GovWin SLED Coronavirus Recon
Published: May 26, 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.
- Georgia governments can’t hold online hearings in COVID-19 era
- As many of Gov. Brian Kemp’s restrictions have expired, governments are taking steps to return to normal. Some are reopening city halls that were closed or bringing more people back to work. And for the first time since March, many are beginning to schedule public hearings for land-use decisions or budget discussions, potentially bringing residents back into government buildings en masse.
- Privacy Concerns Over Utah’s COVID-19 Tracing App Spur Proposal Of New Bill
- “It is a balancing act,” Hemmert said. “You don’t want to break what they’re trying to do but at the same time … those organizations certainly shouldn't be continuing to use that information post-pandemic.”
- (Oklahoma) Legislature OKs letting governor’s emergency powers expire
- The Oklahoma Legislature wrapped up its 2020 session on Friday after approving a resolution that calls for sweeping powers granted to the governor under a health emergency to expire at the end of the month.
Funding & Economic Impact
- (Kentucky) Funds coming to state to combat COVID-19
- The total amount, $97,738,054, is being awarded to Kentucky in order to develop, purchase, administer, process and analyze COVID-19 tests as well as to expand contract tracing and support other virus initiatives.
- Illinois Lawmakers Pass $40 Billion Budget, Includes Funds For COVID-19
- The newly passed budget factors in $5 billion in loans from a federal reserve program designed to help states during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- (New York) Mayor de Blasio sets aside $23M for outside coronavirus consultants despite budget cuts to NYC agencies
- The $22.9 million in consultants are part of more than $1.4 billion that New York City has spent responding to coronavirus, a number that’s expected to surge to at least $3.5 billion by the end of the year, according to the mayor’s office
- (Kentucky) Forecasting group predicts $456M budget shortfall for state, due to COVID but also delayed tax filings
- The Consensus Forecasting Group has painted a bleak outlook for state revenue during the remainder of the 2020 Fiscal Year that ends June 30, but not quite as bad as predicted earlier this spring.
- (Wyoming) Lose ‘the entire payroll’? Dire budget choices loom for state
- State government will soon experience “profound” budget cuts because of a global pandemic and oil market crash, Gov. Mark Gordon said on Wednesday, though to what degree, when and how they will be applied remain to be seen
- Illinois Lawmakers Pass $40 Billion Budget, Includes Funds For COVID-19
- Federal funding will play a key role in the new $40 billion Illinois budget passed by state lawmakers.
- States urge Trump not to cut National Guard COVID funding
- More than 120 Democratic and Republican lawmakers nationwide have called for additional aid for National Guard COVID operations.
- Trump's Food Aid Program Gives Little Funding To The Northeast, Where Coronavirus Hit Hardest
- President Donald Trump's signature food aid program is sending less relief to New York and New England than other parts of the country, even though the Northeast has the most coronavirus cases.
- Colorado cities, counties brace for fiscal wreckage from coronavirus, even with federal help
- Bills that would help municipalities fill gaping budget holes face a tough fight in Washington.
- State AGs Press for More Broadband Funding
- A majority of state attorneys general is calling on Congress to boost broadband funding to help the shelter-at-home populace get access to healthcare and education and jobs, and they don't want it counting against their states' ability to qualify for other funding.
- (Kentucky) Kentucky Braces For Budget Cuts During Coronavirus Pandemic
- Kentucky is bracing for a $457 million revenue shortfall due to a steep drop from taxes during the pandemic
- (Georgia) First look at how Georgia lawmakers will try to cut 14% from coronavirus-depleted state budget
- While targeted spending reduction in the revised budget is 14% across the board, some cuts are larger and some are smaller
- (California) California To Spend $1.8 Billion More On Coronavirus Response
- Governor Newsom took an extra $1.8 billion to pay for more protective gear and extra hospital beds to aid the state’s response to the coronavirus
- (New Jersey) Murphy slashes $1.3B in spending to fix state budget ravaged by coronavirus crisis
- Cuts include $135 million for the popular Homestead property tax relief program, $102 million in college operating assistance and $68 million in opioid funding
- (Louisiana) La. House committee pushes spending plan to prevent harsh budget cuts amid pandemic
- The plan would not only balance this year’s budget but also alleviate much of the nearly $900 million in budget cuts that legislators had feared would be needed
- The Plan still includes a $22 million cut to higher education and a $40 million cut to the Louisiana Department of Health
- Washington colleges, universities brace for big budget hit
- In the State of Washington, Higher education can be cut because it’s funding is considered discretionary. While Washington’s Constitution preserves education as the state’s top duty, few believe that includes learning beyond 12th grade. Higher education is expected to get a sharp cut to funding likely to go higher than the 15% state Budget Director David Schumacher asked of state agencies earlier in the month.
- College Presidents Say Fall Opening Likely
- More than half of college presidents (53 percent) said it was “very likely” their institutions would resume in-person courses this fall, and another 31 percent said it was “somewhat likely,” according to a survey of 310 presidents conducted by the American Council on Education.
- University Of Kentucky To Use Contingency Fund To Save Jobs
- The University of Kentucky will use portions of its contingency fund to save nearly 100 school jobs in the next fiscal year amid continuing furloughs at the school.
- This initiative comes after 100 additional academic employees were furloughed Friday, about a month after the university furloughed nearly 1,700 academic and UK HealthCare employees due to revenue shortfalls related to the coronavirus outbreak.
