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November 17, 2020 TML Coronavirus Update #150

Posted on November 17, 2020 at 4:27 PM by TML Staff

Urgent Updates


What’s the latest on the county versus state court battle in El Paso over Coronavirus authority?


Late Friday (November 13), the state’s Eighth Court of Appeals overturned El Paso County’s shutdown of restaurants and other nonessential businesses.


What does this latest judgment mean for cities? While not binding in all areas of the state, it means that at least one appellate court believes that county (and likely city) shutdown regulations can’t be stricter than the tiered structure (50% occupancy for El Paso in this case) set forth in the latest Governor’s orders. 


Is there any follow-up on the state’s distribution of the anti-viral drug bamlanivimab?


Yes, on Friday (November 13), the Governor announced that the drug, which can prevent COVID-19 hospitalizations in some cases, will be distributed to acute care hospitals starting this week.


How are city sales tax collections doing?


Last Thursday (November 12), Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced that November city sales tax distributions were up by 6.1% over November of 2019. This was a pleasant surprise, as the Comptroller had previously reported, on November 3, a drop in state sales tax collections of 3.5%. It is unclear why cities are doing better than the state as a whole. 


Further Updates


How will the pandemic impact the state’s economy in 2021, and what does that mean for cities?


As the Comptroller’s recent announcements show, state sales tax collections are down over November of last year, yet city sales tax distributions are up. At the live, virtual TML Economic Development Conference on December 10, Deputy Comptroller Lisa Craven will discuss the 2021 state economic forecast, and answer your questions about what impact this may have on cities. Registration is open.


Where can I find archived issues of the TML Coronavirus Updates?


TML Coronavirus Updates are archived by date here and by subject here.