GovWin SLED Coronavirus Recon
Published: May 08, 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.
- Pandemic boosted public's interest in government, city officials say
- Whether it’s because homebound people are desperate for guidance in an open-ended emergency or they’ve simply exhausted their Netflix queues, some government officials have found themselves surprised by the sudden popularity of virtual meetings and news conferences.
- (Pennsylvania) PA extends coronavirus stay-at-home order to early June, as 24 counties move into yellow reopening stage
- Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has extended the state’s coronavirus stay-at-home order until June 4. Twenty-four counties will still move into the yellow phase of Wolf’s reopening plan at 12:01 a.m. Friday, so the extension only applies to the remaining counties, all of which continue to be in the red phase, which is otherwise known as the complete stay at home order.
- Rural Washington Counties Seize Opportunity To Accelerate Reopening
- Gov. Brown Announces Phase One For Reopening Oregon; Counties Must Meet Requirements, Large Gatherings Still Prohibited
- Oregon State Counties that have very small numbers of coronavirus cases and that have seen declining infection numbers can apply to reopen beauty salons, gyms and bars and restaurants for sit-down dining on May 15 with a number of rules and limitations.
- California Loosens Its Unprecedented Stay-at-Home Order, Allowing Some Businesses To Reopen
- Gov. Newsom is allowing some retail businesses to open their doors for the first time in almost two months, with some restrictions. Close-contact businesses will not be included in this order at this time.
Funding & Economic Impact
- (Austin, Texas) Council wants plan for how to spend $170M in federal aid for Covid-19 relief
- Council approved a resolution directing city staff to prepare an initial framework by May 21 for how to use the money provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, as well as reimbursements that will come from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for expenses related to the pandemic.
- (Wyoming) Governor Gordon Calls for Special Legislative Session to Address COVID-19
- The main item of business in the special session will be to consider appropriation of federal funds made available to the state from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
- They will also be amending and creating programs to be administered by the state to help businesses and residents that have been impacted by COVID-19.
- Hawai‘i Legislature to Reconvene Briefly in May
- The Hawai‘i State Legislature will reconvene on Monday, May 11 to address what it projects to be a $1 billion budgetary shortfall due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- (South Dakota) Stimulus bill sends $1.25 billion to state; funds might cover testing costs
- South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said last week that part of the $1.25 billion the state received in federal funding from the stimulus bill can help cover the cost of testing to patients.
- 4 Central Florida counties to receive millions in federal funding for COVID-19 relief
- Brevard, Volusia, Orange and Polk Counties in Florida will be receiving millions in COVID relief funding.
- Wyoming governor calls special session for COVID-19 funding
- Gov. Mark Gordon has convened the Wyoming Legislature for a two-day special session starting 8 a.m. May 15 to address the state's immediate needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- California just revealed a $54.3 billion deficit — signaling deep cuts ahead
- California finance officials revealed a $54.3 billion deficit today in the first economic assessment of the coronavirus pandemic’s devastating blow to the fifth-largest economy in the world.
- NY seeking $60B in federal funding because of coronavirus impact
- New York state said that it needs at least an additional $60 billion in direct federal funding along with millions of dollars more from Medicaid and FEMA formula changes in the next coronavirus aid package being crafted in Congress.
- Canceled field trips, no teacher training, deficits are possible effects of Ohio K-12 cuts
- Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced "severe budget cuts," as the Cincinnati Public Schools treasurer called them, to K-12 education across the state.
- With gas tax revenue plunging during coronavirus pandemic, Pa. looks to Congress to bail out transportation projects
- The coronavirus crisis has pushed transportation funding to a crossroads. Either Congress will pump more money into states grappling with plunging gas tax revenue, or Pennsylvania will have to make cuts to road projects just months after an earlier budget crunch.
- Mo. Auditor launches online COVID-19 funding tracker
- According to Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway, Missouri will be receiving more than $2 billion in federal funds.
- To keep spending and distribution of the CARES Act funds transparent, Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway said she implemented an online tool to give taxpayers a detailed look at how the state government is using those funds.
- Next Stimulus Needs to Help Us, Small Cities and Counties Say
- The $2 trillion stimulus bill Congress approved at the end of March did not include money for many cities and counties. That’s because only cities and counties with populations larger than 500,000 were eligible for direct infusions of cash, excluding about 95% of the nation’s more than 3,000 counties.
- Idaho revenue drop due to extended tax deadline
- Idaho's general fund revenue in April plummeted from initial forecasts, but officials said that's because the deadline for paying state income taxes was moved from April 15 to June 15 due to the coronavirus.
- Oklahoma House approves budget bills, awaits action from Stitt
- Wisconsin Misses Out On $25M In Funding After GOP Leaders Waited To Pass A COVID-19 Relief Bill
- (Mississippi) Lawmakers, not Gov. Tate Reeves, will control $1.2 billion in federal coronavirus relief
- After days of bickering over who should control the spending of $1.2 billion in federal coronavirus relief, legislative leaders joined Gov. Tate Reeves to announce they would control the spending and listen to the governor’s advice.
- (Connecticut) Pandemic Dampens State's Job, Economic Growth Forecasts
- The May 2020 issue of the Connecticut Economic Digest, produced by the state Department of Labor and Department of Economic and Community Development, includes a number of preliminary forecasts.
