Budget Blog

Week of May 17, 2021 - Press Clips

By Brian Sigritz posted 05-20-2021 09:41 AM



As GOP-run states slash jobless aid, the Biden Administration finds it has few options

Washington Post – 5/20/2021

Laws to Curb Surprise Medical Bills Might Be Inflating Health Care Costs

Stateline – 5/20/2021

Commuter Rail Reform Faces High Labor, Infrastructure Costs

Governing – 5/19/2021

After Capitol Riot, Some States Turn to Civics Education

Stateline – 5/19/2021

Cities, States Providing Legal Aid to Stave off Post-Covid Evictions

Route Fifty – 5/19/2021

Americas unemployment system failed when it was needed most. Can it be fixed?

Politico - 5/19/2021

Libraries Eligible for Billions in Federal Funding to Improve Connectivity for Residents

Route Fifty - 5/18/2021

States Loosen Medical Regulations Post-Pandemic

Governing – 5/18/2021

The state of sports betting 3 years after the Supreme Court's landmark ruling

Axios – 5/17/2021

The States Where Vaccination Rates are Highest

Route Fifty – 5/17/2021

The States Where Vaccination Rates are Highest

Route Fifty - 5/17/2021

GOP leaders look to curtail ballot initiatives after red state voters opt for legal weed, expanded Medicaid

Yahoo! News - 5/17/2021

States forge ahead with redistricting, sans census data

Politico - 5/17/2021

To vaccinate America, officials offer giveaways from doughnuts to $1 million. Is it working?

Washington Post - 5/17/2021

Virus testing strategies, opinions vary widely in US schools

ABC News - 5/16/2021

State Tax Revenue Passes a Recovery Milestone

Governing.com - 5/16/2021

States are ending federal unemployment benefits early. Heres what to know and whats at stake

CNBC - 5/15/2021

State, Local Governments Could Get $500M to Expand Cybersecurity

Route Fifty - 5/15/2021

Beer, Weed, One Million Dollars: States’ Vaccine Incentives

Governing – 5/14/2021

Not All Jobs Are Coming Back Post Covid: How States Can Help Retrain Workers

Route Fifty – 5/14/2021

IRS starts sending refunds to those who overpaid taxes on unemployment benefits

CBS - 5/14/2021

COVID restrictions: What states have eased rules following updated CDC guidance

Fox News - 5/14/2021

Blue-state colleges requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for return to campus

Washington Examiner - 5/14/2021

Cities weigh how to spend a mountain of 'Biden money' on the way

USA Today - 5/14/2021

GOP governors move to cut unemployment benefits as debate rages over effects

The Hill – 5/13/2021

Biden announces $7.4 billion to hire more public health workers amid pandemic

Washington Post – 5/13/2021

Billions of Federal Dollars to Close Broadband Gaps are About to Start Flowing

Route Fifty - 5/13/2021

U.S. schools unlikely to mandate COVID-19 vaccines anytime soon

Reuters - 5/13/2021

Biden Wants to Offer More Housing Vouchers. Many Landlords Won’t Accept Them.

Stateline – 5/12/2021

U.S. Treasury rule on stimulus funds adds fuel to state tax cut dispute

Reuters – 5/12/2021

Boosting Covid-19 Vaccinations with $1 million Prizes, Free Crawfish, Hunting Licenses and More

Route Fifty – 5/12/2021

Judge rejects GOP effort to block tax provision in Biden stimulus bill

The Hill – 5/12/2021

How States Can Use Federal Stimulus Money Effectively

Stateline – 5/11/2021


Alabama adds 135 new First Class Pre-K classrooms

Montgomery Advertiser - 5/19/2021

Alabama legislative leaders see possibility of special session on prisons

Montgomery Advertiser - 5/19/2021

Heres what passed and what didnt in the Alabama Legislature in 2021

Montgomery Advertiser - 5/18/2021

Alabama Legislatures last day: Some drama, some surprises

Montgomery Advertiser - 5/18/2021

Alabamas school mental health coordinators are vital during COVID. Funding hasnt quite caught up.

