GovWin SLED Coronavirus Recon
Published: June 29, 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.
- California launches open-source COVID-19 forecast tool
- Faced with a new surge in coronavirus cases, California officials launched a new open-source assessment tool that allows users to see different forecasts of the continued spread of COVID-19, including projected infections, hospitalizations and deaths.
- Nearly 75% of states launched chatbots to aid pandemic response
- Nearly three-quarters of states have employed chatbots to assist government employees providing services related to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report published by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers.
- Gov. Edwards Says Louisiana Will Not Move Into Phase 3
- Governor Edwards has announced that the current limitations set to expire July 3 will continue and not move into Phase 3 as COVID-19 cases have surged in the state the last week.
Funding & Economic Impact
- (New Jersey) Here's what's in and what's out of NJ $7.7B spending plan reflecting 'crisis conditions'
- New Jersey lawmakers are scheduled to vote on a spending plan that, despite deep cuts to programs and services, also earmarks more money for the overwhelmed unemployment system and public colleges and universities.
- (Florida) DeSantis vetoes $1 billion from state budget as COVID crisis hurts tax revenue
- Gov. Ron DeSantis announced more than $1 billion in vetoes to the state budget in an effort to blunt the state’s economic fallout from the coronavirus.
- Vermont lawmakers send $600 million in COVID-19 aid to Scott’s desk
- The health care and human services aid package includes $275 million in grants for the health care sector, and the Department for Children and Families would receive $12 million to distribute to child care providers, after-school programs and summer camps that require funds to reopen.
- (West Virginia) Gov. Jim Justice details plans for $1.25B aid package
- Governor Justice said he will use roughly half of the $1.25 billion to pad the state’s unemployment fund to ensure that jobless claims would continue to be paid. Local governments would get $200 million and small businesses would receive $150 million. Another $100 million would go to COVID-19 related highway projects.
- (New Jersey) Here’s what’s in and what’s out of NJ $7.7B spending plan
- Lawmakers want to spend an extra $4 million for the Department of Labor and Workforce Development to modernize the state’s unemployment systems to make them run quicker and smoother.
- Public universities and county colleges will get another $52 million and $14 million in aid.
- (Alabama) Governor awards $30 million in CARES Act funds for COVID-19 testing, safety programs
- The state will provide the $30 million to support two programs, Testing for Alabama and Stay Safe Together. The programs will be implemented by a coalition led by the Alabama Department of Public Health and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
- Georgia House sends pared-down state budget to Gov. Kemp
- The Georgia House of Representatives gave final passage to a $25.9 billion fiscal 2021 budget scaled back by the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic on state tax collections.
- (Massachusetts) Nearly half a billion in coronavirus relief cash parked on Beacon Hill
- Bay State cities and towns still have nearly half a billion dollars in uncollected federal funding earmarked for skyrocketing municipal expenses used to combat the coronavirus since the highly contagious disease hit the nation last February.
- The grant money, handed over to Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration in May, waits as state lawmakers plan to pass a roughly $1 billion COVID-19 spending bill.
- (Texas) City accepts COVID-19 funding allocation
- The City of Amarillo has accepted an award of just under $250,000 from the Texas Department of State Health Services to aid the COVID-19 response. The TDSHS funding in the amount of $249,478 from Aug. 1, 2020 through April 30, 2022, would sustain public health programming related to the pandemic, per the funding acceptance outline.
- Key NYC funds in jeopardy as Trump’s coronavirus emergency declaration set to expire: Schumer
- Crucial coronavirus funding for New York City could dry up next month if the Trump administration does not extend a public health emergency declaration, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) warned.
- (Connecticut) Gov. Lamont announces expanded funding for renters, homeowners, landlords impacted by COVID-19
- Gov. Ned Lamont announced that more than than $33 million in state and federal support would be allocated to renters, homeowners and landlords impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- (Pennsylvania) Wolf Administration: CARES Act Funding for Small Businesses Available
- Governor Tom Wolf announced that small businesses across Pennsylvania can apply for grants to offset lost revenue caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting shutdown order.
- (Maryland) Maryland Gov. Hogan to return to Board of Public Works as panel considers $672 million in cuts to upcoming budget
- The cuts would have wide-ranging effects across state government, including eliminating employee raises, cutting vacant positions and slashing funding for programs ranging from school security to prosecuting violent crime in Baltimore.
- (Pennsylvania) A look at the 2020-2021 stopgap budget: How Pa. is paying for prisons and COVID-19 relief
- Due to the uncertainty of funding and expenditures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the General Assembly passed a five-month stopgap budget for the fiscal year 2020-2021.
- New rule requires University of Tennessee students to get flu vaccines
- Tennessee students will have to get their flu shot this fall and also be immunized for COVID-19 if a vaccine becomes available under an emergency rule unanimously approved Friday by the university’s Board of Trustees.
- (Alabama) Governor Ivey announces COVID-19 testing, safety programs developed by UAB and the State Department of Public Health to support higher ed statewide
- Governor Kay Ivey announced two programs that will provide robust COVID-19 testing and symptom monitoring, as well as notification of exposure to COVID-19, initially to public institutions of higher education. This is an initiative that will be supported by $30 million of federal CARES Act money.
