GovWin SLED Coronavirus Recon

Published: April 07, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

GovWin's SLED Coronavirus Recon, produced by Deltek's SLED Market Research team, is designed to support awareness and understanding of the response to coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic by state, local, and educational (SLED) entities and the contractors that support them.

General 

Funding & Economic Impact 

  • COVID-19 Could Bankrupt Your State
    • States and cities are facing potential bankruptcy, as tax revenues fall and emergency spending skyrockets.
  • (North Carolina) Monday numbers: A closer look at where millions in federal COVID-19 relief dollars will go in NC
    • This article breaks down how federal funding for COVID-19 will be disbursed throughout the state.
  • From surplus to 'tsunami': Pandemic dims bright forecast for Minnesota's budget
    • Minnesota is expected to receive nearly $2.2 billion in federal government aid by April 24, Frans said. About $1.2 billion of that will be for the state government, with the rest passed through to cities and local governments. Federal dollars are intended to help cover COVID-19-related expenses, not to make up for lost revenue, Senate fiscal analyst Eric Nauman said. Congress, however, could change that.
    • Senate Minority Leader Susan Kent, DFL-Woodbury, asked if a borrowing bill to fund construction projects, commonly referred to as a bonding bill, would help the state’s economy. Using bonding to put people to work when the interest rates are low is a good idea, Kalambokidis said.
  • (Massachusetts) Bill to keep local government running during COVID-19 pandemic now on governor’s desk
    • House Bill 4598, an act to address challenges faced by municipalities and state authorities resulting from COVID-19, was enacted by the House of Representatives and the Senate on April 2. State Rep. Susan Williams Gifford, R-Wareham, said the bill provides communities with much-needed flexibility to conduct business and finalize a budget while operating under the difficult constraints imposed by the state of emergency that took effect March 10.
    • In addition to giving town moderators the authority to declare a recess or continuance of town meeting for up to 30 days at a time during the state of emergency, the bill also allows local select boards to extend town meeting business beyond the statutorily-mandated cutoff date of June 30. Communities that are unable to finalize a budget for the next fiscal year by June 30 will be allowed to continue operating using monthly interim budgets funded through free cash and other revenue accounts, with the approval of the director of local accounts at the Department of Revenue.
  • Tennessee to give out $200M in grants to county, city governments for COVID-19 response
    • $200 million in grants will be distributed by the state to every county and city government across Tennessee, Governor Lee announced Monday.
    • Each county is expected to receive at least $500,000, with each city or municipality getting at least $30,000. The three Metro governments will receive one allocation. Funding will be based on population as published by the US Census Bureau.
    • The money may be used for one-time expenses related to COVID-19 like supply and equipment purchase, cleaning, emergency food and shelter programs or for needs related to road projects, I.T. upgrades, capital maintenance, utility system upgrades, and public safety projects. Benton, Carroll, Davidson, Gibson, Putnam, Smith, and Wilson counties may also use the funds for tornado relief efforts.
  • State Rainy Day Funds and the COVID-19 Crisis
    • Shows state-by-state “rainy day fund” balances at the start of FY 2020
  • Minnesota bracing for possible budget deficit because of COVID-19
    • Minnesota’s finance agency is bracing for a steep drop in tax revenues
  • Oklahoma Senate approves measures stabilizing state budget
    • The current state budget experienced a revenue failure of approximately $416 million due to the ongoing pandemic
    • Legislature approved withdrawing $503.9 million from the Rainy Day Fund
  • Missouri receives $13.6 million to support COVID-19 response efforts
    • Missouri Department of Economic Development announced that it will receive this money to support the State’s COVID-19 response efforts
    • The funding is provided by Community Development Block Grant funds from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development
  • CDC announces additional $8 million to Illinois for COVID-19 response
    • The state of Illinois is set to receive an additional 8 million in funding in response to the coronavirus relief efforts with $6.7 million going to the state and $1.7 going to Chicago
  • University of Missouri loses $36.5 million in state funding due to COVID-19
    • Missouri Governor Mike Parson is cutting the state’s budget to fight COVID-19, including a cut of $36.5 million for the University System.
  • CDC's COVID-19 supplemental funding hits $871M: State-by-state analysis
    • HHS has released the amount of CDC Coronavirus preparedness and response supplemental funds each state has received, amounting to $871 million.
  • Some cash-strapped states turn to election security funds to fight COVID-19
    • Several states— including the political battleground states of Pennsylvania and Ohio as well as Rhode Island, Connecticut, Tennessee, and Alabama—are either now using or intend to use election security funds.
  • Vermont requests federal disaster funding
    • Vermont has officially requested federal disaster funds to assist the state in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. If granted, the disaster assistance provides a 75% reimbursement to state and local governments and some nonprofits for emergency protective measures.
  • Senate Eyes More Pandemic Funds For Small Biz, Workers
    • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell aims to approve more funding this week for the $350 billion small-business loan program.
    • Senate Democrats propose a $25,000 “Heroes Fund” for workers in the healthcare industry as well as grocery store clerks, truck drivers and mass transit employees. Proposal to include a $15,000 recruitment bonus to new health care providers, home health workers and first responders.
  • Florida COVID-19: 11 percent of testing is positive, HHS announces more funding for states
    • On Monday, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is announcing upcoming action by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide $186,000,000 in funding for additional resources to state and local jurisdictions in support of our nation’s response to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • CARES Act may not help states like Mississippi fill budget holes created by COVID-19
    • The $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, also called CARES, provides funds to states for expenses incurred fighting the virus, funds to hospitals that have faced additional costs, enhanced unemployment benefits, direct payments to most adult Americans and many other goodies to help fight the virus and to deal with the extreme economic slowdown created by the illness.

