Vermont Business Magazine Mayor Miro Weinberger today joined Chittenden County State’s Attorney Sarah George, Vermont State Police Criminal Division Commander Major Glenn Hall, and representatives from the Burlington, Colchester, South Burlington, and Winooski Police Departments in expressing support for S22, an act relating to increased penalties for knowingly dispensing, selling, or possessing with the intent to distribute fentanyl.“Fentanyl traffickers are here and sowing great damage in our community,” said Mayor Miro Weinberger. “Vermont police and prosecutors need updated laws to confront them. This is a time for urgent action, not study.”“The new collaboration between my office, the City of Burlington, and our regional police departments has revealed a concerning increase in suspected fentanyl-related overdoses here in Chittenden County,” said Chittenden County State’s Attorney Sarah George. “We have seen in neighboring states the damage that fentanyl can do. This proposed legislation will be crucial in helping us curb increased fentanyl distribution in Chittenden County by creating stronger penalties for the trafficking and sale of fentanyl.”“Throughout New England, fentanyl is outpacing heroin as a killer at rates of up to sixty to one,” said Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo. “From treatment to recovery to enforcement, we need good tools at our disposal to address this crisis. The ability to charge fentanyl dealers with the same type of felony as heroin dealers is essential to protecting public health and safety.”Participants in Wednesday’s press conference noted that neighboring New Hampshire has seen a dramatic increase in fentanyl-related overdose deaths in recent years. In 2016, fentanyl played a role in 326 out of 479 drug overdose-related deaths. Of all overdose deaths, fentanyl was listed as the sole cause of death in 198 cases, while heroin was listed as the sole cause in three.Although the number of fentanyl-related overdose deaths in Vermont is lower than in neighboring states, Vermont has seen a tenfold increase in fentanyl-related overdose fatalities over the past six years, from five in 2010 to 51 in 2016.Recent overdoses in the Chittenden County region suggest this trend may be worsening. Between April 4 and April 18, Burlington, Colchester, Milton, South Burlington, and Winooski Police Departments reported 13 opioid-related overdose incidents, some with multiple individuals overdosing, and two of which resulted in fatalities. These five police departments have increased the level of coordination in recent months as part of the Mayor’s “CommunityStat” effort designed to bring together the many stakeholders working to address the opioid crisis. While it is too early to determine the exact opioids contributing to these overdoses, it is suspected fentanyl contributed to the majority of the overdoses.Yet the dispensation or sale of fentanyl is not a felony in Vermont, and penalties for the sale, dispensation, and transportation of fentanyl do not reflect the severity of its impact. The Mayor, State’s Attorney, and representatives from the region’s police departments all noted the need for a change to empower the court system to treat fentanyl the way it treats heroin.See the Senate Journal excerpt from April 25, 2017 reflecting the current S.22 language regarding fentanyl penalties Page 650 HERE.(link is external)
A group of bicycle companies from Taiwan will showcase their latest products at Eurobike 2012 to promote the image of Taiwanese brands. The companies will display their outstanding products at Conference Room Berlin at Messe Friedrichshafen, Germany. Global buyers and members of the media are invited to visit.Executives from leading Taiwanese companies will attend the ‘Ride the future with Taiwan Bike-New Products Launch at Eurobike 2012’, where they will introduce new products and shed some light on future trends.Ms Frieda Hung, Director of Taiwan Trade Centre Munich, will open the press conference with welcoming remarks, and five company executives will speak at the event. Special remarks will be given by Dr Tschen-Fong Wu, Deputy Representative of the Taipei Representative Office in the Federal Republic of Germany.In addition, Giant Manufacturing CEO Tony Lo, the Chairman of the Taiwan Bicycle Exporters’ Association (TBEA), will share his insights into the global bicycle supply chain as well as the supply chain in Taiwan. The presentations will take place from 13:00 to 14:00 CET at Conference Room Berlin, Messe Friedrichshafen, on 30 August.Among this year’s entries from Taiwan will be the Anthem X Advanced 29er from Giant and the Eclipse X20 from Tern. Other new products to be displayed include the Strida EVO KS-3 from Ming Cycle, the X Series X1.0 chain from KMC, and Kenda Rubber’s new SCT tire.The Taiwanese companies getting together to show their wares and promote the role of Taiwan in the global bike industry are: Giant Bicycles, Tern Bicycles, Ming Cycle, KMC Chain and Kenda Rubber.www.eurobike-show.comwww.taitra.org.twwww.tbea.org Related
