How Congress’ Competing Coronavirus Bills Would Help State, Local Governments

While state and local government officials have argued they need billions from Congress to help stay afloat while spending to fight the spread of the coronavirus, the Senate’s $1.8 trillion economic stimulus package would pit them against businesses instead of providing dedicated funding. The latest version of the bill would provide $500 billion in economic…

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In Letter to Trump, DeSantis Calls for Major Disaster Declaration for Florida

Gov. Ron DeSantis sent a letter to President Donald Trump Monday formally requesting that Trump declare a Major Disaster as the state responds to the coronavirus outbreak. In his letter, DeSantis asked for the inclusion of several individual assistance programs in the declaration, including: Disaster Unemployment Assistance; Crisis Counseling; Community Disaster Loans. Disaster Supplemental Nutrition…

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Florida mayor donating salary to pay his residents’ bills for trash pickup and energy

Grover Robinson, the mayor of Pensacola, Fla., will donate his annual salary of $100,000 toward paying for energy and trash collection for his residents amid the coronavirus outbreak. According to the Pensacola News Journal, the mayor announced he would donating his salary to Pensacola Energy as well as the town’s sanitation service, saying: “I’m not…

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May 8th deadline to apply for emergency loan for small businesses impacted by COVID-19

Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, Governor Ron DeSantis activated the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program to support small businesses impacted by COVID-19. The bridge loan program, managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), will provide short-term, interest-free loans to small businesses that experienced economic injury from COVID-19. The application period opens tomorrow, March…

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Crowdsourcing to Fight a Pandemic

In city halls across the country, mayors and their staff are scrambling to find creative solutions to confront the overwhelming crisis brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. … Cities are rapidly crowdsourcing pandemic response ideas from experts, community leaders and other local governments across the country. This sharing and cross-pollinating of policy ideas through Twitter,…

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Affordable Housing Program (AHP) Competitive Application Deadline Extended to June 1, 2020

FHLBank Atlanta is actively monitoring reports and briefings regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19). In consideration of operational challenges and agency shutdowns AHP applicants are facing related to the COVID-19 pandemic, FHLBank Atlanta has decided to extend the 2020 AHP application deadline until June 1, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. EDT. With this extended application deadline, we anticipate that application approvals will…

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As Florida’s economy crashes, DeSantis says he’s going ahead with $543 million in tax refunds for corporations

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis plans to go ahead with more than a half-billion dollars in tax refunds for the state’s largest corporations — even as the state economy crashes amid the spreading coronavirus pandemic. The Republican-controlled Florida Legislature committed to the corporate tax refunds — which will total $543 million — two years ago, long…

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