Houston Seeks OK To Use Pandemic Aid To Close Budget Gap

By: Taro Chellaram /Covid-19/Apr 23, 2020

Houston Seeks OK To Use Pandemic Aid To Close Budget Gap

Mayor Sylvester Turner is asking the federal government to let Houston use $404 million in aid to help close its ballooning budget gap and reduce the number of expected furloughs.

Rules for the CARES Act, part of the $2 trillion stimulus passed by Congress last month, prevent the city from using the dollars where they are most needed: the budget.

The funds are intended to be used for expenditures directly related to COVID-19. But southwestern cities like Houston have incurred fewer direct pandemic expenses than northeast cities because they took earlier social distancing actions, Turner said.

 

use $404 million in aid to help close its ballooning budget gap



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