WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) – One other COVID-19 reduction bundle within the works requires spending greater than $900 billion. With that, the federal authorities could ship one other stimulus examine to People. That’s one of many objects on the desk as Congress works to complete what can be a second COVID-19 reduction invoice. The approximate $950 billion consists of provisions to proceed CARES Act applications set to run out this month. That features an additional $300 every week in unemployment, cash for colleges, and small-business assist. The invoice’s help, native leaders say, is important going into subsequent yr.
“I hope that they proceed to speak to get one thing determined sooner somewhat than later,” stated Wichita resident Yvette Ehrlich.
Ehrlich stated she hopes lawmakers use discretion in the place the cash goes.
“I hope they do embody small companies and use specific discretion in making an attempt to assist them keep open for all of our good,” she stated.
Wichita resident Daniel Bucher stated one other stimulus examine “might be very helpful to a variety of households.”
“Lots of people struggling this time of yr,” Bucher stated. “Simply that additional little bit might assist with paying payments.”
It’s not simply people and households who say there’d be a profit from Congress passing one other COVID-19 reduction invoice. State and native governments even have lists of areas that might use extra funding. Wednesday (Dec. 16), the Sedgwick County Fee accepted sending a letter of help to Congressional members, laying out what they are saying are the priorities wanted within the subsequent bundle. You’ll be able to learn the county’s letter of help under.
“There’s a complete lot of priorities that we’ve acquired that have an effect on every county, however clearly, we’re very involved about what occurs in Sedgwick County,” Sedgwick County Commissioner David Dennis stated.
That checklist consists of funding for psychological well being, private safety gear, testing and make contact with tracing, vaccines, financial restoration and workforce growth, unemployment, the Paycheck Safety Program, colleges, and hospitals.
With out federal help, it’ll be a troublesome begin to 2021 for native governments.
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