GovWin SLED Coronavirus Recon
Published: May 11, 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.
- (Washington) State wins grant to help retrain laid-off workers for COVID-19 response
- A new job retraining program will tap into the growing pool of unemployed workers around Washington state to help fill critical roles caused by the health crisis.
- New statewide food bank map shows Californians where to find food
- Californians struggling to find food can now go online to find the nearest food bank or food distribution center, thanks to an interactive statewide food map released Thursday by the office of Los Angeles Controller Ron Galperin.
- Where states are reopening after America’s shutdown
- This graphic offers a breakdown of each state in regards to how open they are, and what businesses are beginning to operate once more
- Virginia’s 2020 budget bill includes new COVID-19 tax relief
- Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed a budget bill for the 2020 – 2022 biennium that contains several significant new and familiar tax provisions, including COVID-19 administrative tax relief, a sales tax exemption for certain research and development centers, and a deduction for ABLE account contributions.
- (Philadelphia, PA) Philly Officials Slow to Spend $85 Million Reserved for COVID-19 Relief
- A month after Philadelphia City Council approved the use of $85.4 million for COVID-19 relief efforts, only a quarter of the money has been spent but city officials say they expect to spend the remaining $65 million by the end of June.
- This information comes after infections have shown to decline and emergency operations are winding down.
- (New York) Cuomo demands twice weekly care home Covid-19 tests
- Workers at care homes in New York state must be tested for coronavirus twice a week under new rules laid out by Democratic governor Andrew Cuomo.
- (Illinois) Pritzker senior staff member tests positive for COVID-19, all governor’s employees to work from home
- Illinois Governor JB Pritzker and his employees will work from home after a senior staff member tested positive for the coronavirus.
- Florida State Records Offers a COVID-19 Page Using Local Government Statistics
- Oregon, Washington State Parks Reopen Under Strict Guidelines
Funding & Economic Impact
- Billions in federal coronavirus aid flows to small states as bigger ones stagger under costs
- The $150 billion in state and local funding from the $2 trillion relief package passed by Congress in March was intended to help states deal with the financial burdens associated with coronavirus, but the formula for handing it out was designed to make sure smaller states weren't shorted -- even as bigger states have staggered under the weight of the crisis.
- Small, Private Colleges Get Boost From Coronavirus Relief Funds
- Of the nearly $350 million Congress allocated for higher education, most has now been allotted by the U.S. Department of Education to small, private colleges that serve just a fraction of U.S. college students. Meanwhile, public colleges — which serve more than 70% of all college students — are facing a steep drop in state funding.
- More checks? A payroll tax cut? Trump and Congress are split on the next coronavirus stimulus plan
- President Donald Trump and congressional leaders have pitched a number of proposals they argue are essential to a new economic stimulus plan to combat the effects of the coronavirus. The result: A grab-bag of ideas without a deal.
- Despite coronavirus funding, the future is uncertain for rural hospitals in Washington
- A new funding package has infused struggling rural hospitals in Washington with millions of dollars in coronavirus relief funds. But hospital executives and lawmakers say it is unclear whether the funds will be enough to rescue hospitals that were already financially strapped before the pandemic.
- ‘There’s pain everywhere.’ Hospitals stand to lose $1.5 billion amid COVID-19 crisis
- Connecticut hospitals, stung by the widespread cancellation of elective procedures, a steep drop in emergency room visits and the need for additional staffing and protective gear to navigate the COVID-19 crisis, stand to lose $1.5 billion this fiscal year.
- APTA asks Congress for additional COVID relief funding
- The American Public Transportation Association urged Congress to provide an additional $23.8 billion in emergency funding to America’s public transit agencies.
- Minnesota's expiring COVID-19 money a 'looming problem'
- The Legislature created the $200 million COVID-19 Minnesota Fund in March and set a May 11 deadline to use up the money. Budget officials are now seeking an extension, and want to add another $200 million or $300 million to continue the pandemic response.
- The fund’s expiration date is a “looming problem” and the remaining millions will not all be spent by then, Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Myron Frans warned. That’s not because of a lack of demand for the aid.
- Virginia to send $650 million in U.S. aid to local governments, makes testing priority for state's share
- Virginia plans to send $650 million in federal financial aid to local governments to pay the costs of responding to the coronavirus pandemic that has crippled the economy and collection of tax revenues essential to delivering public services.
- New study puts Connecticut’s teacher pension debt at $50 billion
- Connecticut’s teacher pension debt is officially listed at $16.8 billion, but a new study says that figure might be much higher.
