Last year, DMGS looked at “Hill Day Strategies” and how to advocate effectively. This year, traditional lobbying and advocacy have changed due to the spread of COVID-19. In the past few months, in-person meetings with lawmakers and their staff members have dwindled, while digital meetings, emails, and conference calls have skyrocketed. For example, last year’s conferences or Hill Days have now transitioned into Zoom or Skype meetings. However, even though […]
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) with $1.5 billion for economic development assistance programs to help communities prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus. EDA is currently accepting applications for grants to support a wide variety of assistance, including: Planning and Technical Assistance, Capitalization/Recapitalization of Revolving Loan Funds (RLFs), Construction of infrastructure and other economic development projects […]
by: Ryan J. Stevens The killing of George Floyd on May 25 has sparked weeks of protests across the country, with many calling for various reforms, particularly with police. Calls for reform from the public have not fallen on deaf ears, as there have been many legislative proposals offered at the federal, state, and local levels of government. Some of the reforms gaining media attention include “defunding” of police, banning […]
A Look At States Changing Alcohol Laws During COVID-19 Pandemic: Will These Changes Be Temporary Or Permanent?
By: Ryan J. Stevens As COVID-19 first swept across the country, states implemented various stay at home orders. As a result, many facets of everyday life changed drastically. This includes the ability to purchase and sell alcoholic drinks. Should liquor stores be considered an essential business, or not? Should states allow for alcoholic beverages to be sold to-go? These are questions that various states have wrestled with over the last […]