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04-23-20 | Economic News

Local Governments Waiting for COVID-19 Funding

A Report from the National League of Cities

Financial relief from the federal government has assisted small businesses and now hospitals are in line to receive the same, but state and local governments are left waiting.

The House of Representatives is supposed to vote today on the $484 billion interim package to help prop up small businesses and hospitals that the Senate passed on Tuesday. Unfortunately, according to Joe Buscaino the president of the National League of Cities, state and local governments will have to wait in line to get financial help from the federal government, something that he feels could happen in the next bill.

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"Local governments were the first to respond with extraordinary measures to the pandemic - and without dedicated emergency funding for state and local aid, we will not be able to sustain our efforts," states Buscaino, who is also the president pro tempore of the Los Angeles City Council.

For that reason, he is advising everyone to contact their Senators and Congressional Representatives with this message: "Every city, town and village in this country needs access to direct federal support. Let's work together to make sure the needs of local governments are front and center in the fourth relief package!"

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