It’s been more than 3 months since the House of Representatives passed the $3 trillion COVID relief plan called the Heroes Act. It remains stalled in the Senate.

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski said there are dire budget consequences ahead for the county if the money from the Heroes Act doesn’t come through.

About $1 trillion of the act is for state and local governments that have been hammered by sharply reduced tax revenues and increased spending related to COVID-19.

So far, Baltimore County has been able to avoid laying anyone off, thanks to the $140 million it got from the CARES Act earlier this year.

“Without those dollars, we would be really hamstrung,” Olszewski said.

Olszewski said the stakes are real if there is no second infusion of cash.

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