AL.com - 5/18/2021

Here are changes coming to Alabama schools as legislators consider final bills

AL.com - 5/16/2021

Why us? Black Belt counties struggle with state of Alabama casino legislation

AL.com - 5/16/2021

Judge hears arguments in lawsuit over Alabama prison leases

AL.com - 5/14/2021

Alabama schools have until June 1 to explain how theyll spend $900 million in COVID funds

AL.com - 5/14/2021


Alaska Senate approves state budget with $2,300 dividend, but critics say it’s a ‘raid’ on the Permanent Fund

Alaska Dispatch News - 5/20/2021

Alaska Senate panel tentatively approves $1,000 Permanent Fund dividend for 2021

Alaska Dispatch News - 5/18/2021

Alaska state senators set menu for $1 billion in federal aid but hold off on final picks

Alaska Dispatch News - 5/18/2021

Larger unemployment benefit and essential-worker scholarship fund advance in the Alaska Legislature

Alaska Dispatch News - 5/17/2021

Alaska seafood marketing arm hoping for federal relief dollars

Fairbanks News-Miner - 5/17/2021

Raters credit Permanent Fund for improved outlooks

Fairbanks News-Miner - 5/16/2021

Dunleavy administration proposes millions for biggest Alaska farming project in decades

Alaska Dispatch News - 5/16/2021

Gov. Mike Dunleavy will call Alaska Legislature into special session twice this summer

Alaska Dispatch News - 5/13/2021

Alaska governor proposes dividend, oil-wealth fund plan

Associated Press – 5/12/2021


Arizona tax-cut plan leaves plenty of money for new spending, governor's office says

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 5/19/2021

Arizona budget plan would massively cut tax collections, create flat income tax rate

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 5/18/2021

Arizona GOP budget deal envisions massive income tax cut

Associated Press – 5/18/2021

'Our own survival is at stake': Arizona is using up its groundwater, researchers warn

Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix - 5/13/2021

Arizona joins 12 GOP states in ending extra unemployment pay

Associated Press – 5/13/2021

Ducey: Extra $300 in unemployment benefits will end July 10

Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix - 5/13/2021


New program eases tenants' path to rental aid

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 5/17/2021

State called on to use surplus on health plan

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 5/16/2021

'21 measures key on environment

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 5/16/2021

Ideas sought on covid cash for education

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 5/15/2021

State job of budget chief goes to Brech

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 5/15/2021


California families leaving millions in tax credits on the table

San Jose Mercury News - 5/18/2021

California Prison Closures Threaten Local Economies

Sacramento Bee – 5/18/2021

Analyst criticizes Newsom’s spending plan as ‘shortsighted’

San Diego Union-Tribune - 5/17/2021

Newsom's green budget has something for everyone ” even bees

SFGate - 5/14/2021

$11B for transit would aid bullet train, move Olympic crowds

San Diego Union-Tribune - 5/14/2021

Huge budget boost to UC, CSU and community colleges targets student housing and job training

Los Angeles Times - 5/14/2021

California governor builds big budget plan on one-time cash

Associated Press – 5/14/2021

Newsom proposes senior healthcare without legal immigration status

Los Angeles Times - 5/14/2021

Newsom promises big changes in California's $267B budget

San Diego Union-Tribune - 5/14/2021

Newsom proposes massive spending as state coffers overflow

San Jose Mercury News - 5/14/2021

Newsom proposes $1.5 billion in new small business COVID-19 grants

Los Angeles Times - 5/13/2021


Colorado Senate passes $5.3 billion transportation bill with new fees; measure heads to House

