Sen. Kaine wants future COVID-19 bill to help cities, towns make up lost revenue


DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine hopes a new coronavirus bill will help local governments use relief dollars to make up for lost revenue.

Kaine was in Danville on Monday, July 6, talking to business owners and city leaders about what Congress needs to do to continue helping with COVID-19 relief.

The visit comes two weeks before the Senate goes back into session.

“I wanted to get out on the road, and so for my first day of travel,” said Kaine, “I wanted to come to Danville.”

He spent the day listening to what the River City needs before the Senate is back in session.

“What more do we need to do to help the nation, both the health and economic side of this COVID challenge?”

Danville Mayor Alonzo Jones says the pandemic has hit the city hard as it is trying to redevelop.

“Since 2011, we’ve done a lot of work in our river district. Small businesses as you know are going through a whole lot since COVID-19,” he said. “And we here in Danville just want to make sure the Senator is thinking about those businesses, those small businesses, those employees, and the citizens. Actually talked about another COVID package, because we are moving forward in Danville, and we are continuing to move forward, and we just don’t know how seriously this crisis is going to affect and impact many, so we’re trying to stay ahead of the game, and just talking with the senator in regard to that.”

Kaine hopes a new coronavirus relief bill will lift restrictions on how state and local governments can use relief funds.

“Going back retroactively and saying hey, local governments lost sales tax, meals tax, business license tax. Right away, you see that in real-time. They ought to be able to use COVID dollars just like businesses or hospitals did to include backstopping lost revenue.”

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