GovWin SLED Coronavirus Recon
Published: June 22, 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.
- Tennessee's largest county could return to Phase 1 of reopening due to spike in COVID-19 cases
- Tami Sawyer, the commissioner of Shelby County, which includes the city of Memphis, said she plans to request to return to phase one after health officials reported the largest single-day increase of COVID-19 cases over the weekend.
Funding & Economic Impact
- Cybersecurity Budgets: Will They Survive COVID-19?
- Organizations large and small are coming to grips with the aftermath of staying closed for months, with indicators signaling that many parts of the world could slip into an economic recession, or worse, a depression. As a result, overall IT spending is likely to take a hit, which may affect cybersecurity budgets as well.
- New Colorado Executive Order Allows For More Coronavirus Response Funding
- Gov. Jared Polis signed a new executive order which extends the state of disaster emergency. By doing so, the Colorado National Guard can still be deployed to help and provide planning resources around the state.
- Under the order, $12.6 million will also be made available to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. The state’s Department of Public Safety will receive an additional $6.7 for COVID-19 purposes.
- (Hawaii) Legislature Allocates $635 Million in CARES Act Funds
- The Hawai‘i State Legislature’s comprehensive plan to use $635 million in federal CARES Act funds will provide ongoing, immediate relief to residents and small businesses who are suffering from the devastating economic shutdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- (Pennsylvania) $225M state grant program for small businesses to open up in region
- Help could be on the way for some Lebanon County businesses struggling with the negative impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
- Guidelines for the $225 million COVID-19 Relief Statewide Small Business Grants program were released earlier this month by the state Department of Community and Economic Development.
- Lawmakers funneling millions in federal help to Utah businesses via new programming
- Utah customers and business owners alike should feel the impacts of tens of millions of dollars in federal stimulus money deployed for COVID-19 relief by state lawmakers.
- (Hawaii) First installment: $40M in CARES funds hits county coffers
- The funding can be used to meet payroll expenses for public safety, public health, health care, human services and similar employees whose services are substantially dedicated to mitigating or responding to COVID-19.
- Unclear federal guidance stalls pandemic relief spending in Missouri
- More than $2 billion in coronavirus response money was sent to Missouri as part of the CARES Act, but it remains unclear when and how it will be spent.
- North Dakota tax revenue from online sales skyrockets amid COVID-19 closures
- North Dakota’s sales tax revenue from online retailers ballooned by a staggering 500% in April, during the worst of the pandemic closures, according to the state tax commissioner's office.
- Legislature sends solvency plan to New Mexico governor
- New Mexico’s Legislature on Saturday sent a budget solvency plan to the governor that would mend a multibillion-dollar deficit by scaling back spending increases while tapping federal recovery act money and state financial reserves.
- How Idaho's spending its $1.25B in CARES Act funds — and how you can apply for it
- Idaho is spending its $1.25 billion dollars in CARES Act funds on grants for small businesses, property tax relief, return-to-work bonuses, aid to local governments and state agencies, expanded broadband, rental assistance and more.
- Empty hotels create $17 billion budget hole for local projects
- A sharp decline in travel during the COVID-19 pandemic will cost governments roughly $17 billion in revenue from taxes on hotel occupancy, corporate profits and other levies in 2020, according to a study by Oxford Economics.
- The impact has been especially large in California, Florida, New York and Nevada, which are each facing shortfalls of more than $1 billion. Those figures don't include taxes generated by tourist spending outside hotels, another source of local funding.
- Ohio DAS Asks Vendors, Contractors to Take Voluntary Cuts
- Roughly 1,400 vendors with Department of Administrative Services contracts for information technology and general goods and services have been asked to take a 15 percent pay cut due to the coronavirus pandemic.
- (Wyoming) Governor has yet to commit COVID funding to UW
- The University of Wyoming has not yet received a final commitment from the governor that it will receive more than $26 million in coronavirus relief funding that it says is needed to reopen on time for the fall semester.
