We can’t weather the COVID-19 crisis without legislative leadership

COVID-19 is continuing to tear through Arizona, and it’s clear that it will be many months before anything approaching normalcy returns. 

Ducey extends COVID-19 eviction protection to businesses, nonprofits

Businesses and nonprofits that are having trouble paying rent while they cope with the ongoing COVID-19 crisis won’t have to worry about getting evicted for the next couple months.

Paycheck protection program now open for applications

Small businesses that need help making payroll amid the COVID-19 crisis can begin applying today for federally backed loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program.

DPS closes Public Service Center amid COVID-19 concerns

The Arizona Department of Public Safety on Monday closed its Public Service Center lobby to the public due to concerns over COVID-19.

‘Overwhelming’ demand on first day of $349 billion small-business aid program

Banks and small businesses reported an overwhelming volume of calls and some confusion Friday as the Small Business Administration launched the first phase of the $2 trillion economic stimulus package in the face of COVID-19.

Free child care available to front-line COVID-19 workers

Low-income parents who work in health care, public health and essential government services that are still operating amid the COVID-19 pandemic can qualify for free child care under a new program that Gov. Doug Ducey announced on Friday.

Ducey backtracks on barbers, salons being ‘essential’ amid COVID-19

Barber shops, hair salons, day spas and tattoo parlors will all have to close for business by 5 p.m. Saturday after Gov. Doug Ducey reversed course and updated his list of essential services that can stay open during the COVID-19 emergency.

Arizona third-worst in per capita health care workers amid pandemic

Arizona is lacking hospital space and intensive care beds as the state grapples with COVID-19, and it also is among the worst in the country for the number of health care workers available to treat those who fall ill.

Unemployment checks with extra $600 could come next week

The state is adding $600 to the maximum weekly unemployment benefit of $240, and the first checks should go out as soon as next week, the Arizona Department of Economic Security said Wednesday. The money was added in response to the tidal wave of workers laid off because of COVID-19, with new claims rising to almost 3.3 million in the U.S. two weeks ago.

Current, former elected officials weigh in on Brnovich request to Supreme Court

Current and former statewide officials are weighing in on Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s request that the Arizona Supreme Court recognize the broad legal powers he claims. Which side they are coming down on has much less to with partisan affiliation than with which office they held.
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