With the congressional debate over a second COVID-19 stimulus dragging on, and more people facing hunger and potential homelessness, Maryland Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot (D) said Friday that the time has come for the state to fill the void.
The state’s chief tax collector, an announced candidate for governor in 2022, called on Gov. Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. (R) and Democratic leaders of the General Assembly to approve a one-time stimulus payment to lower-wage workers.
“I have identified $1.5 billion in state reserves that could be spent immediately to prevent evictions, feed the hungry, provide medical care, and also support small businesses,” Franchot said.
He offered his proposal at the quarterly meeting of the state’s Board of Revenue Estimates.