Special Report

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

Thomas C. Frohlich

21. Tennessee
> Est. federal funding disbursed as of May 19: $18.49 billion
> Est. federal funding disbursed as of May 19 per COVID-19 case: $1,006,330 (21st least)
> Est. federal funding disbursed as of May 19 per unemployment claim since March: $37,586 (15th most)
> Total small business loans administered: 82,768 (total $8.84 billion — 21st most)
> Total economic impact payments received: 2,881,709 payments, $4.98 billion
> Funding for test sites and testing: $183.99 million (20th most)
> Testing sites as of May 15: 150
> Testing rate as of May 18: 4,984 — 9th highest (total: 337,428)
> Rainy day fund as % of annual expenditures as of start of FY 2020: 7.0% (20th lowest)
> Unemployment claims since mid-March as % of labor force: 14.8% — 8th lowest (total: 492,054)
> COVID cases: 271 per 100,000 — 24th highest (total: 18,378)

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22. Wisconsin
> Est. federal funding disbursed as of May 19: $17.56 billion
> Est. federal funding disbursed as of May 19 per COVID-19 case: $1,363,180 (19th most)
> Est. federal funding disbursed as of May 19 per unemployment claim since March: $33,834 (24th most)
> Total small business loans administered: 78,490 (total $9.80 billion — 18th most)
> Total economic impact payments received: 2,307,675 payments, $4.03 billion
> Funding for test sites and testing: $159.61 million (23rd most)
> Testing sites as of May 15: 66
> Testing rate as of May 18: 2,704 — 15th lowest (total: 157,189)
> Rainy day fund as % of annual expenditures as of start of FY 2020: 3.6% (8th lowest)
> Unemployment claims since mid-March as % of labor force: 16.7% — 17th lowest (total: 519,134)
> COVID cases: 222 per 100,000 — 20th lowest (total: 12,885)

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23. Delaware
> Est. federal funding disbursed as of May 19: $3.78 billion
> Est. federal funding disbursed as of May 19 per COVID-19 case: $470,913 (9th least)
> Est. federal funding disbursed as of May 19 per unemployment claim since March: $41,761 (11th most)
> Total small business loans administered: 11,199 (total $1.45 billion — 4th least)
> Total economic impact payments received: 385,599 payments, $646.91 million
> Funding for test sites and testing: $77.08 million (12th least)
> Testing sites as of May 15: 14
> Testing rate as of May 18: 4,390 — 13th highest (total: 42,458)
> Rainy day fund as % of annual expenditures as of start of FY 2020: 5.4% (15th lowest)
> Unemployment claims since mid-March as % of labor force: 18.8% — 25th lowest (total: 90,628)
> COVID cases: 831 per 100,000 — 6th highest (total: 8,037)

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24. Kansas
> Est. federal funding disbursed as of May 19: $9.04 billion
> Est. federal funding disbursed as of May 19 per COVID-19 case: $1,084,349 (23rd least)
> Est. federal funding disbursed as of May 19 per unemployment claim since March: $37,282 (18th most)
> Total small business loans administered: 48,230 (total $4.95 billion — 19th least)
> Total economic impact payments received: 1,098,473 payments, $1.98 billion
> Funding for test sites and testing: $93.82 million (16th least)
> Testing sites as of May 15: 56
> Testing rate as of May 18: 2,301 — 4th lowest (total: 66,990)
> 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: 16.4% — 16th lowest (total: 242,572)
> COVID cases: 286 per 100,000 — 22nd highest (total: 8,340)

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25. Arizona
> Est. federal funding disbursed as of May 19: $18.34 billion
> Est. federal funding disbursed as of May 19 per COVID-19 case: $1,293,967 (22nd most)
> Est. federal funding disbursed as of May 19 per unemployment claim since March: $33,429 (25th most)
> Total small business loans administered: 72,523 (total $8.56 billion — 22nd most)
> Total economic impact payments received: 2,734,978 payments, $4.71 billion
> Funding for test sites and testing: $178.82 million (21st most)
> Testing sites as of May 15: 62
> Testing rate as of May 18: 2,831 — 19th lowest (total: 203,006)
> Rainy day fund as % of annual expenditures as of start of FY 2020: 8.8% (23rd highest)
> Unemployment claims since mid-March as % of labor force: 15.6% — 14th lowest (total: 548,489)
> COVID cases: 198 per 100,000 — 17th lowest (total: 14,170)

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