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January 2021 PPP Loans Now Available on Covid Stimulus Watch

Submitted by mellissa on Tue, 02/23/2021 - 11:55

February 23, 2021--In early February, the SBA released data on more than 891,000 Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans issued since the reopening of the program on January 11. Of this new tranche of loans, roughly 106,000 were of $150,000 or more, amounting to $45 billion in sum. Those new loans of $150,000 or more are now available on Covid Stimulus Watch.

Since December, the SBA has disclosed exact dollar amounts for all PPP loans in its data releases. The new batch of loans, as well as previous loans, are available on Covid Stimulus Watch with exact loan values, allowing for more

Austerity for Whom?

Submitted by mellissa on Fri, 02/12/2021 - 14:56
Last week, Republican Senators unveiled an alternative to President Biden’s stimulus proposal. While the viability of this Republican proposal continues to wane, emerging concerns about “unspent” funds and aid overkill are likely to endure in future stimulus discussion and are worth public consideration.

Updated PPP Loans Now Available on Covid Stimulus Watch

Submitted by mellissa on Wed, 01/27/2021 - 22:21
Updated data on Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans of $150,000 or more is now available on Covid Stimulus Watch. The 661,000 loans on Covid Stimulus Watch now have precise dollar amounts instead of the range that was originally reported by the SBA.

Disparities in CARES Act Funding for West Virginia Schools

Submitted by mellissa on Wed, 01/06/2021 - 10:19
Over 5,400 private schools across the country received loans from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), amounting to an estimated $4.5 billion—approximately $833,000 per school. West Virginia follows this trend with 18 private schools receiving an estimated $5.8 million in PPP loans, or $322,000 per school.
 
CARES Act funding for public education, however, was not as generous. West Virginia was allocated $78 million in grants for its 768 Title I public schools through the Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER). Although the ESSER program is primarily

Covid Contractors and the Fraudsters

Submitted by pmattera on Sun, 09/20/2020 - 23:44
If you needed a plumber or a caterer, you would avoid a service provider who had in the past tried to bill you for work not performed or grossly overcharged for what was completed. The Trump Administration takes a different approach. In selecting contractors to provide the goods and services the federal government needs to deal with the pandemic, it has turned to dozens of corporations with a history of cheating Uncle Sam.