Technology

Higher Education

K-12 Education

  • Special Education and COVID-19 School Closures
    • The Department of Education released guidance in mid-March stating that as schools close for extended periods due to the pandemic, they must continue to provide FAPE to students with disabilities if distance education is provided for the general student population.
    • The guidance also notes that IEP teams may meet virtually when schools are closed, and any evaluations that are able to be conducted virtually can proceed, with parent consent.
    • States and districts could consider proactively creating guidelines for virtual IEP meetings and the possible implementation of provisional IEPs.
  • Idaho schools vote to extend soft closure through end of year with local flexibility
    • The board's decision on Monday does leave local districts the option to call students back to class if they meet yet-to-be-decided criteria and public health officials give the OK.
  • (Montana) Billings schools hoping to use federal cash to help close learning gaps after coronavirus closures
    • District 2 superintendent Greg Upham floated possibilities like an extended school day, summer school, or extra tutoring to help students who don't finish the year on track academically.
    • The federal money, part of at least $41 million Montana schools are getting from the $2 trillion CARES Act, will also fund more immediate budget needs, like cleaning supplies and copying and printing.
  • (Washington) Coronavirus: Washington schools closed through rest of academic year, distance learning will continue
    • Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and state schools Superintendent Chris Reykdal announced Monday that due to the coronavirus outbreak schools will remain physically closed for the remainder of the school year and that the state’s more than 1.2 million public and private K-12 students will continue distance learning until the end of June.
    • Schools have been shut statewide since March 17, and were originally scheduled to reopen April 27. Now, that closure is extended until midnight June 19 — when the spring term ends.
  • (Vermont) How Vermont families can use PBS to boost remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic
    • Vermont PBS and the state Agency of Education have partnered to broadcast free educational resources to students during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • (Jefferson County Public Schools, Kentucky) JCPS teachers prepare to make most of distance learning in midst of COVID-19 pandemic
    • JCPS has handed out 273,565 free meals since district schools stopped offering in-person instruction during the global COVID-19 pandemic, and each site now has physical copies of schoolwork for students who lack internet access at home.
    • JCPS has made available 25,000 Chromebooks and purchased more than 6,000 T-Mobile hotspots with unlimited data, the latter only being available to special education students for now.

Health Care

Social Services 

Justice/Public Safety

Transportation

Public Utilities

  • Oil Companies Are Collapsing, but Wind and Solar Energy Keep Growing
    • Analysts at Raymond James & Associates theorize that the decline in electricity usage in recent weeks will help renewables. Renewables cost little to operate and maintain compared to fossil fuel power plants. While renewables are likely to take a hit in the short term, the long term goal of more renewable energy usage is likely to win out, while a decline in fossil fuel usage is anticipated. This article goes in to more detail on this topic.

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