Saturday, September 4, 2021

You Make the Call

 In yesterday’s news:

 Bill For Hogan Administration Litigation Over Unemployment Benefits Totals More Than $380,000, Danielle E. Gaines, Maryland Matters

Remember when the Governor decided to file suit in order to cut off pandemic unemployment benefits early? That’s how much it cost Maryland taxpayers: somewhere in the neighborhood of $380,000.00. Oh, and he lost. Twice. According to the article, a spokesman for the Governor stated that the benefits were damaging the Maryland economy and small businesses. Not mentioned by the Governor’s spokesman Mike Ricci: Maryland workers, families with children, individual human beings whose lives have been upended by the pandemic.

They don’t even warrant a mention.

So, today, let’s play a little version of “you make the call” in honor of Governor Hogan’s $380,000 boondoggle. Let’s say you are the Governor of the state of Maryland right now. What do you think would be a good use of $380,000 of taxpayer money?

Some suggestions:

  • Using it to move forward at great speed all the languishing unemployment claims from desperate Marylanders.
  • Adding it to funds to update air conditioning and heating in Baltimore City Schools.
  • Reimbursing the state for Roy McGrath’s questionable spending.
  • Putting it towards legitimate public transit improvements.
  • Purchasing masks and sanitizing supplies for schools in low income areas.
And that’s just a start. I’m sure you have great ideas, too. If you don’t have any serious suggestions, I’m happy to entertain silly ones.

It is Saturday after all. We can be forgiven for a little silliness. But, since it’s Labor Day Weekend, any responses which honor/elevate Maryland workers will receive my prompt attention.

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