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Kansas says it can't help half of firms seeking COVID-19 aid

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Posted at 10:20 AM, Nov 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-17 11:20:30-05

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas officials say the state can't help at least half of the struggling small businesses seeking relief because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly called Monday for additional federal aid as the state reported another record for new coronavirus cases.

Kelly and state Commerce Secretary David Toland announced that Kansas awarded grants to nearly 2,000 small businesses to help them cover operating costs. Her office said the grants totaled $37.5 million, and Toland said the state hopes to award another $20 million to an additional 1,000 businesses.

But Toland said 6,000 businesses sought relief so that half won't get funds unless Congress approves more funding.