GovWin SLED Coronavirus Recon
Published: May 18, 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.
- (Oklahoma) State releases coronavirus equipment supplier info
- The State of Oklahoma has spent millions of dollars buying personal protective equipment from all sorts of places, including private equity firms, medical suppliers, and other companies from around the country. Some of the more unique vendors include a kiteboarding company in California and an industrial hemp company in Utah.
- Coronavirus prompts New Jersey and California to consider state worker furloughs like Michigan's
- (Massachusetts) Gov. Baker sets stage for unveiling reopening plan
- During his daily briefing about the coronavirus response in Massachusetts, Gov. Charlie Baker offered a little more insight into the developing plans for reopening the Massachusetts economy.
- Privacy Worries Could Derail Louisiana’s Virus Tracking Plans
- Concerns regarding a data breach could undermine Louisiana’s ability to quickly pinpoint those who have encountered someone infected with COVID-19.
- Minnesota Legislate Scrambles, Zooms and Sputters in Lackluster End of Session
- They reached an agreement on a K-12 school funding bill, a health and human services bill, an agriculture policy and finance bill, a judiciary and civil law bill, and a bill to extend a grace period for drivers whose licenses are set to expire but likely weren’t renewed as a result of restrictions from the coronavirus. Those bills are en route to Walz for his signature. Lawmakers also authorized Secretary of State Steve Simon to spend $17 million in election security funds — a timely issue with a statewide primary set for August and a general election in November.
Funding & Economic Impact
- House Passes COVID-19 Bill With Aid for Schools.
- (Ohio) DeWine's H2Ohio program survives massive coronavirus cuts
- Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s much-ballyhooed H2Ohio program appears to be coming through the coronavirus pandemic relatively unscathed.The H2Ohio program, funded at $172 million for its first two years, is losing relatively little and, in the case of state-subsidized agriculture programs, will actually have more money to spend than people were led to believe when the program was approved.
- (Alabama) Governor to sign record education budget
- Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey issued a statement announcing that she intends to sign the state education trust fund budget. Ivey also announced that she was signing the state general fund budget and amending SB161, the FY 2020 General Fund supplemental appropriations bill that would appropriate federal CARES Act funds.
- (Kentucky) Local governments prepare for tough stretch after COVID-19 economic shutdown
- The state's forecast revenue shortfall -- upwards of $500 million between the General and Road funds just in April -- has local governments tightening financial belts for the Fiscal Year 2020-2021.
- 'Unprecedented': States face hundreds of billions in lost revenue
- The coronavirus pandemic will cost states hundreds of billions of dollars in revenue in the upcoming fiscal year, according to an NBC News survey of 33 states and Washington, D.C.
- The Utah State Legislature will take up dozens of potential bills reacting to COVID-19
- The Utah State Legislature could explore dozens of potential bills responding to COVID-19 over the next year.
- California Cuts State Salaries 10 Percent to Offset COVID-19
- The pay cuts, scheduled to begin with the July pay period, would save $2.8 billion in the coming fiscal year, according to Newsom’s $203 billion budget proposal. His administration estimates the state faces a deficit of $54 billion over two fiscal years due to economic impacts of the coronavirus.
- Coronavirus putting future of state bills, grassroots efforts in jeopardy
- As of Friday, 14 states have postponed their legislative sessions because of the pandemic, 23 have adjourned their sessions for weeks and 15 states haven't approved state budgets, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, a bipartisan nongovernmental organization that keeps track and advises statehouses.
- Alaska State Legislature will reconvene on Monday
- The Alaska Legislature plans to reconvene Monday, prodded by a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of plans to distribute federal coronavirus relief funds.The sole focus will be on taking action aimed at clearing up concerns about the funding, according to Senate majority communications director Daniel McDonald and a release from the House majority.
- Lawmakers approve $300 million for Mississippi small businesses impacted by COVID-19
- The Mississippi Legislature committed $300 million of the $1.25 billion in federal coronavirus relief funds the state has received to small businesses that have been impacted by the pandemic.
- (Connecticut) CT poised to be 1 of just 7 fiscally safe states
- Connecticut’s state budget shortfall would be the 6th smallest in the nation over the next 14 months if the recession remained moderate, a new report shows.
