KBRA Releases Research – Coronavirus (COVID 19): CARES Act: For States, Not All It Seems

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) releases a report which examines the limitations under the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF).

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which passed on March 27, 2020, allocates $150 billion in aid to states, territories, and certain local governments as part of the Coronavirus Relief Fund.

The relief fund is designed to cover expenses directly incurred by state and local governments to deal with the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health crisis, but not indirect expenses or secondary economic effects such as lost revenues—which far eclipses expenditure associated with the pandemic.

The states hardest hit by the pandemic will have substantial direct costs. However, at the program’s expiration on December 31, 2020, it is possible that some states will need to make refunds to the U.S. Treasury because allowable expenditures, as defined under the CRF, will be less than the original allocation. Any broader support for state and local governments will have to come from subsequent legislation.

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