A special report by aviation writer Colleen Mondor that seeks to understand where big infusions of CARES Act money went in Alaska’s aviation industry.
The audit would reveal who received money from the state-run business relief program and how much they received.
They’re six weeks into the program with little improvement. So far, only about $11 million of $290 million in grants to small businesses has been approved.
The judge says an order on the whether to put a halt to the expanded portion of the state-run COVID-19 business relief program will be out by tomorrow.
The proposed legislation would allow CARES Act money to fill unexpected shortfalls in state and local government budgets.
Is Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s plan to disburse millions of dollars in federal coronavirus relief money to local governments, small businesses and fisheries exactly legal? No, not really. Is there an alternative that has widespread support of the Legislature? No, not really.
It’s more technical than political.
A temporary restraining order requires plaintiffs to show that they would suffer irreparable harm and that they’re likely to win. A federal judge agreed on both counts, finding the federal government’s position unconvincing.