Northam requests additional federal support for Virginians and state economy

Ralph Northam, Pam Northam

FILE – In this Feb. 2, 2019 file photo Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, left, gestures as his wife, Pam, listens during a press conference in the Governors Mansion at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. Northam is actively campaigning for Democratic legislative candidates ahead of Election Day (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) — Governor Northam announced on Thursday his request for additional federal funding relief to support Virginians and the Commonwealth’s economy during the coronavirus shutdown.

In a letter to the Virginia congressional delegation, the governor thanks them for the continued support and collaboration particularly with the CARES Act, but also lists six areas where programs and funding are needed:

  1. Flexible state funding.
  2. Investments in public health infrastructure.
  3. Support for Virginia’s families, including an increase in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and relief for renters, home-owners, and those experiencing homelessness.
  4. Support for Virginia’s workers, including expansion of unemployment benefits, health insurance, and hazard pay.
  5. Small business relief, including a federal recovery loan fund and expansion of the Paycheck Protection Program.
  6. Infrastructure investment, including funding to achieve universal broadband.

“I am deeply grateful to our congressional delegation for their help in bringing much-needed federal support to Virginia,” said Governor Northam. “Additional funding for these programs will make a tremendous difference as we combat this public health emergency, address the economic fallout, and prepare for economic recovery.”

The full letter can be read online.

RELATED: Virginia unemployment information.

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