Friday Five | April 30, 2021

A recap of this week’s top-five news items and resources from the intersection of business and government.

1. Biden proposes $1.8 trillion package expanding education and safety net programs 

On Wednesday, President Joe Biden addressed a joint session of Congress where he proposed a $1.8 trillion package investing in children, families and education to help rebuild our economy and compete with rising global competitors. Biden’s proposal includes universal preschool, two years of free community college, $225 billion for child care and monthly payments of at least $250 to parents. Another $425 billion would go towards permanently reducing health insurance premiums for people who receive coverage through the Affordable Care Act, as well as a national paid family and medical leave program. Funding for all of this would be a series of tax increases on the wealthy that would raise about $1.5 trillion over a decade. Opponents balk at the price tags of Biden’s plans, complicating the chances of passage in a deeply divided Washington.

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2. Hogan convenes governors, centrist members of Congress to talk infrastructure

Last week, Governor Hogan convened governors, U.S. senators and members of Congress from both political parties in Annapolis to find bipartisan consensus on President Biden’s proposed $2 trillion infrastructure plan. The plan proposes enormous investments in the country’s deteriorating infrastructure, as well as an upgrade in a wide range of public services to improve health and combat climate change. Although the 27 political leaders did not reach a formal accord, Hogan told reporters that the participants “reached an agreement on a series of principles that should guide any infrastructure package” that Congress enacts.

These guiding principles for the package dictate that it:

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3. Here’s how the 1st 2020 census results changed Electoral College, House seats

On Monday, the U.S. Census Bureau’s acting director, Ron Jarmin, announced the long-awaited new state population counts resetting the balance of power for the next decade in the House of Representatives and the Electoral College. Based on the first set of results from the 2020 census, Texas has gained two more votes in Congress and the Electoral College, while Colorado, Florida, Montana, North Carolina and Oregon each gained one vote. The seven states losing one vote each are California, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

For more information on 2020 census results, click here.

4. Hogan lifts outdoor mask requirements and other COVID restrictions

On Wednesday, Governor Larry Hogan announced that Maryland residents can go without masks when outside regardless of vaccination status. The state also took additional steps toward fully reopening by lifting all restrictions for outdoor dining and bar service effective May 1. Hogan’s announcement came a day after President Joe Biden and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lifted outdoor masking requirements for fully vaccinated people. Hogan is optimistic about lifting more restrictions as the state sees increased vaccination numbers, declining key metrics of the spread of the virus and warmer summer months ahead.

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5. Maryland Chamber of Commerce promotes Andrew Griffin to vice president of government affairs

We are proud to announce Andrew Griffin, our senior policy analyst, has been promoted to vice president of government affairs. In his new role, Griffin will lead advocacy efforts on behalf of our 5,500+ members before the Maryland General Assembly and on a federal level to make Maryland the best place to live, work and start a business.

To read more, click here.

Visit our Maryland Chamber Events Page for a list of upcoming webinars and events!





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