White House aide: States and locals must make data case for more aid
Doug Hoeschler, director of intergovernmental affairs for the White House, told MAC, “The president has answered this question (on more aid); he hears that concern and would look at it. The challenge so far that I have seen is we have not received good data on real revenue losses and projections. This needs to be more than one month of revenue projections; not just a one-month issue.”
Hoeschler also noted that state and locals need to be maximizing the federal aid that is available for COVID-related expenses, such as from FEMA and through the CARES Act.
He did say that it was the president’s intent, and Congress’, for states to push CARES Act funds down to local governments on COVID. In recent comments, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and her budget team, however, have indicated that the state is in no rush to share CARES Act dollars with the 79 counties that did not receive direct federal aid under the bill.
“We appreciate this clear statement of intent by the White House on CARES Act dollars,” said MAC Executive Director Stephan Currie. “Mr. Hoeschler emphasized today that states and locals need to be working in partnership on this effort and we could not agree more. Partners share the challenges – and the resources to meet them.”
Prior to Hoeschler joining the podcast, MAC’s governmental affairs team discussed the state budget situation and how MAC will prioritize its legislative strategy for the rest of 2020.