- (Missouri) Compromise eliminates state higher ed cuts, restores UM project — with a catch
- The compromise budget includes a plan to restore the 10% cuts to higher education institutions that were planned due to COVID-19-related budget shortfalls. The plan would also allocate funds to the NextGen Precision Health Institute being built at UM.
- The catch for this is that the 10% cuts and money for the precision health center will only be restored if the federal government continues to aid the states during the crisis.
- (Maryland) Hogan vetoes major education bill, cites virus budget impact
- Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan vetoed a major K-12 education measure as well as other measures with a significant cost, citing the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.
- The Governor cites that the economic fallout from the pandemic makes it impossible to fund any new programs, impose any new tax hikes, nor adopt any legislation having any significant fiscal impact.
- California just revealed a $54.3 billion deficit — signaling deep cuts ahead
- California’s public school system, including K-12 and community colleges, will lose $18 billion in the state’s minimum-funding guarantee, setting back years of striving to reach adequate education funding.
- (Kentucky) Upcoming budget reduction unlikely to affect school districts, but future reductions could
- Services to local school districts will likely be unaffected by an upcoming budget reduction within the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) due to a revenue shortfall brought about by the COVID-19 emergency
- Interim Education Commissioner Kevin C. Brown reported that there is little left to cut within the administrative operations of KDE, noting that those costs account for less than 1% of the state’s total K-12 education budget.
- (Alabama) House Passes Education Budget, General Fund Goes to Ivey
- The House approved the $7.2 billion Education Trust Fund, which is a $91 million increase from the 2020 fiscal year budget, but about $300 million less than the pre-pandemic proposed budget. The education budget and other education funding bills now go to the Senate, where they will be in committee Friday and could get final passage Saturday.
- Nebraska sets up new education portal; state making headway in COVID-19 unemployment claims
- Dr. Matthew Blomstedt, Nebraska's commissioner of education, unveiled a new website — launchne.com —that will house all the new materials and resources for the upcoming academic year.
- He said the site will also have details about new protocols for schools and examples of how education will move forward for summer and fall. It will also provide professional learning tools as well as a webinar series on how teachers can make effective use of online learning tools.
- (New York) De Blasio Strips Control of Virus Tracing From Health Department
- New York City will soon assemble an army of more than 1,000 disease detectives to trace the contacts of every person who tests positive for the coronavirus. But, that effort will not be led by the city’s renowned Health Department, which for decades has conducted contact tracing for other diseases.
- (Michigan) MI Launches Health Care Jobs Portal Amid Coronavirus
- The state has launched a new health care jobs portal as the need for people who can provide coronavirus care continues to rise.
- (MISSOURI) COVID-19 pandemic compounding the rural health care crisis
- As hospitals brace for a potential uptick in COVID-19 cases with the state reopening, small Missouri communities are facing problems exacerbated by the rural health care crisis that was already taking place in the U.S. Since 2014, 10 rural hospitals in Missouri have closed, and more are expected to shut down, according to Dave Dillon, a spokesperson for the Missouri Hospital Association.
- (HAWAII) Mayor Kirk Caldwell announces $25M program to reimburse household and childcare expenses during coronavirus
- Idaho's unemployment benefit fund looking strong, for now
- Over 21,000 self-employed apply for jobless benefits in first week
- The number of initial regular unemployment claims in New Mexico for the week ending May 2 was 16,801, a rise of 4,708 from the week before, according to U.S. Department of Labor statistics released Thursday.
- WIC Adapts To Keep Services Going For Wyoming Families
- How Coronavirus Has Stifled the Criminal Justice System
- This article discusses how COVID-19 has changed law enforcement, effects of COVID-19 on the court system, changes to corrections, and the research needed to understand the total impact of COVID-19 on the Criminal Justice System.
- (California) With No Way ‘Back to Normal,’ Transit Focuses on Public Good
- The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency slashed 75 percent of its service over a weekend, as the agency reacted to across-the-board service adjustments brought on by the coronavirus crisis.
- (Pennsylvania) PA: LANTA receives $21.6 million CARES Act grant
- The Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority received a $21.6 million coronavirus-relief grant, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced.
- (Pennsylvania & New Jersey) PA: EDITORIAL: Our post-pandemic transit challenges will require regional solutions
- SEPTA, PATCO, and New Jersey Transit say a strong working relationship has long been the norm among them. But the COVID-19 pandemic is creating a new normal in which all three mass transit agencies face public health, ridership, and revenue challenges.
- (Pennsylvania) PA: SEPTA faces an unprecedented financial challenge. A plunge in Pa. Turnpike traffic may make it tougher.
- SEPTA projects at least a $300 million loss of revenue through the end of June 2021 and as rock-bottom ridership challenges SEPTA's future, there's worry about funding from the Pennsylvania Turnpike, which typically provides a quarter of its budget.
- (Washington) WA: Seattle will permanently close 20 miles of residential streets to most vehicle traffic
- Nearly 20 miles of Seattle streets will permanently close to most vehicle traffic by the end of May
- (MONTANA) Bozeman mayor joins push for federal conservation dollars
- Mayor Chris Mehl is among the 112 elected officials who have signed a letter to Congress requesting that federal lawmakers include money for a popular conservation fund in an upcoming stimulus package aimed at addressing the coronavirus pandemic.