- (New York) Guidelines for reopening higher education released by the Governor’s Office
- The five-page document, which includes 20 mandatory and 29 recommended best practices, is meant to be a guide for institutions who will be required to develop and submit their own plan.
- According to the Governor’s Office, the guidelines are intended for all types of in-person higher education, including, but not limited to, community and junior colleges, universities, graduate and professional schools, medical schools, and technical schools.
- (Hawaii) How has COVID-19 impacted outlook on high education?
- Educators stated that at this point in time they’re not seeing a dip in enrollment or applications some universities across the nation were anticipating to see because of the pandemic. Assistant Principal Eunice Fukunaga tells us because the Coronavirus brings too many unknowns, some students are debating whether to stay home for college.
- (Indiana) Gov. Holcomb announces $61 million education relief fund for remote learning
- Governor Eric J. Holcomb announced Indiana PK-12 schools and higher education institutions can now apply for a needs-based, competitive $61.6 million grant program providing funding to improve remote learning. GEER funding, provided though the federal CARES Act, will be focused on three areas: device availability, connectivity, and educator capacity.
- The funding will address accessibility to digital learning devices as well as gaps in internet connectivity and provide for professional development and curriculum opportunities for educators throughout the State.
- Full funding, more staff, no MCAS: The Massachusetts Teachers Association lays out its vision for reopening schools
- The state’s teachers’ union released its principles for reopening schools as Massachusetts awaits the release of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s guidance for bringing school, back to school.
- (Texas) Austin ISD weighs $1.65B budget amid coronavirus funding woes
- Amid uncertainty in Texas education funding, the Austin school board is slated to adopt a $1.65 billion spending plan for the 2020-21 school year.
- (Wisconsin) State officials release guidance on reopening schools
- Flexibility will be key in reopening classrooms in Wisconsin’s 421 public school districts amid the coronavirus pandemic, state officials said in releasing guidance on the new school year.
- (Wisconsin) Information on COVID-19
- The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction published Education Forward, a guidance document for Wisconsin district and school leaders to use as they plan for a safe, efficient, and equitable return to school for the 2020-21 school year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Infection Control and Mitigation includes several resources related to ensuring the health and safety of students and staff including: A School Health Services; Infection Control and Mitigation Toolkit; A Reopening School Buildings Risk Assessment Tool; Interim COVID-19 Transportation Guidance; Interim COVID-19; Cafeterias and Food Service Guidance; A COVID-19 Infection Control Checklist for K-12 Schools
- School chiefs from largest districts in Ohio can’t yet say what classrooms will look like in fall
- Superintendents from Ohio’s eight largest school districts say Gov. Mike DeWine and state school officials need to provide guidance as soon as possible to help them plan for the school year.
- The school chiefs said they need clarification on several issues, including on how federal money set aside by Congress to deal with the coronavirus will be distributed; what state testing will be required; and if more state money will be available.
- South Carolina education task force presents final recommendations to return to school
- The State’s task force, AccelerateED, which consists of educators and administrators who work with K-12 students in the state, has come together to find ways to reopen schools for students, faculty, and staff as safe as possible due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- In the draft, AccelerateED addressed the digital divide. The task force is asking that districts review and revise technology plans to determine how to expand the number of students with devices and broadband access.
- Pennsylvania Teachers Use Pandemic as Learning Tool
- The statewide strategy to flatten the rate of infection brought with it opportunities for local teachers to use the pandemic as the backdrop for teachable moments not included in the original lesson plan. The Carlisle Area School District used COVID-19 in all subject areas to focus on relevance in their curriculum and help students process and prepare for world changes.
- (Colorado) We’re dealing with a pandemic, but remember the opioid crisis? Coronavirus is likely to make it worse.
- Colorado slashed millions of dollars that would have helped prevent and treat opioid addiction. And the opioid epidemic is expected to get a coronavirus aftershock.
