Legislative Leadership Void
Over 730,000 people have contracted COVID, and over 12,000 died as of January 26th. Arizona’s legislature is focusing on anything except the pandemic. Republicans are advancing legislation to remove voters from the early voter list, make abortion a homicide, limiting the governor’s emergency powers, and forcing people to testify in person to have their voices heard at the capital at a time when COVID-19 rages through our state.
As if this wasn’t enough, they are also taking aim at renewable energy standards. Instead of focusing on changing election laws, our elected officials should stop bullying staffers and get to work on the people’s business.
Per the Arizona Central article published January 18:
Arizonans can register for February COVID-19 vaccine appointments at 9 a.m. Tuesday
Arizonans prioritized to receive COVID-19 vaccinations can begin registering for February appointments at two state-run sites at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, the Arizona Department of Health Services announced on Monday.
Registrations can be made at podvaccine.azdhs.gov. People who don’t have access to a computer or need extra help registering can call 844–542–8201 for assistance.
The vaccinations will be administered out of two state-run sites, including the 24/7 vaccination site at State Farm Stadium in Glendale that’s currently in operation, according to a news release from the health department.
The second site will launch on Feb. 1 at Phoenix Municipal Stadium near Arizona State University’s Tempe campus and operate during daylight hours, it added.
The vaccine has been deemed safe and effective by health officials (Source).
Arizona’s 65+ community will be eligible for the vaccine starting Tuesday, January 19th.
The Arizona Democratic Party recently elected State Rep. Raquel Teran as the new chair. I emailed her to setup a meeting and discuss the future of our party. Here’s the email I sent, still waiting for a reply:
Recreational marijuana sales started, and well, it’s popular! I was a big supporter of this ballot initiative passing, and it did, with over 60% of the vote. At least we agree that getting high on tax revenue is good for Arizona.
Small businesses are hurting, and the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is rolling out as we speak. The recent federal legislation that passed (and was eventually signed by soon to be Former President Trump) did allocate funding help for our small businesses. In case you own a small business with less than 300 employees, make sure to apply for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) help. I have heard from numerous small businesses that complain J.P. Morgan Chase takes forever to process PPP loans. My recommendation is to use a reputable third-party company like Lendio.
Another program being set up is the “Shuttered Venue Operators Grant.” If you think there is a way to qualify for this instead of PPP, DO NOT APPLY FOR PPP or you will not be eligible for this program.
Per the SBA Website:
The Shuttered Venue Operators (SVO) Grant program was established by The Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act, signed into law on December 27, 2020. The program includes $15 billion in grants to shuttered venues, to be administered by the Small Business Administration’s Office of Disaster Assistance.
Eligible applicants may qualify for SVO Grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with up to 50 full-time employees (Source).
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