GovWin SLED Coronavirus Recon
Published: June 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.
- (New Jersey) Booker Urges Senate Leaders to Provide COVID-19 Relief Funding for State-Recognized American Indian Tribes
- U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) sent a letter to Senate leaders urging them to provide COVID-19 relief funding to state-recognized American Indian tribes.
- 'Rapid Recovery' initiative to invest $50 million in federal funding for Indiana COVID workforce, education needs
- The Indiana Governor's Workforce Cabinet is launching a new "Rapid Recovery for a Better Future" initiative this month to assist in coronavirus-related business recovery.
- Pandemic's budget shortfalls push states toward automation
- As the states face billions in budget shortfalls, some state chief information officers are showing greater interest in technologies that can automate various administrative tasks, hoping to reduce the strains on government workforces that may soon be thinned out amid the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- (Hawaii) Gov. extends COVID-19 emergency period; quarantine changes made for travel around, into Hawaii
- Governor Ige signed an emergency proclamation that extends the state’s COVID-19 emergency period through July 31
- (South Carolina) Weekly unemployment claims rise in South Carolina for first time in two months
- Nearly 23,000 people filed initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits last week, snapping a seven-week trend, the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce said Thursday.
- Quarantine fatigue: Governors reject new lockdowns as virus cases spike
- The coronavirus is spiking in more than a dozen states and intensive care beds are filling again, but several governors have no plans to reimpose shutdown measures or pause reopenings, a sign that the political will to take drastic measures has dissipated even as the virus is still raging.
- (NY) Governor Cuomo Announces Five Regions Will Enter Phase Three of Reopening Tomorrow
- Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that five regions—Central New York, Finger Lakes, Mohawk Valley, North Country and Southern Tier - will enter phase three of reopening on June 12th. The team of global public health experts advising New York State on its reopening strategy has thoroughly reviewed the data for the five regions and cleared them to enter phase three. Phase three allows indoor restaurant and food services and personal care services to resume. Each industry is subject to specific state guidelines to maximize safety and social distancing.
- (Washington) Centralia Signs Contract With State for Over $500,000 in Coronavirus Relief Funding
- The Centralia City Council approved the signing of an interagency agreement with the Washington State Department of Commerce in order to have access to a maximum of $515,100 in coronavirus relief funding
Funding & Economic Impact
- Florida to begin funneling federal COVID-19 funds to smaller counties
- Ron DeSantis announced that the state will start to release nearly $1.3 billion in federal funds to cash-strapped counties now struggling amid the resulting recession.
- Pa.’s largest counties receive almost twice as much CARES Act funding per resident as the remainder of the state
- Counties and Cities in Pennsylvania that received direct aid from the CARES act received more funding per resident than the rest the state, however the amount per positive case was lower.
- (New Mexico) Governor proposes cuts, tapping reserves in budget plan
- Governor Grisham is calling for drawing down the state’s reserves from 25 percent to around 12 percent of spending, which would leave reserves at $873 million
- Grappling with budget shortfalls, Texas cities prepare for hard choices
- The economic impact from the coronavirus pandemic has left some of Texas’ biggest cities facing a difficult choice: cutting services like libraries, pools and parks, or raising taxes on their residents in the middle of the worst economy in a generation.
- New Mexico governor seeks to sustain state spending, raises
- New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Wednesday urged lawmakers to tap state reserves and federal recovery money to preserve some state spending increases, including a 2% pay bump for public school personnel and state workers.
- (Kentucky) State revenue fell 8.1 percent in May, but that’s not as much as feared
- Kentucky’s General Fund took a hit in May because of COVID-19 and the shutdown, but not as hard a hit as originally feared.
- Receipts fell 8.1 percent compared to May 2019, a drop of $69 million, leaving the fund with monthly revenue of $781 million, the state budget office reported Wednesday.
- Georgia Budget Gap Passes $850 Million as Revenues Again Lag
- With a month left in the current budget year, Georgia’s shortfall widened to more than $850 million in May. Figures released Monday showed less of a decrease for May collections than in April, when revenues fell by more than $1 billion because the income tax deadline was postponed to July.
- Delaware saves $33M in debt service
- The State of Delaware announced that it refinanced debt at a lower rate for about $5 million in savings over the next decade.
