GovWin SLED Coronavirus Recon
Published: April 30, 2020
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.
- (Alabama) Alabama Lawmaker Wants Federal COVID-19 Funds for Broadband
- Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston, is calling for $800 million out of an estimated $1.7 billion in federal coronavirus funding to go toward the expansion of state broadband infrastructure.
- (Arkansas) Arkansas Bans Evictions On Properties Covered By Government
- The Arkansas Supreme Court has ruled that evictions are banned at properties covered by the federal government to include federally subsidized housing, rural voucher-program housing and housing financed through federally backed mortgages.
- (California) Gov. Newsom to order all California beaches to close due to COVID-19, according to memo
- (California) 6 Bay Area counties relax some shelter-in-place restrictions; here are changes starting May 4
- Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties extended stay-at-home orders through May 31, but a few activities that were previously banned will be permitted
- Outdoor businesses and construction may begin to resume operations with new safety protocols, as well as outdoor facilities where social distancing is possible
- (Colorado) Colorado Unemployment Claims Top 300K Amid Outbreak
- (Colorado) New COVID funding available for Colorado farmers
- A new, rapid-response fund will provide up to $25,000 to agricultural and food-based businesses and organizations to adjust to COVID-specific needs.
- (Colorado) Colorado joins Western States Pact for COVID-19 response
- As of April 27, Colorado has joined Nevada, California, Oregon and Washington in the Western States Pact, described as “a working group of Western state governors with a shared vision for modifying stay at home orders and fighting COVID-19.”
- (Louisiana) Lawmakers Consider Using Power to end JBE’s COVID-19 Restrictions
- Republican lawmakers, who hold large majorities in both chambers, are considering using their authority to terminate Edwards’ “stay at home” order, which keeps some businesses closed and limits operations for others, citing the economic damage.
- (Massachusetts) Gov. Baker says advisory board will help determine reopening plan
- A reopening advisory board is looking to have a plan in place by May 18, when the stay-at-home advisory is slated to be lifted, Gov. Charlie Baker said Wednesday
- (Mississippi) Governor to request legal protection for businesses that reopen – Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said that he will ask state lawmakers to provide legal protection for businesses that might be sued if they reopen and customers and employees become ill with COVID-19.
- (New Jersey) New Jersey ships ventilators out of state as coronavirus hospitalizations fall
- With reports of new coronavirus cases flattening and the number of hospitalizations falling, New Jersey is now shipping ventilators it received from the federal stockpile to hospitals in other states, Governor Phil Murphy said during his daily briefing on Wednesday.
- (New York) COVID-19: 35 NY Counties Now Cleared To Have Hospitals Resume Elective Surgery
- (Oklahoma) State encourages businesses to report workers who refuse to return to jobs
- As the state plans to begin rolling back its measures intended to fight the spread of COVID-19 on Friday, it is urging employers to report workers who refuse to return to work to the state’s unemployment agency to terminate their benefits, the head of the state’s secretary of commerce said.
- (South Carolina) McMaster says he’s working to get SC back up and running quickly, but safely
- On Wednesday, the governor held another meeting with “accelerateSC,” a response committee looking at issues that have been interrupted by COVID-19 such as employment, supply chain and regulatory issues.
- The governor said the state was in a better position to recover on a much faster rate compared to other states, and said he hopes to make some announcements soon.
- States say next pandemic relief bill needs IT and cybersecurity aid
- A group of 12 associations representing state and local officials on Wednesday asked Congress to include direct financial support for IT and cybersecurity infrastructure in any future emergency relief package responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- A Staggering Toll: 30 Million Have Filed For Unemployment
- Another 3.8 million people filed for jobless benefits last week, according to the Labor Department. In the six weeks since the coronavirus pandemic began, a staggering 30.3 million people have applied for unemployment. That’s roughly one out of five people who had a job in February.
- Cities Need Direct Funding To Fight COVID
- This article advocates for more direct funding for cities and counties, as opposed to just funds for states.
Funding & Economic Impact
- Alaska Municipal League predicts up to $250M hit to local government revenues
- The Alaska Municipal League is predicting the COVID-19 pandemic will incur between $200 million and $250 million in expenditures by local governments.
- The nonprofit, nonpartisan organization calculated another $200 million to $250 million impact to municipal revenues, with the loss of tourism and other impacted industries.
