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Lack Of Aid To States Could Hit Black And Women Workers Hard

Jul 31, 2020
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As Congress continues to hash out plans for the next relief package, it’s not clear whether aid is coming for state and local governments. Their budgets have been hit hard by declining tax revenue since the pandemic shut down parts of the economy and by increased demand for many social services.

 Council member Chad West (center) with Del Sur Taco owners Ismael and Olmy Sanchez, and their son (far left).
Keren Carrión / KERA

The new initiative called #WePPEinOC is designed to help local businesses in Dallas' Oak Cliff neighborhood that have been affected by COVID-19.

Updated at 3:45 p.m. ET

The $349 billion Paycheck Protection Program to boost small businesses during the coronavirus economic crisis has run out of money.

Courtney Collins / KERA news

Last October, when tornadoes ripped through Dallas, a toy store lost its roof and half its inventory. Rebuilding would take it down to the studs, so owners scrambled to find a temporary location and re-launched before the holidays.

The threat of coronavirus means the store is now shuttered again — for the second time in six months.