- Delaware legislature to meet virtually, jobless filings fall
- Legislative leaders in Delaware plan to resume this year’s session later this month by livestreaming proceedings while keeping the statehouse closed to the public because of the coronavirus.Initial proceedings will focus on meetings of the two chambers and the two budget-writing committees.
- (Hawaii) Hawaii Lawmakers Tighten Spending Plan For COVID-19 Relief
- The draft reduces the Department of Defense’s request from $100 million to $40 million, and the Department of Health will not be getting some of its budget requests either
- (California) Coronavirus set to chop $2 billion from California higher ed — but financial aid survives
- State financial aid that thousands of students rely on to attend public institutions has been largely spared despite Governor Newsom’s spending cuts in the revised budget proposal
- House Passes Coronavirus Relief Measure Containing Numerous Higher Ed Provisions
- UNCF highlighted the following provision of the HEROES Act benefiting HBCUs and their students: $1,708,000,000 in funding for HBCUs and other Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs); the ability of the secretary of education to create flexibilities around the allowable uses for institutions participating in the Minority Science Engineering and Improvement Program to use their grant award amounts to respond to the needs presented by COVID-19; and the removal of the $62 million cap in the HBCU Capital Financing Loan Program, which frees up additional resources for HBCUs to respond adequately to COVID-19
- State Funding Hit to Higher Education Could Be Worse Than Great Recession
- Overall state support for higher education has fallen on a per-student basis since 2000; while federal funding has risen and the current recession likely will accelerate this major shift in government funding for public higher education.
- Washington colleges brace for potential 15% cut in state funding
- Washington’s public colleges and universities, already taking financial hits from the COVID-19 pandemic, may have to contend with a 15% reduction in state funding in the next fiscal year – a move that could cost jobs and academic programs.
- (Georgia) Gwinnett County Public Schools set to receive $32.2M in federal COVID-19 stimulus funds
- Gwinnett County Public Schools officials are anticipating millions of dollars in federal funds will help offset steep budget cuts that are expected to come from state officials because of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic.
- (Los Angeles, USD) LAUSD Leader: Budget Cuts ‘Just As Real A Threat’ To K-12 Students As Virus
- California Gov. Gavin Newsom said that a sharp drop in state revenues could force the state to slash funding for K-12 education by roughly 10% — comparable to the hit schools took in the Great Recession — unless the federal government steps in with aid immediately.
- (Ohio) Schools get federal stimulus; formula has clear winners, losers
- Ohio’s K-12 schools will receive at least $489 million in federal money to offset last week’s $355 million state budget cut, but because the federal and state approaches use very different formulas, some schools will come out of the current trade-off way ahead and others way behind. Ohio cites that since the federal CARES Act allocates more of its money to schools that serve a lot of poor families, certain school districts such as Dayton will “win” and be able to cover their budget cuts where others like Beavercreek will be far below.
- Fall school reopening plan: Ohio superintendent wary of full August return
- Superintendent Paolo DeMaria is pressing that the Ohio Department of Education’s role is not to advocate for a particular model, but to present resources for a variety of models, so local school boards, superintendents and others can choose the approach that works best for their community. DeMaria gave the example that schools in rural areas with poor broadband and less coronavirus cases may need to come back to schools where other districts evaluate remote learning options more heavily.
- Private schools in Kentucky to get greater share of COVID-19 relief than Indiana counterparts
- The Kentucky Department of Education is following U.S. Department of Education CARES Act guidance that money should flow through local school districts to private schools based on overall enrollment data. And the Indiana Department of Education is relying on its own interpretation of the CARES Act and has directed school corporations to distribute funds based on the numbers of impoverished students served by private schools under Title I of the Every Students Succeeds Act during the 2019-20 school year.
- Both states are acting by guidelines issued by the US DOE but show the different interpretations across the states in terms of funding allocations.
- The Coronavirus Put a $650 Million Hole in the Kansas Budget, and Even K-12 is on the Cutting Board
- In mid-March the state approved its K-12 budget which included nearly $120 million more for primary education which came in just before COVID-19 went rampant throughout the US.
- K-12 schools also make up close to half of the state’s spending and no cuts have been made as of yet but are likely to do so for the entire state’s recovery.