Denver Post - 5/17/2021

Polis signs Colorado's 2021 budget bill that includes 'historic' reserves

The Center Square – 5/17/2021

Colorado far from meeting emissions-reduction goals, report says

Denver Post - 5/14/2021

Colorado lawmakers introduce bills to overhaul state tax code

The Center Square – 5/14/2021


Legislative Democrats arent backing down on tax hikes for the rich, setting up potential budget clash with Gov. Ned Lamont

Hartford Courant - 5/19/2021

Leaders insist Lamont and lawmakers must compromise on tax reform issues

The Connecticut Mirror - 5/19/2021

Lamont administration seeks delay in planned strike by thousands of Connecticut group home workers

Hartford Courant - 5/19/2021

State budget panel wants more federal money for businesses and human services

New London Day (theday.com) - 5/18/2021

Here's how the $1,000 employment bonus will work in Connecticut

Danbury News-Times - 5/18/2021

Connecticut Senate votes to declare racism a public health crisis and create commission to address racial inequities in health care

Hartford Courant - 5/18/2021

Legislators pushed back in bipartisan fashion against Gov. Ned Lamonts plan for spending nearly $3 billion in federal pandemic relief.

The Connecticut Mirror - 5/18/2021

Lamont, lawmakers square off on how to spend $2.8B stimulus

Danbury News-Times - 5/18/2021

Casinos' slots revenue improved again in April

New London Day (theday.com) - 5/17/2021

Lamont announces $1,000 bonus for unemployed people who find work

New London Day (theday.com) - 5/17/2021

Four Wall Street ratings agencies upgrade Connecticut bond ratings for first time in 20 years as states finances improve

Hartford Courant - 5/14/2021

Connecticut Senate votes for oversight over Gov. Lamonts extraordinary powers

Hartford Courant - 5/14/2021

Lamont: Basic agreement reached with nursing homes, union; strikes postponed

Waterbury Republican-American - 5/13/2021


Sponsor of Delaware’s minimum wage increase predicts success

WHYY – 5/19/2021

Analysts add $429M to Delaware FY22 budget limit

Delaware Business Times – 5/17/2021

Del. university uses government stimulus to cancel some student debt

WPVI – 5/14/2021


Florida Legislature approves Gov. DeSantis gambling deal with sports betting

Orlando Sentinel - 5/19/2021

DeSantis lawsuit against CDC heads to mediation as Florida cruises tread water

Tampa Bay Times - 5/19/2021

Gov. DeSantis gambling deal with legal sports betting gets Senate approval

Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel & SouthFlorida.com - 5/18/2021

Florida races toward mobile sports betting, but where are data privacy safeguards?

Tampa Bay Times - 5/17/2021


Georgia House panel moves forward on bills to increase legislator pensions

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 5/18/2021

Georgia to end federal payments to jobless of $300 a week

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 5/14/2021


UH-Hilo faces budget cuts

Hawaii Tribune Herald – 5/20/2021

State vehicles must go electric by 2035

The Garden Island – 5/17/2021

Federal government announces disaster assistance for March flooding, landslides

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - 5/14/2021


Left on the table: Millions from federal relief bill went untouched by Idaho Legislature

Idaho Capital Sun – 5/18/2021

Idaho Legislature’s property tax law has cities weighing growth, seeking budget answers

Idaho Statesman – 5/17/2021

Advocates scratching their heads as unapproved preschool grant lingers

Twin Falls Times-News - 5/17/2021

Governor: House recess will cause Idaho government problems

Associated Press – 5/13/2021

Unusual Idaho legislative session ends in uncharted ground

Associated Press – 5/13/2021


Pritzker announces 6-year, $20.7 billion road, bridge improvement plan

Capitol News Illinois – 5/20/2021

Illinois requires schools to be full-time in person this fall, despite pleas to exempt non-vaccinated students

Chicago Tribune – 5/19/2021

Pritzker's budget plan gets qualified backing from Civic Federation

Springfield State Journal-Register - 5/18/2021

State rental assistance program opens May 17

Illinois Daily Herald - 5/18/2021

Pritzker to lawmakers: Fix your bills so they work in the real world, or get vetoed