- Assisted living communities in Virginia slated to receive $20 million to fund COVID-19-related efforts
- This funding is part of an overall appropriation of $246 million to support long-term care facilities across the state — also including licensed nursing homes, certified skilled nursing facilities and certified nursing facilities.
- (Virginia) Gov. Northam announces funding, releases list of nursing homes with COVID-19 outbreaks
- Governor Ralph Northam announced close to $250 million will help long-term care facilities battling outbreaks of COVID-19. Most of that money is from the Federal CARES Act.
- COVID-19 contact tracers brace for more cases as Connecticut reopens
- As thousands of Connecticut businesses opened their doors for the first time in months, local and state health officials devoted to contact tracing quietly made preparations last week for a surge of coronavirus cases.
- New Bill Would OK Telehealth Anywhere For 6 Months After COVID-19 Emergency
- The Equal Access to Care Act would allow licensed providers to use telehealth in any state to treat patients in any location for up to 180 days after the end of the national emergency.
- Maine CARES Act funding to flow to unemployment trust fund
- The state will use $270 million of the $1.25 billion in federal aid to keep the state’s unemployment trust fund solvent.
- Coronavirus: Ohio families to get $300 per child for food due to missed free school meals
- Households that have been eligible for federal food assistance since March will receive $302 for every school-age child. Those eligible since April will receive $239.
- Minnesota lawmakers agree to hike reimbursement rates for child care providers serving low-income families
- Minnesota lawmakers on Friday passed a bill to hike the state’s meager reimbursement payments for child care providers that serve low-income families.
- Wisconsin seeking pandemic aid to help disabled residents
- The state Department of Workforce Development is asking the U.S. Department of Labor to allow it to issue Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) — a program under Congress’ disaster stimulus bill — to unemployed workers who also receive federal disability benefits.
- State announces more money for Alaska child care providers after uncertainty over pandemic funding
- Alaska’s child care providers, hit hard by the pandemic shutdown, have clamored for financial assistance. Now, the state has announced that it will provide them with more money from its portion of federal relief funds.
- A total of $10.5 million will go to child care providers from Alaska’s federal CARES Act funding, according to a statement from the state Department of Health and Social Services.
- (Pennsylvania) COVID-19 funds to be available for police agencies
- Law enforcement agencies in Mercer County will have access to up to $86,844 in federal funding for COVID-19 prevention, response and preparedness.
- One more thing coronavirus could impact? Repairing Michigan roads
- Michigan’s traffic volumes are at an all-time low, something experts say could present even more funding challenges when it comes to fixing roads.
- Fewer people driving meant fewer people buying gas, and fuel taxes are a big component of how road repairs are funded in Michigan.
- Study: U.S. Has Returned to 95% Commercial Driving Activity
- In a race to stop the spread of COVID-19, millions of Americans across the country were ordered to stay home, except for essential activities. While all states have reopened in some capacity, the date they went into lockdown and the time they spent under that lockdown varies dramatically.
- Reduction in Fleet Costs is Temporary and Will Regress to Pre-Pandemic Levels
- The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted fleet budgets in both positive and negative ways. The shelter-in-place mandates issued by state governments to inhibit the spread of the virus from March to June 2020 idled many fleet vehicles.
- (Illinois) ‘The roads can’t handle that many cars’: Employers fear gridlock, economic toll if workers shun Metra, L over COVID-19 risks
- As Chicago restarts its economic engine in and around the Loop, city leaders, employers and business groups face the challenge of restoring confidence in the area’s public transportation network.
- (California) SMART adopts trimmed budget, approves east side Petaluma station
- SMART will head into July with a new, slimmed-down budget and looming financial challenges, but its leaders expect to continue building out the rail line with the help of some welcome cash infusions.
- (Minnesota) Duluth Transportation Authority continues to operate without fares, but outlook improving
- DTA bus ridership dipped 43% during the pandemic, currently, the DTA has about 70%-75% of its ridership back and 83% of its routes.