Coronavirus Relief Legislation Introduced

Colorado Democrats unveiled a broad package of coronavirus relief legislation yesterday.

The package includes rent and mortgage assistance, expanded unemployment benefits, and small business loans and grants. 

The bill would loosen the state’s restrictions on who can qualify for unemployment benefits and increase the amount of money someone can earn from a part-time job. 

The bill would allot $20 million to help Coloradans in need pay their rent and mortgages and provide legal assistance to those facing eviction. 

One bill would add $20 million to the Energize Colorado Fund, which provides grants to businesses with no more than 25 employees.

The legislature will try to finish its work by the end of next week, but the timeline could be extended. 

Governor Jared Polis yesterday signed an executive order giving an employer or business owner the right to refuse service to anyone not wearing a face covering. 

Terry West

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