The Legislative “L’s” to Watch in 2021

The Legislative “L’s” to Watch in 2021

As we drive (or some may say careen) toward the election, we can anticipate any number of outcomes to the economy based on who wins. From the President, to Congress and statewide elections, the next election will likely cause some...
Legislative Report August 2020

Legislative Report August 2020

Federal Legislative Report Summary While August is normally a month for Congress to take a recess, some work was done as both chambers grapple with COVID-19 and its impact on the overall economy. H.R. 8014 would authorize the issuance of...
District Week Events Create Awareness of Industry Issues

District Week Events Create Awareness of Industry Issues

We often discuss the need for engagement between our members and their elected officials, but the real value from engagement is creating industry awareness among elected officials and their staff. During the last week of virtual district visits, ESA members...
Legislative Report July 2020

Legislative Report July 2020

Federal Legislative Report Summary July was probably more significant for what didn’t happen – a new wave of stimulus funds for a continuing beleaguered economy. While Congress did manage to pass a bill to extend the application period for the...
District Week 2020 – A New Approach to Government Engagement

District Week 2020 – A New Approach to Government Engagement

Most ‘fly-in’ events, if not all, have gone to virtual formats this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but ESA took the first step toward this format back in 2018 when we decided to schedule visits between our members and...
Legislative Report May 2020

Legislative Report May 2020

Federal Legislative Summary Congress stayed busy with numerous bills aimed at fixing current gaps in recently passed Covid-19 relief/stimulus legislation. With an estimated 40 million jobs lost during the last two months, it seems unlikely Congress will be able to...
New Law Adds Flexibility to Paycheck Protection Loans

New Law Adds Flexibility to Paycheck Protection Loans

President Trump signed H.R. 7010, the “Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020,” on June 5th and it is expected this bill will provide further relief for businesses that qualify for the PPP loans. Among several provisions in this bill,...
After April’s Stimulus Funding, What’s Next for the Economy?

After April’s Stimulus Funding, What’s Next for the Economy?

It could be viewed as an anti-climactic month considering what transpired in Congress during March. The national fear and spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) prompted a virtual shutdown of the national economy resulting in the most jobs lost since the Great...
Legislative Report April 2020

Legislative Report April 2020

Federal Legislative Summary Congress enacted three major pieces of legislation in March, culminating in the “CARES Act,” which appropriated over $2 trillion in aid to businesses and Americans. A centerpiece of this bill was the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which...
President Signs Bill for Additional Stimulus Funds for Small Businesses

President Signs Bill for Additional Stimulus Funds for Small Businesses

H.R. 266 will fund an additional $484 billion for small businesses, hospitals and coronavirus testing. This second round of stimulus funding is now approved, after the continuing economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the almost immediate depletion of...

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