Governor Raimondo: Allocate federal COVID-19 relief funds to save RI small businesses NOW.

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Rhode Island small businesses are struggling each day due to the financial impact of COVID-19. We must step up and help them survive.

Through the federal CARES Act, the State of Rhode Island received $1.25B of COVID-19 relief funds. A clause within the act specifically outlines how states can allocate these funds to help small businesses affected by the pandemic. States like New Hampshire, Alaska, Wisconsin, Mississippi and others have already leveraged this clause, some allocating up to $400M in funds for their small business community. 

We are calling on Governor Gina Raimondo to allocate a minimum of 10% of Rhode Island’s $1.25B CARES Act funds to provide grants to small businesses. We must save our small businesses. They are the backbone of our local economy—jobs, tax revenue, and family livelihoods are at stake. 

This issue affects all Rhode Islanders. Our small business coalition, led by the Lieutenant Governor's Office, asks you to join us in saying “YES,” the Governor should help save Rhode Island small businesses and allocate a portion of the federal CARES Act funds to create a new grant program.

Let's save Rhode Island small businesses NOW. Many will not survive without our support.