- The programs, Testing for Alabama and Stay Safe Together, will be implemented by a coalition led by the Alabama Department of Public Health and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The platforms will support public institutions of higher education to enhance safety on campus during the pandemic, and may later support businesses and other entities.
- Despite pandemic fears, fall enrollment for Minnesota higher ed looks relatively steady
- Despite the disruptions, the incoming class is looking pretty normal, as stated by Richard Aune, a Minnesota school’s associate vice president and dean of admission: while applications were down slightly, the school is ahead of its target for the number of students enrolled.
- For the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus, the freshman class is expected to be normal in size, but a different mix of students due to COVID-19. Because of the uncertainty brought about by the pandemic, the school is expecting its freshman class to skew a little more local this fall.
- NC legislature passes a bill protecting universities from COVID-19 tuition refunds
- The North Carolina legislature passed a bill that provides immunity for colleges and universities for legal claims related to COVID-19 closures for the 2020 spring semester. Now, colleges and universities are protected as long as their decisions were made to protect the public health, safety, or welfare in response to the coronavirus pandemic and they offered remote learning options for enrolled students that enabled students to complete their coursework.
- This new law will apply to universities in the UNC System, community colleges and private universities in the state and all actions taken on or after March 27.
- (Virginia) How Fairfax County schools are funding coronavirus changes
- Fairfax County Public Schools are planning to see students back in their buildings this fall, and that means a host of changes to protects against the coronavirus. But the changes will cost money, and the question now is where to find that money.
- Minnesota schools face uncertainty amid a pandemic-related budget crunch
- Minnesota school districts scrambling to prepare for an uncertain academic year are tallying the millions of dollars they'll have to spend — and that they could lose — as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Chicago launches $50 million Obama-backed broadband program to close K-12 digital divide
- Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced a new program to provide more than 100,000 K-12 students with at-home internet connections. As the coronavirus continues to spread in the U.S., many students have struggled to find reliable internet connections. The Chicago Connected program aims to supply free wired internet to students for up to four years, along with mobile hot spot devices for students in temporary living situations. The $50 million program will supply the most at-risk students in the Chicago public school system, including those who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, those who qualify for Medicaid and students who are English language learners or in temporary living situations.
- California Legislature approves state budget; here are the highlights for education funding
- With crossed fingers, the Legislature passed and sent a 2020-21 state budget to Gov. Gavin Newsom that will rely on $14 billion in additional congressional coronavirus relief to avert cuts to early and higher education. State funding for K-12 schools will be the same as last year, although school districts and charter schools will have to wait for a year to be repaid for $11 billion in funding.
- Ohio Educators Question COVID Funding Needs
- That's still a question without a definitive answer in Ohio as districts adjust to the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Questions remain around access to technology if students must be remote during the next schools year, as well as students struggling with behavioral health issues.
- Gov. Hogan, State Superintendent announce $210 million in additional funding to help Maryland schools
- Governor Larry Hogan and State Superintendent Karen Salmon announced $210 million in additional funding to help Maryland schools and students most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
- (Arizona) Plan provides more funding, flexible instruction as schools re-open
- Gov. Doug Ducey issued an Executive Order and unveiled a plan with the Arizona Department of Education that provide instruction flexibility and additional funding as schools re-open with COVID-19 precautions in place. The Governor along with Supt. of Public Instruction, Kathy Hoffman issued AZCares: Flexibility and Funding for Schools and Families Plan which provides for $270 million in one-time funding coming from the Governor’s Office and was developed in consultation with superintendents and school leaders from around the state, and the education community.
- Ambitious research project — to review how every school in America responded to COVID-19 — aims to deliver its first findings in early July
- A new research effort underway at Tulane University aims to track how every K-12 school in the United States — district, charter and private — responded to the coronavirus pandemic and the abrupt shift to remote learning that came with it. The first report is expected to be published soon as early July so policymakers and education leaders making decisions about the fall can use it.
- K-12 Student Digital Divide Much Larger Than Previously Estimated and Affects Teachers, Too, New Analysis Shows
- With the prospect of another distance learning school year on the horizon due to the coronavirus pandemic, a new analysis released finds that a full 15 to 16 million public school students across the United States live in households without adequate internet access or computing devices to facilitate distance learning.
- What Indiana's K-12 Schools Can Learn From Colleges' Reopening Plans
- While most district superintendents are still figuring out how to implement precautions, plans for many higher education institutions facing financial pressure to reopen have already been released. And the university officials who put them together say they can prove instructive for K-12 schools.
- Ivy Tech's Vice President of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Jonathon Barefoot recommends for Schools to cohort younger students who can't independently complete e-learning, he said, keeping them grouped together so if one child becomes positive they will only have exposed a small number of classmates.
