Special Report

How Federal Funding Failed to Match Each State's COVID Outbreak

Thomas C. Frohlich

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16. Colorado
> Est. federal funding disbursed as of May 19: $17.93 billion
> Est. federal funding disbursed as of May 19 per COVID-19 case: $797,546 (18th least)
> Est. federal funding disbursed as of May 19 per unemployment claim since March: $45,894 (7th most)
> Total small business loans administered: 96,285 (total $10.31 billion — 16th most)
> Total economic impact payments received: 2,141,841 payments, $3.62 billion
> Funding for test sites and testing: $185.90 million (19th most)
> Testing sites as of May 15: 24
> Testing rate as of May 18: 2,268 — 2nd lowest (total: 129,159)
> Rainy day fund as % of annual expenditures as of start of FY 2020: 7.9% (24th lowest)
> Unemployment claims since mid-March as % of labor force: 12.5% — 5th lowest (total: 390,692)
> COVID cases: 395 per 100,000 — 16th highest (total: 22,482)

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17. Missouri
> Est. federal funding disbursed as of May 19: $17.70 billion
> Est. federal funding disbursed as of May 19 per COVID-19 case: $1,597,058 (12th most)
> Est. federal funding disbursed as of May 19 per unemployment claim since March: $33,415 (25th least)
> Total small business loans administered: 84,497 (total $9.09 billion — 20th most)
> Total economic impact payments received: 2,482,825 payments, $4.34 billion
> Funding for test sites and testing: $160.08 million (22nd most)
> Testing sites as of May 15: 121
> Testing rate as of May 18: 2,515 — 8th lowest (total: 154,110)
> Rainy day fund as % of annual expenditures as of start of FY 2020: 6.3% (18th lowest)
> Unemployment claims since mid-March as % of labor force: 17.3% — 19th lowest (total: 529,564)
> COVID cases: 181 per 100,000 — 15th lowest (total: 11,080)

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18. Illinois
> Est. federal funding disbursed as of May 19: $41.28 billion
> Est. federal funding disbursed as of May 19 per COVID-19 case: $421,127 (7th least)
> Est. federal funding disbursed as of May 19 per unemployment claim since March: $42,712 (8th most)
> Total small business loans administered: 176,819 (total $22.16 billion — 5th most)
> Total economic impact payments received: 4,844,140 payments, $8.17 billion
> Funding for test sites and testing: $535.78 million (5th most)
> Testing sites as of May 15: 244
> Testing rate as of May 18: 4,735 — 12th highest (total: 603,241)
> Rainy day fund as % of annual expenditures as of start of FY 2020: 0.0% (the lowest)
> Unemployment claims since mid-March as % of labor force: 15.0% — 10th lowest (total: 966,537)
> COVID cases: 769 per 100,000 — 7th highest (total: 98,030)

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19. Oklahoma
> Est. federal funding disbursed as of May 19: $10.97 billion
> Est. federal funding disbursed as of May 19 per COVID-19 case: $1,998,447 (10th most)
> Est. federal funding disbursed as of May 19 per unemployment claim since March: $27,141 (12th least)
> Total small business loans administered: 60,050 (total $5.39 billion — 23rd least)
> Total economic impact payments received: 1,556,747 payments, $2.78 billion
> Funding for test sites and testing: $102.38 million (19th least)
> Testing sites as of May 15: 21
> Testing rate as of May 18: 3,557 — 21st highest (total: 140,262)
> Rainy day fund as % of annual expenditures as of start of FY 2020: 11.5% (11th highest)
> Unemployment claims since mid-March as % of labor force: 22.0% — 14th highest (total: 404,161)
> COVID cases: 139 per 100,000 — 8th lowest (total: 5,489)

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20. New Mexico
> Est. federal funding disbursed as of May 19: $5.58 billion
> Est. federal funding disbursed as of May 19 per COVID-19 case: $901,637 (19th least)
> Est. federal funding disbursed as of May 19 per unemployment claim since March: $40,140 (13th most)
> Total small business loans administered: 20,192 (total $2.21 billion — 10th least)
> Total economic impact payments received: 851,449 payments, $1.44 billion
> Funding for test sites and testing: $93.00 million (15th least)
> Testing sites as of May 15: 53
> Testing rate as of May 18: 6,568 — 5th highest (total: 137,620)
> Rainy day fund as % of annual expenditures as of start of FY 2020: 26.8% (4th highest)
> Unemployment claims since mid-March as % of labor force: 14.7% — 7th lowest (total: 139,085)
> COVID cases: 296 per 100,000 — 21st highest (total: 6,192)

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