The AK Cares Grant Program allows small businesses in Alaska to apply for grants of between $5,000 to $100,000. Unfortunately, the Dunleavy administration wrote a restriction into the authorization for the program that legally prevents many small businesses from getting a grant.
Right now, small businesses that have previously received federal relief funds can't apply for help through the AK Cares Grant Program. In some instances, small businesses applied for federal loans months ago when they could have applied for a state grant today. That's unfair.
I support a special session to fix the flaw in the AK Cares Grant Program so it can help more Alaskans and more of our vital small businesses. Given the size and scope of the sudden economic downturn it's the right thing to do.