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Governor: Stimulus checks to roll out in mid-May

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IN a special address on Saturday, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres said that stimulus checks from the Internal Revenue Service will be out by mid-May.

“It’s beyond our control, but we continue to expedite [their release],” he said. “Unemployment assistance is on its way, and the CNMI Department of Labor continues to work with the United States Department of Labor.”

He added that Small Business Administration loan applications will be reopened soon. “So far, 56 small businesses in the CNMI successfully applied for $12.62 million in Paycheck Protection Program loans. President Trump just signed legislation to increase funding, so that we can give more businesses the help they need to pay their employees,” the governor said.

The CNMI government continues to work diligently to address the economic crisis, he said, citing the fiscal response summit held on Thursday. “As you saw in our recent fiscal response summit, we will be doing the necessary, but difficult decision to right the direction of the Commonwealth’s finances after an accumulation of obligations, expenses, and practices that have been left unchecked since the Trust Territory government,” he said.

Torres said he will continue to work with “everyone from all three branches of government, majority and minority, [and] public and private sectors on solutions.”

Saying that “health takes precedence over anything else,” the governor added that the decisions made so far are “based only on what we believe is right. This pandemic is filled with unknowns, but what is known is the aggressive response efforts we are taking to flatten the curve more than the rest of the world.”

He also mentioned that the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. and the administration’s task force continue to strategize mass testing for the CNMI as he also emphasized the importance of practicing good hygiene and maintaining social distancing.

“Let us continue to support our brave doctors and nurses, healthcare workers, first responders, their families, local and federal government employees, and private sector partners by staying home as much as you can,” he said.

In closing, Governor Torres said, “People all over the Marianas are making sacrifices to protect our loved ones and our islands. This is what makes our islands special. We look out for each other. We will overcome this. Together, we are Marianas Strong.”

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