ANNAPOLIS, MD (AP) – Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced a series of measures that he hopes will spur job creation and help businesses that have struggled financially as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The new efforts unveiled include the forgiveness of $75 million in emergency loans provided to businesses early in the pandemic and an executive order to prevent small businesses from seeing their unemployment taxes skyrocket. The state will also spend $37 million in affordable housing. The measures come as the state and much of the country experiences a post-Thanksgiving surge in cases.