CCM calls on Governor and Congressional Delegation to share federal funding for CT cities and towns to battle fallout from COVID-19
For immediate release
Kevin Maloney (203) 710-3486
The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM) today (Wednesday, April 8, 2020) called on Governor Ned Lamont and Connecticut’s Congressional delegation to support broadening the federal stimulus packages for local governments to combat the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure that smaller cities, as well as suburban and rural towns, receive a fair share of the federal funding being appropriated to help municipalities combat the public health and economic challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic.
In a letter to Governor Lamont, CCM Executive Director Joe DeLong stated:
“As you know, Congress passed and President Trump signed into law, the CARES Act, H.R. 748, a $2 trillion emergency package intended to stave off total economic collapse in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. The law allocates considerable funding to states to combat the scourge. We urge you to provide meaningful state CARES funding to cities and towns.
“The CARES law, among other things, provides direct funding to local governments with populations over 500,000. As we know, no municipality in Connecticut comes close to that threshold.
“However, according to the US Treasury, a State could make a grant to a subgrantee such as a unit of local government that does not have a population that exceeds 500,000. States can pass the money through as long as the funds are used in the same way as it is used by the States.”
Upcoming relief package back to top
In a second letter to Senator Richard Blumenthal and all other members of Connecticut’s Congressional delegation, DeLong focused on the next upcoming coronavirus relief package expected from Congress.
“We urge you to ensure that direct federal funding to local governments with populations under 500,000, especially under 150,000, is included in the next federal stimulus package.
“The CARES Act provided federal funds to assist only cities with populations over 500,000. Therefore, Connecticut municipalities received no direct funding as they struggle to protect and serve residents during a deadly pandemic. This is particularly glaring as Fairfield County and an already-distressed New Haven are part of the tri-state epicenter for the virus. Connecticut municipal officials are using untold resources and person-power to fight the COVID-19 scourge -- unbudgeted resources.
“Federal resources would help smaller municipalities contain the virus, maintain law and order and meet other overwhelming and unbudgeted demands of the pandemic.”