Roeland Park postpones decision on another extension for Commerce Bank property. The Roeland Park city council on Monday postponed a planned discussion of whether or not to give Commerce Bank another extension on the start of construction deadline for the undeveloped parcel of land at Johnson Drive and Roe Avenue. Commerce Bank purchase the property from the city in July 2012 and was initially given a start of construction deadline of March 1, 2014. After the bank had trouble finding tenants interested in occupying pad sites near the planned new bank building, it approached the city for two deadline extensions, the most recent of which is set to expire Sept. 1. Commerce has now requested another six month extension, which the city is prepared to consider — though this time with the caveat that Commerce must compensate the city $5,000 for the lost revenue caused by the delays. The Roeland Park council is expected to vote on the proposed extension later this month.Shawnee Mission, teachers union to hold contract talks tonight. Teachers in the Shawnee Mission School District may at last have a contract for the 2015-2016 school year after today — and not a moment too soon, considering the first day of class is just a week away. The district announced earlier this week that negotiators would be holding a meeting at 5 p.m. tonight at the Indian Creek Technology Center to discuss teacher contracts. The meeting is open to the public.Milton Wolf says he’s cleared by Kansas Board of Healing Arts. Milton Wolf, the Leawood resident who mounted a surprisingly robust challenge to Sen. Pat Roberts in the 2014 elections, told the media this week that he had been cleared of any wrongdoing by the Kansas Board of Healing Arts, which started an investigation of the radiologist after it came to light that Wolf had posted photos of deceased patients along with humorous comments on Facebook. Wolf tacked a charge or two of his own along with the announcement the investigation was over. “In the coming days and weeks, Kansas Republicans will learn the details of corruption within our own party. When they see the abuse of power, the disregard of law, the depth of dishonesty, and the heights to which this reaches — all so a group of failed career politicians could cling to power — I suspect Kansans will recoil in disgust, and then grab their pitchforks,” Wolf wrote in a statement. “But for today, I am going to celebrate with family and friends that the truth has finally prevailed.” [Milton Wolf says he’s been cleared of wrongdoing by Kansas medical board — The Pitch]Coffee With a Cop roll outs in Mission, Prairie Village subject of Star story. The Kansas City Star this week published a profile on how local cities are using community relations efforts, like the Coffee With a Cop programs recently rolled out in Prairie Village and Mission, as a way to improve interactions with citizens. [Cities turn to personal contact to bolster public relations — Kansas City Star]The Northeast Johnson County morning roundup is brought to you by Twisted Sisters Coffee Shop on Johnson Drive. For updates on the latest blends and specialty drinks available, follow them on Facebook.
Roeland Park City Administrator Keith Moody.By Holly CookThe Roeland Park city council last week approved a 1.5 percent raise for city administrator Keith Moody. The increase in salary bumps Moody’s pay to $103,530.The motion passed with a 5-3 vote. Councilmembers Sheri McNeil, Tim Janssen, Erin Thompson, Teresa Kelly and Michael Poppa voted in favor of the raise and Becky Fast, Michael Rhoades and Ryan Kellerman voted against it.Poppa said he voted for the pay increase because Moody “deserves it.”“Mr. Moody leads a small team with few resources that work very hard to accomplish city goals,” Poppa said. “I commend their dedication to our residents and our community. And I’m honored to be able to work with them.”Prior to the vote, councilors engaged in a lively debate on whether they should go into executive session to discuss Moody’s contract. Fast asked how the executive session ended up on the agenda in the first place.Kelly supported moving the conversation into executive session.“I think it’s in poor form to deny someone a request to discuss their contract,” Kelly said.Mayor Joel Marquardt agreed.Councilors did end up meeting in executive session and voted quickly and without discussion after reconvening.When asked why he voted against the raise, Kellerman told the Shawnee Mission Post that councilmembers had already discussed Moody’s contract during a previous executive session and determined the salary would not be increased.“There was no reason to readdress the topic,” Kellerman said. “Our city will never move forward if we keep changing our minds after the decision has been agreed to. It was a simple case of someone deciding they wanted more than they agreed to and forcing the topic to be discussed again.”Moody told the Shawnee Mission Post that it was not his recollection that the contract terms had been settled prior to last Monday’s meeting. Moody also pointed out that two councilmembers were absent from the previous executive session when the contract was discussed.Moody has served as Roeland Park’s city administrator since 2015.
