$135 million allocated to help Washington businesses, workers hit hard by new COVID restrictions

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Gov. Jay Inslee announced $135 million in federal CARES Act funds to help businesses, workers and families hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic in Washington state.

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Governor Jay Inslee announced a $135 million federal relief package Friday that will provide financial support for small businesses, workers and families who have been hit hard by Washington’s new novel coronavirus restrictions.

“We know this pandemic is taking an economic toll,” Inslee said during a press conference Friday. “On Sunday we announced $50 million in business supports, but after more discussions with legislators and our agencies, we’ve agreed on how to more than double that.”

The package includes $70 million in business support grants, which will be distributed by the Department of Commerce. It also includes $30 million in business loans, $20 million for rental assistance, which will also help landlords, and finally $15 million for energy assistance for low-income families.

Department of Commerce Director Lisa Brown said businesses should be able to apply for the grants within the next week and it will be through the department’s website. There will not be restrictions on what businesses can use the grant money for, Brown said.

“We know this is hard on these small businesses, and we know …

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