Category Archives: Covid-19 Updates

UFA Covid-19 Update: CARES Money- Action Alert

House Labor & Commerce Committee to Meet

The House Labor and Commerce Committee will be meeting July 1 at 1:00 pm AST to discuss the Alaska CARES Grant program.  Commercial fishermen are eligible for this program, however, eligibility currently requires applicants to have an Alaska Business License, which the majority of fishermen do not have. Under Alaska State statute, AS 43.70 , commercial fishermen are not required to have an Alaska Business License if they have a CFEC Limited Entry Permit.  United Fishermen of Alaska has written the Governor and Commissioner of Commerce to ask that they allow commercial fishermen to apply for Alaska CARES Grant monies with a CFEC Limited Entry Permit in lieu of an Alaska Business License.  As of today, no changes have been made to allow fishermen to apply with their Limited Entry Permit.
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UFA Covid-19 Update: PPP Fix

Delegation Announces Paycheck Protection Program Fix for Commercial Fishing Businesses

For Immediate Release: June 25, 2020 WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, and Congressman Don Young (all R-Alaska) today applauded a rule released by the Department of Treasury and Small Business Administration that will allow commercial fishing businesses to account for crew member payroll when applying for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans. Over the past several weeks, the Alaska Congressional Delegation has pressed the Trump administration for the change – which included sending a letter to Treasury Secretary Mnuchin and Administrator Carranza, to request the solution published today.
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