LinkedIn Share on Facebook Share Email Pinterest Getting spanked as a child can lead to a host of mental health problems in adulthood, say University of Michigan researchers.A new study by Andrew Grogan-Kaylor and Shawna Lee, both U-M associate professors of social work, and colleagues indicates the violence caused by spanking can lead adults to feel depressed, attempt suicide, drink at moderate-to-heavy levels or use illegal drugs.“Placing spanking in a similar category to physical/emotional abuse experiences would increase our understanding of these adult mental health problems,” Grogan-Kaylor said. Share on Twitter Spanking is defined as using physical force with the intention of causing a child to experience pain, but not injury, to correct or control the youth’s behavior.Researchers note that given that both spanking and physical abuse involves the use of force and infliction of pain, as well as being linked with similar mental health outcomes, it raises the question of whether spanking should be considered an adverse childhood experience. This involves abuse, neglect and household dysfunction, which includes divorce and an incarcerated relative.The study used data from the CDC-Kaiser ACE study, which sampled more than 8,300 people, ranging in age from 19 to 97 years. Study participants completed self-reports while seeking routine health checks at an outpatient clinic.They were asked about how often they were spanked in their first 18 years, their household background and if an adult inflicted physical abuse (push, grab, slap or shoved) or emotional abuse (insulted or cursed)In the study sample, nearly 55 percent of respondents reported being spanked. Men were more likely to experience childhood spanking than women. Compared to white respondents, minority respondents–other than Asians–were more likely to report being spanked.Those reporting exposure to spanking had increased odds of depression and other mental health problems, the study showed.Lead author Tracie Afifi, associate professor at the University of Manitoba, says that it’s important to prevent not just child maltreatment, but also harsh parenting before it occurs.“This can be achieved by promoting evidence-based parenting programs and policies designed to prevent early adversities, and associated risk factors,” said Lee, who is also a faculty associate at the U-M Institute for Social Research. “Prevention should be a critical direction for public health initiatives to take.”The findings appear in Child Abuse & Neglect.
Reports of Ebola infections in the three hard-hit nations continued to trickle in, as health officials gear up for the next phase of the response and the outbreak’s impact reverberating outside of West Africa.In addition, a hospitalized patient in California who had traveled to West Africa tested negative for the virus on initial tests.The World Health Organization (WHO), in its latest update today, said 67 more confirmed, probable, or suspected cases have been reported in the outbreak countries since Jan 25, raising the overall total to 22,124. The three countries reported 34 more deaths, pushing the fatality count to 8,829.Of the newly reported cases, 43 are in Sierra Leone, 21 in Liberia, and 3 in Guinea. Among the latest deaths, 17 occurred in Sierra Leone, 14 in Liberia, and 3 in Guinea. Today’s data include cases reported from Guinea and Sierra Leone as of Jan 27 and Liberia as of Jan 26.Outbreak response developmentsIn other outbreak region activities, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, leader of the United Nations Mission on Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), told an African Union stakeholders meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Jan 29 that the Ebola situation is still “perilous,” because the disease is still present in 25 of 66 districts in the three countries.UNMEER’s update today described several efforts under way to fine-tune the response and support the next phase of recovery from the outbreak. Officials from the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs met with other UN partners in the region to assess possible interventions to ease the outbreak’s impact on various sectors, and groups met in Liberia’s Grand Cape Mount County to plan the implementation of the next tier of response steps, which include active case finding.In its latest epidemiology update on Jan 28, the WHO said the next phase of the response will focus on finding every case and stopping all transmission chains. However, international discussions are also under way on the next strategies for helping affected nations recover from the crisis.Meanwhile, Doctors without Borders (MSF) said yesterday that it has opened a specialized unit in Sierra Leone for treating pregnant women who have Ebola infections. The facility is located in Kissy, a suburb of Freetown, where the group has been running a treatment center since Jan 8.MSF said little is known about Ebola and pregnancy and that it hopes the unit’s launch will improve understanding of Ebola on the vulnerable group and how their care in Ebola settings can be improved.Olivia Hill, MSF’s medical coordinator in Freetown, said in the statement that a key focus will be on minimizing bleeding during labor and after delivery to decrease women’s risk of hemorrhage. “The mother’s chances of survival are relatively low, but the prognosis for the fetus is much worse,” she added.An eye on long-term recoveryDavid Nabarro, MD, the UN’s special Ebola representative, on the sidelines of the African Union stakeholders meeting yesterday told Reuters that plans are coming together for a meeting on March 3 in Brussels to look more closely at the reconstruction needs. He said organizers will likely include the affected countries, the UN, the African Union, and the European Union.Nabarro said by that time officials will have a better idea of what the countries need, according to Reuters. He said the UN has $500 million of the $1.5 billion it needs to address the outbreak in 2015, but more funding will be needed for the reconstruction phase of the response.Initial tests negative on hospitalized California patientIn other developments, a California patient who had viral illness symptoms after travel to West Africa and was taken by ambulance yesterday to the University of California (UC) Davis Medical Center has tested negative for the virus, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) said