- Ohio facing $2.4 billion budget shortfall as coronavirus cases tick up
- State tax collections are expected to fall $2.292 billion, or 9.4%, amid the fiscal fallout from the virus crisis, the Office of Budget and Management announced. Sales-tax revenue is forecast to drop 13%, accompanied by a 7.2% decrease in income-tax take and a 9.9% reduction in the commercial activity taxes paid by businesses in the budget year beginning July 1.
- Mounting Peril for Public Higher Education During the Coronavirus Pandemic
- The coronavirus pandemic has led to the most difficult semester in generations on college campuses across the United States. With that semester now wrapping up, public colleges and universities are facing costs that already dwarf the $7.6 billion in federal stimulus funds that are on their way to these institutions.
- (North Carolina) Education funding bills to watch include more funding for increased enrollments
- Several bills with statewide implications for community college enrollment and funding of public schools are making their way through the General Assembly.
- (University of Connecticut) UConn Announces Plans to Tentatively Restart Classes Aug. 31
- The University of Connecticut tentatively set Aug. 31 as the first day of classes, but President Thomas Katsouleas cautioned students and staff that it won't be business as usual due to the coronavirus pandemic.
- $275M in CARES funds allocated to Alabama higher education
- Alabama colleges and universities are getting about $275 million directly from the federal government to help mitigate the impacts of the coronavirus on them and at least some of their students. At least half was to be distributed to students with financial needs. The other half can be spent by institutions for COVID-related costs.
- About $73 million was available to historically black colleges and universities and minority-serving institutions.
- (North Carolina) UNC’s minority serving schools get $6 million to research, fight COVID-19
- The UNC System’s historically minority-serving schools have been awarded $6 million to fight COVID-19, the system announced Thursday.
- (Virginia Commonwealth University) VCU moving large classes online as part of reopening plan
- Classes with 50 or more students at Virginia Commonwealth University will be taught online this fall, the university announced. Provost Gail Hackett and Interim Senior Vice President for Health Sciences Peter Buckley said in an update to the university community that the move, which applies to the Monroe Park and MCV campuses, is being made "in order to comply with safety measures."
- Virginia schools to receive $66.8 million in emergency education relief funding amid COVID-19
- Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced that all schools in the Commonwealth will receive $66.8 million through the federal Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund to expand distance learning opportunities, fund services for students disproportionately impacted by loss of class time, and provide financial assistance to higher education students and institutions impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Approximately $23.4 million will be distributed throughout Virginia’s higher education system, with $18.3 million allocated to public and private four-year institutions and Richard Bland College.
- State, city education officials press Congress for more COVID-19 funds
- Education officials from various parts of the country called on Congress Wednesday to appropriate more funds to help students return to school this fall amid the coronavirus pandemic.
- NC is short on education cash, so lawmakers want to raid school bus replacement fund
- North Carolina lawmakers could drain a quarter of the state fund set aside for replacing old school buses to help pay for other education items this year.
- (Maryland) State officials announce summer schooling, high school sports practices can resume
- State officials announced at a news briefing that public high schools can hold outdoor graduations, sports practices can resume and summer school can take place, given public health protocols are followed.
- (California) Schools Are Unsure Whether Bond Money Can Be Used on Coronavirus Needs
- Among the many frustrating, complex dilemmas schools are dealing with amid the coronavirus pandemic is this: School districts like San Diego Unified have hundreds of millions of dollars available for the express purpose of making school buildings safer for students – yet there’s uncertainty about whether that money can be used to keep them safe from the virus.
- Schools need more federal money, education leaders tell Senate committee
- The coronavirus pandemic and the current economic downturn mean school district leaders are facing budget cuts and a complicated, expensive upcoming school year, with new health mandates and new academic challenges. At a hearing of the U.S. Senate’s health and education committee, some said there was more the federal government could do to help — namely, passing a stimulus package that includes far more for education than the CARES Act passed in March.
- (Pennsylvania) K-12 Schools Can Resume In-Person Instruction July 1
- The Pennsylvania Department of Education announced Wednesday that elementary and secondary schools in the commonwealth can resume in-person instruction and activities beginning July 1.
- What Will Next School Year Bring? Oregon Says, It Depends
- The Oregon Department of Education released a blueprint Wednesday for how schools should operate amid COVID-19. And it’s up to individual schools to figure out whether teaching will happen on-site, through distance learning, or a hybrid of the two.
- Schools planning anything on-site must draft plans for public health protocols, school operations and a response to a COVID-19 outbreak. Schools planning on so-called “comprehensive distance learning” must explain why they are not a offering hybrid of distance and on-site education, and must describe if they may expect to include some on-site learning.
