Gov. Polis, Local Government Urge Delegation to Increase State and Local Aid in Federal Stimulus Package

Monday, April 6, 2020

DENVER — Governor Jared Polis, John Swartout, executive director of Colorado Counties Inc., Kevin Bommer, executive director of Colorado Municipal League, John Messner and Guyleen Castriotta, co-chairs of Colorado Counties Acting Together, and Ann Terry, executive director of the Special District Association of Colorado worked together as state and local partners on managing the day to day response to the COVID-19 crisis and urged Colorado’s federal delegation to ensure additional, robust financial assistance is delivered to Colorado in the next Federal stimulus package in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As you look toward the Phase 4 stimulus package, we stand united as state and local partners on the front lines of this crisis, urging you to include at least $500 billion in direct, robust and immediate State and local aid. Absent this assistance, the State of Colorado and local governments who are directly helping Colorado’s communities respond and recover from the impacts of this public health crisis, will face an unmitigated economic crisis,” the letter reads. 

Read the full letter here. Governor Polis engages daily with Colorado’s federal delegation and successfully urged the Delegation to include measures for stimulating the economy, including relief for small businesses, and direct cash payments to consumers in the last federal stimulus bill. Governor Polis secured major disaster status for Colorado with the support of the federal delegation.