San Marcos - Buda - Kyle

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2:28 PM May 12, 2020 CDT

Funds still available to help get Buda businesses through coronavirus closures

Buda businesses can still apply for financial help through Still Budaful.


City of San Marcos now accepting applications for COVID-19 response funding

The city of San Marcos is now accepting applications for funding from the $425,261 Community Development Block Grant for Coronavirus Response.


National unemployment sees largest-ever month-over-month increase in April

Unemployment numbers hit a record high in April, the highest level recorded since 1948, when these reports were first issued.



March sales tax allocations rise in Hays County; municipalities brace for coronavirus effect on budget

April numbers will better reflect the impact of a full month of business closures; this has led to municipalities cutting expenditures where possible.


Texas COVID Relief Fund launched to bring financial help to communities in need

The funds raised will be distributed to nonprofits, school districts and government organizations across Texas to help promote economic development, health care and education.


Businesses in downtown San Marcos now allowed to use parklets for commercial use

San Marcos City Council members approved an emergency ordinance May 5 that will allow businesses in downtown San Marcos to use parklets for commercial use.


Texas saw a 9.3% drop year over year in sales tax revenue generated based on March sales

Sales tax revenue collected by the state of Texas in April totaled $2.58 billion, a more than 9% drop compared to April 2019,



43.39% of restaurant owners choosing to reopen dine-in service May 1, Texas Restaurant Association survey shows

Texas restaurants have not been permitted to offer dine-in services since mid-March but could start again beginning May 1.


San Marcos accounts for nearly 50% of unemployment claims filed in Hays County

Nearly 10,000 residents have filed for unemployment benefits in Hays County between March 18-April 18, and about 44.16% of those claims were filed in San Marcos alone, according to data from the Texas Workforce Commission.


Gov. Greg Abbott: Alcohol to-go sales in Texas to continue beyond May 1, could last 'forever'

As some Texas restaurants and businesses prepare to reopen with limited occupancy starting May 1, to-go alcohol sales will be allowed to continue, according to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and Gov. Greg Abbott.


Q&A: New Austin Chamber CEO Laura Huffman says community safety, opening the economy do not have to be 'forced trade-off'

Huffman, an Austin native and a former assistant city manager, officially stepped into her new role April 20.



State parks, historical sites reopen as first step in Gov. Abbott's plan to revive Texas economy

While state parks reopened across Texas on April 20, restrictions remain in place for parks visitors.


Texas Workforce Commission processes a year and a half worth of unemployment claims in one month

Since March 14, the Texas Workforce Commission has helped more than 1.2 million Texans apply for unemployment benefits.


Sales tax holiday for emergency supplies to take place April 25-27

Officials clarified that products bought online still qualify for the exemption and urged residents who visit retailers in person to follow social distancing guidelines.




San Marcos Municipal Airport will receive $157K in federal aid

The San Marcos Municipal Airport will receive $157,000 through the Federal Aviation Administration as part of the $2 trillion relief package passed in March.


Residential work sites across Austin to pause work April 16 to review coronavirus safety protocols

A nationwide effort seeks to briefly pause work sites and use the time to educate developers and workers on coronavirus safety education.


Here's a breakdown of 4 financial relief programs aimed to save small Texas businesses

The webinar highlighted four Small Business Association programs, including the Paycheck Protection Program, the Economic Injury Disaster Loan, the SBA Express Bridge Loan and SBA Debt Relief program.


By the numbers: New coronavirus information from across Texas

Gov. Greg Abbott released data April 13 on how Texas is dealing with the coronavirus pandemic statewide.



Some San Marcos hotels predict 80% drop in business through May, ask city for more help

San Marcos hotels are seeking more financial help from the city to get through coronavirus business loss.


Goldman Sachs, LiftFund partnership will release $50 million in loans for Texas small businesses

As Texas is facing its highest rate of unemployment claims in recent history, a total of $50 million in loan funds is now available for small businesses across the state to provide economic relief.


More Texans have filed for unemployment in past three weeks than in all of 2019

For the second week in a row, more than 6 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits, according to federal data.


With Texas Workforce Commission overwhelmed by surging unemployment claims, Central Texas residents try to hang on

The Texas Workforce Commission received 1.7 million calls from individuals seeking assistance with unemployment benefits in a 24-hour period on March 26.