GovWin SLED Coronavirus Recon
Published: May 01, 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.
- Ohio stay-at-home order extended until end of May
- Stay-at-home order for Ohioans in place until at least May 29th
- Massachusetts May Pursue COVID-19 Contact Tracing App
- Public health experts warn that quick, effective tracing is key to reducing the spread, and while Massachusetts isn’t implementing mobile contact tracing due to privacy concerns, the governor hasn’t dismissed the idea.
- Bad Actors Have Adapted Well to the Pandemic Crisis
- With a large uptick in government telework, the fear and anxiety surrounding cyberattacks has risen, and reports from state and federal authorities consistently indicate hackers are trying to take advantage of the current chaos for their own gain.
- California county defies governor’s virus shutdown order
- A rural California county allowed nonessential businesses to reopen, becoming the first to defy the governor’s statewide orders barring such moves during the coronavirus pandemic.
- State of Alaska Receives $3M Worth Of PPE From China
- (Arkansas) Counties to get help for election; state to apply federal funds of $4.7M for ballots, machines
- Secretary of State John Thurston said Wednesday that his office is working on a plan to help counties by using $4.7 million in federal funds to help mitigate coronavirus concerns during the Nov. 3 general election.
Funding & Economic Impact
- (Kentucky) Beshear says Ky. faces 'significant' budget shortfall due to COVID-19
- Gov. Andy Beshear says due to coronavirus and the state's response, Kentucky's budget office predicts a “significant" general fund shortfall between $319 million and $496 million when the fiscal year ends in June
- University of Alaska will take a massive financial hit due to COVID-19, top administrator warns
- A top University of Alaska official says the university system will take a significant financial hit from the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The university will likely see a $35 million to $45 million revenue loss during the next two fiscal years because of the virus
- (Virginia) State budget cuts driven by COVID-19 nix funds for courts positions across Va.
- Due to the pandemic, Governor Ralph Northam was forced to rethink all new spending, because the virus likely will eviscerate projected state revenues for some time to come.
- Consequently, the governor recommended, and legislators agreed, to suspend almost all new spending in the state’s pending, two-year $135 billion budget to give state leaders time to assess the economic damage
- Michigan receives approval for nearly $390M in federal education funding
- Michigan has been approved by the U.S. Department of Education (USED) for nearly $390 million in federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER).
- Legislature Asserts Control Over CARES Act Funds by Early Return
- The Mississippi State Legislature will reconvene sooner than planned to manage the state’s $1.25 Billion received from the CARES Act.
- North Carolina House passes its version of coronavirus relief spending
- The North Carolina House voted 117-1 in favor of House Bill 1043, which would allocate nearly $1.7 billion for health care, research, education, and state and local government operations. This funding is part of the more than $4 billion earmarked for the state in the federal CARES Act.
- (Pennsylvania) Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney's revised budget includes layoffs, tax increases
- Two months after he presented his 2021 budget to the City Council, Philadelphia Major Jim Kenney released a revised budget in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The revised budget includes layoffs, tax increases, salary reductions and cuts to some city services.
- Colorado governor slashes state spending, outlaws evictions and keeps ski areas closed in series of late-night orders
- Governor Jared Polis declared Colorado does not have the money “to carry on the functions of the state government” amid the coronavirus and immediately slashed $229 million in spending.
- (Rhode Island) State has spent $9M, plans another $147M to fight coronavirus
- In the first meeting of the state’s COVID-19 Spending Task Force, Governor Gina Raimondo told state lawmakers that roughly $9 million has already been spent combating COVID-19 and that another $147 million will be spent to address the virus. The state’s largest expense has been medical equipment.
- (Minnesota) MN Senate passes COVID recovery bill, Dems say unwise given budget situation
- More Minnesota families would be eligible for the K-12 education tax credit…businesses and farmers could deduct large equipment purchases… and struggling businesses wouldn’t have to pay taxes as soon — under a 330-million-dollar bill the Republican-controlled Minnesota Senate passed on Thursday
- (Louisiana) Cantrell request council approval for $100M loan to offset budget deficits from COVID-19
- Mayor Latoya Cantrell is asking the city council to support borrowing 100 million dollars. The money would help offset the deficit caused by the Covid-19 outbreak.
- The city would pay that loan back over several years and would go to help fund essential services.
- (Michigan) State legislature forms oversight committee for coronavirus response
- A new state legislative committee has been established to provide oversight on how the state conducts its COVID-19 response. The committee will look into the state’s response to the pandemic, investigating how the money allocated was spent, the legalities of the various executive orders, the allegations of data mining from a firm the state was due to award a contact tracing contract to, and how different policies and procedures were utilized.
- Budget fallout from virus hitting Pennsylvania
- The economic hurt from measures to contain the coronavirus is being felt, as Pennsylvania state government's tax collections collapsed in April and in Philadelphia, Mayor Jim Kenney proposed tax increases and layoffs.
- Secretary DeVos Delivers Nearly $1.4 Billion in Additional CARES Act Relief Funds to HBCUs, Minority Serving Institutions, and Colleges and Universities Serving Low-Income Students
- Institutions may use this funding to cover the cost of technology associated with a transition to distance education, grants to cover the costs of attendance for eligible students, and faculty and staff trainings. Additionally, funds may be used to cover operational costs, such as lost revenue, reimbursements for prior expenses, and payroll.
- Sen. Hawley rolls out bill to block universities with large endowments from receiving millions in coronavirus aid
- Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., announced a bill that would prohibit universities from receiving millions in coronavirus relief if they have an endowment larger than $10 billion
- Small Schools ‘Win the Lottery’ in Latest Stimulus Grants
- Under one grant in the package, schools that didn’t get at least $500,00 from the other parts of the CARES Act will get however much is needed to bring their amount of aid up to the $500k
- Secretary DeVos Reiterates Learning Must Continue for All Students, Declines to Seek Congressional Waivers to FAPE, LRE Requirements of IDEA
- DeVos is not recommending Congress pass any additional waiver authority concerning the Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) and Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), reiterating that learning must continue for all students during the COVID-19 national emergency.
- New York schools staying closed through spring, Cuomo says
- New York’s schools and colleges will remain shut through the end of the academic year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
- State Unemployment Funds Going Broke From Record Flood Of Claims
- Gov. Little Says Idaho ‘Caught Up’ On Unemployment Claims Despite Reports Of Delays
- Addressing the internal challenges law enforcement agencies face during COVID-19
- Police leaders are working to balance enforcement priorities while ensuring the safety and well-being of their personnel. This article goes further into this discussion.
- Thermal Screenings Could Become Norm at Public Events
- The technology has long existed before the current COVID-19 crisis, however officials say the heightened focus on public health has expanded the market for this technology.
- Work Truck Launches COVID-19 Data Center
- A new COVID-19 data center showcasing how COVID-19 is impacting real fleets, from employee health protection measures to total cost of ownership impacts and much more.
- Billions in Clean Energy Loans Go Unused as Coronavirus Ravages Economy
- Loans which would aid renewable power, nuclear energy and carbon capture and storage technology have gone unused.
- Missouri governor highlights COVID-19 housing assistance
- Under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Missouri will receive funding for additional resources to help meet emerging needs, including the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program.