Sen. Susan Collins, the Republican from Maine who’s within the prime 10 of seniority in her celebration, says she’s actually “hopeful” that perhaps the coronavirus aid bundle Majority Chief Mitch McConnell is attempting to barter amongst his squabbling convention can have vital help for state and native governments. It would not proper now, which tells you nearly how a lot sway Susan Collins has in her celebration.
Again in Could, Collins truly sponsored a invoice to spend $500 billion in direct help to state and native governments. Clearly that had a huge impact on McConnell. There’s none within the bundle he floated this week, simply cash for reopening faculties. Simply to place a advantageous level on this, that’s $70 billion to Ok-12 faculties—half of which has to go to colleges which have reopened—and one other $30 billion to schools and universities, which isn’t tied to reopening. There is no such thing as a cash in any respect for the state, native, tribal, and territorial governments which have seen revenues plummet prior to now 5 months. Layoffs of public service employees have been occurring all around the nation. There might be extra.