With no action by Washington, states race to offer virus aid

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FILE – In this May 12, 2020 file photo, a case of surgical gloves encased in plastic wrap waits for distribution as part of a shipment of personal protective equipment from China to help Connecticut fight against COVID-19 in New Britain Conn. Faulting inaction in Washington, governors and state lawmakers are racing to get needed pandemic relief to small businesses, the unemployed, renters and others affected by the widening coronavirus outbreak. In some cases, they are figuring out how to spend the last of a federal relief package passed in the spring as an end-of-year deadline approaches and the current COVID-19 surge threatens their economies once again. (AP Photo/Chris Ehrmann)

SANTA FE, N.M (AP) — Governors and state lawmakers are racing to get pandemic relief to small business owners, the unemployed, renters and others whose livelihoods have been upended by the widening coronavirus outbreak.

Some elected officials are spending the last of a federal relief package passed in the spring as an end-of-year deadline approaches.

New Mexico is giving a one-time check to the unemployed. Colorado is looking to help schools, child care providers, and other services, New Jersey is borrowing billions to fight the virus, and Republican lawmakers in several states say they want Congress to provide fresh federal help to small business owners who are barely staying afloat.

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