☀ ZOOM with Terri – Let’s talk about Re-Opening RI
Let’s talk about COVID-19 issues and about re-opening Rhode Island.
What does your State Rep do when we aren’t in session? Well today is Tuesday which means yesterday I made food deliveries. Heng Thai and Rotisserie in Providence has been donating meals to people in need, I have been driving to Providence and bringing meals back to local organizations. Last week Rep Deb Ruggiero and I organized deliveries of pizza for staff at local nursing homes, yesterday we brought food to people sheltering at Motel 6.
96% of businesses in Rhode Island are small businesses and The House Committee on Small Business, in which I am a member, is reaching out to business owners to hear their thoughts questions, concerns and questions because we feel like the re-opening of Rhode Island should be developed from the bottom up. I have spent the last week reaching out to our neighborhood businesses; I would love to hear from you, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please Note that the Paycheck Protection Program reopening yesterday. An additional $310 billion has been added to the CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The application process for this round of funding opened on Monday April 27th. It is advised that you apply ASAP. Call your banker or RI Commerce Corp if you don’t have a banking relationship.
I listened in to an informative call that AARP Rhode Island hosted with Dr McDonald, during the call there was a poll taken of those on the call as to what information is the most valuable – the majority of the people responded that learning about local resources what their top concern, that is what I have been attempting to do for you with my Newsletter, Facebook Posts and Tweets.
I have been participating multiple daily online meetings and conference calls with my colleagues in the House, members of the Executive Branch, town council meetings, meetings of legislators around the country, Portsmouth Emergency Operations Center, Lt Governors Small Business Discussions and conference calls.
More importantly I have been taking constituent calls and working to connect them with the resources they need.
REOPENING RI: CHARTING THE COURSE Governor is setting a goal of starting to reopening our economy on May 9th slowly and in phases. This is not guaranteed. It is based on balancing public health with the need to get citizens back to work. Here is a graphic of the basic plan. This is subject to change. More detail about these phases and the different metrics that are being tracked are available at ReopeningRI.com. This website will be updated with new details over time, and is taking your feedback on the site as well.
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