today in a statement.The CDPH said the test conducted by the Sacramento Public Health Laboratory came back negative last night.J. Douglas Kirk, MD, chief medical officer at UC Davis Medical Center, said in the statement, “The patient remains in good condition and we will continue to provide ongoing medical care.”The hospital said in press release yesterday that the patient had been seen at Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento before being transferred to its facility. UC Davis Medical Center had been identified as a priority hospital by the CDPH for treating Ebola patients.US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance says a negative test from a specimen collected less than 72 hours after symptom onset doesn’t necessarily rule out Ebola infection, and testing should be repeated if the patient still has symptoms after 72 hours.See also:Jan 30 WHO updateJan 30 UNMEER updateJan 29 MSF press releaseJan 30 CDPH statementJan 29 UC Davis press release
The global COVID-19 total today topped 26 million, as the leaders of independent group reviewing the world’s response announced the members of an 11-person panel and Sanofi and GSK announced the launch of the first human trial of its recombinant vaccine against the virus.In recent weeks, India has led the world with the most daily cases, and over the past day it reported a new daily high of 83,883 new cases. The country will soon pass Brazil to become the country with the second highest number of cases. The global total today reached 26,128,340 new cases and 865,132 people have died from their infections, according to the Johns Hopkins online dashboard.Pandemic review panel namedIn early July, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PhD, announced the launch of an independent panel to evaluate the world’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as requested by a resolution passed by the World Health Assembly (WHA) at its May meeting. At the time, he said the panel would be led by Helen Clark, New Zealand’s former prime minister, and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberia’s former president.At a media briefing today, Clark and Sirleaf announced the names of the 11 panelists. Sirleaf said, “We look forward to intense work together at a key moment in history. In order to honor the more than 25.6 million people who have fallen ill, and more than 850,000 who have died due to COVID-19, we have no time to waste.”Members are from medical, science, global health, and economics backgrounds, including some from nongovernmental organizations, such as Joanna Liu, MD, a Canadian doctor who formerly led Doctors Without Borders. A range of countries are represented and include both China and the United States. The independent panel said members will serve in their individual capacities and will not represent their governments or specific organizational interests.The group meets for the first time on Sep 17 and will meet every 6 weeks until April. Their leaders will brief the WHO’s executive board in October, report to the resumed WHA in November, and expects to submit a full report to next year’s WHA in May.US diverts WHO dues to other effortsIn another WHO development today, the US State Department today announced the next steps in the Trump Administration’s plan to withdraw from the WHO. It said the withdrawal takes effect July 6, 2021, and that the government would redirect its assessed contribution to the WHO for fiscal year 2020 to partially pay other United Nations assessments. According to media reports, the US money includes $62 million still owed in dues to the WHO.The State Department also said it will scale down its engagement from the WHO, which includes recalling the Department of Health and Human Services liaisons from all WHO offices, and will decide whether the United States will take part in WHO technical meetings on a case-by-case basis.The Trump Administration has criticized the WHO’s response to the pandemic and has said the group’s ties are too close to China. However, others have charged that the United States has attacked the WHO to detract from its COVID-19 response failings and have roundly criticized the nation for pulling key support to the group in the midst of a global pandemic.Sanofi and GSK announce vaccine trial launchSanofi and GSK today announced the start of a phase 1/2 trial of an adjuvanted recombinant COVID-19 vaccine that they are collaborating on. The vaccine uses the same protein-based recombinant technology as one of Sanofi’s flu vaccine formulations (Flublok) and GSK’s pandemic adjuvant technology.The trial to assess safety, reactogenicity, and immunogenicity will enroll 440 healthy adults at 11 sites across the United States.The companies expect the first results in December, which would support the launch of a phase 3 trial the same month. Preclinical data were based on two injections, and the company said results will be published later this year. In the meanwhile, the two companies are stepping up production of the antigen and adjuvant with the goal of producing up to 1 billion doses in 2021.According to the New York Times vaccine tracker, the companies already have contracts to supply doses to Britain and the United States, and have said they will provide much of their supply to the WHO-led COVAX collaboration.In other global developments:In Asia, Myanmar has locked down its capital city amid rising cases following the country’s first local transmission, which began in the middle of August in Rakhine state. Singapore, following outbreaks earlier this summer in migrant worker dorms that triggered massive testing of the facilities, detected new clusters in three more dorms. And Japan’s Olympic organizers signaled this week that the games next summer in Tokyo might be able to proceed without a COVID-19 vaccine, maybe with limited spectators.In Europe, Turkey’s health minister said yesterday that the country is experiencing a second COVID-19 peak, and in Greece, health officials reported the first case in the Moria migrant camp, home to about 13,000 people, on the island of Lesbos.In Africa, health and vaccine officials said today at a WHO African regional office briefing that African countries are joining the COVAX facility with the goal of securing at least 220 million doses, enough to cover 20% of the population, starting with frontline health workers and expanding to vulnerable groups.
Print Don’t Miss:Bosch CEO Kurt Liedtke to Retire,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Up Next:Zan Martin Honored For Contributions To Women In the Automotive Aftermarket DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. ANN ARBOR, MI — Sales and marketing expert Bob Kaulig has accepted the position of vice president of marketing for Affinia’s Under Vehicle Group (UVG). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement“Bob’s expertise and experience are ideally suited for the task in front of him,” said Jerry McCabe, vice president of communications and marketing services for Affinia Group Inc. “With an established, reputable career in Affinia, Bob has proven talent and an in-depth knowledge of our industry. His continual focus on exceeding customer expectations makes us extremely excited to have him leading our Under Vehicle Group marketing efforts.” Kaulig will oversee all marketing efforts for Affinia’s Under Vehicle Group, including branded sales, CARQUEST and NAPA. He and his team will work closely with respective sales teams to develop marketing campaigns, advertising and promotional programs. This team will coordinate activities to assist the sales team in attaining growth consistent with the objectives of the Under Vehicle Group. With Affinia since 1986, Kaulig most recently held the position of vice president, UVG CARQUEST Sales. Throughout his UVG career, he has served a variety of roles, including special products manager, national sales and marketing manager, vice president of sales, vice president of marketing and numerous positions within product management and sales. Educated at both University of Wisconsin and Northern Illinois University, Kaulig holds certification as an Automotive Parts Professional (APP) and holds a U.S. patent for a Master Brake Cylinder Bleeding Device. Advertisement_______________________________________ Click Advertisement In this article: With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business. LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement
New Mexico Delegation News:WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) applauded a $1.5 million grant to the New Mexico Economic Development Department to help develop a statewide coronavirus economic recovery plan. The funds are awarded from the U.S. Economic Development Agency’s (EDA) Recovery Assistance grant program that the New Mexico delegation fought to establish in the CARES Act that Congress passed in March.“In addition to the lives tragically lost, the coronavirus pandemic has led to sustained economic pain for New Mexico families,” said Udall, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. “New Mexico has done all it can to stop the spread so that our economy, schools, and social life can return safely, but the lack of a coordinated federal strategy from the Trump administration has hampered progress. That’s why I fought alongside Senate Democrats to provide funding for a national testing and contact tracing strategy, as well as robust small business and unemployment assistance and critical funding for state and local governments. This CARES Act funding will help New Mexico chart an economic path forward, and I am continuing to work hard every day in Washington to extend assistance to state and local governments across the country that are providing essential services during the pandemic. I will keep fighting to make sure that the funding announced today continues to support New Mexico where we need it most.”“The COVID-19 pandemic has created economic challenges across New Mexico. While many state and local efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus have proven effective, addressing the economic impacts of the pandemic will take a coordinated and comprehensive strategy,” Heinrich said. “That is why I was proud to support a provision in the CARES Act that included funding for the Economic Development Administration so that they could work with states on long-term recovery plans. This funding announcement is a testament to the ongoing work of the New Mexico delegation and our state and local leaders, who together, will redevelop and recover an economy that works for all New Mexicans.”“The CARES Act extended a critical lifeline to New Mexico families and businesses at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and I am glad that these funds will continue contributing to our economic recovery,” Luján said. “A full recovery depends on additional federal action, and that’s why I’m proud House Democrats have introduced an updated Heroes Act to improve health care, support families and businesses, and keep local, state, and Tribal governments from being forced into bankruptcy.”“New Mexicans are hardworking and resilient, but the Trump Administration’s failed pandemic response continues to victimize our economy,” Haaland said. “I know the stress of living paycheck-to-paycheck and understand the struggles many families are facing during this uncertain time. So as a delegation we worked to include funding in the CARES Act to provide relief in the midst of unimaginable hardship. Now support for the New Mexico Economic Development Department is on the way to help communities across the state with the economic challenges we face in light of this pandemic.”“As our nation continues to confront the COVID-19 public health pandemic and the ensuing economic crisis, I commend Congress and the Administration’s efforts to deliver a lifeline to our communities through the CARES Act. I’m pleased to see this funding support the New Mexico Economic Development Department’s statewide economic recovery plan. It’s critical we continue negotiations to pass another bipartisan relief package that delivers the state, tribal, and local assistance New Mexicans need to recover,” Torres Small said.
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