Chicago Sun-Times - 5/15/2021

State revenue picture improves by hundreds of millions

Capitol News Illinois – 5/15/2021

Despite a brightened financial picture, battle looms over Pritzker’s tax changes and federal relief money as legislators work toward a budget

Chicago Tribune – 5/14/2021

State government to receive $600M more through federal stimulus

Springfield State Journal-Register - 5/13/2021


Lottery reports record revenue

Journal Gazette.net - 5/19/2021

Prison vendor donated to Holcomb

Journal Gazette.net - 5/19/2021

Pandemic jobless benefits to end

Journal Gazette.net - 5/18/2021

Region lawmakers, lieutenant governor tout record-setting state budget

Northwest Indiana Times (nwitimes.com) - 5/13/2021


Iowa Legislature adjourns 2021 session

Des Moines Register - 5/20/2021

Iowa universities see flat funding, no tuition freeze from Legislature

Des Moines Register - 5/19/2021

Back the blue bill headed to Gov. Reynolds

Des Moines Register - 5/19/2021

Kim Reynolds signs charter school expansion into law

Des Moines Register - 5/19/2021

Statehouse Republicans reach agreement on tax cuts, mental health funding

Muscatine Journal - 5/19/2021

Iowa to pay health insurance for slain prison workers families

Des Moines Register - 5/18/2021

Iowa lawmakers strike a deal on tax cuts, mental health care funding

Des Moines Register - 5/18/2021

Iowa Democrats see little progress as Republicans negotiate among themselves

Quad-City Times - 5/13/2021

Iowa Democrats warn GOP tax relief plan could defund the police

Quad-City Times - 5/13/2021


Tuition costs at Kansas universities expected to remain flat in upcoming school year

Topeka Capital-Journal - 5/19/2021

The state will help Kansas school districts pay winter heating bills that were 10 times higher than normal

Lawrence Journal-World - 5/19/2021

Home buyer savings accounts come to Kansas in July 2022 finance

Topeka Capital-Journal - 5/18/2021

Kansas fund intended to keep youth out of prison is projected to be empty by 2024

Associated Press – 5/18/2021

Gov. Kelly deflects GOPs demand to opt Kansas out of federal jobless aid

Lawrence Journal-World - 5/13/2021


Kentucky House members call for end to extra unemployment benefits

The Center Square – 5/19/2021

Long-awaited report on Kentucky pension system investments is in. You just can't see it

Louisville Courier-Journal - 5/15/2021


Legislators have more money to spend

Baton Rouge Advocate - 5/18/2021

Anti-vaccine debate blows up in House committee as Louisiana struggles with COVID immunizations

Baton Rouge Advocate - 5/17/2021

Increased jobless benefits bill gets changed by GOP lawmakers to push $1,000 back to work program

Baton Rouge Advocate - 5/13/2021

Louisiana House advances construction budget, casino referendum

The Center Square – 5/13/2021


Janet Mills stymies progressives as they provoke business lobby on taxes, labor law

Bangor Daily News - 5/19/2021

Committee rejects tax bills but may launch review of income tax rates

Central Maine - 5/18/2021

Maine university system set to raise tuition rates across the board

Bangor Daily News - 5/18/2021

Maine lawmakers far from budget deal with a short window to make one

Bangor Daily News - 5/18/2021

Janet Mills new budget offer sparks debate on what counts as tax relief

Bangor Daily News - 5/17/2021

Maine Legislature teases State House return after pandemic restrictions relax

Bangor Daily News - 5/13/2021

Janet Mills’ adjusted $8.8B budget offer would hit Maine’s K-12 funding goal for 1st time

Associated Press – 5/12/2021


Md. Comptroller's Work Group on Pandemic Spending to Hold First Meeting Thursday

WRDE – 5/20/2021

Pandemic fallout in D.C., Maryland and Virginia includes fresh rush of cash for governments

