“A block grant to each state would provide the certainty we need to continue providing critical services at a high level when they are needed more than ever. Governors have been on the front lines of this fight since the beginning, and states have taken the brunt of the impact. We urge you to give us the necessary resources to combat this complex issue. “
Congress has been considering whether to include state grants in its coronavirus relief package.
There is precedent for such federal aid. Georgia’s budgets were propped up with billions of dollars in federal funding during the Great Recession and immediate aftermath.