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Additional PPP Guidance

The following information has been provided to ACEC of Maine by Steve Hall, Senior Vice President for Advocacy for ACEC National.

May 14, 2020:  Treasury and SBA have added an additional Q&A to the document that extends the safe harbor date from May 14th to May 18th – see the updated Frequently Asked Questions.   New Question 47 related to the extension is below:

Question: An SBA interim final rule posted on May 8, 2020 provided that any borrower who applied for a PPP loan and repays the loan in full by May 14, 2020 will be deemed by SBA to have made the required certification concerning the necessity of the loan request in good faith. Is it possible for a borrower to obtain an extension of the May 14, 2020 repayment date?

Answer: Yes, SBA is extending the repayment date for this safe harbor to May 18, 2020, to give borrowers an opportunity to review and consider FAQ #46. Borrowers do not need to apply for this extension. This extension will be promptly implemented through a revision to the SBA's interim final rule providing the safe harbor.

May 13, 2020:  Treasury and SBA have added question 46 to the FAQ document which addresses the issue of whether PPP borrowers made a good faith certification when they applied for the loan.  In short -- borrowers with loan amounts of less than $2 million will be deemed to have made this certification.  Borrowers with loan amounts greater than $2 million still have a basis for making the certification.  This appears to be a logical extension from previous guidance, but stops short of providing the additional guidance we need on certification for loans greater than $2 million, as well as the question of forgiveness.  We will circulate new information that addresses these questions as it becomes available.

Question 46: How will SBA review borrowers' good-faith certification concerning the necessity of their loan request?

Answer: When submitting a PPP application, all borrowers must certify in good faith that "[c]urrent economic uncertainty makes this loan request necessary to support the ongoing operations of the Application." SBA, in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, has determined that the following safe harbor will apply to SBA's review of PPP loans with respect to this issue: Any borrower that, together with its affiliates, received PPP loans with an original principal amount of less than $2 million will be deemed to have made the required certification concerning the necessity of the request in good faith.

SBA has determined that this safe harbor is appropriate because borrowers with loans below this threshold are generally less likely to have had access to adequate sources of liquidity in the current economic environment than borrowers that obtained larger loans. This safe harbor will also promote economic certainty as PPP borrowers with more limited resources endeavor to retain and rehire employees. In addition, given the large volume of PPP loans, this approach will enable SBA to conserve its finite audit resources and focus its reviews on larger loans, where the compliance effort may yield higher returns.

Importantly, borrowers with loans greater than $2 million that do not satisfy the safe-harbor may still have an adequate basis for making the required good-faith certification, based on their individual circumstances in light of the language of the certification and SBA guidance. SBA has previously stated that all PPP loans in excess of $2 million, and other PPP loans as appropriate, will be subject to review by SBA for compliance with program requirements set forth in the PPP Interim Final Rules and in the Borrower Application Form. If SBA determines in the course of its review that a borrower lacked an adequate basis for the required certification concerning the necessity of the loan request, SBA will seek repayment of the outstanding PPP loan balance and will inform the lender that the borrower is not eligible for loan forgiveness. If the borrower repays the loan after receiving notification from SBA, SBA will not pursue administrative enforcement or referrals to other agencies based on its determination with respect to the certification concerning necessity of the loan request. SBA's determination concerning the certification regarding the necessity of the loan request will not affect SBA's loan guarantee.

 

COVID-19 Impacts on the Engineering Community: A Series of Presentations and Interactive Discussions

On May 6, 2020, ACEC of Maine and SMPS Northern New England hosted a joint presentation, Working and Coming Together in Unprecedented Times.  This was the second in ACEC of Maine's series of presentations and interactive discussions regarding COVID-19 impacts on the engineering community.  We are pleased to have hosted more than 50 participants.  Presenters Doug McKeown, President of Woodard & Curran, Clif Greim, P.E., President & CEO of Harriman, and Mark Adams, President/CEO of Sebago Technics discussed a variety of issues being faced by companies as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.  DIscussion topics included:

Thank you to the many who joined in.  Presentation materials are available here.

 

COVID-19 News

Below is an update on major actions that have recently been taken or are being considered by the State of Maine and/or the federal government in response to Coronavirus.

State of Maine

The Maine Legislature took a number of steps last Tuesday before adjourning. They left many things undone, but adjourned in order to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. They focused on emergency measures that need to be done right away.

