The bipartisan delegation letter comes in support of Gov.
"We urge you to swiftly approve
"In explaining the urgent need, the delegation cited increased costs to the state and local governments to respond to the coronavirus outbreak at a time when tax revenues are down significantly due to aggressive social distancing measures and mandatory non-essential business closures. The request is not unprecedented. After Superstorm Sandy battered
Full text of the letter is below and can be downloaded here:
Dear Mr. President:
We appreciate the measure you took last week in declaring the COVID-19 pandemic a major disaster for
Unfortunately, cases have only increased and the worst is likely still to come. Boosting the federal cost share will allow state and local governments to concentrate on controlling and mitigating the outbreak of COVID-19 without being limited by growing costs and strained budgets.
This crisis has created dual financial pressures that have squeezed the state on both the revenue and expenditure side of the ledger.The aggressive action the state took to impose a mandatory shutdown of all non-essential businesses has undoubtedly helped to slow the spread of the virus, but it has also caused state and local revenues to plummet.Likewise, the massive response costs the state has incurred on expenses ranging from purchasing personal protective equipment (PPE) to adding more hospital bed space, are immediately necessary, but also very expensive. These costs will only increase as cases continue to grow and our healthcare providers run precariously low on standard medical equipment.
We urge you to swiftly approve