GovWin SLED Coronavirus Recon
Published: June 09, 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.
- Local governments find remote work to be 'starting over' point
- The coronavirus pandemic forced municipal governments around the country to expand their remote workforce rapidly, but county officials said that the learning curve will help them make smarter technology decisions in the future.
- (Kansas) Kelly signs revised pandemic emergency authority bill
- Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly signed a bill Monday that resulted from last week's legislative special session, which limits her authority during the Covid-19 pandemic while giving more say to county officials and the state legislature.
- Government Employment Continues to Shrink as Total Jobs Rise
- While most sectors saw month-over-month growth in employment, the government continued losing workers in the latest jobs report — a trend not unexpected given agencies' reliance on tax and fee revenue.
- Voting delays, long lines bring chaos to Georgia primaries
- Some voters waited more than three hours to cast ballots on Tuesday amid reports of voting machine malfunctions in Georgia, a general election battleground, which held twice-delayed primary elections with a shortage of poll workers and social-distancing precautions caused by the coronavirus.
Funding & Economic Impact
- Detroit City Council to Vote on $31M Federal Funding Plan, State Updates and Adds Statistics to Website, Relaxes Medical Facility Rules, and More
- The City of Detroit Housing and Revitalization Department’s plan for spending $31 million in federal funding to help Detroit recover from the COVID-19 crisis is to be voted on by the City Council.
- In an effort to provide more information about COVID-19 in Michigan, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is providing additional and improved statistics on its website
- The state relaxed COVID-19-related orders on hospital capacity, emergency medical services, hospital visitation.
- (Pennsylvania) Gov. Wolf Announces $225 Million Grant Program for Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19
- Governor Tom Wolf announced a $225 million statewide grant program to support small businesses that were impacted by the COVID-19 public health crisis and subsequent business closure order.
- (New York) Reed moves on two fronts on aid to localities reeling from Covid-19
- Rep. Tom Reed launched two separate efforts aimed at helping cash-strapped local governments, prodding Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo not to "hoard" federal aid and asking the Federal Reserve to help smaller municipalities.
- (North Carolina) State treasurer: Spending will lessen economic impact of COVID-19
- N.C. State Treasurer Dale Folwell said COVID-19 restrictions will have a lasting effect on local governments and how they can fund programs and projects in the future.
- How much of a financial impact it will have depends on how quickly people start spending and bringing back local tax revenue, he continued.
- (Ohio) State says new budget hole covered as coronavirus undercuts Ohio tax take
- The coronavirus-fueled state budget hole confronting Gov. Mike DeWine and state leaders grew even bigger Monday, but the state budget director is confident it is covered.
- DeWine previously ordered $775 million in education-heavy budget cuts and now faces an additional hole approaching $300 million after May tax revenues came in $271.3 million or 13% below projections.
- (Indiana) Marion County receives $168 million in federal funds to help with coronavirus costs
- Indianapolis has received $168 million in federal funding to help its government and residents cope through the financial fallout of the coronavirus pandemic — a chunk of money that city officials say is still not enough to cover the costs of the ongoing crisis.
- (Montana) Relief grants helping some Montanans, others still waiting
- Since Gov. Steve Bullock created several grant programs to assist those impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, some businesses, individuals and nonprofits have received money while others wait.
- Tribes identify priorities for spending COVID-19 relief funds
- The U.S. Treasury has allocated $13.7 million to the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of Fort Hall through the CARES Act, which is intended to be used for COVID-19 relief to tribal governments.
- Florida’s small municipalities await their cut from $1.275B in CARES Act money
- As Congress debates a proposed $3 trillion COVID-19 package that would include billions of dollars for state and local governments, smaller municipalities in Florida are wondering when – or if – they’ll receive a share of previous federal assistance allocations.
- (Wisconsin) State Views: Pandemic costs municipalities $400 million in revenues
- Local governments across Wisconsin will lose about $400 million in revenues this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, losses that can’t be made up with emergency-relief dollars from Washington or Madison, according to the League of Wisconsin Municipalities.
- (Washington) Agencies propose cuts in key programs as state looks at budget woes
- State agencies turned in proposals to cut 15% from their budgets over the next fiscal year as well as two years after that
- Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Lightfoot says Chicago’s COVID-19 budget shortfall at least $700 million as city cancels Lollapalooza and other summer festivals
- Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Tuesday that Chicago’s 2020 budget shortfall will be close to $700 million due to the coronavirus’s effect on revenue. Lightfoot said all options, including property tax hikes and staff layoffs, will remain on the table.
- (Indiana) How Indianapolis will spend $79M in coronavirus relief: contact tracing, rent relief, PPE
- The Indianapolis City-County Council on Monday night approved two measures to spend $76 million in federal coronavirus stimulus funds and $3 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency on contact tracing, rent relief, personal protective equipment, and support for small businesses.
- North Dakota State Board of Higher Education passes policy to protect students privacy
- On behalf of the North Dakota Student Association, a resolution was created to protect student’s personal information from third-party vendors and various third-party websites that schools may utilize. This will forbid the 11 public colleges, throughout the state, to sell or release any student’s information for advertising reasons.
- With distance learning, many education programs have been outsourcing in order to conduct classes.
- (Maryland) USM Chancellor Perman: 'We will not have Covid-free campuses.'