Coronavirus Response - LD 2167

This emergency legislation took a number of actions to allow for a strong response to the Coronavirus.

Additional Emergency Powers

The Act provides a number of new emergency powers to the Governor, which include:

FAME Loan Guarantee Program

The Act creates a loan guarantee program at FAME to assist companies in weathering the Coronavirus. These are no interest loans that may be made to businesses and self-employed individuals for up to $15,000. Repayment begins 90 days after the end of the State of Emergency and must be made within the following 6 months. This may be helpful to smaller firms needing assistance with cash flow.

Supplemental Budget - LD 2126

The Legislature enacted a supplemental budget that included key items, but it was far smaller than the Governor's initial budget proposal. Items of importance to ACEC member firms include $2.5M in workforce development for the Maine Community College System, $650,000 in Coronavirus response, and $10M in General Fund resources to the Maine Department of Transportation.

Bonding - LD 2134

The Legislature approved and the Governor signed two infrastructure related bonds supported by ACEC, both of which were contained in LD 2134. The first is a transportation bond totaling $105M, with $90M for roads and bridges and $15M for alternate modes, including public transportation, ports, rail, and airports. The second is $15M for the ConnectMaine Authority to expand access to broadband. Both bonds will be on the ballot in June.

It is expected that the Legislature will come back into an emergency session later this year to address their unfinished business. They have many pieces of legislation that still require attention, including other potential bonds. Obviously, at this point it's unclear exactly when they may be called back into session. In September right after Labor Day is probably as good a guess as any.

Federal

The Federal government has already taken several actions in response to Coronavirus and is considering more.

SBA Loan

As part of the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2020, cleared by Congress the first week of March, SBA can offer qualifying small businesses loans of up to $2 million to pay fixed debts, payroll, and other bills that cannot be paid because of the disaster's impact. According to the agency, the interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses without credit available elsewhere; businesses with credit available elsewhere are not eligible. SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years. Terms are determined on a case-by-case basis, based upon each borrower's ability to repay.  Click here for more information.

The above summary was prepared by ACEC's national staff. The SBA loan may be helpful to some ACEC member firms.

Family/Sick Leave and Assistance to Employers

On March 14, 2020, the House passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201) by a vote of 363-40.  On March 18th the Senate passed the bill 90-8 without amendment and it was signed by the President later that day.

Employer-related provisions in the bill include:

Coronavirus Act 3

The Senate is currently working on a 3rd Coronavirus response bill, known as the CARES Act. At this point, the Senate Republicans have offered the text of a bill, but the parties have yet to reach bipartisan agreement. Here, thanks to Steve Hall and our other friends at ACEC national, is a summary of the CARES Act proposal as of Monday morning (March 23, 2020).

Division A: Small Business Loans

Division B: Tax Relief for Individuals, Families and Businesses

Division D: Health Care/Labor

We will continue to monitor legislative activity in response to the Coronavirus, both in Maine and nationally, and will update you when additional action is taken.

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Maine Department of Transportation Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program

 

Program Notice (FFY 2019-21)
Goal Setting Methodology (FFY 2019-21)

 

 

ACEC/Maine Department of Transportation Committee

ACEC/Maine Department of Transportation Committee Meeting
Meeting Minutes - June 17, 2019

ACEC/Maine Department of Transportation Committee Meeting
Meeting Minutes - February 11, 2019

ACEC/Maine Department of Transportation Committee Meeting
Meeting Minutes - October 22, 2018

ACEC/Maine Department of Transportation Committee Meeting
Meeting Minutes - March 26, 2018

ACEC/Maine Department of Transportation Committee Meeting
Meeting Minutes - November 27, 2017

ACEC/Maine Department of Transportation Committee Meeting
Meeting Minutes - May 17, 2017

ACEC/Maine Department of Transportation Committee Meeting
Meeting Minutes - August 15, 2016

ACEC/Maine Department of Transportation Committee Meeting
Meeting Minutes - April 4, 2016

ACEC/Maine Department of Transportation Committee Meeting
Meeting Minutes - January 11, 2016

ACEC/Maine Department of Transportation Committee Meeting
Meeting Minutes - July 13, 2015

ACEC/Maine Department of Transportation Committee Meeting
Meeting Minutes - January 26, 2015

ACEC/Maine Department of Transportation Committee Meeting
Meeting Minutes - June 16, 2014

 

