More than 300,000 Maryland residents are in at least one of the programs, and some 85% of them will lose all their support when payments end, according to a lawyer for the jobless.
“Yes, we have complied with the judge’s order and extended the programs an additional 10 days,” Hogan spokesman Mike Ricci told CNN on Tuesday, adding that the state’s economic revival is being threatened by the inability for small businesses to find workers. “We are confident the courts will ultimately rule in favor of our fight to get more Marylanders back to work.”
“DWD is determining how to proceed because the federal programs no longer exist after their termination on June 19,” the Indiana Department of Workforce Development said in a statement. “There is no action that a claimant needs to take right now. If a claimant needs to take action, the claimant will be notified via Uplink.”
In both states, the jobless are arguing that state law requires officials to obtain all federal unemployment compensation available for residents.
In addition to the $300 weekly supplement, the federal programs provide benefits to freelancers, the self-employed, independent contractors and certain people affected by the coronavirus and to those who have exhausted their regular state benefits.
Some 4.1 million Americans will be affected, according to The Century Foundation.
The jobless in Texas have also filed a lawsuit against GOP Gov. Greg Abbott for ending the benefits on June 26, arguing he doesn’t have the authority to do so.