GovWin SLED Coronavirus Recon

Published: May 08, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) PandemicRecon

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 

Higher Education

  • (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.

K-12 Education

  • 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.

Health Care

  • (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.

Social Services 

Justice/Public Safety

  • 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.

Transportation

Natural Resources/Environment

  • (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.