ANNAPOLIS, MD (AP) – Maryland’s deputy budget secretary says the state is to receive about $3.7 billion in federal pandemic relief “within the next week or so.” They outlined over $62 billion in overall federal and state pandemic relief funds during the first meeting of a state work-group on pandemic-related spending. The $3.7 billion is Maryland’s portion of federal American Rescue Plan funds. The feds provided Maryland and local jurisdictions with almost $24 billion in grant funding for education, relief for physicians and childcare providers, COVID tests and vaccinations, and mortgage and rent assistance programs.