Do you agree with Gov. Daniel J. McKee’s plan to spend 10% of $1.1B in federal pandemic aid this year to help small businesses and fund other immediate needs?

GOV. DANIEL J. MCKEE wants to spend roughly $100 million from a $1.1 billion federal windfall for pandemic aid on immediate needs, such as helping small businesses. / PBN FILE PHOTO/CASSIUS SHUMAN

After months of resisting calls to begin spending some of an estimated $1.1 billion in new federal pandemic aid, Gov. Daniel J. McKee recently said he’s ready to begin doing so.

McKee said the state should set aside 10% of the windfall for immediate needs, beginning with helping still-struggling small businesses. He says Rhode Island is the only state in the Northeast that has not spent any of this latest round of federal aid.

“It’s time to make a down payment on Rhode Island’s economic comeback,” said McKee, during his Sept. 21 announcement. “The time is now to get these dollars out – before the end of the year.”

The General Assembly would have to come back into session to approve the spending request.

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Legislative leaders have said they’ll review McKee’s proposal but have not committed to returning for a vote this year.

Do you agree with Gov. Daniel J. McKee’s plan to spend 10% of $1.1 billion in federal pandemic aid this year to help small businesses and fund other immediate needs?

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