GovWin SLED Coronavirus Recon
Published: May 13, 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.
- Massachusetts State Leaders Use Digital Legislating
- The state elected officials from Sommerville, Mass., have reported relatively smooth sailing with digital meetings, despite a few technical glitches, and are glad remote legislating was deemed constitutional.
- (Minnesota) New state data will include probable coronavirus-related deaths
- State health officials plan to begin separately reporting fatalities that are believed to be caused by COVID-19, but were never confirmed by laboratory tests.
- Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton warns Austin, San Antonio, Dallas to loosen coronavirus restrictions
- Paxton's office said that there could be litigation if cities do not pull back coronavirus restrictions related to masks, sheltering in place and religious services.
- California Modifies Statewide Stay-At-Home Order As Seven Counties Certify To Open New Businesses
- California has certified seven counties to reopen additional businesses, including allowing dine-in restaurants to open with restrictions.
- Georgia Expands State COVID-19 Contact Tracing Program
- The state’s growing army of contact tracers have contacted roughly 11% of the more than 34,000 Georgians who have tested positive so far for COVID-19, according to an analysis of Department of Public Health numbers.
Funding & Economic Impact
- (New York) De Blasio hails House stimulus package that would give NYC $17B
- A new stimulus package proposed by House Democrats would funnel $17 billion to New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio said, urging lawmakers to move quickly on a plan he said would be a vital rescue for the nation’s hardest-hit city.
- Top Ohio officials trimming spending to help deal with coronavirus revenue crunch
- Ohio’s statewide officeholders are chipping away at their budgets in a bid to help the state survive a budget crisis fostered by the coronavirus pandemic. While not required as independently elected officeholders to comply with budget cuts ordered by Gov. Mike DeWine, they are voluntarily reining in spending to free up tax dollars to help offset other budget reductions.
- (South Carolina) McMaster poised to sign bill to avoid SC government shutdown, fund COVID-19 response
- South Carolina lawmakers adopted an emergency measure that now keeps state government funded past June 30 and spends millions of dollars more to respond to the state’s COVID-19 outbreak and response.
- (Wyoming) State auditor addresses economic impacts of COVID-19
- Wyoming lawmakers and statewide elected officials have begun the difficult process of determining how best to respond to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and spend the $1.2 billion in federal funding allocated to the state through the CARES Act. Wyoming received more funding per capita than any other state but the money comes with numerous restrictions about how it can be spent.
- (Massachusetts) Baker asks Legislature for $1 billion to fight coronavirus
- Gov. Charlie Baker is asking the Legislature to authorize $1 billion in state spending related to the COVID-19 pandemic, but is confident that the federal government will reimburse Massachusetts for the cost of things like personal protective equipment and temporary field hospitals
- Ohio reports sharply lower tax revenues in April
- General Revenue Fund (GRF) personal income tax receipts in April were $635.7 million, or 50.5 percent, below the budgeted estimate, while non-auto sales and use tax collections were $146.2 million, or 17.7 percent, below the forecast, according to a new report.
- SC lawmakers vote to fund state government as COVID-19 delays session
- Both the South Carolina House and Senate need to approve a resolution that would allow the state to continue spending money, should a budget not be set by the end of the fiscal year on June 30.
- State budget hits due to coronavirus are trickling in and it's not pretty
- Several states are already showing significant budgetary deficits, which is expected to continue as more states report revenue numbers.
- Calif. Lawmakers Propose Unprecedented Renter Relief Program
- State lawmakers representing Southern California introduced several proposals, including one for long-term apartment rent relief, to help aid economic recovery throughout the state and address the financial crisis caused by coronavirus.
- (Massachusetts) Baker asks Legislature for $1 billion to fight coronavirus
- Gov. Charlie Baker is asking the Legislature to authorize $1 billion in state spending related to the COVID-19 pandemic, but is confident that the federal government will reimburse Massachusetts for the cost of things like personal protective equipment and temporary field hospitals.
- $3T COVID relief bill includes tech money and restructures health acquisition
- The House of Representatives proposed a COVID-19 relief bill that appropriates more than $3 trillion on economic rescue for individuals and small business, but also focuses on modernizing government technology, provides for expanded telework for the federal workforce and contractors and takes steps to modernize the way medical and public health acquisition and equipment stockpiling is managed.
- Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker files $1 billion supplemental budget bill after mounting coronavirus costs
- The bill authorizes spending for PPE, rate adjustments for nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, incentive pay for state workers and other expenses, and sets aside money for the state’s field hospitals and contact tracing program
- (Virginia) Richmond region to receive $96.4 million in federal stimulus aid
- Local governments in the Richmond region will receive more than $96 million in federal emergency relief to pay expenses directly related to the coronavirus crisis.
- (Houston, TX) Mayor Turner shares biggest concern to reopening city during COVID-19
- The mayor announced Houston is facing a $169 million budget gap that could lead to 3,000 city employees being furloughed.
