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$1B of CARES Relief for Small Business in PA Governor Wolf’s Recreational Cannabis Bill

Earlier today, August 25, 2020, Gov. Tom Wolf called on the Pennsylvania legislature to legalize recreational marijuana and use the tax revenue to help small businesses that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the Philadelphia Business Journal, Gov. Wolf’s proposal on recreational marijuana was part of a package unveiled to spend the $1 billion remaining out of $3.6 billion CARES Act funding. The Governor called for a range of spending that would include$225 million in forgivable loans and grants to small businesses and another $100 million for restaurants and bars, hospitality and leisure businesses that have taken a big hit since March with business closures and occupancy restrictions. Tax revenue from the sale of recreational marijuana would add to the state’s small business funding and half would go to historically disadvantaged businesses.

To read the full text of this post by Duane Morris partner Brad Molotsky, please visit the Duane Morris Project Development/Infrastructure/P3 Blog.

Small Business Administration Releases Guidance on the Appeals Process for Paycheck Protection Program Loans

On August 11, 2020, the Treasury Department and Small Business Administration (SBA) released an interim final rule that details the appeals process for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan borrowers for SBA loan review decisions regarding eligibility and/or forgiveness of a PPP loan. The interim final rule builds upon prior guidance released by the SBA on the review process for lenders and the SBA of PPP loans.

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New Jersey Announces Small and Micro Business PPE Access Program

On August 11, Governor Murphy announced the first phase of the New Jersey Small and Micro Business PPE Access Program . The goal of the PPE Program is to provide small businesses and nonprofits with access to the fairly priced personal protective equipment necessary to facilitate safe working conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To read the full text of this post by Duane Morris partner Brad Molotsky, please visit the Duane Morris Project Development/Infrastructure/P3 Blog.

New Jersey Governor Murphy Announces Small Business Tenant Relief Program

On July 23, 2020, New Jersey Governor Murphy announced a new relief program for small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Small Business Lease – Emergency Assistance Grant Program (SBL-EAGP) will allow businesses in 64 eligible municipalities to apply for grants of up to $10,000 for lease costs. The program will assist small business owners impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, which also assists landlords, many of whom are also small businesses.

To read the full text of this post by Duane Morris partner Brad Molotsky, please visit the Duane Morris Project Development/Infrastructure/P3 Blog.

Small Business Administration Releases Revised Eligibility Rules for Paycheck Protection Program

On June 24, 2020, the Treasury Department and Small Business Administration released an interim final rule updating eligibility criteria for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans made under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) and the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act.

The June 24 interim final rule loosens the eligibility criteria that applied to owners of 20 percent or more of a PPP loan borrower’s equity, specifically concerning the criminal histories of such owners. In addition, the June 24 interim final rule confirms certain other eligibility criteria that will remain in place.

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COVID-19, Business Interruption Insurance and Direct Physical Damage under New York Law

To date, approximately 150 business-interruption insurance coverage lawsuits have been filed in federal courts arising from COVID-19 and related government-ordered restrictions. In what appears to be the first substantive ruling on the merits in these cases, the Southern District of New York recently ruled against an insured who could not meet its burden to show a likelihood of success in establishing “property damage” due to the novel coronavirus to support its claim for injunctive relief. Judge Caproni expressed sympathy “for every small business that is having difficulties during this period of time,” but concluded that “New York law is clear” in requiring actual property damage to trigger business interruption coverage. Because the insured’s coverage theory rested on a government shutdown in the absence of any property damage, the Court denied its preliminary injunction motion, reasoning “this is just not what’s covered under these insurance policies.”

To read the full text of this post by Duane Morris attorneys Damon Vocke and David T. McTaggart, please visit the Duane Morris Insurance Law Blog.

Small Business Administration Releases Rules Following Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act

On June 11, 2020, the Treasury Department and Small Business Administration (SBA) released a new interim final rule, which revises the earlier interim final rule released on April 2, 2020, and incorporates revisions to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) under the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act signed into law on June 5, 2020.

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Federal Reserve Takes Significant Steps to Expand the Main Street Lending Program

On June 8, 2020, the Federal Reserve made significant additional changes to the terms of the Main Street Lending Program, aimed at making the program more attractive to small- and mid-sized businesses and to lenders. Changes include decreased minimum loan amounts, increased maximum loan sizes, extended loan terms and deferred principal repayments, among others.

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Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act passed by U.S. House of Representatives

The new Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act (H.R. 7010), which focuses on small businesses and restaurants in particular, has passed the U.S. House of Representatives.

The bipartisan Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act,was introduced last week by Reps. Dean Phillips, D-Minnesota and Chip Roy, R-Texas, and is designed to extend the 8-week period under which loan recipients could spend PPP money to 24 weeks while helping correct other provisions that would provide more flexibility to small businesses in the hospitality realm.

To read the full text of this post by Duane Morris partner Brad Molotsky, please visit the Duane Morris Project Development/Infrastructure/P3 Blog.