- (Maryland) Governor Hogan and Superintendent Salmon Announce $210 Million in COVID-19 Relief For Remote Learning and Targeted Tutoring
- Governor Larry Hogan and State Superintendent Karen Salmon announced $210 million in additional funding to help Maryland schools and students most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding, allocated through the federal CARES Act, will be used to ensure that more students have access to remote learning, and expand targeted tutoring initiatives for at-risk students.
- How Illinois Schools Will Reopen This Fall
- Gov. JB Pritzker has greenlighted a return to school this fall, with everyone in masks, but it leaves open the possibility of local districts and private schools to create their own plans. The state’s guidelines “strongly encourage” schools to provide in-person instruction, especially for students under 13.
- (Texas) State Rep. John Raney addresses mental health funding and COVID-19 response
- When asked about if he will do something about mental health funding during the 87th Texas legislative session after the closure of Rock Prairie Behavioral Health, Raney said it’s something that the Texas House of Representatives will likely consider.
- Mich. health systems garner more than $4.4 billion in COVID-19 relief funding
- Michigan's 10 top hospital systems are expected to receive $1.7 billion in COVID-19 relief grant funds from the federal government and $2.7 billion in Medicare advanced reimbursement loans that must be paid back by the end of the year.
- (Virginia) Food card snafu resolved
- Along with the economic havoc wreaked by the coronavirus has come welcome assistance from local, state and federal governments. But getting that help to citizens can be a messy process.
- Federal relief boosts Montana incomes as economy sags
- Despite an unemployment spike and an overall economic contraction, personal income in Montana has risen so far this year thanks to federal spending on coronavirus relief, according to a report published this week by Montana’s Legislative Fiscal Division.
- (Oklahoma) State unemployment agency trying to catch up with jobless claims deluge
- For hundreds of thousands of Oklahomans, applying for unemployment benefits after losing their jobs due to COVID-19 has meant being trapped in a nightmare of crashing web pages, hours-long hold times and promised calls back that never arrive.
- More than 258,000 Oklahomans filed initial and continuing unemployment claims the week of June 6-13. But the employment commission only processed approximately 177,000 claims during the comparable seven-day period, June 10-17.
- New Mexico Delegation Applauds HUD Grant To Help Alleviate Risk Of COVID-19 Among Homeless Population
- HUD has awarded $15,455,067 to the state of New Mexico and the City of Albuquerque to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in communities with at-risk individuals and families who are homeless or receiving homelessness assistance.
- Galvanized by coronavirus fears, California lawmakers push bills on homelessness
- One bill would require state and local leaders to develop a plan to eradicate homelessness within eight years. Another would set aside $2 billion a year for shelter operations, homelessness prevention and other related services.
- Pandemic hits Connecticut’s unemployment trust fund — and state businesses will pay
- According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Connecticut had a little more than $700 million in its unemployment trust fund in February before the pandemic hit. According to the federal agency, however, the fund needed at least $1.5 billion to handle an economic downturn.
- Keeping Courts Open: Going Virtual During COVID-19 Webinar
- Talk with Jack McCarthy, CIO of New Jersey Courts, about how the state’s judicial system was able to quickly pivot to virtual proceedings and keep pending cases moving to avoid huge backlogs.
- (Arkansas) Fund request approved by state's top legislators
- Legislative leaders have signed off on Gov. Asa Hutchinson's request to transfer $20.8 million out of the covid-19 rainy-day fund to the state Department of Transportation.
- (California) SFMTA wants temporary emergency transit lanes to keep service reliability up and combat congestion
- The proposed temporary emergency transit lanes would go into effect on four routes and would be removed 120 days after the emergency order is lifted.
- (New York) Opens Traffic-Clogged Streets to People During Pandemic, the City's Latest Redesign in Times of Dramatic Change
- On some normally congested New York City streets, cars are gone, replaced by diners tentatively returning to restaurants – though only outside – after months of lockdown. On June 22, the city entered phase two of reopening after its severe coronavirus outbreak, allowing many businesses to resume operations with restrictions.
- COVID-19 propels microgrids in healthcare sector, but regulatory, awareness hurdles remain
- In 2018, with a nearly $5 million grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC), a company called Charge Bliss built a 250 kW, 1 MWh solar and battery storage microgrid on top of a medical center in Richmond, California. The center saw immediate benefits, including a roughly one-third reduction in energy costs, according to healthcare provider Kaiser Permanente. Now, as the medical industry continues to reckon with COVID-19 and California faces the likelihood of more wildfire-related power outages, Kaiser is looking to deploy more solar-plus-storage systems and fuel cells.
- House Democrats unveil major clean energy bill as Senate GOP mulls timeline for economic stimulus
- Congress has passed three stimulus packages since the U.S. economy began its rapid decline following shutdown orders in March. But despite the loss of over 620,000 jobs in the clean energy sector, or 18.5% of its workforce, and calls from advocates, policy experts, economists and others for a green recovery package, federal lawmakers have yet to pass legislation that directly addresses the renewables industries' needs.
- Florida pledges relief for struggling renters, homeowners
- Florida will give out $240 million in federal CARES Act money to help families struggling to pay rent and mortgages amid the coronavirus pandemic, and Orange County is likely to get a good chunk of the money.