- Significant Property Tax Cuts In Colorado Threaten To Worsen Local Budgets
- (California) Fearing a Second Wave, Cal State Will Keep Classes Online in the Fall
- Classes at California State University’s 23 campuses will be canceled for the fall semester, with instruction taking place almost exclusively online
- House Democrats’ Latest COVID-19 Relief Package Would Direct $37 Billion More to Higher Ed
- The $3 trillion package would, among other things, direct more than $37 billion to higher education institutions and prevents, retroactively, the Department of Education from imposing student eligibility restrictions on higher education emergency relief funds allocated in the CARES Act
- N.J. Lawmaker Proposes Mandatory Tuition Refunds
- The proposed legislation would require institutions to refund 25 percent of tuition expenses for the spring semester.
- How Is The Pandemic Impacting College Finances In Illinois? It’s Not Pretty.
- Funding increases for public higher education under Gov. JB Prtizker could dry up in the budget year that begins July 1 as state revenue drops and costs for health care and unemployment rise.
- Senator Warns of Potential 25% Cut in Michigan School Funds
- A lawmaker warned of a potential 25% cut in state funding for K-12 schools because of economic fallout from the pandemic, saying to not “bank” on Congress sending additional aid to states or giving flexibility to use previously passed rescue money.
- COVID-19 Broadband Funding
- NTIA announced that they have updated their comprehensive guide to federal broadband funding. The database, BroadbandUSA, provides information on all federal broadband programs.
- N.J. got $310M in COVID-19 aid for schools. Here’s what your district will receive.
- The state Department of Education received $310 million in federal K-12 aid through the CARES Act. More than $200 million from that aid package has been awarded, with individual districts seeing as much $19 million in relief.
- (Oregon) Coronavirus impact on state budget has Portland Public Schools bracing for ‘severe’ cuts
- Portland Public Schools is bracing for a multimillion-dollar budget gap for the coming academic year, the result of an expected dip in state tax revenues as the coronavirus pandemic batters Oregon’s economy.
- New Mexico Hospitals To Receive $66 Million To Combat COVID-19, 12.4 To 50 Percent Medicaid Rate Increase
- New Mexico Congressional Delegation: $6.6 Million In Grants To 16 Community Health Centers For COVID-19 Relief, Testing
- New Mexico Senators and Representatives announced the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $6,626,899 to 16 New Mexico community health centers, Tribal health centers and Urban Indian Organizations to expand COVID-19 testing capacity and procure medical supplies.
- (Pennsylvania) PA Human Services launches emergency assistance program to help low-income families amidst COVID-19
- Department of Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller announced an Emergency Assistance Program to help low-income families who lost wages experiencing financial challenges due to the pandemic
- (Ohio) Families of Ohio students who received free or reduced-price lunches will get an additional $300 in SNAP benefits
- The state has been approved by the USDA to operate its Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) plan to provide assistance to families of children eligible for free or reduced-price meals dealing with school closures
- (New York) New York State Announces $880M in Temporary Food Assistance for School Children
- The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) program will provide eligible households with about $420 per child for the month of may
- New Tech Aids 911 Centers During COVID-19 Crisis
- Modern 911 dispatch centers are relying on new technologies to bridge the information gaps typical of landline telephone calls. Now, dispatchers and first responders are pulling data with new tools to improve public safety.
- How Dwindling Gas Tax Revenues are Impacting State Transportation Projects
- While stay at home orders are helping our country to flatten the curve and help stop the spread of COVID-19, the negative impact staying home is having on gas tax revenues in each state is adding up fast. With the nation driving less, states are facing significant funding shortfalls, delaying and in some cases even cancelling transportation projects.
- New stimulus package introduced by House Democrats includes $15.75 billion for transit
- The transit funding in the Heroes Act is in addition to the $25 billion provided in the CARES Act but is shy of what several industry groups were asking of the government.
- WMATA’s gradual recovery plan promotes safety first while ramping up regional mobility
- The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) released preliminary details of its COVID-19 pandemic recovery plan, which outlines a flexible blueprint for ramping up service while protecting customers and employees.
- How to Reduce Costs During COVID-19 Using Telematics
- GPS Insight published a video about how telematics and fleet management systems can help reduce fleet costs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Geotab Launches COVID-19 Fleet Benchmarking Dashboard
- Geotab has launched its Commercial Transportation Recovery Dashboard, which is designed to help depict the current state of COVID-19 recovery and help in visualize the pandemic’s impact on commercial transportation and trade activity.
- Renewables poised to outstrip coal generation in 2020 as COVID-19 accelerates transition: EIA
- Renewables generation is set to outpace coal generation in 2020, according to the latest short-term energy outlook from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), amid shrinking electricity demand caused by COVID-19 response measures as well as low natural gas prices.
- New York's share of HUD relief funds falls short of coronavirus need
- New York is slated to receive a much smaller share of relief funds distributed by the federal housing department than its share of national coronavirus cases, according to a new funding breakdown.