Why it matters
- The program failed to exclude big businesses and smaller firms in good standings from receiving the low-interest loans as part of the PPP.
- Small businesses received little to no help through the program.
- A large number of big businesses and small firms that received funding through PPP experienced financial hardship long before the COVID-19 crisis, according to an Associated Press Investigation.
Corporations facing backlash
- Several large beneficiaries have decided to return the loans received through the PPP.
- The LA Lakers, Kura Sushi USA and Sweetgreen have returned loans they received through PPP.
Between the lines
- Small business owners and executives found the PPP process of application ambiguous and confusing.
- The Small Business Administration and Treasury Department had given businesses that wrongfully received loans till May 7th to return funds.
- Corporations and small businesses that received over $2 million in loans will be audited and criminally prosecuted if found guilty of financial wrongdoing.
- Publix announced that it will purchase excess milk and food produce from farmers and donate it to Feeding America food banks.
- Eateries such as Ho Foods and Roku have been feeding healthcare workers through fundraisers, while using their own resources too.
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