The St. James City Council heard on Monday, April 13, that general revenues are down drastically due to the COVID-19 pandemic. City Administrator Jim Fleming informed the council next year’s budget would most likely need to be adjusted due to the lower sales tax being generated while businesses are closed or operating less than normal.
By Bill Cooper
Social distancing is on everyone’s mind. While most people are following the guidelines, it seems that most are also trying to come up with things to do to keep themselves and their families busy with meaningful activities. There is plenty of space outdoors where families can go to walk, hike, bike, fish, bird watch, hunt mushrooms and wildflowers, shed antlers, arrowheads and fossils, and enjoy nature study activities.
U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, today announced that Missouri is receiving $66.5 million in Child Care and Development Block Grant funding from the CARES Act to support coronavirus response efforts. As Labor/HHS chairman, Blunt worked to secure additional funding for CCDBG in the bill.
The Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations’ (DOLIR’s) Division of Employment Security (DES) began issuing the $600 Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) payments yesterday with a total of $66 million in benefits paid out to over 115,000 claimants.
Steelville Chamber President Tamra Cape has publicly questioned Mayor Michael Keen about issuing a Shelter in Place Order—sending out an email to Chamber members on Monday afternoon on the subject. Cape’s email, sent from the Steelville Area Chamber of Commerce address, is as follows:
After talking to officials at the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and several school superintendents from rural and urban areas across the state, Governor Mike Parson announced Friday that all Missouri public and charter school buildings will remain closed through the remainder of the academic year. The announcement immediately put local school districts into discussions about what to do about prom and graduation.