Washington, D.C. – Tim Storey, National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) executive director, released the following statement regarding the federal stimulus deal reached on March 25.
“States are at the public health and economic forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic. NCSL has worked hard to ensure that states are provided with immediate and flexible aid to continue to battle the catastrophic impacts of this outbreak. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act provides states with $150 billion in targeted funding, as well as $30 billion in emergency education funding, and resources for critical public health and unemployment benefits to support current state needs.
"This flexible aid will assist state leaders as they tackle enormous public health and economic challenges while affording them the ability to prioritize and address the unique needs of each state. As is core to our organization, NCSL recognizes the value of federal-state partnership through this unprecedented global pandemic and only through close collaboration by leaders at all levels of government will its effects be mitigated.”
Resource: COVID-19 Stimulus Bill: What It Means for States
NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.