Feds move fast on small biz aid

April 24, 2020


Land Line Now, April 24, 2020.

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An effort to recharge programs designed to help small businesses survive the current crisis is signed into law. Also, states fight daylight-saving changes.

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I. Today’s news with Terry Scruton

Police seek help identifying a witness’s truck in a Texas murder case; the winners of the OOIDA Mary Johnston Scholarship are named; and more members of the public reach out to offers truckers a free meal and a thank you – it’s today’s news in trucking.

II. Pandemic or not, traffic is picking up in the East

While the coronavirus pandemic has slowed traffic in many areas, Jon Osburn says the further east he goes, the more he sees. And it is moving fast.

III. States target daylight-saving time

Many states have tried to end the twice-annual time changes associated with daylight-saving time. Also, action in Oklahoma to coordinate two state highway agencies.

IV. Small-business aid may soon get more cash

An effort to add more funds to programs designed to help small businesses survive the current crisis was signed by President Donald Trump. We’ll have the latest on the bill, and what its passage could mean to you.

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Links, email addresses, phone numbers and more information

  • OOIDA has set up an online resource to provide direct access to information needed to operate in the current coronavirus pandemic. Click on the COVID-19 – Facts for Truckers logo on the OOIDA or Land Line Media websites.
  • It’s helpful for our members to keep us apprised of conditions on the roads and any problems they encounter. If you have situations to report call OOIDA at 816-229-5791 or email questions@OOIDA.com.
  • Police in Lewisville, Texas, are looking for help identifying a truck that was spotted on video near the scene of a homicide on April 20. The driver is not a suspect or person of interest, but police think they may have information than can help crack the case. You can view the department’s Facebook post and a picture of the truck here.
  • The FMCSA announced that, starting Monday, April 27, drivers will only need one personal identification number, or PIN, to access FMCSA systems. If you have questions or have trouble logging in, you can contact OOIDA’s Business Services Department at 816-229-5791.
  • Jon Osburn and OOIDA’s tour truck, the Spirit of the American Trucker, are at the TA in Cartersville, Ga. That’s at Exit 296 on Interstate 75. Find the upcoming Spirit stops here.
  • To read about legislation in a particular state, visit Land Line Magazine’s Daily News By State
  • View notices on the Bulletin Board.
  • It’s never too late to share your views with lawmakers. You can do that on the Fighting for Truckers website or by calling 202-224-3121.