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Latest News on Efforts to Contain the Spread of the Coronavirus

Latest News on Efforts to Contain the Spread of the Coronavirus

Governor Presents Balanced Budget Plan to Legislators

The governor presented a balanced budget proposal to the legislature for next fiscal year. It would authorize about $5.8 billion next year in spending from the state’s general revenue fund, about three percent more than this year.

Pandemic Relied Funds Allocated for Rental Assistance

The state is helping people who have trouble paying their rent because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Legislature Helping Child Facilities Cope with Coronavirus Closings

At the beginning of this year, there were more than 2,000 licensed child care programs in Arkansas. They had slots for 194,000 children.

By mid-April, about half the facilities had closed. Although most have been able to re-open, as of early October at least 20 had closed permanently

Senators Request CARES Act Funding for Senior Citizens Centers

A bipartisan group of 14 senators have requested that the CARES Act Steering Committee allocate $20 million in federal relief funding for senior citizens centers across Arkansas.

Legislators Approve $48.5 Million in Grants For Tourism Industry

The Legislative Council approved spending $48.5 million in federal relief money to fund a grant program that will help tourism-related businesses adversely affected by the pandemic. The grants will be available to small businesses that hire up to 250 full-time employees.

Budget Hearings Prepare Legislators for 2021 Regular Session

The legislature has begun budget hearings, in preparation for the regular session that begins in January.

Three Proposed Constitutional Amendments on the Ballot This Year

In this year’s election, Arkansas voters will determine the outcome of three proposed amendments to the state Constitution.

Arkansas legislators approved using $165 million in federal relief funds to shore up the state unemployment insurance trust fund.

Arkansas legislators approved using $165 million in federal relief funds to shore up the state unemployment insurance trust fund.

Arkansas Cities and Counties Eligible for Grants From Relief Fund

Arkansas cities and counties that have been hit hard by the economic impact of the coronavirus can apply for help, after legislators approved the use of $150 million for relief grants.