Speaker calls on governor to sign the coronavirus relief funds package immediately

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Vermont House Speaker Mitzi Johnson released the following statement: “Vermonters and Vermont businesses need relief now. The Coronavirus Relief Funds Recovery Package – H.966(link is external), H.965(link is external), and S.351(link is external) – were delivered to the governor’s desk on June 30th. Vermonters need him to sign the bills now to ensure the money reaches the people and businesses that are waiting for it.“The legislature passed the initial business recovery bill, the Emergency Economic Relief Package (S.350/Act 115(link is external)) on June 16th. The governor announced only today that businesses can start applying for these grants next week. That’s three weeks since the legislature fast-tracked $93 million in the Emergency Economic Relief Package to his desk for implementation. And how long until the money is in the hands of those businesses? The legislature kept the program broad and flexible for the more critically impacted business to help them immediately. It’s outrageous that Vermonters have been kept waiting for so long by the Governor. They can’t wait any longer. “That is why I am calling on the Governor to sign the Coronavirus Relief Funds Recovery Package today and to make the additional $575.7 million(link is external) in that package available to Vermonters and Vermont businesses by Monday, July 6th. Vermonters don’t have three more weeks to wait. “The legislature involved the administration every step of the way in developing these bills. Vermont business owners criticized the loan program proposed by the Administration. We heard loud and clear that they needed grant funding, not loans due in less than 6 months that would add to their financial burden, as they try to regain their footing.  We responded and passed the grants Vermonters requested. Changing his plan was the right thing to do and it was done with the support of the business community and with the administration up-to-speed every step of the way. I’m proud the legislature also addressed the needs of childcare businesses and food security, both critically needed and ignored in the Governor’s proposal.“Vermonters need this money now. I call on the Governor to sign the bills immediately and to give Vermonters a path forward. Vermonters can’t wait any longer.”Source: MONTPELIER, VT – Vermont House Speaker 7.1.2020last_img read more

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Egypts Mubarak on life support after heart stops

first_imgCAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak was being kept alive by life support after he was rushed from prison to a military hospital in a rapidly worsening condition, officials said. The 84-year-old ousted leader’s health crisis added a new element of uncertainty just as a potentially explosive fight opened over who will succeed him.The state news agency MENA said Mubarak was “clinically dead” when he arrived at the hospital and that doctors used a defibrillator on him several times. It initially said the efforts were not successful.But the official said Mubarak was put on life support. He had no further details on his condition. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the press.The developments add further layers to what is threatening to become a new chapter of unrest and political power struggles in Egypt, 16 months after Mubarak was ousted by a popular uprising demanding democracy. Egyptians were uncertain about Mubarak’s fate, about who will succeed him and about whether his successor will have any power.The campaign of Mubarak’s former prime minister, Ahmed Shafiq, said Tuesday he has won Egypt’s presidential election, countering the Muslim Brotherhood’s claim of victory for its candidate, Mohammed Morsi.last_img read more

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