Governor Larry Hogan has announced a billion-dollar economic aid package he wants state lawmakers to make their first order of business when they convene tomorrow for the 90-day General Assembly session. Dubbed “The RELIEF Act of 2021” would distribute stimulus and tax relief to working families and small businesses. Included in the package would be a direct stimulus of up to $450 for individuals and $750 for low to moderate income Marylanders; tax relief for small businesses; and a repeal of income taxes for Marylanders’ unemployment benefits. There would also be a 15 per cent increase in SNAP benefits. Once signed, the emergency legislation would take effect immediately. Governor Hogan says this is his top legislative priority for 2021.