State Leaders Push for COVID Relief Package Before Deadline

Governing: Before COVID-19 came along, Ariel McSpadden was used to being independent.

The 25-year-old lifelong Spokane Valley resident had never had trouble paying bills and had usually been the primary breadwinner in her family. But after losing her job when pandemic restrictions forced the massage therapy office where she worked to close, she and her partner were forced to rely on his paycheck from Walmart and fell behind on rent, utility and car payments.

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