News Flash

Home

Posted on: May 20, 2020

Bipartisan Local & State COVID Assistance Bills Introduced in Both Houses of Congress

On Monday, Senator Bob Menendez introduced in the Upper House S.3752, the State and Municipal Aid for Recovery and Transition (SMART) bill. Yesterday, Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill introduced its companion, H.R. 6954, in the House.

We thank Senator Menendez and Representative Sherrill, not only for working to address the budgetary problems that the pandemic has visited on local and state revenues, but for building solid bipartisan support for their bills. Sponsors for S.3753 include three Republicans and three Democrats, including our Junior Senator Cory Booker. H.R. 6954 lists as cosponsors five Democrats and five Republicans, including New Jersey’s Josh Gottheimer. That kind of across-the-aisle support will be crucial to success in Congress.  

If enacted, the SMART Fund would create a $500 billion fund to help states and all local governments respond to the current public health and economic crisis, while maintaining essential services. The funding would be evenly divided into three pools, and distributed based on:

1) state and local population; 2) COVID-19 infection rates, as of June 1; and 3) state and local revenue losses during 2020.

Municipalities, nationwide, would receive one-sixth of the funds in each allocation, minus a $16 billion set-aside for hard-hit tribal governments. That $80.6 billion for all municipalities, regardless of size, would be matched by another $80.6 billion for all American counties.

Monies from the relative population formula and the relative infected population proportion formula would be distributed this year. The relative lost revenue proportion, based on the difference between 2019 and 2020 revenues, would come in the first quarter of 2021.

Please reach out to Senators Menendez and Booker, and to Representatives Sherrill and Gottheimer, to thank them for recognizing that, without federal support, municipal revenue losses will force cuts to vital services, as well as pay cuts, furloughs and lay-offs to essential personnel. Thank them, also, for seeing the importance of advancing a ‘red state/blue state’ solution to what is truly an American red, white, and blue crisis.

Contact: Jon Moran, Senior Legislative Analyst, jmoran@njlm.org, 609-695-3481 x121.


Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in Home

Shuttered Venue Operator Grants

Posted on: April 30, 2021

New Jersey SFY 2022 Budget Update

Posted on: April 30, 2021

Week of April 19: COVID-19 Update

Posted on: April 27, 2021

Week of March 29 COVID-19 Update

Posted on: April 1, 2021

Cannabis Legalization Deadlines

Posted on: March 26, 2021

Local Part PERS Legislation Advances

Posted on: March 26, 2021

Week of March 22: COVID-19 Update

Posted on: March 26, 2021

Legislative Preview: Week of March 15

Posted on: March 15, 2021

Cannabis Briefing March 18

Posted on: March 15, 2021

Week of March 8: COVID Update

Posted on: March 15, 2021

Legislative Preview: Week of March 8

Posted on: March 9, 2021

Wear Your Pearls for WIMG Movie Night

Posted on: March 10, 2021

American Rescue Plan Overview Webinar

Posted on: March 10, 2021

Week of Feb. 22: COVID-19 Weekly Update

Posted on: February 26, 2021

Feb. 26, 2022 Cannabis Update

Posted on: February 26, 2021

FY 2021 State Budget-Municipal Interest

Posted on: February 24, 2021

Legislature Preview: Week of February 22

Posted on: February 22, 2021

Gov. Murphy Signs Legalization Legislation

Posted on: February 22, 2021

LEAP Challenge Grant Deadline Approaching

Posted on: February 16, 2021

Expanded Earned Income Tax Credit Program

Posted on: February 16, 2021

Amended Shared Service Bill S-1 Advances

Posted on: February 16, 2021

Week of February 8: COVID-19 Update

Posted on: February 16, 2021

Congressional Activity on SALT Deduction

Posted on: February 1, 2021

Marijuana Legalization Update

Posted on: February 1, 2021

Week of January 24: Covid-19 Update

Posted on: February 1, 2021

Week of January 18: COVID-19 Update

Posted on: January 22, 2021

COVID-19 Update: Week of January 4

Posted on: January 11, 2021

Governor Signs Tax Incentive Legislation

Posted on: January 11, 2021

Cannabis Clean Up Legislation Held

Posted on: January 11, 2021

Larger Stimulus Checks Unlikely

Posted on: January 4, 2021

Federal Update and Further Stimulus

Posted on: December 30, 2020

COVID Relief & Omnibus Bill Passed

Posted on: December 28, 2020

Week of December 21 COVID-19 Update

Posted on: December 28, 2020

Week of December 14: COVID-19 Update

Posted on: December 18, 2020

Senate Passes PFRS 20 and Out Legislation

Posted on: December 18, 2020

Tax Incentive Legislation Moving Quickly

Posted on: December 18, 2020

Covid-19 Update: Week of December 6

Posted on: December 14, 2020

Cannabis Legislation Advancing

Posted on: December 14, 2020

Small Cell Regulation Bill Advances

Posted on: December 14, 2020

LFN Issued on UCC Enforcement

Posted on: December 10, 2020

AG Issues Marijuana Charge Guidance

Posted on: December 10, 2020

Law Requires Use of Body Cameras

Posted on: December 2, 2020

Gov. Murphy Signs Plastic Ban into Law

Posted on: November 11, 2020

2019 Senior Freeze Deadline Extended

Posted on: November 2, 2020

Hospital Propety Tax Bill Held from Vote

Posted on: November 2, 2020

Vegetation Management Bill Advances

Posted on: September 21, 2020

Hospital Property Tax Bill Advances

Posted on: September 21, 2020

Governor Takes Action on Bills

Posted on: September 21, 2020

MIllioniares' Tax to Bolster State Budget

Posted on: September 21, 2020

State Budget Deliberations Begin

Posted on: September 11, 2020

Final NJ Census Push in Full Swing

Posted on: September 9, 2020

Census 2020- Time Is Running Out

Posted on: September 8, 2020

Proposed Budget Holds ETR/CMPTRA Level

Posted on: August 25, 2020

Week of August 17: COVID-19 Update

Posted on: August 25, 2020

Local Aid Crucial for Economic Recovery

Posted on: August 25, 2020

Week of August 10: COVID-19 Update

Posted on: August 14, 2020

Time is Running Out for the 2020 Census

Posted on: August 14, 2020

Week of August 2: COVID-19 Update

Posted on: August 9, 2020

COVID-19 Research Volunteers Needed

Posted on: August 6, 2020

Storm Update from NJBPU

Posted on: August 5, 2020

Week of July 27: COVID-19 Update

Posted on: August 5, 2020

Week of July 13: COVID-19 Update

Posted on: July 19, 2020

Murphy Ok's COVID-19 Borrowing Bill

Posted on: July 19, 2020

Interim State Budget Enacted

Posted on: July 6, 2020

Bridge Budget Bill Introduced

Posted on: June 26, 2020

Week of June 8, 2020 Covid-19 Update

Posted on: June 12, 2020

Week of May 25: COVID-19 Update

Posted on: May 29, 2020

Week of May 18: COVID-19 Update

Posted on: May 22, 2020

State Budget Update

Posted on: May 22, 2020

Call for Federal Lifeline

Posted on: May 22, 2020

DEP Launches "Mask Up!" Campaign

Posted on: May 20, 2020