GovWin SLED Coronavirus Recon

Published: July 01, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) PandemicRecon

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.

General

Funding & Economic Impact

  • Vermont gets $9.3 million from FEMA for COVID-19 response
    • FEMA’s top priorities include shielding those who are most susceptible to COVID-19, decreasing community transmission, protecting those infected, preserving the healthcare system, and sustaining supplies. In support of this priority, FEMA Region 1 has authorized non-congregate sheltering for six states and two tribal nations. Non-congregate sheltering will be considered for health and medical-related needs, such as isolation and quarantine resulting from COVID-19.
  • Arkansas' budget gets a boost at fiscal year's end; revenue tops previous projection
    • Thanks to better-than-expected tax revenue, Gov. Asa Hutchinson's administration increased its general revenue forecast enough to boost the state government's fiscal 2020 budget by $240 million, to $5.62 billion, on Tuesday -- the last day of the fiscal year.
  • Hometown Strong Effort to help rural North Carolina with COVID-19, economic recovery
    • Hometown Strong, an effort created to forge partnerships between rural communities and state government, will expand its focus to help all 80 rural North Carolina counties respond to COVID-19 and strengthen local economies
  • (Missouri) Governor Parson Passes FY 2021 Budget With Numerous Restrictions
    • Today, Governor Mike Parson signed the FY21 budget bills passed by the General Assembly. The total state budget is approximately $35.3 billion, including $10 billion in general revenue.
    • To ensure Missouri is prepared to deal with the economic impacts of COVID-19 going forward, Governor Parson issued vetoes for 17 items totaling nearly $11 million. Governor Parson also announced over $448 million in budget withholds. These restrictions include nearly 150 items across state government.
  • Louisiana Budget Includes COVID-19 Relief, Cuts College Funding, Freezes State Pay Raises
    • Louisiana lawmakers agreed on a $34 billion state budget that provides hundreds of millions for businesses hurt by the COVID-19 shutdown but freezes $60 million in pay raises for state employees and cuts funding for colleges that also are struggling financially.
  • Massachusetts Launches Fund to Assist Renters Impacted by Coronavirus Crisis
    • The new funding will serve twice as many households as the traditional Residential Assistance for Families in Transition program (RAFT) by expanding the eligibility to families who would otherwise not qualify.
  • (West Virginia) Local agencies start to see federal funds for COVID-related efforts
    • Federal funds authorized by the CARES Act to help offset expenses and economic hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have made their way to Morgan County and other localities in several ways, from stimulus checks to business loans.
  • (Washington) Inslee announces funding for rent assistance, tribal recovery efforts, small businesses and nonprofits
    • New distributions include $163 million to the state Department of Commerce to provide aid to many of those hardest hit by the economic fallout from the worst pandemic in more than a century. It includes:
      • $100 million to provide rent assistance to low-income renters at risk of homelessness, using an existing framework to send rent payments directly to landlords.
      • $20 million to provide grants to help small businesses, support for local economic development organizations providing assistance to businesses, and support for data-driven recovery plans by region and industry.
      • $20 million to provide operating grants to support nonprofits working to address disparities and inequities exacerbated by increased need and decreased funding due to COVID-19, including a variety of community and youth development programs.
      • $20 million to assist Tribes with their pandemic recovery related efforts.
  • (Pennsylvania) State launches COVID-19 relief program for small businesses
    • The COVID-19 Relief Statewide Small Business Assistance program will provide $225 million in grants to eligible businesses through federal CARES Act funding.
  • (Washington) Commissioners spend $10 million in COVID Aid funds on small-business grant program
    • Up to 1,500 Spokane County businesses facing financial hardship because of the novel coronavirus soon could have access to grants after the Spokane County Commissioners voted to spend $10 million in federal COVID-19 aid to fund a new program.
  • (Oregon) Counties put hold on applying for COVID-19 funds
    • The Oregon County Counsel’s Association sent a letter of concern to the state that in part expressed concern that the state was obstructing access to the allocated federal funds that counties desperately need.
  • (South Carolina) State Releases Details on Plans to End Fiscal Year With Balanced Budget
    • A shortfall caused by reduced tax income from the personal income tax and the severance tax on coal and natural gas requires the state to close a $255 million revenue shortfall.
  • (Missouri) With No Federal Aid In Sight, Parson Cuts $459M From FY2021 Budget
    • Along with $430 million in withholds from the FY2021 budget, Governor Parson announced a $459 million cut in state spending as well. $123.3 million in benchmark aid for K-12 school, decreased funding levels for community colleges and universities, $46 million frozen originally designated for state facility repair and maintenance, $10 million for drinking water and wastewater projects, and $8.5 million cut from the state tourism office are examples of areas largely impacted by these cuts.
  • $250M To Assist Illinois Communities In COVID-19 Response
    • Illinois is working to reimburse local governments for costs related to the ongoing COVID-19pandemic. Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity have announced plans to deploy $250 million to local governments in the coming months through the Local Coronavirus Urgent Remediation Emergency (Local CURE) Support Program. Funding will be provided from a portion of the state’s CARES Act funding.

Higher Education

  • (Maryland) Hogan announces $190M in federal aid for COVID-19 relief
    • Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has outlined $190 million in federal COVID-19 relief for small businesses, higher education and nonprofit organizations. Up to $90 million will be used to reimburse state-supported universities for expenses related to COVID-19.
  • U. Illinois partners with state to produce COVID-19 maps, tools
    • The University of Illinois’ geospatial studies center has partnered with the Illinois state government to create “a system of interactive maps, charts and animations” that will better track the spread of COVID-19.
    • The project, called WhereCOVID-19, is housed in the university’s CyberGIS Center for Advanced Digital and Spatial Studies and will visualize the state’s current cases, as well as help state leaders answer where undiagnosed cases will likely arise.
  • Graduate students call on Johns Hopkins to roll back tuition hikes amid Covid-19
    • Tuition for graduate programs at Johns Hopkins University are set to see 4% hikes, on average, for the 2020-2021 academic year.

K-12 Education

Health Care

Social Services 

Justice/Public Safety

Transportation

  • MTA Rolls Out PPE Vending Machines In NYC Subway System
    • The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is deploying personal protection equipment (PPE) vending machines at select subway stations as part of a pilot program. Initially, there will be a dozen vending machines deployed to 10 subway stations.
  • June Freight Surge
    • A consumer spending analysis shows the freight surge could continue past the Fourth of July Holiday.
  • (California) BART launches data-driven passenger load charts
    • The Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) is launching weekly train car loading charts to provide a snapshot of what riders can expect on-board trains during the pandemic.
  • (New York) MTA deploys PPE vending machines across subway system
    • The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is deploying a dozen vending machines at 10 subway stations, allowing customers to buy COVID-19 personal protective equipment (PPE).

Public Utilities

  • How utilities can support diverse business entities impacted by the COVID-19 crisis
    • Businesses owned by minorities, women, the LGBTQ community, veterans, people with disabilities, and economically disadvantaged groups are known as diverse business entities (DBE). DBEs have been experiencing extraordinary financial, operational, and change management challenges due to the economic fallout of the COVID-19 crisis.

Community Development/Housing