- (California) San Diego’s infrastructure backlog could surge as COVID-19 shakes city finances
- San Diego’s infrastructure needs, which have ballooned over the past decade, have been a top priority of Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s administration. But as Faulconer enters the last eight months of his term, COVID-19 has thrown city finances off track and slowed his ability to tackle a long to-do list.
- That means many of San Diego’s urgent needs may have to be put on hold. Among the items that need fixing: repairs and updating to park buildings, coastal erosion work and replacement of sewer pipes. The city’s streetlight program is underfunded by $195 million, and its sidewalks are in disarray with about 81,000 needing repairs or replacement.
- (Delaware) Delaware Does More COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund releases grants - The Delaware Does More COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund, managed by United Way of Delaware, recently released $228,750 in community investments to help 18 community-based organizations across the state serve Delawareans needing food, shelter, utilities, and other critical products and services in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.
- (Florida) Florida governor: First phase of reopening businesses will begin Monday, with restaurants and stores at 25% capacity - Florida’s restaurants and retail stores will be allowed to reopen Monday at 25% capacity, if the local government allows it, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Wednesday, as the state begins the slow climb from the economic abyss caused by the coronavirus. The governor specifically excluded hard-hit, heavily populated Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, saying their
- (North Carolina) House Appropriations Committee approves $1.6B spending plan for federal aid
- More than $300 million would be sent to North Carolina’s public schools, and about $80 million would be used to reimburse districts for lost meal receipts or federal funds due to school buildings being closed
- (North Carolina) NC Senate OKs COVID-19 recovery bill to allocate federal funds, goes to House for vote
- The North Carolina Senate has passed its version of the COVID-19 Recovery Act, a package that will offer relief for various sectors of the state struggling during the coronavirus pandemic.
- The package includes funding for everything from medical supplies and Personal Protective Equipment to food banks, public schools and universities and small business loans.
- State lawmakers have been back in Raleigh to work on the coronavirus relief package, deciding how to spend the $3.5 billion the federal government sent to North Carolina. The work comes roughly a month after Congress passed its federal relief package.
- (Washington) Inslee: Stay-home order for COVID-19 to remain in place
- Governor Inslee announced that the state’s stay-home order will extend past the original May 4 expiration date
- (Wisconsin) Evers Orders 5 Percent Cut In State Spending In Response To COVID-19
- Gov. Tony Evers' administration is cutting the state's operations budget by 5 percent in light of revenue losses from the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Unemployment surge pushing state funds toward insolvency
- A surge in unemployment stemming from the coronavirus shutdown of large parts of the U.S. economy is starting to push some state jobless funds toward insolvency. At least a half-dozen states already have notified the federal government that they could need to borrow billions of dollars to pay unemployment benefits because their own trust funds are running out of money.
- (Indiana) State to roll out centralized contract tracing effort to investigate spread of COVID-19
- The state is contracting with health services provider Maximus to staff its call center with contact tracers trained by ISDH epidemiologists.
- Though the state is still finalizing its contract with Maximus, Box said she expects the program, call center and technology platform included, will cost $43 million a year.
- 18F starts allowing 'p-cards' for state and local government
- 18F, the federal government’s digital services agency, announced on Tuesday that state and local governments can now use government-issued credit cards to purchase its technology design and procurement services.
- (Colorado) CU regents hear update on state budget process, budget scenarios for CU system and campuses
- CU Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Todd Saliman reported that the budget bill under consideration by the legislature is expected to be sent to the governor for action at the end of May.
- Saliman shared that campus budget scenario planning includes planning for three different scenarios: a 5%, 10% and 20% reduction to system and campus operating budgets.
- (Kansas) With estimated COVID-19 costs at $35M, K-State cutting budget
- K-State officials now estimate that the COVID-19 related costs of moving to online classes and suspending campus operations will cost $35 million by the end of the school year.
- (Nebraska) $1.9 million in grants available to UNK students
- The grants will apply to expenses that students have incurred beginning March 13 that are directly caused by disruption to their instruction at UNK – items such as housing, moving or transportation expenses, food, technology, educational supplies and services such as child care and health care.
- (Vermont) Faculty cuts, pay reductions considered as UVM tightens budget
- UVM’s president, Suresh Garimella, has asked Gov. Phil Scott for $25 million from the $1.25 billion federal stimulus package Vermont received to help pay for student refunds, financial aid, expanded paid leave benefits, and growing technology needs.
- The state colleges, which are governed separately, are also hoping for a cash infusion of at least $25 million and are in far more dire straits.
