Senator McConnell Unveils Coronavirus Response Portal to Assist Kentuckians

Senator McConnell wants to help answer your questions: ‘I hope the following resources will be helpful as your family, organization, small business or community takes advantage of the federal funding I helped make available.’   Video download HERE. Photo download HERE.   WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced today he created a Coronavirus Response Portal on his website to help Kentuckians who may have questions related to how the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act will help their families, organizations, small businesses, and communities take advantage of the provisions in the legislation.   The portal can be accessed by Kentucky families and small businesses owners who may have questions related to unemployment insurance, low-interest federal loans, federal taxes and relief checks, federal grants, and assistance for Kentuckians traveling or living abroad.   “At my direction, the Senate stepped up to face this challenge presented by COVID-19. We passed a bold plan called the CARES Act to assist families, workers, small businesses and medical professionals. I hope the following resources will be helpful as your family, organization, small business or community takes advantage of the federal funding I helped make available,” Senator McConnell said. “We’ll win this fight against the Coronavirus because Americans continue finding creative ways to stand united—even if we have to stand six feet apart.”   The Coronavirus Response Portal link: https://www.mcconnell.senate.gov/public//index.cfm?p=coronavirus-updates  

Kentucky Workers Have you recently been laid off and need to file for unemployment insurance? General information: https://educationcabinet.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspxTo file an unemployment insurance claim visit https://kcc.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx; or call one of Kentucky 12 Work Centers to file your claim https://kcc.ky.gov/Pages/Locations.aspxQuestions about new federal paid leave requirements related to the Coronavirus?The U.S. Labor Department’s Fact Sheet for Employees https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-employee-paid-leaveQuestions and Answers https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-questions  

Kentucky Employers and Small Businesses Need help to make payroll or to keep the lights on? The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans to small businesses and private, non-profit organizations  https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistanceThe IRS is extending payroll tax credits to eligible small and midsize businesses https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/treasury-irs-and-labor-announce-plan-to-implement-coronavirus-related-paid-leave-for-workers-and-tax-credits-for-small-and-midsize-businesses-to-swiftly-recover-the-cost-of-providing-coronavirus   Questions about unemployment benefits? General information: https://educationcabinet.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspxQuestions about new federal paid leave requirements related to the Coronavirus?The U.S. Labor Department’s Fact Sheet for Employers https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-employer-paid-leaveQuestions and Answers https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-questionsField Assistance Bulletin on the Labor Department’s 30-day non-enforcement policy. https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/field-assistance-bulletins/2020-1Required Poster for Employers to Fulfill Notice Requirement https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/WHD/posters/FFCRA_Poster_WH1422_Non-Federal.pdf  

Federal Taxes and Rebate Checks Questions about how Coronavirus affects your federal incomes taxes? General information: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirusThe IRS delayed Tax Day until July 15 https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tax-day-now-july-15-treasury-irs-extend-filing-deadline-and-federal-tax-payments-regardless-of-amount-owedQuestions about the immediate cash relief Kentuckians will receive?The IRS will send recovery rebate checks to eligible Americans https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus  

Competitive Federal Grants How will this affect federal grant applications and awards? Check the awarding agency website for announcements and reach out to the agency regarding extensions and other inquiresFor example, NIH will be accepting late applications for grants due between March 9, 2020 and May 1, 2020 https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-20-091.htmlVisit Senator McConnell’s grants website to request support for your competitive federal grant application https://www.mcconnell.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/grants   Kentucky Education What resources are available to help students, graduates and schools respond to the Coronavirus? General information: https://www.ed.gov/coronavirus   Kentuckians Living or Traveling Abroad Need individual assistance? Contact Senator McConnell’s casework staff at (502) 582-6304Are you abroad and need assistance from the U.S. State Department?Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) https://step.state.gov/Contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate, or call 1-888-407-4747 (U.S. & Canada) or 1- 202-501-4444 (from overseas) https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-19-information.html  

