Tag: Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act

Teachers, Education Staff Don’t Believe In Vaccines, Putting Students More At Risk For COVID-19 Infections

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — With students back to in-person learning as of Monday, the Virgin Islands Department of Education is tasked with implementing its plan for using American Rescue Plan funds to combat pandemic-related student learning loss, and comply with rigid COVID-19 safety protocols among other responsibilities, as first reported in the Daily News. Victor Somme […]

Labor Department’s Work Search Form Conflicts With Federal, Territorial Law

States are permitted to provide Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) to individuals who are self-employed, seeking part-time employment, or who otherwise would not qualify for regular unemployment compensation. While UI and PUA both offer financial assistance to workers who are out of work or have less work, PUA has specific restrictions that may limit its benefits […]

Bryan Says He Will Use COVID-19 Relief Funds To Fight Violent Crime In The USVI

CHRISTIANSTED — Governor Albert Bryan lauded President Biden’s call to use federal COVID-19 relief funds to fight the national epidemic of gun violence and said the President’s directive has provided the U.S. Virgin Islands with an unprecedented opportunity to make significant inroads in curbing violent crime. “We have a tremendous opportunity now with President Biden’s green […]

Governor Bryan: $1,400 Stimulus Checks Going Out This Week

CHRISTIANSTED — Governor Albert Bryan announced at Monday’s Government House weekly press briefing that the $1,400 stimulus payments from the American Rescue Act will be mailed out to tax filers who are eligible this week. The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) sent out $600 checks to 41,524 — or 92 percent — of the approximately […]

Puerto Rico To Get $23 Billion In Federal Rescue Aid From Biden Administration

WASHINGTON — Puerto Rico’s economy will receive a jolt from billions of dollars of federal aid this year from the American Rescue Plan as the territory works its way out of bankruptcy. Highlights of that aid include $3 billion for K through 12 schools, $308 million for childcare, and $370 million for rental, mortgage, and […]

Bryan Begs Congress For $800 Million In Loan Forgiveness, FEMA Matching Funds Payouts … And More $Millions In COVID-19 Relief

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Governor Albert Bryan has written to the leadership of the U.S. Congress asking for additional federal COVID-19 relief for the territory as the USVI struggles with the dormant tourism industry and the continuing financial drain on the economy and local business community.  In his letter to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Minority […]

Bryan Says $75 Million From CARES Act Will Go For Stimulus Checks … And ‘WAPA Subsidies’

CHRISTIANSTED — During a press conference Wednesday to update residents on COVID-19, Governor Albert Bryan Jr. said the government received $75 million from the federal CARES Act, which will allow for the Government of the Virgin Islands to provide a subsidy for V.I. Water and Power Authority ratepayers, assist the passenger ferry operators, which have […]