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Jun 11

June 11, 2020 TML Coronavirus Update #62

Posted on June 11, 2020 at 3:57 PM by TML Staff

Urgent Updates


Will there by a TML Coronavirus Update tomorrow?


Unless there is important breaking news, there will be no Update tomorrow. Let’s all take a break for TGIF and enjoy the beautiful Texas summer this weekend. We’ll be back on Monday.


What information does TML have for cities as they start to prepare for the upcoming budget year?


TML has developed a special-edition, mid-year fiscal conditions survey to help cities navigate the upcoming budget planning process. With an unexpected public health crisis and an economic recession, most cities will have to make difficult decisions over the next coming months. Survey questions center on current budget shortfalls, as well as the anticipated impact on next year budgets.


The full text of the survey is available here, but we prefer that you complete it online.


We ask that one official from each city complete the survey no later than Friday, June 19. Please contact JJ Rocha with questions at or 512-705-3912. 


Further Updates


Who did the governor’s office most recently recruit for a COVID-19 public service announcement?


None other than baseball Hall-of-Famer Nolan Ryan! Check out the PSA here.


Has the Texas comptroller provided further information on COVID-19’s impact on the Texas economy?


Yes. Today (June 11), the comptroller issued the following:


In Case You Missed It: Comptroller’s Office Releases Report on Early Economic Effects of Pandemic


The COVID-19 pandemic is having an unprecedented impact on the Texas economy, triggering a recession intensified by disrupted energy markets.


The Comptroller’s office worked quickly to prepare a deep, initial look at how the recession is affecting Texas state finances and employment, including an analysis of how this financial crisis compares to past economic downturns and what we can expect this time around.


In the most recent issue of Fiscal Notes, we also examine the record-breaking number of claims filed for unemployment assistance and the state’s struggle to handle the huge influx.


On a related note, one early response to the recession has been a surge in remote delivery of health care. The increased use of telemedicine provides a new level of care for underserved patients that could have long-term positive effects.”


Where can I find archived issues of the TML Coronavirus Updates?


TML Coronavirus Updates are archived by date here and by subject here.