Washington Post – 5/19/2021


Tax incentives ignited a thriving film industry in Massachusetts, but proposed changes may force local crews to find jobs in other states

The Republican - MassLive.com - 5/19/2021

Massachusetts House proposal aims to relieve employers from major unexpected unemployment costs

The Republican - MassLive.com - 5/19/2021

Lawmakers weighing which emergency orders should become law

Associated Press – 5/18/2021

Eye-popping cost of coronavirus pandemic laid bare in supplemental budget

Boston Herald - 5/18/2021

Revenues continue comeback at Massachusetts casinos

Boston Herald - 5/17/2021

Massachusetts senators seek to legalize sports betting in budget amendments

Boston Herald - 5/16/2021

Massachusetts cannabis stores will soon be allowed to sell hemp products

The Republican - MassLive.com - 5/14/2021


Report: Michigan to see billions of dollars in budget surpluses 

Detroit Free Press - 5/19/2021

Michigan Senate bill would ban emergency orders requiring coronavirus vaccine for kids

Mlive.com - 5/18/2021

Michigan House OKs bill to freeze cap on cigar tax

Detroit News - 5/18/2021

Michigan lawmakers OK COVID-19 spending bills 

Detroit Free Press - 5/14/2021

House GOP plans $80M to aid law enforcement recruitment, mental health services

Detroit News - 5/13/2021

Michigan lawmakers pass COVID-19 spending bills; state budget chief concerned

Associated Press – 5/13/2021


Walz puts up $75 million for summer school programs

TwinCities.com - 5/18/2021

Walz urges schools to be creative with summer programs

Minnesota Public Radio - 5/18/2021

Minnesota leaders strike broad budget deal

Star Tribune – 5/18/2021

How new guidance on how Minnesota can spend ARP money could affect the Legislature’s budget negotiations

Minn Post – 5/17/2021

Walz, legislative leaders reach $52 billion budget deal

TwinCities.com - 5/17/2021

Walz, lawmakers close to reaching a compromise on state budget, aide says

TwinCities.com - 5/16/2021

Special sessions arent so special anymore for the MN Legislature. How did it get this way?

TwinCities.com - 5/16/2021

Minnesota expects $9 billion in federal stimulus, much of it is already targeted at certain priorities

TwinCities.com - 5/14/2021

Minnesota House takes up legalizing recreational marijuana. Watch the debate here.

TwinCities.com - 5/13/2021


Mississippi casinos are setting revenue records, but struggling to find workers

The Sun Herald - 5/19/2021

Medicaid expansion ballot initiative campaign suspended

Hattiesburg American - 5/19/2021

Mississippi receiving virus relief money spread over 2 years

The Sun Herald - 5/15/2021

Mississippi Supreme Court overturns medical marijuana Initiative 65

Mississippi Today – 5/14/2021

Mississippi revenue collections are on record pace

Mississippi Today – 5/12/2021


Judge orders Parson back to bargaining table for union contracts covering more than 13,000 state employees

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 5/17/2021

I would ask him if my life mattered: Fury follows Gov. Parsons Medicaid decision

Kansas City Star & KansasCity.com - 5/16/2021

Missouri Medicaid funding imperiled after Senate abruptly adjourns on chaotic final day

Kansas City Star & KansasCity.com - 5/15/2021

What you need to know about the top Missouri bills passed, not passed this legislative session

Missouri Net - 5/15/2021

Missouri online sales tax bill heads to Governor

WSIL – 5/15/2021

Perfect ending to a dysfunctional year: Missouri Legislature wraps up session with flurry of controversial bills

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 5/14/2021

On last day, Missouri Legislature approves college athlete earnings, higher tuition, sales tax on online retailers

