.1% in May, compared to 6.1% in April.Hogan stated that Fletcher-Hill's ruling would be "immediately appealed.""We are going to appeal today. According to The Baltimore Sun, Hogan stated that although I have not read the entire ruling, I don't know how [Fletcher Hill] could have come up with it." Hogan spoke at an Independence Day march held in Annapolis.In a 14-page ruling, Judge Fletcher Hill stated that the plaintiffs in the lawsuit would be "irreparably damaged" if unemployment benefits were ended. He also suggested that they may be able show that Maryland has to maximize federal assistance programs as required by state law.Judge Fletcher-Hill stated in his opinion that he has had the privilege of secure, continuous employment and was particularly shocked by the situation of those who have had difficulty finding or sustaining employment.Hogan says that the $300 federal unemployment benefits keep people from returning to work."Thousands upon thousands of businesses are unable to get people back on the job." According to The Baltimore Sun, Hogan stated that there are more jobs than ever in the state's history. "Those who really need it are still eligible for unemployment benefits. The extended bonus $300 is what keeps people at home.