- Most of the state's colleges, including the 12 institutions overseen by the University System of Maryland, have said they plan to reopen campuses for at least some in-person learning come fall.
- Institutions have laid out reopening action plans that include heightened safety protocols like requiring masks to be worn in all buildings and learning spaces, limiting non-academic campus events, obtaining personal protective equipment (PPE) for all essential staff, increasing facilities cleaning schedules and reducing on-campus housing capacity by at least a third in most cases.
- (California) Temperature checks and staggered schedules: State releases guidance on reopening schools
- The California Department of Education released on Monday much-anticipated guidance for reopening schools this fall, with officials emphasizing that the document is not meant to be a mandate for local school districts.
- (Missouri) Local school districts weigh in on proposed state education budget cuts
- One area seeing major cuts is transportation. The state is withholding $7 million from public school bussing. Some school districts had already shifted to a 4-day school week to reduce its transportation expenses.
- Colorado Board Of Education Meets With Gov. Polis, State Health Department As They Piece Together Plans For Fall
- The Colorado State Board of Education at its special meeting on Monday met with Gov. Jared Polis and State Epidemiologist Rachel Herlihy to discuss the future of schools in Colorado as the state continues to combat the spread of COVID-19.
- America added 300,000+ health care jobs in May
- Preliminary data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows the U.S. health care industry recovered an estimated 312,400 jobs in May, after losing 1.4 million jobs in April due to the financial constraints caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
- COVID-19 presents a new chance to make telehealth accessible to the underserved
- David Smith, executive director for the Medicaid Transformation Project, says vulnerable people are being left behind by the telehealth revolution – and it's vital to address systemic racism, language barriers and social determinants of health.
- Tennessee State Lawmakers Debate Telemedicine Bill
- The Tennessee House and Senate are at odds over a telemedicine bill, while Gov. Bill Lee has made the use of telemedicine far more available during the coronavirus pandemic, invoking his emergency powers to do so.
- (Texas) Gov. Abbott announces upcoming COVID-19 testing sites for underserved communities
- The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) will be working with local and public health officials across the state to provide COVID-19 testing in underserved and minority communities
- HHS Sending $25 Billion to Medicaid Providers, Safety Net Hospitals
- HHS is distributing an estimated $15 billion to providers that participate in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
- HHS plans to send $10 billion to America’s network of safety net hospitals
- (Arizona) State Health Director Tells Arizona Hospitals To ‘Fully Activate’ Emergency Plans
- As COVID-19 numbers in Arizona have been on the rise, the state health director has sent a letter to hospitals urging them to “fully activate” emergency plans. Hospitals are being asked to prepare for crisis care and to suspend elective surgeries if they are experiencing a shortage of staff or bed capacity.
- Missouri could get help with depleting unemployment fund
- Since the coronavirus began wreaking havoc on the state’s economy, more than 611,000 Missourians have filed for unemployment. East-central Missouri Republican Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer says Congress could consider whether to help states deal with their declining unemployment funds.
- (California) California Legislators Restore Child Welfare Cut as Budget Battle Looms
- The state legislature released a budget that would restore more than $90 million in previously proposed cuts to child welfare services
- (Colorado) COVID-19 Relief Bills Include Millions To Help Coloradans With Rent, Food & Utilities
- The State House gave initial approval to a package of bills aimed at helping people laid off. House and Senate Democrats introduced at least 16 bills dealing with COVID-19 relief.
- Coronavirus: Millions in CARES Act funding to pay for Idaho’s public safety salaries
- Idaho Gov. Brad Little announced that the state will use federal coronavirus relief funds to pay salaries for police and other first responders, allowing cities and counties to give savings back to those who pay property taxes.
- New York City mayor announces major projects to speed buses during city’s phased reopening
- The 14th Street busway will be made permanent and 20 miles of transformative projects will benefit daily riders in South Bronx and Flushing.
- New York MTA awards $73.1 million throughout COVID-19 pandemic, represents 32 percent of contracts to MWBE
- The agency has awarded 203 contracts to more than 26 of these businesses since the start of the pandemic.
- (California) L.A. Metro’s Recovery Task Force releases early recommendations to improve mobility in wake of pandemic
- Decisions on whether and how to implement recommendations will be made by a combination of the board of directors, L.A. Metro’s senior leadership team and responsible departments.
- (Maryland) Baltimore County Announces COVID-19 Eviction Prevention Program For Residents
- Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski announced a new initiative to assist county residents who are in danger of eviction due to a COVID-19 related financial crisis.
- The program’s initial phase will provide $1 million in rental assistance to households at risk of losing their current housing when the state moratorium on evictions is lifted.
- Feds Pump Millions Into Disability Housing As Part Of Coronavirus Relief
- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said it is making available nearly $77 million to support as many as 8,300 housing vouchers for people with disabilities.
- Alaska Housing Finance Corp. Launches COVID-19 Rent, Mortgage Relief Lottery For Affected Alaskans
- Beginning June 15, Alaskans whose income has been hurt by COVID-19 can apply for a chance to receive rent or mortgage assistance from federal funds provided through the state to the Alaska Housing Finance Corp. The program will use the $10 million provided to the corporation as part of Gov. Mike Dunleavy's distribution plan for the federal CARES Act funding provided to the state. AHFC spokesperson Stacy Barnes estimates the program will provide assistance to 8,000 to 12,000 Alaskans.