Tuesday, October 20, 2020

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TOPEKA, Kan. (KWCH) – The State Finance Council on Thursday unanimously permitted $290 million in funds to help Kansans with reduction from the COVID-19 pandemic. The permitted cash is for public well being, important wants and providers, and enterprise resiliency and workforce growth packages that the Government Committee of the Strengthening Folks and Revitalizing Kansas (SPARK) Taskforce advisable.

“These funds will present baby supervision for folks with school-age kids to make sure they will maintain working, scale back evictions, and supply instruments to assist sluggish the unfold of COVID-19,” Kansas Governor Laura Kelly stated. “I commend the SPARK taskforce and the State Finance Council, who crafted and permitted these suggestions that can strongly assist Kansans’ well being and maintain our state on the trail (to) financial restoration.”

A information launch from Kelly’s workplace stated the suggestions don’t instantly allocate the entire funds.

“Fairly, the Workplace of Restoration will monitor demand for the funds from permitted packages and submit extra allocations to the State Finance Council for approval.  Every program requires a minimal be invested in an space of emphasis, which incorporates COVID-19 testing, housing stability, and distant studying facilities for school-age kids,” a information launch from Kelly’s workplace explains.

If the recognized areas of emphasis don’t want extra funding, remaining within the reserve fund might then be used to help packages beforehand permitted by the finance council.

“It was essential to the SPARK taskforce to make sure there was flexibility and to not overcommit funds too early and be unable to reply ought to wants shift once more this fall,” SPARK Chairman Lyle Butler stated. “I need to thank SFC for sharing this concern and supporting a dynamic method that can serve Kansas properly.”

Kelly’s workplace stated the permitted $290 million is for the third and closing spherical of funding for the Coronavirus Reduction Fund, which is a part of the federal CARES Act. Beforehand, the finance council $400 million to Kansas counties within the first discovered of funding and $314 million for statewide priorities of public well being, training, financial growth, and connectivity within the second spherical.

“I need to thank each SPARK and the State Finance Council for offering the pliability to ship well timed investments and talent to answer shifting wants,” Restoration Workplace Government Director Julie Lorenz stated. “With flexibility comes a good better want for transparency and accountability for the way these funds are utilized and we stay dedicated to reporting our progress to SPARK, SFC, and Kansans to allow them to see how their tax are being spent.”

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