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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Budget Adds $50 Million For COVID-19 Response

Budget Adds $50 Million For COVID-19 Response

PHOENIX⁠ — Earlier today, Governor Ducey signed a bipartisan state budget agreement, that I voted for, which adds $50 million for Arizona’s COVID-19 response — dollars to assist Arizonans needing eviction assistance, struggling small businesses, our food banks and our homeless population.The budget also fully funds essential services—such as child safety and public safety—while completing the 20×2020 teacher pay raise and adding new dollars for schools and resources to repair prison locks. Governor Ducey issued a signing letter along with today’s budget package. In it he said:“I …

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Trump Administration Puts Education Over Testing

“Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said students need to focus on staying healthy and continuing to learn during closures. Neither students nor teachers need to be focused on high-stakes tests during this difficult time,” DeVos said. “Students are simply too unlikely to be able to perform their best in this environment.”

For the full article visit, Education Support. It was nice to hear from Education Secretary that she and President Trump are more interested in facilitating education in place [which seems to follow the whole shelter in …

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Whitehouse Briefing

Whitehouse Briefing

State and Local Elected Officials –

Today, President Trump took two significant actions to continue the Administration’s whole-of-government, all-of-America approach to combatting COVID-19 (coronavirus). First, the President signed a $2.2 trillion stimulus package to provide relief to American families, healthcare workers, small businesses, and State/Tribal/Local governments. Second, President Trump signed a Presidential Memorandum directing General Motors to produce ventilators to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Below, please find additional information and helpful resources.

President Donald J. Trump Signs the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act …

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Distance Learning is a Solution for Today

Distance Learning is a Solution for Today

The Mercatus Center at George Washington has long been a respected public policy analysis center, and I am glad the folks there are examining educational pathways. “As more states make the decision to cease classroom learning for the remainder of the school year, the potential of moving 41 million students online will be no easy task.” Today, an essay by Jonathan Butcher titled, “Public-Private Virtual School Partnerships and Federal Flexibility for Schools During the Coronavirus,” argues that policymakers should look to existing state charter school laws …

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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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HCR-2039 An Equal Voice Measure

Many of the readers of my posts here know by now that I am a constitutional scholar and hold in high regard, the framers of our beloved Constitution for the thought that they put into our founding documents. They indeed anticipated a form of tyranny brought to the People by the majority position.

James Madison in Federalist 10 spoke to the very issue before we face today in the form of concentration of power. To check the “tyranny of the masses” I’ve introduced HCR-2039, which if …

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