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 5/14/2021

Bipartisan policing bill gets final approval

Columbia Missourian - 5/13/2021

Missouri governor adds $2.1 billion to state budget

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 5/13/2021

Parson halts Medicaid expansion

Columbia Missourian - 5/13/2021


Gianforte signs HB701, beginning new chapter for marijuana legalization in Montana

Great Falls Tribune - 5/19/2021

Gianforte signs recreational marijuana package

Missoula Missoulian - 5/19/2021

Gianforte signs bills funding $500M in infrastructure projects

Billings Gazette - 5/13/2021


Unemployment benefits for immigrant workers gets support in Nebraska Legislature

Lincoln Journal Star - 5/18/2021

Standoff prevents bill funneling lottery dollars to scholarships from advancing

Lincoln Journal Star - 5/18/2021

Nebraska tax collections fall below projections in April

Associated Press – 5/14/2021


Nevada Senate OKs $25 million for UNLV medical school

Las Vegas Sun - 5/18/2021

Legislation would provide grants for schools to hire more nurses

Las Vegas Review-Journal - 5/18/2021

Judge: Nevada case against online travel companies continues

Las Vegas Sun - 5/18/2021

Nevada Supreme Court budget bomb: It s not the first time

Las vegas review journal - 5/14/2021

DMV to refund technology fee collected since July

Las Vegas Review-Journal - 5/14/2021

Nevada to restore $301M in planned budget cuts to Medicaid

Associated Press – 5/13/2021

Nevada Democrats unveil renewable energy infrastructure measure

Las Vegas Sun - 5/13/2021

Nevada to get delayed funding for crime victims

Las Vegas Review-Journal - 5/13/2021

Nevada Supreme Court rules tax extension unconstitutional

Las Vegas Sun - 5/13/2021

NV Supreme Court rules 2019 state spending bills unconstitutional

Reno Gazette-Journal - 5/13/2021

New Hampshire

Sununu, GOP lawmakers reach deal over emergency powers

Manchester Union Leader - 5/19/2021

NH summer programs expand to combat learning loss, isolation

Concord Monitor - 5/19/2021

Sununu: Get a job, get a bonus; $300 federal benefit goes away June 19

Nashua Telegraph - 5/19/2021

N.H. to get $235 million-plus to fight gasoline additive MTBE, other pollutants

Concord Monitor - 5/19/2021

NH to replace federal unemployment boost with work incentive

Associated Press – 5/18/2021

Sununu says time for action, not talk, on mental health

Manchester Union Leader - 5/16/2021

State House Dome: Biz tax break facing pushback

Manchester Union Leader - 5/15/2021

Senate OKs tuition deals with religious schools

Manchester Union Leader - 5/13/2021

Sununu says emergency order will tackle 'boarding crisis'

Manchester Union Leader - 5/13/2021

New Jersey

State to hold public event discussing pandemics impact on women and the economy

Jersey City Journal - 5/19/2021

State treasurer says revenue forecasts could be increased by ‘hundreds of millions’ by June budget update

NJ Spotlight – 5/18/2021

Theres help for residents behind on their utility bills due to COVID

Asbury Park Press - 5/18/2021

New Jersey music venues are waiting for COVID relief from state and feds

Asbury Park Press - 5/17/2021

Prison officers would get body cams, inmates could more safely report abuse under proposed N.J. bills

Jersey City Journal - 5/15/2021

New Mexico

Legislative report details New Mexico labor agencys storm during pandemic

Santa Fe New Mexican - 5/20/2021

Report: NM likely overpaid jobless benefits by $250 million

ABQJournal Online - 5/19/2021

Judge orders New Mexico officials to speed delivery of digital devices, internet to at-risk students

Santa Fe New Mexican - 5/19/2021

Longtime NM literacy coalition loses funding Longtime NM literacy coalition loses funding

ABQJournal Online - 5/17/2021

New York

Surprised by new pre-K funding, schools seek classroom sites

Albany Times-Union - 5/19/2021

Spending per pupil increased over 10 years while enrollment decreased: Compare 600 districts in NY state

