--The Payroll Protection Program. You are probably familiar with this assistance program generated through the federal government. The SJW Finance Council determined prior to the PPP that the parish has some reserve to provide all our staff with their regular salaries and that includes our Preschool staff. When we determined that SJW was eligible, we also decided that it would be best for us to decline the government program.
I believe this action is the correct one to take. Continuing to provide full salaries will maintain normalcy for our employees and as the employees use those funds within the community it will maintain a level of normalcy for the community.
- To apply, when we have a fund reserve, can deny small business entities the funds they might need to keep their people employed and receiving a paycheck.
- Prior and current correspondences from the Diocese advise caution and knowledge of the risks involved because of the current program rules (or even unknown changes to the program rules in the future).
- There will undoubtedly be fraud and waste within any government program, but this is a social justice issue. The higher road is to leave the funds available for others who need it more, rather than be included in a group who took when they did not need.