April 2020 Newsletter
WHAT'S NEW IN HD 102
FEDERAL STIMULUS PACKAGE OVERVIEW
Just last month, we saw the passage in Congress of the CARES Act, a $2 trillion bill that will provide direct funding to states, citizens, and small businesses.
Texas will be receiving $11.2B ($6.18B to the state, and $5B to local governments). This bill will provide temporary unemployment compensation, which will apply to part-time workers, self-employed individuals, and gig economy workers. Out of the $2 trillion, $30B will also be allocated to education, $1.3B will be going to public schools in Texas. In addition, our health care system will receive $140B, which will help provide hospitals and health care workers the necessary tools they need to fight COVID-19.
If you have any questions in regards to the Federal Stimulus Package, feel free to reach out to our District Office by emailing District102.Ramos@house.texas.govor calling 972-239-5367.
CALL FOR A STATEWIDE STAY-AT-HOME ORDER
On March 24, 2020, I joined colleagues from the Texas House of Representatives for a collective call to Gov. Abbott to issue a statewide 'Stay-at-Home' Policy.
A statewide 'Stay-at-Home' policy is something many have reached out to my office about and is the most efficient way to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus. Here in Dallas County, Judge Jenkins has issued a countywide 'Stay Home Stay Safe' order which has been helping keep Dallas residents safe.
You can read the letter here.
UPDATES FROM RISD
RISD had to pivot to an at-home learning system due to the coronavirus pandemic. I commend Dr. Stone, all the educators, and staff for fearlessly tackling change and stepping up to the challenge to continue teaching our children.
RISD students should, by now, have an electronic device to aid them in their schoolwork. Multiple companies have also pledged to provide free internet service to students.
Parents, please make sure your contact information (email and phone number) is up to date with your child's school/s.
IN CONVERSATION WITH THE TEXAS APARTMENT ASSOCIATION
Last month, I had a conference call with the Texas Apartment Association to advocate for the protection of those who lost their jobs. In an attempt to ease the burden on renters, Dallas County, the Texas Supreme Court, and Tarrant County have temporarily suspended eviction court hearings. In Dallas County, the suspension runs through May 18th. Keep in mind that this does not mean 'don't pay your rent', this measure is a means to help those who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19 and are unable to pay their rent. If you have lost your job or need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact our District Office at 972-239-5367.
CALL WITH THE AMERICAN IMMIGRATION LAWYERS ASSOCIATION
COVID-19 has affected every single one of us, and our immigrant community is not an exception. In a call with the American Immigration Lawyers Association, I learned that all biometric and naturalization ceremonies are being rescheduled. On March 16th, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released a notice stating that ICE has temporarily suspended social visitations in all detention facilities and that ICE continues enforcement actions.
With respect to the new public charge rule, USCIS issued a statement announcing that the rule does not restrict immigrants from access to testing, screening, or treatment of COVID-19.
TEXAS WORKFORCE COMMISSION
If your employment has been affected by COVID-19, the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) encourages you to apply for benefits by utilizing the Online Claim Portal, or by calling the Tele-Center at 800-939-6631 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Central Standard Time, Monday through Friday. There has been an influx of applications due to COVID-19 leading to long wait times and website congestion. I have been in contact with TWC and they have been conducting emergency hires to help with processing calls. I will continue to work closely with TWC and other State Officials to ensure everyone in need gets help.
April 5th - Palm Sunday
April 10th - Good Friday
April 12th - Easter
April 22nd - Earth Day
*All local community events have been postponed/cancelled due to countywide restrictions on social gatherings in order to curve COVID-19 propagation.
By now, you should have received an invitation to complete the 2020 Census. This Census Day, make sure to count everyone in your household. I took me less than 10 minutes to fill out the census for my household, what are you waiting for?
To fill out the Census, you can click here or call 1-844-330-2020.
I have launched the HD102 COVID-19 Resource Guide on our website, TexasRepRamos.com, where you can find the latest information on this ever-changing situation. From school district news to assistance with finding meals, the website is comprehensive and vetted by my District staff. With so much coverage out there, it's important to make sure our information comes from trusted sources.
Don't see what you need? Reach out to District102.Ramos@house.texas.gov and we will help you.
To receive more information about the Steering Committees, or to join, please emailDistrict102.Ramos@house.texas.gov or call our District Office at (972)239-5367. We are putting together efforts to assist our community during the coronavirus pandemic.
If you would like to speak to someone the North Texas Behavioral Health Authority (NTBHA) can be contacted24/7 at their COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line at, 833-251-7544. Those needing support outside of the COVID-19 crisis can still contact our NTBHA 24/7 Crisis Line at, 866-260-8000.
HD102 LOCAL HIGHLIGHT
LIST OF LOCAL BUSINESSES TO SUPPORT DURING 'STAY-AT-HOME' ORDERS
Due to the recent orders to close non-essential businesses, and only allowing restaurants to operate on a take-out/delivery rule, a lot of small businesses are struggling. We have always been a strong community, and now is the time for us to band together and support our neighbors by ordering from our local establishments. A couple of amazing local publications have compiled a list of local restaurants you can support. You can view the articles by clicking D Magazine and Visit Dallas. Both of these resources are constantly updated for the most current information.
If you own/manage a local business that you'd like to be featured, please email District102.Ramos@house.texas.gov-- we would love to feature you!
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7920 Belt Line Rd.
Dallas, TX 75254
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