This Week in Texas: Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Posted April 15, 2020 in The Mignon Memo

Only in Austin…

The Texas Governor’s Mansion was lit in blue Saturday, April 11th to honor all heroic frontline health care workers.

Governor Greg Abbott Announces $50 Million in Loans for Texas Small Businesses

On Monday, Gov. Abbott announced $50 million in loans to Texas small businesses affected by COVID-19 as part of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program.  The loans will be made through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program, and primarily will be used for payroll so that small businesses can retain their employees.

The Governor will lay out his strategy to open the Texas economy later this week, as well as make an announcement about whether or not schools will remain closed for the remainder of the school year.

Possible Redistricting Delays Due to Coronavirus

Federal officials have proposed delaying some census deadlines by four months due to the coronavirus pandemic, including the distribution of redistricting data.  If approved by Congress, the change could push Texas redistricting into legislative overtime next summer.  The U.S. Census Bureau has had to delay its field operations for the count, which began in Texas just as the virus outbreak began to grow.

Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott Hosts Virtual Story Time for Kids

Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott began hosting a virtual story time for children this week.  The Stars of Texas Storytime program, which began yesterday, will run at 10am on Tuesdays and Fridays from Governor Greg Abbott’s Facebook page.  Special guests and notable authors from across Texas will read children’s books on the livestream – the inaugural event featured Mrs. Abbott along with Peaches and Pancake, the family’s golden retrievers, reading Night-Night Texas by Katherine Sully and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault.

If you need additional incentive to just #stayhome…