Thinking about international travel? The U.S. State Department has issued its highest level advisory, urging all U.S. citizens to avoid international travel https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/travel-advisory-alert-global-level-4-health-advisory-issue.html   Thinking about traveling in the U.S.? The CDC has issued guidance to consider before domestic travel https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html  

Kentucky Volunteers are Part of the Solution Looking to help your neighbors during the Coronavirus crisis? Kentucky Emergency Management is seeking companies to sell or produce personal protective equipment (PPE). Fill out this form if you can help https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/cdbec8a2257c47769d0eb7826d7d6b4f.If you would like to donate, sell, or produce medical supplies and other goods for the federal government visit www.fema.gov/coronavirus/how-to-helpKentuckians looking for volunteer opportunities and ideas can also visit https://www.usa.gov/volunteer        

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Public Notice

Public Notice

Daniel Boone Community Action Agency, Inc. will hold a Coordination Meeting on Thursday, February 20, 2020, beginning at 10:00 A.M. EST, at their office located at 1535 Shamrock Road, Manchester, Kentucky.  All transportation providers, private taxi cab operators, and interested providers are invited to attend.

Daniel Boone Community Action Agency, Inc. is applying for FY 2021, Section 5311, 5310, and 5339, funds from the Federal Transit Administration administered by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to provide operating and capital assistance during the period of July 1, 2020 thru June 30, 2021, for the counties of Clay, Jackson, Lee, Owsley, and Wolfe.

For additional information, please contact Mike Buckles or Mona Whitaker at (606) 598-5127.

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Public Transit Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Public Meeting Notice

June 3, 2019

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Office of Transportation Delivery

Public Transit Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Public Meeting Notice

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet(KYTC)/Office of Transportation Delivery (OTD) is establishing a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program in accordance with regulations of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), 49 CFR Part 26. The OTD receives Federal financial assistance from the Department of Transportation/Federal Transit Administration (FTA), and as a condition of receiving this assistance, OTD has signed an assurance that it will comply with 49 CFR Part 26. It is the policy of the OTD to ensure that DBEs, as defined in Part 26, have an equal opportunity to receive and participate in USDOT-assisted contracts for public transit services.

In order to increase the involvement of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE) and small businesses with public transit services, the Kentucky Public Transit Association (KPTA), in conjunction with the Office of Transportation Delivery, will hold a public forum to discuss issues affecting both public transit, DBE/Small Business Firms. We will discuss the new anticipated DBE goal and the basis for establishing the goal. The forum will be held on June 20, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. EST at the transit offices of the Federated Transportation Services of the Bluegrass, Inc. (FTSB). FTSB is located at 1713 Jaggie Fox Way, Lexington, KY 40511.

If you have any questions or reasonable accommodations are needed for persons with disabilities or persons with Limited English Proficiency, please contact:

Pam Shepherd, Executive Director, Federation Transportation Services of the Bluegrass, Inc. at (859) 233-0066 or, Kelley Johnson, Federal Program Specialist, Office of Transportation Delivery/Kentucky Transportation Cabinet at (502) 564-7433.

The Office of Transportation Delivery is currently developing its three year participation goal. Once approved, the goal will be in effect for three years beginning October 1, 2019 – September 30, 2022.

The DBE goal and its methodology will be made online at: https://transportation.ky.gov/TransportationDelivery/Pages/default.aspx. Comments will be made available from June 21 – July 22, 2019. Additionally, the information is available for review at the KYTC Main Office, Monday – Friday 8am – 4pm (EST) located at:

200 Mero Street Frankfort, KY 40601

Written comments can be submitted via email or mailed to:

Kelley Johnson Office of Transportation Delivery Kentucky Transportation Cabinet 200 Mero Street Frankfort, KY 40601 Kelley.Johnson@ky.gov

DBE Public Forum Notice 6.20.19

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CSBG Plan

Daniel Boone Community Action Agency has applied for the Community Services Block Grant  (CSBG) from the Cabinet for Families and Children.  The plan is available for review at the local Community Action Agency.

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