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Gov. Henry McMaster Set to Get Recommendations On $2 Billion Cares Act Spending

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  S.C. General Assembly Will Have Final Say

SC Gov. Henry McMaster is expected to receive the first set of recommendations next week on how the state should spend just under $2 Billion Congress provided for expenses incurred by state and local governments, hospitals, and schools and colleges during the public emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The federal aid has some pretty big strings attached to it, namely that the $2 Billion can only be spent on expenditures directly related to the coronavirus outbreak.

The initial recommendations to McMaster from his 'AccelerateSC' advisory Committee call for major funding for the following; government agencies including state colleges, the trust fund which pays state unemployment benefits, public and private hospitals, the public school system, COVID-19 testing and contact tracing, and broadband infrastructure.

Russ McKinney has 30 years of experience in radio news and public affairs. He is a former broadcast news reporter in Spartanburg, Columbia and Atlanta. He served as Press Secretary to former S.C. Governor Dick Riley for two terms, and for 20 years was the chief public affairs officer for the University of South Carolina.