- Oregon Expects $3B Reduction In Tax Revenue; State Prepares To Cut Spending 17%
- (Hawaii) Lawmakers Reach Tentative Agreement On CARES Act Spending Bill
- A key bill allocating $862 million of states CARES Act funding to Hawaii has reached a tentative deal as lawmakers continue discussion on how best to spend the emergency money.
- Velázquez, King Push for Higher Education Funds in Next COVID-19 Package
- Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) and Rep. Peter King (R-NY) have written the Leadership of the U.S. House of Representatives calling for greater emergency funding for higher education institutions in Congress’ next COVID-19 package. Specifically, the lawmakers are asking for $175 billion more for the Education Stabilization Fund and $46 billion of that to be set aside for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF).
- U.S. Department of Education Requires Higher Education Institutions to Post CARES Act Funding Information on Websites
- The Department of Education issued an electronic announcement directing institutions receiving funds under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), as established by Section 18004 of the CARES Act, to post information regarding such funds to institutional websites.
- AP Testing to Begin, Amid Controversies
- With AP tests being important for high school students for finishing out the school year, they are important for college admissions as well.
- Some of the changes that the College Board make are that the AP exams will only include material that most teachers cover in their courses by March and this year’s tests will be shorter at 45 minutes instead of the usual three hours.
- Colorado School Districts Look To Trim Millions, Meaning Less Pay, Possibly Fewer Schools And Fewer Schooldays
- State income and sales tax have fallen through the floor and the state faces as much as a $3 billion dollar hit. So school districts across the state are preparing for years of budget cuts, with the hardest hits expected two to three years down the road, according to state forecasts.
- Funding is likely to be cut by 15-20% which is more than double the school district’s worst year during the Great Recession.
- Denver Public Schools, the state’s largest school district, is considering the following options pay freezes, across-the-board salary cuts, furloughs, dipping into reserves, consolidating smaller schools, and adjusting bell time to save money.
- Amazon, medical supply firm team up to sell coronavirus PPE to health care workers
- Amazon has teamed up with Urgent Response Products to stock a website for health care providers and government groups
- (Virginia) More eyes needed to keep children safe during coronavirus outbreak
- The Fredericksburg Department of Social Services is encouraging essential workers, such as restaurant and delivery workers, to report any physical, sexual or emotional abuse of children that they notice while working. The agency is disbursing flyers with this message on it throughout the county.
- UNEMPLOYED NEW YORKERS CLING TO FRAGILE PANDEMIC SAFETY NET
- While the state has distributed more than $4.6 billion to 1.6 million out-of-work New Yorkers between the middle of March and April 30, many lower-income workers won’t get as substantial a benefit.
- (California) New state child care website comes up short
- The state's new child care portal to help essential workers find child care during the pandemic lacks key information, including many providers' names, available slots, violations and cost. But a more elaborate site is to launch in July.
- Despite old mainframe, Oklahoma's unemployment system holding up
- While a majority of states’ unemployment systems writhe beneath an avalanche of claims, officials in Oklahoma say they’re weathering the increased demand thanks to a new software platform that makes the application process more transparent both to applicants and the state itself.
- (Tennessee) COVID-19 Has Significant Impact on Tennessee Court Dockets
- Trials planned this spring must be rescheduled, and most criminal cases investigated since the Tennessee Supreme Court started limiting operations in mid-March are also now part of a growing backlog.
- Economic analysis puts pandemic impact on U.S. transit industry at $48.8 billion
- Even with CARES Act funding, the industry still faces a $23.8-billion shortfall by the end of 2021. APTA has queried Congress to provide additional emergency financial relief.
- (Washington) Vancouver, Wash., Pushes Pause on Bike Lane Project
- The city of Vancouver’s transportation budget has been stripped to the studs, a combination of coronavirus fallout and a voter-approved restriction on car tab fees. Now, a protected bike lane project will have to wait.
- New York MTA leads coalition of 15 U.S. public transit agencies to request additional emergency federal aid
- By MTA’s own estimate, agencies nationwide will need an additional $32 billion to address COVID-19 through 2021.
- (California) MTC creates Blue Ribbon Task Force to guide recovery of Bay Area transit network in post-pandemic future
- The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) will create a 30-member Blue Ribbon Task Force to guide the future of the Bay Area’s public transportation network as the region adjusts to new conditions created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The Pandemic Will Mean Big, Lasting Changes for Urban Mobility
- The Shared Mobility Summit zeroed in on all the many ways urban mobility has been rocked by the novel coronavirus. The consensus among experts seems to be that the crisis will force long-term changes.
- Securing relief amid COVID-19: 4 considerations for utilities
- In light of the unprecedented socioeconomic consequences of COVID-19, as well as the essential nature of gas and electricity services, utility companies and regulators are also taking unique steps to see that customers receive service whether or not their energy bills are currently paid.