Chris Guardaro writes:
"ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — Four local counties are receiving millions of federal dollars to set up coronavirus relief programs.
It is part of the $2 trillion CARES Act passed by Congress and signed by the President.
Orange County is getting $243 million from the federal government. So far the only definitive program they are going to use federal coronavirus relief money on is for protective masks, hand sanitizers and other equipment for health care workers and small businesses that are reopening.
Sadaf Knight, CEO of the Orlando Think Tank Florida Policy Institute [emphasis added], says the funds cannot be used to fill a void from lost tax revenue, and that will have a devastating effect on local and state budgets.
'The funding that was allocated by Congress specifically said that it cannot be used for filling revenue shortfalls that were caused by all the business closures that we've seen, the lack of travel, social distancing. All the economic activity that has essentially stopped,' Knight said."