Senate Democrats propose $5 million for coronavirus pandemic impact

Overseas ports closing hit companies that depend on international shipping

OLYMPIA — A last-minute amendment to the Senate Democratic Caucus supplemental operating budget earmarks $5 million to help businesses negatively impacted by international responses to the coronavirus outbreak overseas.

Businesses such as Cosmo Specialty Fibers, a textile producer that does 97 percent of its business with companies in Asia, have been disrupted by port closures intended to stop the spread of the disease.

“This is a local business that has thrived despite disruptive tariff and trade wars, pays its employees strong wages, and has robust potential to expand, but it’s been thrown for a loop,” said Sen. Dean Takko, D-Longview, in a written statement. Takko sponsored the amendment.

Companies will be able to request assistance funds from the state’s strategic reserve account to promote economic development, which is funded by a third of all unclaimed lottery money, according to a release from the Senate Democrats.

The operating budget had already provided $2 million for the account, much of which was already spoken for. Budget writers added $2 million in new funds on top of that, and the $3 million in Takko’s amendment means a total of $5 million in new funds.

The budget was approved by the Senate after a 33-16 vote Feb. 27.

More in News

Peace Run team members run through the halls of Kingston Middle School.
Runners tell Kingston students give peace a chance

The Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run, ( peacerun.org ) an international torch… Continue reading

.
A congressman’s ‘Day in the Life’

6th District Rep. Kilmer chalks up busy days in Congress

.
15 SK students win Kiwanis Club scholarships

Scholarships given by Port Orchard service organization total $33,000

.
Local charcuterie catering business opens sandwich shop in Poulsbo

Women-owned business located on Viking Avenue

Poulsbo Public Works will soon be moving to its new property on Viking Avenue. Courtesy Photo
Generator to be designed for new Public Works building

Poulsbo also receives $75k grant for housing

Tyler Shuey/North Kitsap Herald photos
The pristine look of the property is always a priority at Kiana Lodge.
Delayed weddings due to COVID lead to record at lodge

Some are even taking place on weekdays

.
One man’s mission to help Ukrainians

Central Kitsap attorney’s outreach is aiding refugees living desperate lives in Odesa

.
The fight for abortion rights

Reproductive rights supporters and advocates speak passionately at Bremerton rally

Most Read