Trump just signed $2T coronavirus stimulus bill. Here’s what N.J. will get.
The legislation was the third bill passed by Congress to address the coronavirus, and the amounts going to New Jersey were calculated by aides to U.S. Sens. Robert Menendez and Cory Booker based on projections and existing formulas for distributing federal aid.“This package delivers an immediate shot in the arm for New Jersey’s hospitals and frontline health care workers, support for everyday New Jerseyans and small businesses to help weather the storm, and billions in aid to help our state and local communities deliver essential services and respond to the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Menendez, D-N.J.
A lot more in federal funding will flow to the state as businesses apply for aid, laid-off workers get enhanced unemployment insurance, health centers get additional support and New Jersey itself gets a share of the $45 billion Federal Emergency Management Agency relief fund that the state now is eligible for following Trump’s major disaster declaration.
And there could be more money on the way. As businesses remain closed and Americans stay at home to reduce the spread of COVID-19, Congress could approve even more aid.
“Our work isn’t done yet,” said Booker, D-N.J. "It’s critical that we continue bipartisan efforts to provide New Jersey hospitals, medical professionals, families and businesses the support they desperately need.”
Here’s what New Jersey can expect to get from the new law.
Stimulus payments. More than 92% of individual New Jersey taxpayers will receive payments of up to $1,200 and 80% of married couples filing jointly will receive up to $2,400. There also is $500 per child. The payments begin phasing out at $75,000 for singles up to $99,000, and $150,000 for couples up to $198,000, meaning that some state residents won’t get anything.
The payments do not reflect the higher cost of living in the Garden State.
“It’s not perfect by any means — particularly in a state like New Jersey where the cost of living will mean that the direct payments for families won’t have as much impact," said Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-12th Dist. “But it is a vital lifeline.”
Fighting the coronavirus. New Jersey will get $15.4 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s public health emergency preparedness fund for items such as personal protective equipment, expanded testing, and efforts to control and reduce infections. The state also can seek a share of a separate $750 million fund.
New Jersey Transit. The commuter rail line will get a total of $1.76 billion, more than originally requested.
State aid. The Garden State will get $3.4 billion from a fund set up to help states cope with the coronavirus.
Community development block grants. There is $53.5 million for the state and its localities for economic development, public facilities, housing, and other projects.
Elections. New Jersey will get $10.2 million to help prepare for the 2020 elections, including funding expanded early voting, vote-by-mail, and additional in-person polling places.
Manufacturing. The state will receive $1.25 million under the Manufacturing Extension Program for small and medium-sized manufacturers.
Law enforcement. There is $18.3 million in Byrne-JAG grants for state and local law enforcement and jails buy the equipment they need, including protective equipment and other medical items.
Food stamps. The state is getting $70 million for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
Help for the homeless. The bill includes $53 million.
Living with AIDS. The Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS progrm, which helps low-income people living with HIV/AIDS, receives $1.7 million.
Low-income home energy assistance. The state is receiving $12.4 million to help low-income families pay their energy costs.
Local schools. There is $310 million to help elementary and secondary schools move to online and remote learning.
Education aid. Gov. Phil Murphy’s Emergency Education Relief Fund is getting $69 million to support school districts, colleges and universities hardest hit by the coronavirus.
Arts and humanities. The state will receive $1.15 million from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Child care for health care workers. The state will receive $62.6 million to help fund child care for health employees, emergency responders, sanitation workers, and essential employees. The money also can help fund child care facilities that could be forced to shut down or are hurting from decreased enrollment because of the coronavirus.
Fisheries. The state could seek a share of $300 million earmarked for fishing communities hard hit economically by the pandemic.
“The recreational and commercial fishing industry is vital to our coastal communities up and down the Jersey Shore,” said Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-6th Dist.
Amtrak. More than $1 billion is going to the passenger railroad to help fund the Northeast Corridor and other routes, and to help protect Amtrak employees.