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N.Y. Gov. Cuomo Announces Event, Arts and Entertainment Venues Can Reopen at 33% Capacity Beginning April 2
ALBANY, New York, March 4 -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-New York, issued the following transcript on March 3, 2021:

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Earlier today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that beginning April 2, event, arts and entertainment venues can reopen at 33 percent capacity, up to 100 people indoors and up to 200 people outdoors. If all attendees present proof of negative test prior to entry, capacity can increase up to 150 people indoors and up to 500 people outdoors. Social distancing and face coverings will be required by all attendees, as well as strict adherence to all applicable Department of Health ... Show Full Article

N.M. Gov. Grisham Authorizes Expanded Business Loan Program, Tax Relief for Businesses and $600 Rebate for Individuals
SANTA FE, New Mexico, March 4 -- Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-New Mexico, issued the following news release:

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Wednesday signed Senate Bill 1 and Senate Bill 3 into law, a pair of economic measures that earned broad bipartisan support in the Legislature and will deliver additional stimulus and relief for businesses and individuals across New Mexico.

In addition to legislation the governor has already signed into law that will provide for $200 million in small business grants, the economic relief measures signed Wednesday will deliver a $600 personal income tax rebate ... Show Full Article

Minn. Gov. Walz: Minnesota Ranks First in the Nation for Children Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
ST. PAUL, Minnesota, March 4 -- Gov. Tim Walz, D-Minnesota, issued the following news:

A recently published study from Save the Children finds that over the last four months of 2020, Minnesota consistently ranked first in the nation for children amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Using four months of data from the U.S. Census Bureau's Household Pulse Survey, the Save the Children's COVID Child Protection Ranking identifies where children have been most and least protected during the COVID-19 pandemic, finding that Minnesota has continually ranked first in protecting children from hunger, learning loss, ... Show Full Article

Iowa Gov. Reynolds: Iowa Launches Improved Reinstatement Process to Aid Small Businesses
DES MOINES, Iowa, March 4 -- Gov. Kim Reynolds, R-Iowa, issued the following news release:

Governor Kim Reynolds and Secretary of State Paul Pate announced a new interagency partnership with Iowa Workforce Development to assist Iowa businesses with the reinstatement process through the Iowa Secretary of State's Fast Track Filing system. Business owners whose companies have been dissolved are now able to utilize an online system that is shared by the Secretary of State's Office and Iowa Workforce Development. This will reduce the reinstatement period from 2-4 weeks to just a few days.

"Iowa small ... Show Full Article

Colo. State Rep. Roberts: Takeout Alcohol Extension is on Its Way
DENVER, Colorado, March 4 -- The Colorado House Democrats issued the following news on behalf of Colorado State Rep. Dylan Roberts, D-Avon:

A bipartisan bill to support small businesses by extending the period of time during which restaurants and bars can offer takeout and delivery of alcoholic beverages passed the Business Affairs and Labor Committee today by a vote of 13-0.

"Offering alcohol for takeout and delivery during this pandemic has been a crucial lifeline for restaurants and small businesses in my community and around the state," said Rep. Dylan Roberts, (D-Avon).

"The hospitality ... Show Full Article

Calif. Gov. Newsom Announces Federal Approval of Medicaid Funding for Expanded COVID-19 Testing for Low-Income Students
SACRAMENTO, California, March 4 -- Gov. Gavin Newsom, D-California, issued the following news release on March 3, 2021:

On the heels of announcing a $6.6 billion school reopening agreement with the Legislature, Governor Gavin Newsom today announced that the Biden-Harris Administration has approved California's request to utilize Medicaid (Medi-Cal in California) funding to provide voluntary COVID-19 testing for low-income students covered by the program, further supporting schools in underserved communities to reopen for in-person instruction.

"I am grateful to our federal partners for approving ... Show Full Article

Ariz. Gov. Ducey Issues Executive Order Requiring Schools to Offer In-Person Learning
PHOENIX, Arizona, March 4 -- Gov. Doug Ducey, R-Arizona, issued the following news release:

Following discussions with public school leaders, and in accordance with new guidance from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Governor Doug Ducey today issued a new Executive Order returning schools to in-person, teacher-led instruction.

According to metrics developed by the CDC, 12 of Arizona's 15 counties are in phases where all schools are safe to open, including in the state's two largest counties, Maricopa and Pima.

"Arizona's students need to be back in the classroom. More than ... Show Full Article