Syracuse Post-Standard & Syracuse.com - 5/18/2021

New Yorks marijuana tax might not be the nations highest. But it may be the most complex

Syracuse Post-Standard & Syracuse.com - 5/17/2021

School budgets stay below tax cap with record state aid

Buffalo News - 5/16/2021

Gas tax, electric vehicle expansion in mix for NY lawmakers

Times Union – 5/13/2021

North Carolina

Cooper unveils proposal to spend $5.7B in American Rescue Plan funding

The Center Square – 5/19/2021

Broadband, education atop Cooper's $5.7B virus aid proposals

Associated Press – 5/19/2021

North Carolina lawmakers dash toward key bill deadline

Associated Press – 5/12/2021

North Dakota

North Dakota panel picks study topics ahead of next session

Bismarck Tribune - 5/19/2021

North Dakota lawmakers to map out interim period

Bismarck Tribune - 5/18/2021

Legislature boosts more than funding for North Dakota addiction treatment voucher

Bismarck Tribune - 5/17/2021

Dakotas officials weathering ups and downs of oil industry

Bismarck Tribune - 5/17/2021

North Dakota government's largest leased office space largely vacant as employees opt for remote work

Grand Forks Herald - 5/15/2021

North Dakota's daily oil output rose in March; growth expected to continue

Bismarck Tribune - 5/14/2021


Municipal income tax: Bill would allow refunds for working from home in 2021

Columbus Dispatch - 5/19/2021

Ohio could get census data for redistricting by mid-August: Capitol Letter

Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com - 5/19/2021

How much Ohio colleges got in Biden COVID relief How much Ohio colleges got in Biden COVID relief

Columbus Dispatch - 5/19/2021

Why are Ohio cities receiving less stimulus money than expected?

Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com - 5/19/2021

Amtrak leaders, Ohio mayors call for 3-C+D passenger rail service

Dayton Daily News - 5/18/2021

Do you owe Ohio because of a Pandemic Unemployment Assistance overpayment? You might be eligible for a waiver

Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com - 5/18/2021

Ohio reports higher vaccination rate after announcing lottery for shots

The Hill – 5/18/2021

Ohio unemployment system wrongly paid $2.1 billion because of fraud, mistakes during coronavirus crisis

Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com - 5/17/2021

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signs law providing millions to expand high-speed internet access

Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com - 5/17/2021

Gov. Mike DeWines Vax-a-Million idea will likely increase vaccine demand. But is it the best use of public dollars?

Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com - 5/15/2021

Is Gov. Mike DeWine's million-dollar giveaway legal?

Columbus Dispatch - 5/14/2021

Gov. Mike DeWine to end $300-a-week supplemental federal unemployment next month: Capitol Letter

Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com - 5/14/2021

Judge says Ohio can challenge tax-cut ban in Biden stimulus package, but denies injunction

Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com - 5/13/2021


Oklahoma's $8 billion budget moving through Capitol after House passes bulk of plan

KOCO – 5/18/2021

Oklahoma governor, lawmakers reach deal on $8.3B budget

Associated Press – 5/13/2021


New law gives Oregon tenants until 2022 to pay back rent

Associated Press – 5/19/2021

Oregon Senate votes to reinstate foreclosure moratorium

Associated Press – 5/17/2021

Justice organizations push for overtime pay for Oregon farmworkers

Salem Statesman-Journal - 5/14/2021

Oregon Democrats propose record $9.3 billion schools budget

The Center Square – 5/12/2021


Extended Benefits program to end due to Pennsylvania's low unemployment rate, but benefits to continue under federal program

The Center Square – 5/20/2021

Pennsylvania casinos top $400 million for 2nd consecutive month

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - 5/19/2021

Voters approve ballot questions limiting Pennsylvania governor’s emergency powers

The Center Square – 5/19/2021

State Sen. Jim Brewster seeks pause in state university mergers, citing unresolved questions