- (North Dakota) Help spend $33 million in money for ND education
- DPI Superintendent Kirsten Baesler has set up an online survey for educators, family members, education groups, advocacy organizations and state lawmakers asking for their views on how federal aid spending should be prioritized, improving distance learning and how best to support student learning needs during this pandemic.
- House Passes COVID-19 Bill With Aid for Schools.
- The U.S. House of Representatives passed a new $3 trillion coronavirus relief bill Friday that includes additional aid for K-12 schools, but which has little chance of passing the Senate.
- (Illinois) Durbin: $483M To Help IL Health Care Workers Get COVID-19 Testing
- According to U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-Illinois), $483 million is being sent to Illinois for COVID-19 testing, and these funds will be prioritized for the testing of nurses and other health care workers in the state.
- After Weeks of Coronavirus Chaos, Home-Based Care Providers Welcome Early Signs of Normalcy
- After an immense disruption from the COVID-19 virus led to a dip in patient visits and revenue, home-based care insiders are now reporting budding signs of normalcy.
- As Congress weighs coronavirus liability protections, states shield health providers
- Under pressure from health provider organizations, governors in Connecticut, Maryland, Illinois and several other states have ordered that most providers be shielded from civil — and, in some cases, criminal — lawsuits over medical treatment during the COVID-19 health emergency.
- Indiana receives funding for Coronavirus testing
- U.S. Senator Todd Young (R-Ind) announced the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will distribute more than $183 million to Indiana to boost coronavirus testing.
- (New Jersey) Murphy Announces $2.8M in Mental Health Funding and a New Hotline; Reports Latest COVID Figures
- Gov. Phil Murphy said he was proud to announce that New Jersey's Department of Health has been awarded more than $2.8 million in federal funding for vital behavioral health services, helping expand access to counseling & support services.
- Medicaid Spending, Enrollment Exceed Projections Due To COVID-19
- Many states are projecting higher Medicaid spending and enrollments continuing into 2021
- Governors eye Medicaid cuts to ease COVID-19 budget pain
- 13 out of the 33 states with projections told the Kaiser Family Foundation they are anticipating Medicaid budget shortfalls for the current fiscal year
- Massachusetts invests $56M to combat food insecurity amid coronavirus
- Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito said the funding was consistent with the findings of the Food Security Task Force, which was convened on April 22 in response to increased demands for food assistance. The group prioritized more than 80 recommendations tied to developing an emergency food program; fortifying the food bank system; maximizing federal resources for food and nutrition and reinforcing the food system infrastructure.
- Social Security Numbers, Banking Information Left Unprotected On Arkansas Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Website
- (Illinois) New unemployment portal's 'glitch' made private data public
- (Ohio) OH: Coronavirus: Springfield to use $1.8M federal transit grant for operating expenses, maintenance
- The money is to be used for transportation services as well as other associated costs. For Springfield, it means that money will go towards operating expenses and preventative maintenance associated with Springfield City Area Transit (SCAT).
- (Washington D.C. Metro Area) WMATA balances budget with federal CARES Act funding
- The CARES funding will also allow WMATA to cover increased expenses from enhanced safety measures and cover anticipated losses from jurisdictional subsidies.
- Transit Is Being Drawn to an On-Demand Model in Kansas
- Transit experiments like on-demand, shared rides in small bus-like vehicles could become one of the numerous changes to public transit in a post-COVID-19 world.
- Hawaii Lawmakers Budget $36M For Airport Scanners To Identify Sick Passengers
- The House Finance Committee earmarked $36 million to the Department of Transportation for airport machines to scan arriving passengers for fevers.
- Ohio policies cushion the pandemic’s impact on electric utilities
- Ohio utilities saw electricity sales drop this spring as the coronavirus pandemic prompted schools and businesses across the state to close.
- Coronavirus Wipes Out 5 Years of US Solar Job Growth
- According to a new SEIA analysis, the American solar industry now employs around 188,000 people, down from 250,000 at the beginning of the year. Many of those jobs could come back in an economic rebound. Still, it's a stark reversal for what had been one of the country’s fastest-growing industries, forecast by SEIA to reach more than 300,000 jobs by June of this year before the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic.