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    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – In a unanimous vote on Monday night, the Aurora City Council approved funding for an outdoor shelter pilot program for people experiencing homelessness. The three month program will explore the feasibility of running a permanent safe camping site. (credit: CBS) The Salvation Army will host the pilot program at its location on East 33rd Avenue in Aurora. Council members voted to allocate $245,693 in federal CARES Grant funding to set up and operate the site for 90 days. City officials say the pilot program is a priority due to limited sheltering options in Aurora. The city’s 2020 point in time count identified 427 people experiencing homelessness but only 150 available shelter beds. Last year, the city received 892 requests for homeless services, which includes people living in RVs or encampments. (credit: CBS) “By incorporating a safe outdoor space pilot into the community of Aurora, we are providing organized, alternative sheltering solutions that connect individuals to safe places to be, where they have access to portlets, handwashing stations, garbage disposal, food the appropriate level of services (housing,...
    North Carolina spent more than $1.6 billion from its first round of federal coronavirus relief on supporting state agencies, a state audit released Tuesday shows. The North Carolina Office of State Budget and Management disbursed the funding to state agencies from the $3.6 billion the state received in direct aid from last March's federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the report showed. The General Assembly passed the 2020 COVID-19 Recovery Act in May, allocating the federal funding to help states respond to the pandemic. The Office of the State Auditor reviewed how the money was "accounted for, allocated, and disbursed" through Dec. 31, 2020. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) and the North Carolina Department of Revenue (NCDOR) received most of the funding. The NCDOR used its $440 million allocation for $335 stimulus payments for parents to offset remote learning costs. The NCDHHS received $486 million for its efforts to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. NCDHHS officials told lawmakers in January a large portion of the aid was spent on coronavirus testing...
    By SEAN MURPHY, Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A legislative watchdog has delivered a scathing report on how Gov. Kevin Stitt's administration spent millions of dollars of federal coronavirus relief on things barely connected to the pandemic, such as technology upgrades for state agencies and a tourism ad campaign. The newly created Legislative Office of Fiscal Transparency released its draft report late Wednesday. It criticizes CARES Forward — the entity created by the Stitt administration to manage the federal funds — for inconsistent data management, a lack of transparency of expenditures, and incomplete documentation. “A significant component of relief funds was used for pre-existing needs and government modernization," the report said. “Several projects under these categories may be at risk for not meeting the federal standards for ‘necessary' expenses in responding to the pandemic." Oklahoma received more than $1.5 billion in funding from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, but the LOFT report focuses on $1.26 billion that was allocated by the Stitt administration. Among the highlighted spending is $148.7 million to fund state agency...
    HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — The U.S. Treasury Department is investigating how one Long Island town wound up with millions from the COVID-19 CARES Act. Now, a group of elected officials is demanding a review of Hempstead town’s COVID spending, CBS2’s Jennifer McLogan reported Tuesday. Sal Vaccaro of Floral Park is among the Long Island taxpayers angry about a controversy over CARES Act funding. “We’ve got to come together at this point,” Vaccaro said. MORE: Town Of Hempstead Gets More Cares Act Money Than Nassau County; ‘The County Should Certainly Be Getting A Lot More’ Nassau County is accusing the Town of Hempstead of misusing and failing to share millions the town was “mistakenly” granted. “It was very clear immediately there was an anomaly,” Rep. Kathleen Rice said. Suffolk County received $257 million. Nassau County got $103 million. The Town of Hempstead was given $133 million. It was the only town in America to get those federal funds last spring. “My requests have fallen on deaf ears at the Town of Hempstead,” Nassau County Executive Laura Curran said. Curran, a Democrat, is...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG (KDKA) – On Tuesday the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin announced that nearly $4 million in funding from the CARES Act to help communities struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “More than ever before, Pennsylvania’s communities are facing incredible challenges as they work to protect their residents and businesses from the devastating impacts of COVID-19,” Davin said. “The four projects receiving funding today will create new opportunities for their municipalities by providing critical funding, access to sought-after resources, and safe spaces for community use as we continue to mitigate this global pandemic.” Locally, Greene County will receive $612,500 to create the Forgivable Advance For Small Business Assistance program which will provide forgivable grants and loans to county businesses that demonstrate job creation and retention for middle-to-low income workers. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, more than 1,300 businesses in Greene County have been impacted by the pandemic. Since April, 45 of those businesses have been forced to layoff workers and close their doors....
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Just as Sacramento restaurants will be forced to close all on-site dining, even outdoor, the city announced hundreds of free heaters available to businesses. The city of Sacramento says it used CARES Act funding to buy 400 propane patio heaters to help businesses run their operations outside. The heaters will be available starting Thursday, just a day before the regional stay-at-home order goes into effect, restricting restaurants to take out only for at least three weeks. READ MORE: Looming Lockdown In Sacramento Region Forces Businesses To Change Close, Modify Operations Businesses in the city of Sacramento are still eligible to pick up one free heater and use it once outdoor dining is allowed again. Interested businesses can pick up the heater at the City of Sacramento’s North Area Corp Yard on Del Paso Road. Pick-up times are determined by your council district, which you can find here. A copy of your Business Operation Tax License is also required for pickup. Learn more on the city’s website. 
    More than six months after receiving more than $596 million in federal COVID-19 relief for education, entities in Tennessee have spent just over 43% of the funds, according to data from the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) and Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE). Under federal law, states must spend education-related COVID-19 relief within one year of the grant date by the U.S. Department of Education, or funds must be returned to the federal government. Tennessee funds were awarded by the USDOE in late May, so agencies have less than six months to spend the remaining 62 percent of funds before they are returned. Entities in Tennessee received more than $596 million of the $31 billion Education Stabilization Funds (ESF) allocated by Congress to enable continued learning at K-12 schools, colleges and universities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since receiving the funds in May, the state and private funding recipients have spent $229 million – about 38 percent of the total. ESF Funds are allotted to both K-12 and higher education, as well as a designated sum at...
    Attorney General Chris Carr has joined a coalition of attorneys general representing 43 states, the District of Columbia and 5 U.S. territories, urging Congress to extend the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economy (CARES) Act funding until the end of 2021. “The CARES Act is delivering critical resources to local governments, businesses, nonprofits, and families,” said Attorney General Chris Carr. “We believe this is a sensible solution to continue this much needed relief for our communities.” The attorneys general urge Congress to pass one of the several pending measures to give states and local communities additional time to utilize the precious COVID-relief resources. COVID-19 has negatively impacted nearly every facet of American society. In anticipation of unprecedented costs and economic disruption stemming from the pandemic, Congress passed the CARES Act in March. The move provided more than $2 trillion in economic stimulus to state and local governments in an effort to combat the impacts of the pandemic. One of the restrictions placed on the funding, however, limits the money’s use to expenses incurred...
    COLUMBUS — Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has joined a coalition of attorneys general representing 43 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories, urging Congress to extend the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economy (CARES) Act funding until the end of 2021. The effort is being led by Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost and Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, who wrote the letter signed by 49 the attorneys general and sent it to Congress today urging members to extend the December 30, 2020, deadline. “The original need has not gone away, it’s become even more urgent,” Yost said. “Let’s not let the clock run out.” With several pending measures, including bipartisan extension measures in both the House and Senate, the attorneys general urge Congress to pass one of these measures to give states and local communities additional time to utilize the precious COVID-relief resources. COVID-19 has negatively impacted nearly every facet of American society. In anticipation of unprecedented costs and economic disruption stemming from the pandemic, Congress passed the CARES Act in March. The move provided more than $2...
    By Kate Groetzinger, KUER-FM SAN JUAN COUNTY, Utah (AP) — Chastity De Guzman and her four children have lived in a home on the Navajo Nation without power since 2015. She said they had been on a waiting list for over two years when a crew finally showed up in September to connect their home to electricity. “It was emotional,” De Guzman told KUER radio. “Electricity was, like, essential for us, and especially with the pandemic going on, it’s made things a lot easier.” Her home in Aneth is one of 27 in Utah that have received power from the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority this fall, according to Deenise Becenti, a spokesperson for the company. It received $14.5 million from the Tribe’s $714 million federal CARES Act allotment to connect 510 homes. Becenti said crews started work on the project in June, after the Tribe received $600 million in May following legal delays. So far, she said they’ve made it to 380 houses, or about 75 a month, and there are 130 left to connect before the funding expires on...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff HARRISBURG (KDKA) – More than $7 million in CARES Act funding will be used to help Pennsylvania dairy farmers. Early in the pandemic, many farms were forced to dump milk due to low demand. RELATED: Problems On The Farm: Pandemic Impacting Dairy Farmers Ability To Move Product 1,500 farmers in Pennsylvania applied for the funding and were approved for direct payments.
    ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (WJZ) — County Executive Calvin Ball announced Wednesday nearly $6 million in CARES Act funding will be allocated to the Howard County Public School System. The funding will be used to offset COVID-19 related expenditures for virtual instruction and lay the groundwork for safe and effective instruction moving forward, Ball said. CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE: TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines The funding will support technology, meals for students, public health and safety supplies, and increased unemployment costs. Ball also announced a CARES Act spending dashboard that will track the actual and projected spending of federal funding as the December 30 federal deadline approaches. For the latest information on coronavirus go to the Maryland Health Department’s website or call 211. You can find all of WJZ’s coverage on coronavirus in Maryland here.
    ANNAPOLIS (WJZ) — Anne Arundel County is adding a new program they hope will provide restaurants and food service businesses with a bit of relief during the pandemic. The county is committing $5 million of its federal CARES Act funding to the grant program, to help those establishments who are dealing with reduced revenue because of COVID-19 related restrictions and less customers from the pandemic. County Executive Steuart Pittman also announced an expansion of the Humanitarian Relief Fund to include food service workers who are losing wages and tip income. “From the beginning of this pandemic, our restaurants and their hard-working employees have been left with only a fraction of the revenue that they need to survive,” said County Executive Pittman. “That’s why we worked with Economic Development to create the largest assistance program of the pandemic to date for this industry and its people.” The Restaurant and Food Service Grant Program is specifically targeting food trucks, catering businesses, bed and breakfast establishments and dine-in, non-drive-through restaurants. They can use the funds to cover expenses including rent, payroll and utilities,...
    Municipalities across Illinois continue to wait for COVID-19 relief funding allocated by the federal government, but state officials said they aren't withholding the funding. The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security, or CARES Act, approved this spring allotted $150 million for towns and cities in Illinois, but so far the Illinois Municipal League said only $21 million has been released by Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s administration. “We are just trying to advocate for local governments and request the state to release these dollars and get the money out to local governments so they can help their communities and help the people that live in those communities,” said IML president Brad Cole. The state is dispersing grants to cities and towns that apply through the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, which determines how much municipalities are awarded. Bloomington Deputy city manager Billy Tyus says they haven’t applied for funding yet because the city has been making preparations to receive the over $3 million in funds. “The costs had to be eligible, and you have to...
    HILLSBOROUGH, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — There is more relief coming for small businesses in in the Garden State. Gov. Phil Murphy on Tuesday announced more than $100 million to help owners and renters, CBS2’s Nick Caloway reported. After touring a craft brewery in Hillsborough Township, Murphy said he is releasing CARES Act funding from an existing federal grant to help residents and businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. “All of this will help us keep our economy moving ahead and our families working, even as we continue our work to not only defeat the virus, but to deliver even more critical aid to our families and our small businesses,” Murphy said. MORE: Stimulus Check Latest: Revised HEROES Act, Passed By House, Includes $1,200 Payment; $600 Additional Unemployment The bulk of the money, some $70 million, will go to small and micro-businesses and restaurants, which have been ravaged by the pandemic. In addition: There’s $10 million to help small businesses buy personal protective equipment (PPE) Another $15 million to support renters And $5 million for hunger relief efforts The Cares Act,...
    Despite a smattering of live events returning in a limited capacity, those who once made a living in Denver's performing arts and music industries are still suffering, and Denver Arts & Venues is offering another round of support from federal funds in an attempt to help out. The city, which received $126.8 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act funding, will be granting $700,000 of that CARES Act money to Denver's flailing independent performing arts and music venues, and around $300,000 to individual artists in a second round of distributions. “The COVID pandemic has had a devastating impact on our creative arts community and the venues and employees who support it,” notes Mayor Michael B. Hancock in a statement. “These phase two funds will help provide some relief until we are all able to once again safely enjoy the work of the talented artists who are the foundation of Denver’s rich, creative culture.”Related Stories This Is Not an Arts & Venues Obituary, but We're in Mourning Denver Arts & Venues Slashes Budget, Closes Venues and Furloughs Staff...
    Governor Brian Kemp announced Friday that $113 million in CARES Act Coronavirus Relief funds would be available to Georgia nursing homes and long-term care facilities for increased state-supported staffing and COVID-19 response, including $78 million in additional funding for nursing home staff testing. “My top priority from the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic has been to ensure the health and safety of our most vulnerable citizens,” said Governor Kemp. “Early on, Georgia was among the first states in the nation to deploy National Guard personnel to conduct infection control missions in long term care facilities, with over 1,000 visits completed. The state also supplied tens of thousands of testing materials, sent additional staffing to facilities in need, provided infection control equipment, and shipped critical PPE items across the state. “To protect the lives of these vulnerable Georgians against COVID-19, we have spared no expense. The $113 million in Coronavirus relief funds we are announcing today will make $78 million available to nursing homes to meet current federal testing requirements. In addition...
    Sign up here to get our daily updates on coronavirus in Minnesota delivered straight to your inbox each afternoon. And go here to see all of MinnPost’s COVID-19 coverage. As schools across the state put their new school plans to test this month, administrative teams are busy tallying up all pandemic-related expenses. Heading into a school year marked by uncertainty and increased responsibility, they have to make the most of federal funding that’s been allocated to help them forge ahead during a pandemic.   Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Minnesota schools have received access to three main buckets of federal funding to help get students back to school safely. That includes $244.8 million via the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF), $38 million via the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund, and $140.1 million in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) aid. Each comes with its own parameters of allowable uses and timeline. The bulk of these dollars are allocated on a per pupil basis, with some priority given to low-income students. And while the amounts available...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to use $6 million in federal CARES Act funding to help street vendors procure equipment and permits needed to comply with local laws. “I am very pleased that my motion passed council today to support street vendors relative to the COVID-19 Street Vending Recovery Fund,” Councilman Gilbert Cedillo said. “The fund establishes…grants to micro-entrepreneurs, a category that consists primarily of street vendors due to the strict income eligibility guidelines.” The $6 million will be distributed through the Los Angeles Regional COVID Fund. Vendors can apply for grants of up to $5,000 to help pay for supplies and permits to operate within the city and county of Los Angeles, according to Cedillo, who co-authored the motion with councilmembers Monica Rodriguez and Curren Price. According to Cedillo, a little over a dozen vendors out of the thousands that operate in Los Angeles currently have valid licenses to operate. On Sept. 4, Cedillo’s Street Vendor Ambassador Project launched in hopes to provide vendors in his district with business education and financial assistance of...
    Taxpayer dollars allocated to states and municipalities in the coronavirus relief bill known as the CARES Act are reportedly being used for pet projects by Democratic politicians. What are the details?The CARES Act, passed in March after COVID-related lockdowns crippled the American economy, allocated $150 billion to the COVID Relief Fund, $139 billion of which was earmarked to state and local governments to be used exclusively for public health costs. But according to Fox News, Democratic governors and mayors are using the taxpayer dollars to fund projects completely unrelated to COVID-19 relief. For example, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, announced earlier in September that she will use $24 million of CARES Act money to fund free college for some Michigan essential workers. "This initiative is Michigan's way of expressing gratitude to essential workers for protecting public health and keeping our state running," Whitmer said. Meanwhile, St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter, a Democrat, announced a plan earlier in September to use $300,000 in CARES Act funds to pilot a universal basic income project. Carter said he would sign an executive...
    ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (WJZ) — Howard County officials announced Monday $1.3 million in CARES Act funding will go to support virtual learning. County Executive Calvin Ball announced $750,000 of funding will be directed toward Howard County Scholars Program, $450,000 toward Digital Equity and $100,000 toward Food Access. “The COVID-19 pandemic has been hard on all of us. As a former educator and father to two public school students, I know firsthand that making sure our children receive a quality and rigorous education virtually is very challenging and can often be frustrating,” said Ball. “HoCo STRIVES was created to support our education outreach efforts in fostering an environment for ready and successful students. When we created this vision, we could not foresee that it would also play this critical part in our response to a health crisis,” Ball continued. “I am so proud of the ingenuity, compassion, and effort that HoCo STRIVES has provided to some of the most vulnerable families in our community. Leaders of Tomorrow Youth Center which will administer the Howard County Scholars Program for in-person education of...
    West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice approved $6 million in funding for essential workers and child care providers with available Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act money. “I’m delighted that we solved the riddle on this,” Justice said in a statement. “West Virginia received a total of $23 million from another bucket of CARES Act money, specifically to provide support for our state’s essential workers and our child care network. But these funds were depleted and this program was set to end on September 30th. We’ve been working really, really hard to try to find a way, through the DHHR, that we could continue this on if the federal funding drops off, because we feel like this is really important.” The funding will provide support through the end of the year. It will support 3,400 families. States News West Virginia
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis City Council has passed $76 million in federal CARES Act COVID-19 Relief allocations. It's the third and final application of the funding and extends existing programs formed in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Mayor Joe Hogsett’s office said Wednesday. It also funds the creation of several new initiatives. The allocations were introduced Wednesday by Hogsett at a special meeting. The package includes $7.5 million for the city’s rental assistance program, bringing total funding to $30 million for the program. Money also will go toward food access, secondary and adult education and a homeless winter contingency program. “These appropriations will fully spend down all of our remaining federal funding in the hopes that these new and expanded programs will provide hope to our neighbors when they need it the most,” Hogsett said in a news release. “But we know that these dollars are woefully insufficient to address the full need in our community. We urgently request that members of Congress act to provide additional relief for those suffering in our city.” The city previously had allocated...
    South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has made recommendations to the South Carolina General Assembly for how federal Coronavirus Aide, Relief and Economic Security Act funding should be spent. McMaster sent a letter to state legislators Thursday outlining spending priorities, including allocations for the state’s Unemployment Trust Fund, money for grants for small businesses who did not receive funding under the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), additional funding for the state’s health agency and funding for schools to assist in reopening. “The learning progress of our state’s children has been significantly impacted by the closure of schools during the COVID-19 pandemic,” McMaster wrote. “For many South Carolina families, public schools provide the opportunity for parents to work, to provide housing, meals and economic security for their children.” McMaster recommended an authorization of $50 million to reimburse public school districts and charter school authorizers for costs related to reopening for five-day in-person classroom instruction related to COVID-19 response. “In order to prevent our state’s small businesses from paying higher taxes to replenish the Unemployment Trust Fund, an additional...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Thousands lined up in cars outside Christian Brothers High School for a mega distribution from the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services on Friday. Many are growing weary. “I am retired and I do not have enough to survive,” said Ismael Carmona. Carmona lives alone but there are others with more mouths to feed. Maria Navarro spoke through a translator. “There [are] four adults in our house, but nobody has a job at the moment,” she said. The food bank says the number of people they are feeding doubled from 150,000 to 300,000 over the last few months. “I don’t have a job right now, so this helps out every week,” said Latasha Brown. That’s why the City of Sacramento is feeding the non-profit with $500,000 from the CARES act. “All you have to do is show up and see the work they are doing and see the people they are serving [to] get some perspective,” said Mayor Darrell Steinberg. The food bank’s CEO Blake Young says there is some fatigue for non-profits and volunteers, who see...
    WAYNESBURG, Pa. (KDKA) – The Greene County district attorney wants to use coronavirus relief money to fund police departments. District Attorney David Russo is proposing using Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act funding to upgrade the law enforcement reporting system. He says the county’s law enforcement offices either have outdated systems or none at all. According to his proposal, this complies with CARES Act funding requirements because first responders “routinely face threats to their health and safety, including not only COVID-19, but also other community spread and individual illnesses.” The proposal says the new system would allow frontline workers to be “promptly alerted to potential health risk exposures” out in the field. It would cost $200,000 up front, followed by $20,000 for “support and maintenance” in the second and third year of the contract term. Law enforcement is an essential safety/system of our community,” Russo says. “Safety systems only get better when they are funded and upgraded, not when they are defunded.” The DA says the proposal to use coronavirus relief funding to upgrade...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Northwest suburban Schaumburg is getting $550,000 from the federal government’s CARES Act. The money will help ease economic challenges brought on by the pandemic. On Thursday morning, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle made the announcement and urged other suburbs to try for their share. Preckwinkle said priority for allocating funds is  based on immediate health needs, population and income. Money can be used for direct pandemic needs including personal protective equipment (PPE) and payroll costs for first responders. Suburban municipalities have to submit funding applications by September 30. PRESS CONFERENCE: I’ll be joined by @SchaumburgIL Mayor Tom Dailly, County Commr. Kevin Morrison & Illinois State Representative Michelle Mussman for an announcement on CARES Act funding distribution to our suburban municipalities.Watch live at 9:30 a.m.: https://t.co/wvz8dVDKHL pic.twitter.com/hzKNem148d — Toni Preckwinkle (@ToniPreckwinkle) September 3, 2020  
    School choice has become a growing topic of conversation as kids begin returning to class amid the coronavirus pandemic, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos told “The Story" Tuesday. “Parents are demanding more choices today as their schools across the country are not serving them and the needs of their students,” she told host Martha MacCallum. “So the demand for school choice and giving parents the control for their kids' future is continuing to grow. And it's a really important point in time.” NYC IN-PERSON SCHOOL INSTRUCTION DELAYED, 'MANDATORY' MONTHLY TESTING FOR STUDENTS AND STAFF ALLOWED Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has expressed his opposition to federal funding for for-profit charter schools. But DeVos said Tuesday that the former vice president probably doesn’t remember supporting the cause decades ago. “In 1997, he gave an impassioned speech on the Senate floor in favor of school choice,” she said. “Today, he’s turned his back on the kids ... and he's turned his face in favor of the teachers union and what they have to say and what they have to demand – and it's really...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Child care providers in Pennsylvania will split $117 million in CARES Act funding. It will be the third and final distribution to help daycares and other child care facilities stay afloat during the Coronavirus pandemic. “Pennsylvania has made significant investments to preserve our child care sector to keep providers open and available to working families, but we know that child care providers remain vulnerable to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis,” said Gov. Tom Wolf in a press release. “A strong child care industry is a requirement for a healthy economy. We must remember this as we move forward and continue support for child care providers as they care for young Pennsylvanians and allow parents to work so our communities and economy can thrive.” More than 200 child care providers have been forced to close.
            by Mary Rose Corkery  A judge blocked an Education Secretary Betsy DeVos policy on Wednesday that transfers COVID-19 relief funds from public school districts to private schools, Politico reported. U.S. District Judge James Donato of the U.S. District Court Northern District of California granted a preliminary injunction for the plaintiffs, order Thursday, blocking release of additional relief funding to private schools. Under DeVos’ policy, local educational agencies, like school districts, were to distribute a portion of funds from two programs to private schools under the CARES Act, according to the court documents. “While the Department does not comment on pending litigation, the Secretary has said many times, this pandemic affected all students, and the CARES Act requires that funding should be used to help all students,” U.S. Department of Education press secretary Angela Morabito told the DCNF. Morabito added that private schools should also be able to use COVID-19 relief funds from the CARES Act to help all their students like public schools do. “It is simply wrong to discriminate against kids and their taxpaying parents solely because they...
    WASHINGTON (WJZ) — Small businesses in Maryland hit hard during the coronavirus will soon be getting some financial help from the federal government. The state’s congressional delegation said Friday that $3.4 million in funding through the CARES Act will help support small businesses in parts of the state. CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES:  Coronavirus Resources: How To Get Help In Maryland TIMELINE: Coronavirus In Maryland, Tracking The Spread Latest coronavirus stories from WJZ Latest CDC Guidelines Businesses will be able to use the money for payroll expenses, new equipment and inventory, plus anything they need to make their office or retail space socially distant. Just under half the money –$1.6 million — will go to the Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development, while $1 million will go to the Tri-County Council for Western Maryland and $770,000 will go to the Maryland Department of Commerce in Baltimore. For the latest information on coronavirus go to the Maryland Health Department’s website or call 211. You can find all of WJZ’s coverage on coronavirus...
    A judge halted a policy on Wednesday that transfers COVID-19 relief funds from public school districts to private schools, Politico reported.  The lawsuit against U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and others concerns distribution of funds in the CARES Act, according to court documents. The CARES Act needs funding for all students and “It is simply wrong to discriminate against kids and their taxpaying parents solely because they chose a school that worked for them instead of the state run option,” a U.S. Department of Education spokesman told the Daily Caller News Foundation. A judge blocked an Education Secretary Betsy DeVos policy on Wednesday that transfers COVID-19 relief funds from public school districts to private schools, Politico reported. U.S. District Judge James Donato of the U.S. District Court Northern District of California granted a preliminary injunction for the plaintiffs, order Thursday, blocking release of additional relief funding to private schools. Under DeVos’ policy, local educational agencies, like school districts, were to distribute a portion of funds from two programs to private schools under the CARES...
    A coalition of states and school districts scored a “big win” against Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Wednesday when a federal court blocked a Department of Education (DOE) rule that would have diverted CARES Act funding from public to private schools. The Congressional CARES Act earmarked approximately $16 billion to help elementary and secondary schools maintain their operations and provide effective education during the pandemic. The distribution of those funds was to be managed through two programs: the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) (which allows state governors to distribute funds at their discretion), and the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) (which allocates funds to each state, “in the same proportion as each State received under part A of title I of the [Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)] of 1965 in the most recent fiscal year”). In addition to appropriating the funding, the CARES Act also directs local educational agencies to share both GEER and ESSER funds with private schools. Historically, those agencies used a formula (derived from Section 1117 of the ESEA) which allocated funding to private...
            by Todd DeFeo  An Ohio think tank has entered the fray in a federal lawsuit over a rule the U.S. Department of Education issued for Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding. The $2.2 trillion CARES Act includes an Education Stabilization Fund to help schools cover costs to safely reopen amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The law directed the education department to distribute these funds “equitably” between public and private schools and students. Last month, the NAACP filed suit in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, alleging an education department rule “imposes illegal and harmful requirements on the emergency relief funds allocated to public school districts under” the CARES Act. “As our coalition has argued in cases in Michigan and Washington, the U.S. Department of Education’s guidance is clearly consistent with the CARES Act and these lawsuits are doing nothing to safely reopen our schools and get our children safely back into the classroom,” Jay R. Carson, senior litigator at The Buckeye Institute’s Legal Center, said in a statement. The Buckeye Institute...
    An Ohio think tank has entered the fray in a federal lawsuit over a rule the U.S. Department of Education issued for Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding. The $2.2 trillion CARES Act includes an Education Stabilization Fund to help schools cover costs to safely reopen amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The law directed the education department to distribute these funds “equitably” between public and private schools and students. Last month, the NAACP filed suit in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, alleging an education department rule “imposes illegal and harmful requirements on the emergency relief funds allocated to public school districts under” the CARES Act. “As our coalition has argued in cases in Michigan and Washington, the U.S. Department of Education’s guidance is clearly consistent with the CARES Act and these lawsuits are doing nothing to safely reopen our schools and get our children safely back into the classroom,” Jay R. Carson, senior litigator at The Buckeye Institute’s Legal Center, said in a statement. The Buckeye Institute filed an amicus brief...
    President Trump's chief of staff Mark Meadows said the White House was considering executive action to help airlines should coronavirus bill negotiators in Congress fail to strike a deal before current relief funding expires. American Airlines told employees on Tuesday that it would furlough or lay off 19,000 workers in October unless the federal government provides further relief for troubled airlines. The company issued 3,000 furlough notices in July days after warning that 25,000 employees could be furloughed when the Payroll Support Program funding ends on Sept. 30. Delta has also announced plans to furlough 2,000 pilots, also in October. Airlines were awarded more than $50 billion in loans and grants from the $2 trillion CARES Act earlier this year. Of the total, the $25 billion grant portion stipulated that they retain employees through September. The coronavirus has slowed travel, hurting revenue. "I think everybody, every time they hear that we’re going to do executive actions, they don’t believe me," Meadows said, in a live interview with Politico on Wednesday. "We’ve got four executive actions that actually the president...
    Gov. Kim Reynolds allocated about $100 million in federal CARES Act funding for Iowa agricultural programs designed to offset the impact of COVID-19 on farmers. “Iowa is at the foundation of our global food supply chain and the epicenter of the renewable fuels industry,” Reynolds said in a statement. “COVID-19 and a devastating derecho dealt a major blow to everything from the demand for ethanol to the supply of meat on grocery store shelves.” IEDA and Iowa Finance Authority Executive Director Debi Durham said the assistance was needed. "Iowa exported more than $16 billion in manufactured goods and agricultural products to 199 countries last year alone," she said. "The critical assistance Gov. Reynolds announced today will support the continuation of Iowa's long-standing legacy of agricultural excellence in our communities and throughout the world." Iowa Farm Bureau Federation President Craig Hill praised the decision. “The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation applauds Gov. Kim Reynolds’ assistance and focus on agriculture with the CARES Act funding,” he said in a statement. “This has been a very difficult year in...
    DOVER, Del. (CBS) — Delaware will spend $20 million of federal CARES Act funding to expand broadband access in the state. Delaware’s education secretary said the need for more broadband access became even more apparent when schools shut down in the spring because of the pandemic. “Although districts and charters creatively provided some internet access for example, by putting internet access in their parking lots, but not all families could drive to those parking lots or they couldn’t get there in the hours that were convenient,” said Secretary of Education Dr. Susan Bunting. Part of the funding will buy broadband for low-income families. Some will also go to providers who have shovel-ready projects to expand their networks.
    Senator David Perdue (R-GA) announced this week that Georgia children’s hospitals received over $33 million from the Provider Relief Fund. These funds from the bipartisan CARES Act will help to ensure children’s hospitals receive relief proportional to other hospitals across the nation and providers caring for children are able to continue operating safely in some of our most vulnerable communities. “Georgia is home to some of the nation’s best children’s hospitals and they have proven to be a real safety-net in our COVID-19 response efforts,” said Senator Perdue. “As we take steps to gradually reopen the country, these hospitals face challenges in reopening to the children who rely on them most. These critical funds will give children’s hospitals additional support so they can continue offering their patients the best possible care.” “Children’s hospitals have pitched in to our all-of-America COVID-19 response by providing backup capacity, extra supplies of PPE, and other support,” said HHS Secretary Alex Azar. “Throughout the distribution of the Provider Relief Fund, we have sent these funds as quickly as we can to those who have been hardest hit by the virus, and...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The outbreak of COVID-19 is having a major impact across the world but also in cities across Northern California. A shelter-in-place has been issued in the Bay Area, along with a similar order statewide.The latest number of confirmed cases in the U.S. can be found at the CDC's 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the U.S. page. (The CDC updates the webpage on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.)Join anchor Kristen Sze for ABC7's new daily, interactive newscast about the novel coronavirus outbreak in the Bay Area and around the world. You can check here to stream the show Monday-Friday at 3 p.m. GET HELP: Resources and information about COVID-19 COVID-19 RISK CALCULATOR: Quiz yourself on the safest, most dangerous things you can do as CA reopens LIFE AFTER COVID-19: Here's what restaurants, gyms, schools, sports will look like when they reopen LATEST LOCAL CASES: Updated number of COVID-19 cases, deaths in San Francisco Bay Area SHELTER-IN-PLACE: Everything you need to know about San Francisco Bay Area's shelter-in-place order WHAT WILL IT TAKE TO REOPEN BAY AREA?: Tracking progress...
    Virginia is using federal coronavirus relief funding to launch a phone application that allows users to track whether they have interacted with people who have contracted COVID-19, Gov. Ralph Northam said Wednesday. The COVIDWISE application cost $229,000 to develop and launch and about $29,000 monthly to operate. The state also will run a marketing campaign to spread awareness of the app by purchasing internet, TV, print and talk radio advertisements. The Northam administration did not immediately respond to a request from The Center Square about how much money would be spent on the advertisements and where that money would come from. A person who downloads the application and enables bluetooth for the app will allow it to keep track of interactions that person has with other people who have downloaded the app and enabled bluetooth. The app will allow a person to report he or she has contracted COVID-19 using a PIN from the Virginia Department of Health, which then will alert other people with the app they have been in contact with someone with COVID-19. COVIDWISE...
    DOVER, Del. (CBS) — Delaware Gov. John Carney will spend $10 million in CARES Act funding to get unemployed workers retrained in new jobs. He discussed the new workforce development program Monday morning. “Thousands of Delawareans are out of work. Many businesses are operating at a lower capacity and the labor market has changed considerably,” Gov. Carney said. The state said it is reaching out to the business community to find out what jobs are needed now, especially as the pandemic continues.
            by Bethany Blankley  As deliberations continue in Congress over how to allocate another $1 trillion worth of stimulus money, governors and mayors say they need more than the $139 billion already allocated to their states in March to cover revenue shortfalls. A total of $150 billion was allocated to help state, local and tribal governments with specific COVID-19 response programs. But according to a new report published by the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Inspector General, states have spent only 25 percent, or roughly $34 billion of $139 billion allocated to states through the CARES Act. The National Governor’s Association says states need an additional $500 billion, and have already allocated roughly 74 percent of CARES Act funding. The U.S. Conference of Mayors argues cities need an additional $250 billion to cover their budget shortfalls. Demand for more federal money from Congressional Democrats includes another $915 billion for states and cities, a total higher than these groups’ combined requests. The National Conference of State Legislatures also argues that states need more money. In an appeal...
