Congressman Jason Crow Leads District-Area Mayors in Calling for State and Local Funding in Next Stimulus Relief Funding Package

May 12, 2020
Press Release
Crow, a Democrat, joins six Republican mayors in urging Congressional leadership to prioritize state and local funding in next COVID-19 legislation

Today Congressman Jason Crow (CO-06) led a letter with Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman, Thornton Mayor Jan Kulmann, Greenwood Village Mayor George Lantz, Brighton Mayor Gregory Mills, Centennial Mayor Stephanie Piko, and Littleton Mayor Jerry Valdes to Congressional leadership calling for support and funding for state and local governments to be included in the next COVID stimulus relief package.

In the letter, the bipartisan group specifically calls for: 

  1. Lowering the 500,000-person population limit for direct funding. As noted in the letter, all eight cities including Aurora, Brighton, Centennial, Foxfield, Greenwood Village, Highlands Ranch, Littleton, and Thornton in Colorado’s sixth district have a population below 500,000 and are ineligible to receive direct funding; 
  2. Expanding the eligibility for COVID relief funds to include revenue shortfalls and other unplanned expenses. The State Operations Stabilization Act, co-sponsored by Crow, would allow states and localities to spend Coronavirus Relief Fund on backfilling lost revenue and other unplanned expenses; and
  3. Allowing state and local governments to take advantage of the payroll tax cuts in Families First Coronavirus Response Act to offset paid sick leave and paid family leave requirements. 

In the letter, Crow and the mayors write, “Without the stabilization funding our towns and cities desperately need, they will be unable to continue providing critical services. Our local leaders have faced enormous costs while responding to the COVID- 19 pandemic, including rapid activation and expansion of emergency services, transitioning to telework to ensure continuity of municipal services, overtime and hazard compensation for first responders, personal protective equipment, and more. Without your support for addressing these three major shortfalls, our towns and cities will find it increasingly difficult to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to implement responsible economic recovery initiatives.”

Copy of the letter text is available here and below. 

The Honorable Mitch McConnell
Senate Majority Leader
United States Senate
S-230 U.S. Capitol
Washington, D.C. 20510

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
Speaker United States
House of Representatives 
H-232, The Capitol
Washington, D.C. 20515 

The Honorable Charles Schumer
Minority Leader
United States Senate S-221
U.S. Capitol Washington, D.C. 20510 

The Honorable Kevin McCarthy
Minority Leader
United States House of Representatives
H-204, The Capitol
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Leader McConnell, Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer, and Leader McCarthy: 

As elected officials representing Colorado’s Sixth Congressional District and the cities and towns within, we are grateful for the $2.2 billion the state of Colorado received from the CARES package. However, we implore you to address the substantial shortfalls of the CARES package for state and local governments in the next COVID-19 legislation. 

Local governments provide critical and lifesaving services to our residents—every day—and especially during the COVID-19 crisis. The crisis has dramatically increased costs for local governments who are providing necessary health care and first response services, while contributing to a precipitous decline in municipal revenue streams. To combat this untenable situation, we ask for the following three items in the next Congressional package: 

First, we implore you to lower the 500,000-person population limit for direct funding. In the Sixth Congressional District of Colorado, there are eight cities including Aurora, Brighton, Centennial, Foxfield, Greenwood Village, Highlands Ranch, Littleton, and Thornton—none of which have a population greater than 500,000, and therefore all are ineligible to receive direct funding. We encourage you to include H.R. 6467, the Coronavirus Community Relief Act, cosponsored by Congressman Jason Crow, in the next package to address this issue. 

Second, we ask that you expand eligibility for COVID relief funds to include revenue shortfalls and other unplanned expenses. This crisis has impacted every aspect of life, and cities need the flexibility in their budgets to maintain essential services like water supply networks, waste management, and police and fire departments. As such, we support efforts like H.R. 6508, the State Operations Stabilization Act, which Rep. Crow has also cosponsored, to allow states and localities to spend Coronavirus Relief Fund on backfilling lost revenue and other unplanned expenses. We urge you to consider this legislation—and any other forward-looking counterpart for future Coronavirus Relief Fund dollars—for the next stimulus package. 

Third, we urge you to allow state and local governments to take advantage of the payroll tax cuts in Families First Coronavirus Response Act to offset paid sick leave and paid family leave requirements. This payroll tax cut is currently available to private companies but not governments—and that should be immediately rectified in the next package. As such, we urge inclusion of H.R. 6643, the Supporting State and Local Leaders Act, also cosponsored by Rep. Crow, in any upcoming legislation. 

Without the stabilization funding our towns and cities desperately need, they will be unable to continue providing critical services. Our local leaders have faced enormous costs while responding to the COVID- 19 pandemic, including rapid activation and expansion of emergency services, transitioning to telework to ensure continuity of municipal services, overtime and hazard compensation for first responders, personal protective equipment, and more. Without your support for addressing these three major shortfalls, our towns and cities will find it increasingly difficult to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to implement responsible economic recovery initiatives. 

Thank you for your consideration. 

Sincerely,

JASON CROW Member of Congress 

MIKE COFFMAN, Mayor, City of Aurora Mayor

JAN KULMANN, Mayor City of Thornton 

GEORGE LANTZ, Mayor, City of Greenwood Village

GREGORY MILLS Mayor, City of Brighton

STEPHANIE PIKO Mayor, City of Centennial 

JERRY VALDES, Mayor, City of Littleton