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Alaska judge to hear arguments in virus relief aid case

The Coeur d'Alene Press reports the Idaho Court of Appeals overturned a decision by First District Judge John Mitchell and sent the case back to district court in Kootenai County.  (Source: Pixabay)
The Coeur d'Alene Press reports the Idaho Court of Appeals overturned a decision by First District Judge John Mitchell and sent the case back to district court in Kootenai County. (Source: Pixabay)(KMVT)
Published: Jul. 9, 2020 at 6:09 AM AKDT
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A state court judge is set to hear arguments Thursday over whether to block disbursement of federal coronavirus relief aid to small businesses under a reinterpretation of program rules by Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s administration.

The request is part of a lawsuit brought by Juneau resident Eric Forrer.

He argues the administration is promoting “revisionist theories” about how the money can be allocated that is at odds with the language setting up the program.

Attorneys for the state say Forrer relies on a “literal application of language” in a program description that they say runs counter to the program’s purposes.

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