    The Washington Metro transit system is losing millions per day in revenue due to depressed ridership during the coronavirus pandemic, General Manager Paul Wiedefeld said Tuesday, warning that more federal funding is needed to avert deep cuts. At a news conference hosted by the American Public Transportation Association, Wiedefeld warned the drying up of federal funding from the CARES Act — Congress’ first pandemic relief bill — again puts the system on the precipice of wider cutbacks. He added the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, which operates Metrorail, has suffered roughly $2 million in lost revenue every weekday since March. “Unfortunately, the CARES Act funds to Metro will dry up later this year, at the same time our fare revenues are projected to continue to be down approximately 90%, and our local and state funding sources continue to face financial crises of their own,” Wiedefeld said. “The reality is that, without additional federal funds, we are left with some very difficult choices to deal with a looming financial crisis that run counter to the economic recovery we all want.” Funds...
    CHICAGO (Reuters) - Mayors of U.S. cities on Tuesday blasted a $1 trillion Senate Republican coronavirus relief bill for not addressing the needs of cities, which are crippled by "drastically dwindling resources" as coronavirus cases spike in parts of the nation. Mayor Nan Whaley of Dayton, Ohio, said the bill "dramatically missed the mark" for cities, which are dealing with big budget holes and sinking economies while being on the frontline of the virus battle. Whaley, who was among mayors who spoke with reporters on a conference call sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the National League of Cities, called for "a real national strategy" that would give cities direct and flexible funding. "Whether Democratic, Republican or independent, coastal or inland, everyone is struggling to meet the needs of residents and fight this pandemic with drastically dwindling resources," Whaley said. The bill unveiled by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday does not include any new money for fiscally ailing states and local governments, whose revenues have been hit by plunging sales tax and income tax collection. The...
    MIAMI (CBSMIAMI) — In a press conference Tuesday, Miami Mayor Francis Suarez announced the possibility of suing Miami-Dade County over coronavirus relief funding. “We, as a city, are exploring the possibility of legal action against Miami-Dade county for bad faith negotiations and for taking money away from our citizens that should have gone to our citizens based on CARES ACT funding,” Suarez said. The CARES ACT, which stands for Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security, is a $2 trillion economic relief package meant to help with fallout due to the pandemic.  Miami-Dade County received about $474 million in federal funds. “Our citizens were entitled to receive, based on population, $81 million in federal help,” Suarez said. “The county proposal would get our citizens as little as $8 million.” As an example, he cited the city of Atlanta. Atlanta has a population of about 500,000. Miami has about 468,000 people. Atlanta, he said, received $88 million from the government. “That is money that we are not going to be able to pay our firefighters, to pay our police officers, who are...
    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington is the latest state to sue the U.S. Department of Education for the way it is distributing emergency relief funds from the CARES Act to schools. On Thursday, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a motion in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington requesting that the court issue a preliminary injunction in the case, The Seattle Times reported. Ferguson argued the Education Department has created new rules for disbursing the funds that would require public school districts to share a larger portion of the money with private schools. Private schools generally enroll a much lower percentage of low-income students, and often have endowment funds, so their need is not as great, Ferguson argued. The Education Department created two new formulas for distributing CARES money. Under the traditional formula, private schools in Seattle would have received about 3.4% of the federal money allocated to Seattle; Seattle public schools would have received the rest. But under one of the new formulas the Education Department says districts must use, private schools in Seattle would receive...
    The NAACP is suing Education Secretary Betsy DeVosElizabeth (Betsy) Dee DeVosVirginia's largest school district reverses on reopening to in-person classes A 'law and order' campaign does not meet the moment Here's your state's plan for reopening schools MORE over a pending rule change to CARES Act funding that would require the country's public school districts to give private schools more relief aid provided by the multi-trillion dollar coronavirus stimulus package. The complaint, which was filed in federal court in Washington, D.C., Wednesday, alleges that DeVos illegally changed the parameters under which the $13.2 billion Congress allocated for the nation's schools is distributed. The money is part of a larger fund known as the Education Stabilization Fund that was created when President TrumpDonald John TrumpMore than a dozen people wounded in shooting near Chicago funeral home Cleveland Indians players meet with team leadership to discuss potential name change Pelosi calls coronavirus the 'Trump virus' MORE signed the CARES Act into law in late March. Lawmakers structured the disbursement system for the funds in same way federal funding is annually awarded to school districts meant to help low-income...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The University of Minnesota was awarded $300,000 Tuesday from the CARES Act to help their community respond and recover from the coronavirus pandemic. “The Trump Administration is eager to allocate these essential CARES Act funds and deliver on our promise to help American communities recover from the impact of COVID-19,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “I am proud of the perseverance and strength shown by our communities coast to coast throughout this pandemic, and these funds will help provide Minnesota with the necessary resources to make a swift and lasting economic comeback.” The CARES Act provides the Economic Development Administration (EDA) with $1.5 billion for economic development assistance programs to help communities prepare for and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The University of Minnesota is one of more than 850 existing grant recipients invited to apply for supplemental funding under the CARES Act.
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