Rep. Walden joins call for Oregon to distribute CARES funding to counties

Last week officials in Jackson County urged the Governor to distribute funding, and now Rep. Walden has joined the chorus.

Posted: May 5, 2020 4:00 PM
Updated: May 5, 2020 4:08 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Representative Greg Walden, R-Hood River, is now urging Governor Brown and Oregon lawmakers to share millions in CARES Act funding with local governments around the state.

Last week, Jackson County officials issued a statement saying that Brown had shown "no intention" of distributing more than $1.6 billion in CARES Act funding with local governments, beyond the hundreds of millions that were earmarked directly for Oregon's areas hardest-hit by COVID-19 — namely the City of Portland, Multnomah and Washington counties.

Rep. Walden wrote letter to Brown, asserting that Congress had "fully intended" that a portion of those funds would be shared with local governments to offset coronavirus costs.

"Importantly, many states — including our neighbors in Washington and Idaho — have already moved forward to make funds available to their local government partners,” wrote Walden.

Walden said that he has been working with the U.S. Department of Treasury to get clarification on the funding's intended use, claiming that additional guidance from the agency issued last night demonstrates "that COVID-related costs borne by local government are eligible for assistance from the state."

The guidance referenced by Walden indicates that a state "may" distribute the funding to local governments, not that they must. It's unclear whether this particular round of funding was primarily intended to help local agencies offset costs from the COVID-19 response, but appears to have been given for a relatively broad range of uses at the discretion of the recipient states — as long as it is coronavirus-related.

"Commissioners throughout my district are asking for financial help. Every county faces costs to comply with the state’s plan to reopen. If nothing else, these are clearly COVID-related costs of compliance,” wrote Walden.

Walden asked that Governor Brown and the legislature's Emergency Board to revisit the decision to not include local governments in the use of those funds.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 132412

Reported Deaths: 1799
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah28237458
Washington18512171
Marion16085238
Clackamas11577138
Lane8219108
Jackson686284
Umatilla670968
Deschutes490736
Yamhill316245
Malheur312452
Linn310246
Klamath242238
Polk241340
Josephine170633
Jefferson168725
Benton168414
Douglas166643
Union110416
Wasco106323
Columbia103318
Lincoln98517
Hood River94821
Coos93315
Morrow92710
Clatsop6695
Crook60410
Baker5665
Tillamook3622
Curry3185
Lake2295
Grant2131
Harney1734
Wallowa963
Gilliam481
Sherman470
Wheeler201
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 2955323

Reported Deaths: 33342
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles100392313741
San Bernardino2482851560
Riverside2352352517
San Diego2098972065
Orange2093652320
Santa Clara914661060
Kern83547558
Sacramento802791080
Fresno79950932
Alameda65679757
Ventura59061412
San Joaquin56484748
Contra Costa50627430
Stanislaus41925739
Tulare40176501
Monterey34959249
San Mateo31291294
San Francisco28574254
Imperial24944463
Solano24654105
Santa Barbara23538228
Merced23492296
Sonoma23204234
Kings18661110
Placer16761173
San Luis Obispo15129128
Madera12883130
Santa Cruz11776113
Marin11345153
Yolo10240131
Shasta9594117
Butte9233121
El Dorado751544
Sutter748477
Napa723139
Lassen509413
San Benito485043
Yuba481827
Tehama397142
Tuolumne330438
Nevada309973
Mendocino307631
Amador295329
Lake243428
Humboldt226324
Glenn182419
Colusa16919
Calaveras153823
Siskiyou140813
Mono10834
Inyo92429
Del Norte8472
Plumas5735
Modoc3783
Mariposa3434
Trinity3024
Alpine730
Sierra700
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