Day: May 13, 2020

House Democrats Share Details of $3 Trillion Heroes Act

Pending legislation would allocate record-breaking federal aid to state and local governments, testing and tracing efforts and workers and households.

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House Democrats uneviled a proposal for another round of stimulus to aid state and local governments and individuals, as well as to bolster coronavirus testing and contact-tracing efforts, among other allocations. 

The pending legislation, dubbed the Heroes Act, aims to buttress the existing CARES Act by carving out $3 trillion more in federal funds for coronavirus relief. That includes up to an additional $6,000 per household in direct “economic impact” payments similar to the one-time, $1,200 checks sent out to millions of Americans over the past several weeks. Apportionments would also be earmarked for everything from extended benefits and protections for workers who’ve lost employer-sponsored to election-security measures and a fund for essential workers.

Related: PPP Loan Developments

The House anticipates voting on the Heroes Act before the weekend. However, and as with previous stimulus packages, there will likely be debate and delay on the path to Congressional passage and President Trump’s signature. After the proposed bill was made public, Republican Senator John Barrasso swiftly commented to CNN, “That will not pass. It’s not going to be supported.”

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Google Adds “Support Links” To Local Business Profiles

Local businesses are core to our communities, but the impact of COVID-19 has been tough on business owners. Over the past few months, we’ve added tools and features to make it easier for businesses to keep customers informed, including the ability to add dining options and updated hours to Business Profiles.

Dominique McGowan
Program Manager, Local Small Business Products

Recently we’ve noted that Google is adding new local-oriented features to Business Profiles of verified brick & mortar stores (or, “physical storefront”) restaurants, and other Main Sreet small businesses. Google has also been adding tools and features to make it easier for local businesses to keep local customers informed, including the ability to add changing dining options and updated hours. 

Yesterday (May 11, 2020), Google announced it is adding “support links” to its Business Profiles. With this feature, merchants can provide their customers with donations or gift card links. They can also share a personal message in their post to inform customers how funds will be put to use.

To start, Google is partnering with PayPal and GoFundMe for donations. For gift cards, merchants can link directly to the relevant page on their website or to their gift card offerings with one of Google’s eligible partners, which include SquareToastClover and Vagaro.


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