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State conceptualizes and frankly local governments that's the front line they're trying to figure out do they have enough able as is that of PP that kind of thing focusing on those resources for second one show viewers this a graphic that talk about what you just talk about the hundred and fifty billion dollars for states for corona virus ridden relief and I want you to talk to the distribution process noting for viewers on the graphic that it's based on population no state will receive a payment of less than one point two five billion dollars to talk through that a little bit more and and our state's okay with that well our state's okay with it I think that's an open question because we have I'm honestly we're we're we're moving in the dark here these are it's become really cliche it's uncharted waters in terms of what the economy's gonna do to states and the the services they provide but let me first talk about the distribution of the hundred fifty billion dollars for state local governments that'll go out in a formula based on population first eight billion of that goes to tribal governments so you take a billion out of a hundred fifty and then another three billion goes to territories and the district of Columbia so then the the I think at least a hundred thirty nine billion dollars and that gets distributed to the states and the states get fifty five percent of that that they can spend on corona virus related expenses so they can't like replace general fund money that they were spending for roads or something like that has to be related to corona virus and of course that coronavirus expenses aren't almost every area you're you're dealing with the education funding that's being affected by the virus with us certainly health care funding that's being affected by the virus so the fifty five percent of the state to use their as you said one point two five billion guarantee to every state regardless of population so I think they're eighteen states that are getting that minimum amount of one point two five billion so Wyoming of course the smallest population state into the middle population states California obviously getting the most out I'm doing this from memory I want to say it's around eighteen billion dollars for California and I hope that's close to right the in that forty five percent will go to local governments over population of five hundred thousand so they're roughly forty cities over population of four five hundred thousand people and about a hundred and thirty of the three thousand and three hundred counties meet that population threshold so that the money will be transferred by the US department treasury to state general funds roughly in two or three weeks we've been told and then the states will then work with the local rest to get the money to them as fast as possible focusing on crime virus response in this state if you have a question about that process now would be a great time to call in Tim's story is with the national conference of state legislatures is gonna be with us for about a half an hour more this morning this is bill out of Syracuse New York you're next good morning yes I am concerned trump made a remark that he would cooperate with those who would cooperate with him and also implied that he would not cooperate with stage that we're not with them we have a democratic governor who is quite critical of the president how much power does the president our there's does him extracted there have been giving out money and supplies so we are very low on medical supplies here and that's a very important thing to me since our yes thank you bill that's a good question so I would say that the the the legislation passed last week by Congress and signed by the president is very clear about the amount of money and how gets transferred to the states as I said there's a two hundred fifty billion in I'm sorry a hundred fifty billion in in sort of flexible spending money to the states to combat the virus there's also other three thirty roughly thirty one billion to education programs there's billions of dollars for health care programs to help sure up hospital systems and public health systems to combat the virus around the country so the the presidential politics will not play into that that money will be distributed by the agencies by the departments and again we have worked our organization and other organizations like ours the national governors association the national association of counties the league of cities the conference of mayors have been working very closely with officials within the departments that will be distributing this money so so terms of that funding for for equipment to for I sitting the the extreme cost of running the public health system it well you know well past what was expected by anybody could have imagined that that will be affected by any kind of politics from the White House or preferences along those lines want to talk about what you're seeing when it comes to this concern out there of of states competing for resources and this is how Jimbo from Bakersfield California puts it in his question in regard to getting PPVs and ventilators to the areas of greatest need in the United States and to stop states from bidding against each other should the state form their own consortium to complete this task since the federal government is unwilling or unable to do that you know John I am going to confess I am not qualified to answer that question I'm I'm not familiar with how the PP is literally being transferred around the state it's an interesting idea I I I do believe that the vast vast majority of officials both at the federal level the state level the local level our operating in absolute good faith to make sure the supplies are are getting out as fast as they can and and to to the to every corner of the United States so let me put it this way I don't have a specific answer for that yesterday governor Gretchen Whitmer out of Michigan put out an appeal on Twitter asking for doctors are around the country take come to Michigan help fight the corona virus in Michigan our our state legislatures concerned about competition here for whether it's medical professionals or or equipment yeah I I I have not heard that concern and I I probably think that and I also heard you know governor Cuomo made the same appeal perhaps yesterday