FARGO, ND (Valley News Live) – The North Dakota Emergency Commission today unanimously approved re-allocation of turn-back federal funding to support the state’s COVID-19 response and recovery efforts, which K-12 schools Directs approximately $ 221 million for districts, cities and towns. Businesses including counties, hospitality industries, hospitals, and other programs.
North Dakota received $ 1.25 billion as part of the $ 2.2 trillion Coronavirus Assistance, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act from the Coronovirus Relief Fund. The $ 221 million approved today is the same that was returned from previously allocated federal money.
The $ 221 million in turnbacks included $ 90 million from the Bank of North Dakota, $ 50 million from unemployment insurance, $ 33 million from the Department of Health and $ 17 million from the Department of Emergency Services.
Under the actual allocation approved today, K-12 school districts will receive approximately $ 34 million on top of the $ 30 million previously allocated. The $ 64 million will be paid directly to school districts that are using the base payment amount and per-pupil distribution.
The city and county will also receive more than $ 61 million, in addition to the $ 59 million previously disbursed as law enforcement payroll and $ 20 million reimbursement to local public health units.
The North Dakota Department of Health will provide $ 10 million to six large referral hospitals in Fargo, Bismarck, Grand Forks and Minot. These hospitals have played a key role in expanding hospital capacity and providing direct COVID-related care, as well as providing necessary medical care during an epidemic.
“This federal funding is being reclaimed in a way that positively impacts North Dakota’s citizens, schools, hospitals, businesses, and all levels of state and local government,” Bergam said. “We are grateful to legislators, agency leaders and citizens whose input and cooperation has ensured that these funds can be used to reduce the negative impact of COVID-19 and facilitate economic recovery, thereby improving lives and May both livelihoods be saved. “
The six-member emergency commission consists of four legislative leaders – House Majority Leader Chet Pollert of Housing Leader Caratton, Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner of Dickinson, Jeff Delzer, chairman of House Appointments, and chairman of Senate Appropriations Dr. Undertay. Holmberg of Grand Forks – Al Jager and Bergam with the Secretary of State as chairman. Proposals must be approved by the Budget Section of the Legislature on 28 October.
An additional $ 49 million will be provided through the Department of Commerce and the Bank of North Dakota to support business recovery across the state. This redistribution of funding includes $ 29 million for commerce, in addition to a repurchase of approximately $ 54 million to be distributed to businesses within the hospitality and entertainment industries that were most directly affected by the COIDID-19 epidemiological guidelines Huh. . Businesses receiving these grants will be required to certify that they will follow the ND Smart Restart Guidelines. The reallocation of funding includes an additional $ 20 million to the Bank of North Dakota for the COVID Pace Recovery II program.
Other allocations include:
- $ 14.8 million for the Department of Human Services, including $ 8 million to provide child care emergency operations grants, $ 3 million for long-term care and skilled nursing facility environmental upgrades, $ 1.7 million for community-based behavioral health services And other program funding.
- $ 16 million for a drilled-but-incomplete (DUC) well incentive program for the North Dakota Industrial Commission. These funds were repurchased from an orphaned well plugging and reclamation program and are designed to sustain the jobs and activity of the oil and gas services sector as an industry, accounting for half of the state’s tax revenue Contributes more, still recovering.
- $ 13.5 million for the North Dakota Highway Patrol to cover payroll expenses.
- $ 9.7 million for job service North Dakota to cover employers’ costs related to unemployment insurance, $ 5.4 million for hospitals and long-term care, $ 1.2 million for higher education and the remainder for cities and counties, nonprofits. And others.
- $ 5.2 million for the North Dakota University System for Environmental and Education Modifications in response to COVID-19.
- $ 8.1 million for other state agencies and political subdivisions, including $ 2.2 million through the Department of Agriculture to support meat processing plants to meet demand for retail processing products.
For more information about North Dakota’s COVID-19 response, visit www.health.nd.gov/coronavirus or www.ndresponse.gov.
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