- Wyoming Schools Can Resume In-Person Teaching June 15
- Schools will be able to reopen and resume in-person teaching under updated public health orders that take effect June 15. The new orders also allow indoor gatherings of up to 250 people with restrictions and permit parades to occur with appropriate social distancing.
- FCC Passes Midway Mark in COVID-19 Telehealth Program Funding
- The Federal Communications Commission has earmarked more than $100 million from its $200 million COVID-19 Telehealth Program for 305 healthcare providers in 42 states and Washington DC.
- Payer COVID-19 Healthcare Spending for 2020, 2021 May Hit $546.6B
- Although the payer COVID-19 healthcare spending estimates are still uncertain, experts projected that delayed care might decrease costs.
- (New Jersey) NJ Human Services Commissioner Urges Medicaid & CHIP Providers to Act on Federal Funding Available to Help with COVID-19 Costs
- New Jersey Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson is urging health care providers who participate in New Jersey’s Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program to quickly review and apply, as appropriate, for the new $15 billion in funding made available by the federal government to help Medicaid providers impacted by COVID-19.
- Maine to hire 60 'health care ambassadors' to provide COVID-19 information to tourists
- The state plans to hire up to 60 “health care ambassadors” in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus during the summer tourist season. At busy locations like beaches and tourist plazas, the state plans to have the “health care ambassadors” greeting visitors.
- (New Jersey) How NJ plans to bolster contact tracing to stop new COVID-19 outbreaks
- The Murphy administration plans to ramp up a contact tracing corps made up of thousands of staffers through August to track down and isolate potential cases of COVID-19, as the state’s restrictions meant to stop the spread of the virus are lifted and the pandemic slows.
- $270M of Illinois’ Federal Coronavirus Funding to Help Child Care Providers
- Illinois is dedicating at least $270 million in federal aid to fund grants for child care centers and providers who have lost revenue because of the coronavirus pandemic. The additional funds will come from the state’s Coronavirus Urgent Remediation Emergency (CURE) Fund.
- (Georgia) Less-bad budget cuts pitched for public health, child welfare in Georgia
- State officials overseeing mental health, child welfare and elderly services in Georgia at risk of deep budget reductions prompted by the coronavirus pandemic pressed lawmakers Wednesday to ease up on some spending cuts amid less dire tax revenue collections.
- Illinois ‘First In the Nation’ To Build Childcare Support Program With Coronavirus Relief Funds
- Governor Pritzker met with Quad-City leaders to talk about both a bill working its way through Congress that will provide emergency relief to child care providers and the families who need it as well as the distribution of a $270 million grant from the state.
- As Transit Reopens, Long-Term Impacts of COVID-19 Unknown
- Transit systems across the country are beginning to expand their service schedules in the wake of the novel coronavirus, but some changes made in response to the crisis will linger. For one, safety measures are here to stay.
- (Texas) TX: Gilbert Garcia: VIA board members haven't given up on sales-tax funding boost
- In times of crisis, sacrifices have to be made. But starving an already underfed transit system is a sacrifice that will really hurt.
- (Ohio) OH: How much did coronavirus closings sink sales tax collections for Ohio, the counties and transit agencies?
- If Cuyahoga County follows the statewide trend, the county will be down roughly $4 million in sales tax money on purchases made in April, and RTA will be down about $3 million.
- New York's economy is slowly reopening, but electricity demand remains clipped due to COVID-19
- With COVID-19 cases slowing, New York has undertaken a phased approach to reopening the state's economy, but so far this has not resulted in higher electricity demand, according to the state's grid operator. The Independent System Operator (ISO) on Wednesday said it has examined several economic scenarios associated with the global pandemic and now expects annual energy consumption for 2020 will be 6% to 7% lower than previously forecast.
- As US reopens some pandemic responses may become permanent, public power CEOs say
- CEOs of public power companies said they are exploring more teleworking options for their employees after discovering benefits during the response to COVID-19, during a June 8 webinar hosted by the American Public Power Association.
- $98 million allocated to Washington state for homeless protections against coronavirus
- Funding will be used for emergency shelters and essential services for those facing homelessness due to the coronavirus.
- Nebraska Ag Economy Could Take A Potential $3.7 Billion Hit From COVID-19 Pandemic Effects
- An ongoing economic downturn in agriculture has only been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic as Nebraska’s agricultural economy could face nearly $3.7 billion in losses if economic conditions do not improve.