Department of Transportation Bridge Design Subcommittee

ACEC/Maine DOT Bridge Design Subcommittee

Meeting Minutes - June 18, 2019

ACEC/Maine DOT Bridge Design Subcommittee
Meeting Minutes - March 26, 2019

ACEC/Maine DOT Bridge Design Subcommittee
Meeting Minutes - December 14, 2017

ACEC/Maine DOT Bridge Design Subcommittee
Meeting Minutes - September 13, 2016

ACEC/Maine DOT Bridge Design Subcommittee
Meeting Minutes - June 7, 2016

ACEC/Maine DOT Bridge Design Subcommittee
Meeting Minutes - March 8, 2016

ACEC/Maine DOT Bridge Design Subcommittee
Meeting Minutes - December 1, 2015

ACEC/Maine DOT Bridge Design Subcommittee
Meeting Minutes - September 15, 2015

ACEC/Maine DOT Bridge Design Subcommittee
Meeting Minutes - June 16, 2015

ACEC/Maine DOT Bridge Design Subcommittee
Meeting Minutes - March 17, 2015

ACEC/Maine DOT Bridge Design Subcommittee
Meeting Minutes - September 16, 2014

ACEC/Maine DOT Bridge Design Subcommitte
Meeting Minutes - March 18, 2014

ACEC/Maine DOT Bridge Design Subcommittee
Meeting Minutes - December 9, 2013

ACEC/Maine DOT Bridge Design Subcommittee
Meeting Minutes - June 11, 2013

ACEC/Maine DOT Bridge Design Subcommittee
Meeting Minutes - April 2, 2013

 

ACEC/Maine DEP Joint Committee

ACEC/Maine DEP Joint Committee
Meeting Minutes - May 2, 2017

 

DOT CADD Subcommittee

Maine DOT Configuration Files
The Maine DOT Configuration files have been updated a contain an number of upgrades and fixes for bugs that have been found and repaired.  Maine DOT encourages you to notify them of any errors you may find.

ACEC/Maine DOT CADD Subcommittee
Meeting Minutes - September 26, 2014

ACEC/Maine DOT CADD Subcommittee
Meeting Minutes - May 29, 2014

 

DOT Highway Design Subcommittee

ACEC/Maine DOT Highway Design Subcommittee
Meeting Minutes - February 19, 2019

ACEC/Maine DOT Highway Design Subcommittee
Project Insights and Best Practices for MaineDOT Highway Design Presentation
Session 2  - November 5, 2018

ACEC/Maine DOT Highway Design Subcommittee
Project Insights and Best Practices for MaineDOT Highway Design Presentation
Session 1 - June 26, 2018

ACEC/Maine DOT Highway Design Subcommittee
Meeting Minutes - May 18, 2017

ACEC/Maine DOT Highway Design Subcommittee
Meeting Minutes - December 9, 2016

ACEC/Maine DOT Highway Design Subcommittee
Meeting Minutes - March 24, 2016

ACEC/Maine DOT Highway Design Subcommittee
Meeting Minutes - November 2, 2015

ACEC/Maine DOT Highway Design Subcommittee
Meeting Minutes - May 29, 2014

 

DOT Multimodal Subcommittee

ACEC/Maine Department of Transportation Multimodal Subcommittee Meeting
Meeting Minutes - April 23, 2019

ACEC/Maine Department of Transportation Multimodal Subcommittee Meeting
Meeting Minutes - June 12, 2015

ACEC/Maine Department of Transportation Multimodal Subcommittee Meeting
Meeting Minutes - October 16, 2014

Marine Design Guides

 

Local Project Administration Subcommittee

ACEC/Maine Local Project Administration Subcommittee
Meeting Mintues - January 18, 2018

ACEC/Maine Local Project Administration Subcommittee
Meeting Mintues - November 10, 2016

ACEC/Maine Local Project Administration Subcommittee
Meeting Mintues - August 8, 2016

ACEC/Maine Local Project Administration Subcommittee
Meeting Mintues - May 17, 2016

ACEC/Maine Local Project Administration Subcommittee
Meeting Mintues - March 29, 2016

ACEC/Maine Local Project Administration Subcommittee
Meeting Mintues - March 3, 2016

ACEC/Maine Local Project Administration Subcommittee
Meeting Mintues - January 21, 2016

ACEC/Maine Local Project Administration Subcommittee
Meeting Mintues - November 4, 2014

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