Shut-down Show-down

People are eager to return to work after 4-weeks of government-imposed shut-down of business. Questions swirl around the briefing that Governor Ducey gave Arizonans yesterday (4/22/20) and how Arizona business and residents have been asked to sacrifice for the objective of improving public health. The statistical review made little mention of societal, economic, or social impacts of our States response to the CCP Virus.

It was clear that the original goal has been altered, from flattening the curve with focus on reducing pressure on critical care …

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4/14/20 Whitehouse Update

4/14/20 Whitehouse Update

State, Local, and Tribal Leaders –

On Wednesday, April 15, at 3:00 PM Eastern Time (note time change), please join Senior Administration Officials for a briefing call on COVID-19 (coronavirus). The focus of this week’s call will be to provide pertinent updates on COVID-19 response and coordination efforts from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act guidelines development and implementation from the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and how Federal-State-Local-Tribal social resources and programs …

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Voting Alternatives – 2020

Voting Alternatives – 2020

Voting Alternatives – 2020 Primary & General Elections

Due to the coronavirus, already existing alternatives to voting at a polling place in the upcoming primary election and possibly the general election may be utilized more than ever. The best alternative is to mail your ballot, but you can complete it at home and present it at your polling place too. This can be accomplished by being on the Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL) or requesting an early ballot. Emergency Voting Centers are also an option. They …

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4/1/2020 Whitehouse Briefing

4/1/2020 Whitehouse Briefing

State and Local Elected Officials –

We applaud State, local, and tribal leaders for implementing community mitigation efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). To keep the momentum going, today – Tuesday, March 31 – President Donald J. Trump announced the extension of the Coronavirus Guidelines for Americafor an additional 30 days through Friday, April 30th. The recommendations are simple to follow and will continue to have a resounding impact on public health.

30 Days to Slow the Spread (Español)

The White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs (WH IGA) will continue to share …

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Legislation To Increase Resources For Arizona Hospitals Signed

Legislation To Increase Resources For Arizona Hospitals Signed

PHOENIX⁠ — H.B. 2668, legislation to bring more resources into Arizona’s health care system by increasing Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) provider rates for hospitals, doctors and more was signed into law today by the Governor. The legislation received broad bipartisan support in both chambers of the Arizona Legislature and will have no impact on Arizona’s general fund. 

“Arizona’s medical professionals, our doctors, nurses, administrative staff and more, are stepping up to address COVID-19 and help others — and our state is grateful,” said Governor Ducey. …

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Important Department of Labor Update

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced its first round of published guidance to provide information to employees and employers about how each will be able to take advantage of the protections and relief offered by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) when it takes effect on April 1, 2020. 

FFCRA will help the United States combat and defeat COVID-19 by giving all American businesses with fewer than 500 employees funds to provide employees with paid leave, either for the employee’s own health needs or to care for family members. The …

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$5.3 Million For Meals For Arizona Seniors

PHOENIX⁠ — Governor Doug Ducey today announced that Arizona has received more than $5.3 million in grant funding from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to help Arizona communities provide meals for older adults. The dollars will support both meal delivery programs and programs serving senior centers and are part of a relief package, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, signed by President Trump on March 18, 2020. “These dollars will help Arizona keep our seniors safe and healthy at a critical time,” said Governor …

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US Treasury Notification

US Treasury Notification

The United States Treasury has made notification to the Arizona House of Representatives on what the COVID-19 Economic Stabilization Plan is likely to include.

 STAGE THREE PROPOSAL 

Key Terms 

I. APPROPRIATION TO THE EXCHANGE STABILIZATION FUND FOR SPECIFIED USES 

A. Airline Industry Secured Lending Facility ($50 billion) 

• This provision would appropriate an additional $50 billion to the ESF and authorize use of those funds for secured lending to U.S. passenger and cargo air carriers 

• Treasury Department to determine appropriate interest rate and other terms and conditions 

• Secured …

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