The legislature passed SB 1108, which authorized $625 million in direct payments to Pennsylvania counties from the CARES Act. The legislature also passed HB 2510, which provides distribution methodology and parameters for some of those appropriations relating to the CRF.
Governor Wanda Vázquez issued an executive order that adopts the Strategic Disbursement Plan for the $2.2 billion the island will receive through the CARES Act.
A 12-member group of lawmakers from the House and Senate is tasked with trying to understand how the state is spending $1.2 billion in federal aid money. While Governor Gina Raimondo has the final say in how the aid is spent, the task force is expected to provide oversight and transparency.
Governor Henry McMaster released his recommendations to the South Carolina General Assembly for how the state’s share of federal CARES Act funds should be invested. The list is based on the recommendations of AccelerateSC, a group created by the governor to coordinate the economic revitalization effort. The group includes business leaders, health care professionals, educators, local government officials and others.
Governor Kristi Noem outlined her plans for using the CARES Act funding calling for directing the funds toward health care, small businesses, education and local governments, while also holding some back in case the federal government grants additional flexibilities for the funds. Expenditures under the CARES Act may be reviewed by the South Dakota Legislature’s Joint Committee on Appropriations and may be subject to review by both the Government Operations and Audit Committee and the Department of Legislative Audit.
Governor Bill Lee announced the creation of the Stimulus Financial Accountability Group to oversee fiscal management of CARES Act funding received by the state.
Governor Greg Abbott created four Strike Force Working Groups, including the Fiscal Accountability and Federal Liaison group, to be led by Billy Hamilton, the deputy chancellor and chief financial officer of Texas A&M University. The group will leverage federal resources and ensure fiscal accountability.
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Governor Albert Bryan announced that his administration received $75 million from the CARES Act. The funds will allow the government to subsidize the U.S. Virgin Islands’ Water and Power Authority ratepayers; assist the passenger ferry operators, which have cut back their passenger loads for social distancing; and offer transportation assistance for disabled and elderly residents. The governor also instituted a “rent freeze,” effective immediately, for the duration of the state of emergency.
The legislature passed HJR504, a measure requiring the governor to report back to the legislature within 24 hours of spending more than $2 million in federal funding during a pandemic. The legislature passed HB5010, which amended and assigned initiatives to the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) to implement and manage the federal CARES Act funds. The bill creates economic recovery programs in response to COVID-19.
Governor Phil Scott announced his proposal for a $400 million economic relief and recovery package, using funds from the $1.25 billion the state received from the CARES Act. The two-phase proposal will start with $310 million for immediate relief to the most affected sectors and businesses, to be followed by $90 million for long-term recovery efforts. The Agency of Commerce and Community Development and the governor will work with the legislature to pass the relief package.
Aubrey L. Layne Jr., the secretary of finance, announced that local governments with populations of fewer than 500,000 residents will be eligible to receive funding for COVID-19-related expenses on or around June 1, 2020, from the Department of Accounts after receipt of a signed certification from the locality. This distribution will be made to the local treasurer.
Governor Jay Inslee announced that the state would award $300 million of the state’s CARES funding to local governments that did not receive direct distributions under the CARES Act. Funds will be provided to cities and counties with populations under 500,000 that were ineligible to receive direct funding under the CARES Act. The CARES Act spending breakdown can be found on the Office of Financial Management's website.
Governor Jim Justice announced that city and county government officials across West Virginia can use a new web portal to apply for grant funding through the CARES Act. The State Auditor's Office is monitoring coronavirus expenditures to ensure tax dollars are being supported by proper documentation.
Governor Tony Evers announced the launch of the “Routes to Recovery: Local Government Aid Grants” program, a $200 million effort aimed at helping local leaders address some of their most urgent and unique COVID-19 recovery needs. Administered by the Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA), Routes to Recovery Grants will be allocated to every Wisconsin county, city, village, town and federally recognized tribe. The effort is funded by $200 million in the CARES Act dollars and will be administered by the DOA. Of the $200 million, $10 million will be allocated to Wisconsin’s tribal nations, with the remaining funds being distributed to every Wisconsin county, city, village and town.
Governor Mark Gordon has signed three pieces of legislation passed by the Wyoming legislature that provide a framework for spending the $1.25 billion in federal funding awarded to the state through the CARES Act. Gordon has added a dedicated page to the Wyoming Sense budget transparency website that illustrates how CARES Act funds are being distributed.