Nevada Government Affairs & Advocacy Nevada Update – July 7, 2020
Government Affairs Daily Update
July 7, 2020
Our Government Affairs & Advocacy Team is dedicated to keeping you informed as we continue facing the novel coronavirus. We will provide daily updates, with additional resources available on our website.
State and Local COVID-19 Developments
Special Session Agenda Announced – Governor Sisolak issued a proclamation for a special session of the Nevada Legislature beginning 9:00 a.m. on July 8. No end date was set in the proclamation.
Despite earlier indications that various policy issues would be included on the agenda, the proclamation is limited to budget actions to address the general fund shortfall. The actions set forth in the proclamation include:
- Reducing, reserving, or canceling general fund appropriations made during the 2019 legislative session
- Acceleration of the annual payment of the net proceeds of minerals tax
- Transfers of funds to the State General Fund
- Allowing the Department of Health and Human Services authority to make inter-agency transfers of funds
- Allowing school districts to carry forward year-end balances to the next school year
- Allowing the Nevada Board of Regents to waive eligibility requirements for recipients of the Millennium Scholarship
- Any other actions “directly related to solutions for the projected general fund revenue shortfall for the current biennium.”
The proclamation additionally says that the state should have flexibility to restore budget reductions if federal funds are provided to assist with its revenue shortfall.
In a press statement, the Governor noted that a subsequent proclamation may be issued to address policy issues. No details were provided on the timing or agenda of a second proclamation. The Governor can also amend the proclamation for a special session at any time.
Nevada Receives PPP Loans – Over 42,000 businesses in Nevada received loans from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), according to data released by the Small Business Administration Monday. Loans ranged from $10,000 to as much as $10-million, with the majority of businesses receiving loans of less than $150,000. Businesses in Nevada that filed for a PPP loan listed the amount of jobs that would be saved due to the COVID-19 pandemic by retaining the loan, estimating that 525,683 jobs would be saved. That number is nearly equivalent to the number of initial unemployment claims, meaning that jobless numbers may have doubled if the PPP loans were not made available. The breakdown for how much Nevada businesses requested is as follows:
- 36,586 businesses received loans of $150,000 or less
- 31 businesses received loans of at least $1-million
- 25 businesses received loans between $5-million and $10-million
- 175 businesses received loans between $2-million and $5-million
- 432 businesses received loans between $1-million and $2-million
- 5,542 businesses received loans of $150,000 or more
COVID-19 Numbers in Nevada
These numbers are accurate as of 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 7
• There are 23,785 positive cases in Nevada
• This number is up 876 cases from Monday
• Nevada has reported 548 fatalities from the coronavirus
• This number is up 11 cases from Monday
• 383,856 individuals have been tested for the virus
• This number is up 6,969 cases from Monday
• Further statistical data can be found here: DHHS Coronavirus Statistics in Nevada
National COVID-19 Developments
U.S. to Withdraw from WHO – President Donald Trump’s administration formally notified the United Nations Tuesday that the U.S. is withdrawing from the World Health Organization (WHO), effective July 6, 2021. The announcement follows previous threats from President Trump to withdraw membership and financial support from the organization after claiming that the organization did not do enough to warn the world of the COVID-19 outbreak. In 2019 the United States contributed $553-million to WHO, a large chunk of the organization’s $6-billion biannual budget. Former Vice President Joe Biden took to Twitter following the announcement, claiming that if he wins the 2020 presidential election, he will rejoin the WHO, “on my first day as President.” By law, the United States is required to give the organization a year’s notice that it intends to withdraw, and all current financial obligations in the current year must be met.
United States Needs More Testing – Testing capacity for COVID-19 in the United States is becoming a new crisis, as cases continue to surge in many states. In the early months of the pandemic, testing posed a serious problem across the nation, as supplies fell short and officials raced to better understand the virus. Since then, the U.S. has ramped up testing considerably, conducting nearly 15 million tests in June, three times as many as were conducted in April. In recent weeks, however, many cities are facing a new testing problem fueled by a number of factors: a shortage of certain supplies, backlogs at laboratories that process the tests, and skyrocketing growth of the virus as cases continue to climb in nearly 40 states. While experts point to testing as crucial to control the virus in the long term, the U.S. has not been able to keep on pace with other countries, most notably Asia, which has been extremely aggressive. As of Monday, the number of COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. passed 130,000, with nearly three million cases.
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