- A Looming Financial Meltdown For America's Schools
- With the nation's attention still fixed on the COVID-19 health crisis, school leaders are warning of a financial meltdown that could devastate many districts and set back an entire generation of students.
- Hawaii Schools Under Pressure To Provide More Data About Remote Learning
- Since the Hawaii Department of Education closed schools in March and switched to distance learning to stem the spread of coronavirus, it has struggled to answer two critical questions: how many students are participating in online learning, and how many don’t have the tools or technology to access it?
- 'There's no one size fits all': How some California school districts are planning to reopen, according to State Superintendent Tony Thurmond
- There are a few things we can expect pretty much across the board. For starters, students and staff will be required to maintain physical distance and probably wear face masks. There may also be some required temperature taking of students and teachers, Thurmond said. He said it's not yet decided whether students or staff will need to be tested for the virus before returning to school campuses.
- Colorado lawmakers could cut K-12 education spending 15% to fill hole left by coronavirus
- Colorado lawmakers tasked with crafting a balanced budget cut more than 15% from the state’s $4.6 billion K-12 education budget after Colorado schools received $510 million in federal coronavirus relief money from Gov. Jared Polis. Which was in addition to $121 million in federal assistance reserved for schools.
- Schools could pursue layoffs if California budget cuts K-12 funding
- School districts may have another opportunity to lay off teachers, which they normally cannot do after mid-May, if the Legislature approves the budget cuts Gov. Gavin Newsom is proposing.
- Newsom's proposed 8 percent cut to districts' general fund would activate a state law that would set in motion a layoff period through August 15 for those districts that choose to use it.
- South Carolina Superintendent of Education requests more funding for summer programs
- South Carolina’s top education official wanted $115 million for summer school programs to get some of the state’s most vulnerable students back on track after the coronavirus.
- But Accelerate SC, the state’s special reopening committee, only recommended about 10% of that from the $1.9 billion of federal government COVID-19 relief.
- Wealthiest Hospitals Got Billions in Bailout for Struggling Health Providers
- Twenty large chains received more than $5 billion in federal grants even while sitting on more than $100 billion in cash.
- Amid accuracy concerns, Alaska providers use Abbott COVID-19 testing machines with safeguards in place
- The state of Alaska’s public health labs are working to double-check results from rapid COVID-19 testing machines as concerns about their accuracy continue to swirl nationally.
- States give few details on billions spent on virus supplies
- States are spending billions of dollars stocking up on medical supplies such as masks and breathing machines during the coronavirus pandemic. But more than two months into the buying binge, many aren’t sharing details about how much they’re spending, what they’re getting for their money or which companies they’re paying.
- Maryland wants to perfect 'classic' contact tracing before launching apps
- Maryland is considering creating a smartphone app that will notify residents if they’ve come into proximity with someone diagnosed with COVID-19. But first, the state is launching what Lance Schine, the deputy secretary of information technology, called “classic contact tracing.”
- As HHS gives $4.9 billion to nursing homes, provider groups ‘disappointed’ that COVID-19 support still eludes senior living
- Nobody in long-term care is begrudging skilled nursing facilities for the $4.9 billion that began flowing to providers on Friday to fight effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, but associations are asking federal and state governments not to forget senior living operators.
- Missouri offers free community sampling COVID-19 tests for 6 more counties
- As part of the state’s COVID-19 community sampling efforts, six additional counties will host testing events. The goal is to test nearly 10,000 people over a 10-day period in Boone, Cape Girardeau, Greene, Jackson, Jefferson and St. Charles Counties.
- $1.7 million federal grant to assist older Ohioans through COVID-19
- The Ohio Department of Aging announced Tuesday that it has received a $1.7 million federal grant to strengthen services that support the health, safety, and independence of older Ohioans challenged by the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency.
- Arizona 'testing blitz' extended for two more weeks
- The state's three-week COVID-19 testing blitz came to an end last week. After tens of thousands were tested in that stretch, Arizona decided to extend testing by two weeks.
- (Hawaii) Head Of Labor Department: 190,000 Could Remain Unemployed Through End Of Year
- Economists are predicting that less than half of those residents will be back in the workforce this year.
- Pennsylvania Court Expands Video Use to Meet Demand
- Rather than keep litigants six feet away from each other, Northampton County, Pa., has instead decided to take people out of its courtrooms and put them on the Internet with the use of video technology.
- Drones to Help Texas Railroad Commission with Efficiency, Safety
- The Texas Railroad Commission believes its drone inspection team offers multiple advantages, including quality investigation of areas that humans can't reach and reduced person-to-person contact during COVID-19.
- COVID-19 Reveals Challenge Facing Merchant Renewables
- Power market flaws exposed as falling demand during the lockdown simulates a high-renewables grids.
- The Right Coronavirus Recovery Could Make 2019 the Year of Peak Carbon
- While COVID-19 continues to have devastating consequences across the globe, the lockdown triggered by the virus has driven a material reduction in atmospheric CO2 levels. In cities such as Beijing, Los Angeles, London and New Delhi, air quality is now cleaner than at any time in living memory, and International Energy Agency research indicates global emissions could drop by 8 percent in 2020.
- (Massachusetts) McGovern announces emergency funding for public housing
- 15 public housing authorities in Massachusetts are set to benefit from $3.6 million coming from the federal government and being made available through two grant programs.