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Cities Could Lack Revenue for Basic Services Due to Coronavirus

Cities Could Lack Revenue for Basic Services Due to Coronavirus

“Let’s not call this a stimulus package,” said Morial of Congress’s approximately $2 trillion emergency relief bill in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Let’s call it a relief package because, in effect, what social distancing, quarantining, and the necessary response to a public health emergency and pandemic has been [is] to shut a portion of the economy down to prevent people from going to work and prevent people from going to shop.”

“This is a health crisis and there’ll be money for the public health infrastructure gaps that have been exposed with this crisis,” Morial stated.

Morial went on, “In fact, there may be greater demand on them, and therefore, this package, I hope, will plug the hole and make municipal governments and state governments whole in connection with what we’ve expressed.

“The government must, as a public policy matter, make us whole,” stated Morial of federal government funding of states and cities.

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