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Fri Feb 5, 2021, 12:49 AM

Maryland Democrats recommend legislative fixes to state's 'broken' unemployment system.

'Maryland Democratic lawmakers are calling on the Hogan administration to make immediate and long-term fixes to the state’s “broken” unemployment system, which has been plagued with problems since the beginning of the pandemic.

Lawmakers said their offices have been swamped for months with calls from constituents trying to figure why their benefits are delayed or denied.

During a news conference to unveil the legislative proposals, Senate President Bill Ferguson (D-Baltimore City) relayed the experience of a single mother of two boys who called his office in desperation. She said she had reached out to the unemployment office 500 times over six weeks without any response, Ferguson said, and was down to her last $30.

“Marylanders need help,” Ferguson said. “They need to put food on their tables. They need to pay their rent. . . . We must do better.”'>>>


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