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Becker Spotlight: November 17, 2020

The incoming Biden Administration began to take shape today with a formal announcement of President-elect Joe Biden’s top White House advisers. Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-LA) will be leaving a safely Democratic House seat to serve as a senior adviser to the President and Director of Public Engagement for the new administration. Jen O’Malley Dillion, who […]

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Post-2020 Election: Biden Transition and First Term

After a long week, most major media outlets are now reporting that Joe Biden has secured the votes needed to win the state of Pennsylvania, thus putting him over the 270 electoral vote threshold needed to win the election. Although Joe Biden is now widely accepted as the President-Elect as states continue the process of […]

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Washington, D.C. Update: Appropriations / Stimulus Outlook

Appropriations / Stimulus Outlook Amid continued uncertainty related to several key Senate races and a focus on the Presidential transition, the Senate reconvened yesterday and the House will reconvene next week. With the return, I am most focused on the state of play on two key items – appropriations and stimulus. Stimulus Several coronavirus response […]

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Updated Coronavirus Relief Fund Guidance for State and Local Governments

On Monday, September 21, the Department of Treasury’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) released updated guidance in the form of an FAQ document (click here to view) regarding Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) reporting requirements for state and local governments receiving CRF funds. Certain changes made (see questions 63, 70-72) appear to directly address bipartisan concerns […]

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Exercising with Caution | Requirements for Gym Openings in New Jersey

On August 27, Governor Murphy issued Executive Order 181 (2020) (the “Order”), setting forth requirements for opening health clubs, as defined by N.J.S.A. 56:8-39, which includes gyms and fitness centers.

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U.S. Department of Labor Announces Guidance for the Lost Wages Assistance Program to Provide Needed Relief to Americans

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the release of guidance to help states implement the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program. LWA is authorized by Presidential Memorandum, and provides claimants in most Unemployment Insurance (UI) programs up to $400 per week additional benefits, starting with weeks of unemployment ending on or after […]

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Senate Introduces HEALS Act – First Step Toward Passage of Next Coronavirus Relief Package

Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced the HEALS Act, the first step in negotiations toward passage of the next coronavirus relief package. I’ve attached the section by section and wanted to first give you a few headlines related to local government needs: The HEALS Act does not allocate additional state and local aid beyond […]

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Continuing Small Business Recovery and Paycheck Protection Program Act

The Continuing Small Business Recovery and Paycheck Protection Program Act would provide additional assistance to the hardest-hit small businesses that are struggling to recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The bill has four main components: 7(a) Loans to Recovery Sector Businesses: Authorizes $100 billion in long-term, low-cost loans to recovery sector businesses, which […]

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