- (Georgia) Georgia schools lock in grant money for remote learning amid COVID-19 - Nearly 200 public schools in Georgia are set to receive money for purchasing laptops and software aimed at boosting access to online courses as in-person classes remain suspended due to coronavirus. Last week, the state Board of Education voted unanimously to distribute roughly $21.5 million in federal grant funds among 55 local school districts that are seeking the money to buy Chromebooks, portable internet hotspots, remote-learning software and more.
- (North Carolina) North Carolina Senate committee forwards $2.4B COVID-19 relief bill with $874M for education
- Gov. Roy Cooper announced Friday that K-12 public schools would continue remote learning until the end of the school year as the state remains under a stay-at-home order and school officials said they will need around $240 million to do so.
- Under the bill, each school district would have to develop a remote learning plan for the 2020-2021 school year and submit it to the state board of education by July 20.
- The state received its first deposit of $2 billion in CARES Act funding April 15 with another $480 million to be allocated to metro areas in the state.
- (South Carolina) SC officials convene task force tasked with getting K-12 students back in school
- Officials in South Carolina have assembled a group of K-12 educators to help figure out how to navigate the coronavirus pandemic during summer and fall semesters and will convene for its first meeting on April 30, 2020.
- Indiana to outsource tracking
- Indiana is outsourcing contact tracing duties for the entire state to 500 call center workers under a new $43 million contract.
- Trump administration readies PPE shipments to nursing homes ravaged by virus
- The Trump administration is planning to send a seven-day supply of personal protective equipment to over 15,400 nursing homes, which for weeks have pleaded for more gear to protect against a virus that's swept through their facilities.
- COVID 3.5 – Additional Federal Funding For Healthcare Costs Of COVID-19
- The Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (COVID 3.5) supports small businesses by providing additional funding for the Payroll Protection Program and Disaster Loans Program
- The program provides grant funding of $75 billion for healthcare provers and $25 billion for testing
- Coronavirus: Why so many US nurses are out of work
- Many nurses are being told to stay home without pay, as American healthcare companies look to cut costs as they struggle to generate revenue during the coronavirus pandemic.
- (Maryland) Maryland Congressional Delegation Announces New COVID-19 Emergency Nutrition Assistance For Students Missing Free or Reduced-Price Lunches at School
- The USDA approved the state’s plan to provide new Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) assistance to all children who would receive free or reduced-price lunches if not for school closures
- The Maryland Department of Human Services estimates that approximately 427,000 children will benefit from the program for a combined value of over $49 million in estimated assistance
- (Michigan) State creates $130M fund for child care providers in Michigan during coronavirus outbreak
- Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced Wednesday a $130 million investment to make child care affordable and accessible during the coronavirus pandemic. This “Child Care Relief Fund” includes $100 million in federal CARES Act funding and another $30 million from the state’s child care fund.
- (Texas) Texas receives approval for SNAP online grocery purchases
- Texas Health and Human Services received federal approval to allow Texans to purchase groceries online using SNAP benefits during the pandemic.
- How ALPRs can be a force multiplier for law enforcement in times of crisis
- Automatic license plate recognition technology could be beneficial in helping police officer enforce citations while keeping social distance.
- (Massachusetts) MA: MBTA expects 95 percent drop in fare revenue for April, May and June
- The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority will use about a quarter of the $827 million it received from the federal government to aid in the lost revenue for this year’s budget.
- (Nevada) CARES Act impact on Washoe County Transit and RTC
- The Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County, Nevada will receive $20.8 million in federal funding from the CARES Act. These funds will be used to maintain current service levels and implement service upgrades planned for May.
- Latest Market Intelligence on COVID-19 Impact on Fleet Operations and Supply Chain Partners
- Upcoming Webinar, co-hosted by Automotive Fleet Magazine, that will focus on three supply chain segments: fleet management/service providers, telematics/data analytics companies, and the vehicle relocation/logistics segment. Scheduled for Thursday May 7, 2020 at 2:00AM EST.
- Gasoline Continues Drop $1.77
- The average national gas price continued to decrease by 4 cents, 28 cents cheaper than last month.
- GE renewables takes Q1 revenue hit, but results more about execution than COVID-19, CEO says
- General Electric (GE) is looking to cut several hundred million dollars of costs from its renewable energy division as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. While the renewable energies division has fared well in the first quarter, their aviation division has been heavily impacted and thus is why GE is looking to restructure other parts of the company.