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Placer County Won't Enforce Lock Down Order, Might Pay Business COVID Fines

Supervisor Kirk Uhler says Placer County officials will not be enforcing Governor Gavin Newsom's new regional based stay-at-home order as COVID-19 numbers surge across the state. Uhler is longtime critic of the Democratic governor. In fact, Uhler's proposing the county set aside more federal CARE's Act funding to cover the cost any fines levied by the state on small businesses under the new order. That proposal has the support of fellow Supervisor Bonnie Gore. Gore says Uhler's proposal is something she'd be "happy" to talk with the board about. Gore says the proposal is about supporting the county's local businesses, even though they could be fined for simply "trying to make a living and a livelihood."

Uhler also spoke with iHeartMedia about his frustrations with the new lockdown orders. Listen to the full interview below.

Kirk Uhler interview

Governor Gavin Newsom this week has also expressed concern about businesses during the coronavirus pandemic. The governor has promised repeatedly that small businesses will get as many financial lifelines as he and the Legislature can agree on. He also points out that the state is currently offering a sales tax deferral as means of helping businesses stay afloat until some additional federal relief is approved by Congress.

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