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Polis Urges Trump to Extend Federal Funding for PPE in Colorado Nursing Homes

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Governor Jared Polis met with President Trump on Wednesday at the White House to seek more federal aid and talk about Colorado’s response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Trump praised Polis for starting to reopen Colorado’s economy, saying he is doing a “QUOTE fantastic job.” Polis has been critical of the administration’s response to the outbreak, saying it was slow to send testing kits and medical supplies. But he says he accepted the White House invitation because the partnership with the federal government is important.

POLIS: We need all hands on deck, setting any ideological beefs aside, to be able to save lives and restore our economy to strength….

Polis says he urged the president to extend a federal program that is providing Colorado nursing homes with masks and other protective equipment. He also touted the state’s phased approach to reopening and said he hopes some ski areas can reopen next month.

Scott Franz is a government watchdog reporter and photographer from Steamboat Springs. He spent the last seven years covering politics and government for the Steamboat Pilot & Today, a daily newspaper in northwest Colorado. His reporting in Steamboat stopped a police station from being built in a city park, saved a historic barn from being destroyed and helped a small town pastor quickly find a kidney donor. His favorite workday in Steamboat was Tuesday, when he could spend many of his mornings skiing untracked powder and his evenings covering city council meetings. Scott received his journalism degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is an outdoorsman who spends at least 20 nights a year in a tent. He spoke his first word, 'outside', as a toddler in Edmonds, Washington. Scott visits the Great Sand Dunes, his favorite Colorado backpacking destination, twice a year. Scott's reporting is part of Capitol Coverage, a collaborative public policy reporting project, providing news and analysis to communities across Colorado for more than a decade. Fifteen public radio stations participate in Capitol Coverage from throughout Colorado.
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