Cedar Park - Leander

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11:38 AM Jun 30, 2020 CDT

More than 30 Texas bars sue over Gov. Greg Abbott's recent shutdown order

The lawsuit was filed in Travis County District Court by Jared Woodfill, a Houston attorney who has led previous legal efforts opposing Abbott’s other shutdown orders during the pandemic.


Texans on unemployment benefits will soon be required to apply for new work, state says

Unemployment recipients will have to start documenting their efforts to find a new job July 6, with the first reports due July 19.


State releases April sales tax revenue for Cedar Park, Leander

Leander experienced a year-over-year increase in sales tax revenue in April, while Cedar Park had a slight drop during the same period.



Texas COVID Relief Fund application opens

Eligible nonprofits and government entities may apply for funding.


Data shows unemployment claims in Hays County drop by about 60% since April

Following the reopening of the Texas economy in May, unemployment claims in Hays County have dropped by about 60% since April, according to data from the Texas Workforce Commission.


Williamson County helps nearly 3,000 businesses with small business grant program

As of June 9, Williamson County’s Wilco Forward small business grant program has approved funding for 2,891 businesses in the area.


Coronavirus pandemic drops Austin-Bergstrom usage by more than 96% in April

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport lost nearly all of its passenger flight usage in April as the region dealt with the coronavirus pandemic.



Group of 16 Travis County mayors signs letter requesting $23M in county COVID-19 relief funds

City leaders in Travis County, from Bee Cave to manor, have signed a letter to County Judge Sam Biscoe requesting more than $23 million in federal coronavirus relief funds be released to 21 municipalities as soon as possible.


Early budget forecasts from Central Health show anticipated 'slow-down' in tax revenue collection

Preliminary budget forecasts from Central Health show the health care district anticipates a slow down in tax revenue collection growth.


Texas comptroller predicts slow, steady economic turnaround post-pandemic

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said the state entered the era of the coronavirus in a healthy financial situation, which bodes well for the future as reopening continues, but that Texans are not out of the woods yet.


Baylor Scott & White Health to lay off 1,200 after reporting 'drastic drop' in visits

The layoffs represent 3% of the health system’s workforce.



Texas schools may begin hosting sports workouts, band practices June 8

The University Interscholastic League released guidelines for allowing sports workouts and marching bands to practice.


Leander awards $10,000 of COVID-19 business grants May 21

Three Leander businesses were awarded a total of $10,000 in city business grants May 21.


Budget cuts slated for Texas state agencies, higher education institutions in 2020-21 biennium

Texas state agencies and institutions of higher education to expect a 5% reduction in budget plans for the 2020-21 biennium as part of the state's response to the economic ramifications of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.


State, federal officials offer resources, advice for Texas small business owners

“Small businesses are having to pivot, and we are seeing that. We are having businesses that had one business model that had to change," said Adriana Cruz, executive director for economic development and tourism in the Office of the Texas Governor.



Texas has doled out $6.4B in unemployment benefits, projects state fund to run out by end of May

Officials anticipate drawing from federal funds to ensure no delays in benefit payments.


Plano-based J.C. Penney files for bankruptcy protection as store closure announcements loom

Plano-based J.C. Penney filed for bankruptcy protection May 15, a move the company said would help it navigate the difficult business climate during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.


Nationwide sales of retail, food services plummet in March, April amid social distancing, stay-at-home orders

As many businesses are operating on decreased capacities or have shut down completely, one side effect is a dip in monthly sales for retail and food services.


Cedar Park projects $2.4M-$4.4M drop in general fund due to COVID-19

The decrease in one-cent sales tax revenue could lead to between $1 million-$2.81 million in losses.



Williamson County small business grant program distributes more than $7.5M in first week

Small businesses have until June 30 to apply, but officials recommend applying early, as money is being distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.


State approves Cedar Park Regional Medical Center as Texas Enterprise Zone

The medical center is now eligible for refunds of state sales and use tax during the designated period on qualifying expenditures.


Number of unemployment claims in Williamson County grows by over 1,523% year over year

The Texas Workforce Commission data looks at the number of claims made each week between March 7 and May 2.


Williamson County small business grant program issues nearly 200 checks in three days

The county has issued $2.8 million of relief to area small businesses.