With holidays ahead, small businesses struggle with supply chain disruptions

The pandemic forced many factories overseas to shut down, dramatically reducing production. There are also shortages of ships, containers and truck drivers.

Hogan announces budget framework for surplus

The five-point plan includes boosting the state’s rainy-day fund, tax relief for retirees, tax relief for Marylanders, help for underserved people, and “enhancement” for state employees — likely in the form of compensation.

Maryland schools eagerly await COVID vaccine OK for kids

Pfizer and BioNTech announced Sept. 20 that a smaller dose of their vaccine was safe for 5- to 11-year-olds, and the FDA set a vaccines advisory committee for Oct. 26 in anticipation of a request for the vaccine’s authorization.

Maryland does not display Native American COVID-19 data

Without public-facing numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths, it is a mystery how many Native people in Maryland are impacted — and how many resources should be allocated to help.

Hogan touts vaccine booster rollout, criticizes Biden administration

Gov. Larry Hogan urged every eligible Marylander to receive a booster shot six months after their second dose.     

State ends 2021 with surplus, but some Marylanders struggle

Maryland has ended its 2021 fiscal year with $2.5 billion in unassigned funds that Comptroller Peter Franchot, D, hopes to reinvest in those still struggling from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Pandemic stressing Americans’ mental health, data suggests

Self-reported symptoms of anxiety and depression among American adults have more than tripled during the pandemic, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Robust, unique vaccine outreach bears fruit for state grant

A $3 million vaccine canvassing program Gov. Larry Hogan announced Sept. 8 is benefiting 26 community groups statewide, and by targeting some minority or vaccine-hesitant areas, more unique solutions are bearing fruit.

With pandemic benefits ending, Maryland and U.S. poverty rates could rise

The combination of different federal initiatives implemented throughout the pandemic has supported large populations enough to prevent them from falling into poverty. However, as these temporary solutions are coming to an end, it may have detrimental effects on these populations that have been relying heavily on this financial support.

Despite TSA mandate, some Metro riders aren’t masked

The risk of passengers contracting COVID-19 on public transit increases when they are not wearing masks. Yet, many are choosing to ignore the mask mandate for all public transportation networks that has been extended through Jan. 18, 2022.