the day before I I think they're all sort of in triage mode because they're so in the moment you know as the crisis escalates so rapidly I have not caught any sense of competing against other states I'm obviously you know people's lives are at stake and and and P. Americans are are dying from the virus it's a it's an incredibly it's a situation with the gravity unlike anything we've seen so you know governors legislatures are gonna do what they can for the people of their states but I have not seen that kind of competition and and I don't expect that Kathy Adam Dunn North Carolina you're next good morning good morning fellas how ya doing today well I have a quick question for ya'll okay I'm very sorry we we close down all the major restaurant here in the North Carolina need to cry I have recently got laid off however you know ours currently having a house built they stop production on that so I'm having to stay in a local motels however now my son has run out it's going to be at least two to three weeks before the unemployment can't stand and the R. I wanted the motels are not listed on the nomination however there is I personally may I be at least fifty to sixty people here in the dining area that do not have sorry to stay in motels now they have twenty out of five o'clock curfew in effect and if you're caught out it's five hundred to a thousand dollars if they catch you what are these people supposed to do I'm one of them at eleven o'clock today I will currently be tabbed out out on the curb thanks for sharing your story this morning Tim story a couple of issues the cat he brings up there well Kathy one at my heart goes out to you I think you're like you know frankly tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands of Americans who are being you know devastated by not just the virus and in its health effects and in the people that we know and love contracting the virus but this the economic impact of this which is I. fears sort of at the beginning I think the the the economy we are in absolute uncharted waters you know the economy was sailing along the wind in its sails and then the wind just stopped in in in that ship is just sort of floating on the sea at the whims of the currents and it's hurting a lot of people like like the caller Kathy it's it's a it's a rare it really it's it's it's a heartbreaking story and I think it's one that it's a happening around the country I do know that you know there are Nassar sama federal money that was put into the stimulus bill as well as the coronavirus response you know sort of a combination build those statements in front of our sponsors including direct payments to American taxpayers so if she has filed taxes in both in either twenty eighteen or twenty nineteen and even if she hasn't she can request this the IRS does not yet have a process for people who have not filed in in that in the past couple of years but they are expected to have that soon but those direct payments should be deposited in in bank accounts where the IRS has the the the the account numbers within the next week or so so that's going to happen fairly quickly the unemployment insurance extension was also part of actually the I think the second piece of legislation passed by the federal government so unemployment benefits will be extended from three to four months so there is sort of help on the way but you know what Kathy described as is the personal situation that is is you know very very difficult challenging and and you know there are resources you know I'm sure their county resources and and hopefully she get a hold of somebody they can you know give her a specific guidance there in in done about twenty minutes left with Tim story of the national conference of state legislatures states of course responsible for running their own elections I wonder ten story what is considered best practices right now when it comes to us being in an election year and amid this pandemic well John that is a really interesting question in a complicated question they're still roughly twenty states have not held their primaries many of them have now delayed effect June second has become kind of a second super Tuesday because I think seven states have pushed their primaries off to to the early June to June second but even that is still in question and of course this all takes legislation to move primaries and no public official wants to change election dates I think probably just because of the you know they want to make sure there's consistency and transparency about what when and how lectures are held so this is uncharted waters once again in terms of how the United States and again the state's run the elections this is a big function of states so a number of states have are exploring more that mail in voting you know essentially most states have either no excuse absentee voting or excuse absentee voting so if if a voter and excuse absentee voting states which is if you combine the five states to do all actions by mail and that was just one state about ten years ago we don't have five states where every elections now Hehe held through the mail including the state of Colorado where I am today so aside from those five states the the the vast majority of other states are either no excuse absentee so you can request an absentee ballot from your election official typically in the county level or you can do an excuse absentee ballot by requesting it just saying that because of coronavirus you you're requesting an absentee ballot so so I think many of these are going to shift to to all mail in interestingly the the Congress put four hundred million dollars into the cares act that passed last week to help states change how they relax ins in corona virus you explore all mail in voting so so I think the states are gonna be exploring that in in a much more widespread way you know in states approved organs been doing mail in voting for maybe twenty five years or more so you know some states been able to do it effectively I'll make one other observation that you know elections are more complicated than just showing up on election day you know one of the big challenges in the state that haven't held their primaries is it to qualify for the primary ballot in just in every state you typically have to get signatures from a certain number of voters to let's say to run for the.

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