I. Statea. COVID-19 Update
Today Governor Murphy announced that there were 478 new positive cases and an additional 7 confirmed deaths resulting from COVID-19. To date, there have been 193,422 confirmed cases, and 14,195 confirmed deaths. The rate of transmission is at 1.03. The positivity rate as of August 31 was 1.81%.
Since our last update, Governor Murphy issued the following executive orders:
Executive Order 183
: permitting indoor dining to reopen, with limitations starting 6:00 am Friday, September 4. Under the executive order restaurants would be limited to a maximum capacity of 25% for indoor seating; groups of customers will be limited to eight people, not including direct family members; all staff are required to wear face coverings; customers will not be permitted to order food or drinks from a bar. All orders must be done though a server; and windows must be open to provide for proper airflow to circulate. The changes outlined in this executive order will not affect the current regulations on outdoor dining.
On Wednesday, the Governor updated the Travel quarantine advisory adding Alaska and Montana back on the list bringing the total to 33 states and territories.
For the week ending August 28 New Jersey Labor Department received roughly 20,000 new unemployment application. The state Department of Labor anticipates that the number of claims in the coming weeks may fluctuate in the coming weeks with limited reopening of schools and gyms and the resumption of limited indoor dining. Contact:
Mike Cerra, Executive Director, email@example.com
, 609-695-3481 x120.b. Governor Signs Coronavirus Relief Bonds Legislation
On Monday, Governor Murphy signed into law A-3971/S-2475
, reflecting both the initial intent of the legislation and his recommended changes made through a previous conditional veto. This new law will allow municipalities and counties to issue a special emergency appropriation for the loss of revenue and/or unanticipated expenses directly attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic with appropriate safeguards and Local Finance Board oversight.
In addition, P.L. 2020, c. 74 permits the Division of Local Government Services to issue guidance on the calculation of anticipated revenue for the 2021 budget year. It also permits a local unit or board of education to issue refunding bonds for the repayment of a Federal Emergency Management Agency Community Disaster Loan program executed by a promissory note in 2013.
We anticipate guidance on the approach from the Division of Local Government Services shortly. We understand that operating deficits will include documented COVID-19 revenue loss or over expenditures. Municipalities will need to show their operational gap, but will not need to deplete surplus to take advantage of this limited special emergency tool.
We thank the Governor, Senators Singleton, Gopal, and Scutari, Assemblyman Benson, Assemblyman DeAngelo, Assemblywoman DeCroce, and Speaker Coughlin for partnering with the League and other interested parties in forging this compromise. It is providing local governments with much needed financial flexibility in response to the pandemic. Contact:
Lori Buckelew, Assistant Executive Director, 609-695-3481, x112.c. Census 2020 - Time Is Running Out
The U.S. Census Bureau will stop counting residents in your municipality, and across the State and Nation, in less than four weeks. This year’s – this decade’s – truncated schedule for in-person contact will end on September 30. Those not counted by that date will not count for the next 10 years, for things like Congressional districting, State Legislative redistricting, qualifying your municipality for a host of federal aid programs, and getting for all your residents all the help they deserve.
We urge you to, please, remind your citizens, friends, family members, co-workers, and neighbors to respond to the 2020 Census. Time is running out! Everyone who lived in the United States on April 1, 2020, is required to be counted.
The time to act is now. The Bureau will continue to accept on-line responses at 2020census.gov
, until the end of this month.
Where there are more people, there are more needs—for schools, roads, and services for families, older adults, and children. Communities will miss out on funding for critical public services
for the next 10 years unless everyone is counted. Every response matters!Contact:
Jon Moran, Senior Legal Analyst, firstname.lastname@example.org
, 609-695-3480, x121.