coronavirus relief

Congress passes massive ‘first step’ in pandemic relief with $900B package

BY: - December 21, 2020

WASHINGTON — Congress on Monday night cleared and sent to President Donald Trump the first major COVID-19 relief measure since the spring, a sprawling spending bill that would provide $900 billion in pandemic-related aid but still didn’t go far enough for many Democrats. House leaders divided the bill into two parts and passed the emergency […]

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Gov. Polis, Western governors push senators to revise aid formula in COVID-19 relief proposal

BY: - December 11, 2020

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis on Friday joined a bipartisan group of Western governors in calling on congressional negotiators to revise a proposed formula for state and local aid distribution in a potential COVID-19 relief deal, saying it would “unfairly and inequitably distribute revenue across the states.” “The current formula, which distributes ⅓ of the state […]

New pandemic relief proposal rolled out by bipartisan group in Congress

BY: - December 1, 2020

WASHINGTON — More than a dozen U.S. House and Senate members are pushing for a bipartisan coronavirus relief package to aid struggling states and local governments and fund programs such as unemployment and rental assistance that are set to expire later this month. In a Monday press conference, lawmakers unveiled a four-month, $908 billion proposal […]

As deadline looms, coronavirus relief funds haven’t gotten to Colorado’s small local governments

BY: - November 30, 2020

As the pandemic’s health and economic consequences reverberate across the nation, Colorado’s smaller counties, cities and special districts risk losing millions of dollars in federal support that expires at the end of the year. In Colorado alone, two-thirds of the $275 million set aside for small local governments remained unspent as of Nov. 24. Some […]

Colorado lawmakers to tackle small business relief, child care, housing in special session

BY: - November 27, 2020

Lawmakers will meet Nov. 30 for a special session on relief for small businesses and individual Coloradans, which state leaders have said is necessitated by the urgency of pandemic-related needs ahead of their regular session in January. “Colorado families, restaurants, bars and small businesses can’t wait any longer for help — they need relief to […]

Washington at a standstill, as states face the loss of federal help amid ‘the worst part of the crisis’

BY: - November 20, 2020

WASHINGTON — The number of coronavirus infections across the country is swelling at a perilous time for state governments, just weeks before federal support rushed through Congress in the pandemic’s early stages is set to end.   The expiring provisions from the $2 trillion CARES Act and subsequent executive orders will mean reductions in unemployment benefits […]