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - 5/17/2021

1st ballot test of governor’s pandemic powers starts in PA

Associated Press – 5/13/2021

Rhode Island

RI environmental officials to lawmakers: Heat is on to join regional climate pact

Providence Journal – 5/19/2021

RI now on course for $416M budget surplus politics RI now on course for $416M budget surplus

The Providence Journal - 5/18/2021

Grassroots effort helped RI hold on to 2 seats in Congress

The Providence Journal - 5/17/2021

South Carolina

High-speed internet expanding in rural northwestern SC as part of utility partnership

Charleston Post & Courier - 5/18/2021

SC teacher group drops protest plan, citing threats

Charleston Post & Courier - 5/17/2021

In a session bookended by abortion and guns, here's what SC legislators did and didn't do

Charleston Post & Courier - 5/16/2021

SC legislative session ends with business leaders encouraged by progress on hate crime law

Charleston Post & Courier - 5/13/2021

South Carolina lawmakers end formal session, to return soon

Charleston Post & Courier - 5/13/2021

South Dakota

Legislature to Education Department: Dont seek grants for civics classes

Sioux Falls Argus Leader - 5/17/2021

City hopeful Noem's action on fed unemployment assistance will boost applications

Capital Journal (Pierre) - 5/14/2021

South Dakota will cut off extra federal unemployment benefits in June

Associated Press – 5/13/2021


Tennessee unveils plan to spend $4.2B in federal COVID-19 education relief

The Center Square – 5/19/2021

Tennessee revenue collection tops $2B in April, continues record pace

The Center Square – 5/14/2021

Lee signs slew of bills, including tax deals for Titans, Smokies

The Center Square – 5/14/2021

Tennessee to rebid $123M contract amid rigging accusations

Associated Press – 5/11/2021


Texas Gov. Greg Abbott will decide how to spend federal COVID-19 relief money under budget compromise

Dallas Morning News - 5/19/2021

Texas schools worry they wont get all the billions in pandemic aid to help students as state debates new legislation

Dallas Morning News - 5/19/2021

Marijuana advocates eye small gains at Legislature Marijuana advocates eye small gains at Legislature

Austin American-Statesman - 5/19/2021

What new laws will impact Texas students? Experts weigh in on what to watch as legislators wrap up work.

Dallas Morning News - 5/19/2021

Proposed rebate program aims to help small Texas music venues stick around

Dallas Morning News - 5/17/2021

A small number of schools in Texas don't qualify for federal education pandemic aid, including Highland Park ISD.

Dallas Morning News - 5/17/2021

Fate still uncertain for many conservative legislative issues prioritized by Texas Republican leaders

Dallas Morning News - 5/14/2021

After sweltering temperatures killed Texas prisoners, lawmakers vote to install air conditioning

Texas Tribune - 5/14/2021

Despite high rate of teen pregnancies, Texas lawmakers unlikely to expand Childrens Health Insurance Program to cover birth control

Texas Tribune - 5/13/2021


State to put $7.6 million toward recreation projects

Salt Lake Tribune - 5/19/2021

We got $1.6 billion in federal coronavirus relief money. Here s where Utah will spend it

Salt Lake Tribune - 5/19/2021

Utah is not last in the nation for per-pupil spending, for the first time in decades

Salt Lake Tribune - 5/18/2021

Utah lawmakers accept $1.65 billion in third wave of COVID-19 funding

Daily Herald - 5/18/2021

Utah s Legislature aims $70 million toward affordable housing. Advocates say it s not enough.

Salt Lake Tribune - 5/18/2021

Sen. Mike Lee says continued federal COVID-19 aid is throwing gasoline on the fire of inflation

Salt Lake Tribune - 5/13/2021


House and Senate reach deal on $150 million broadband package

VT Digger.org - 5/19/2021

House backs marijuana bill with social equity provisions

VT Digger.org - 5/18/2021

With days until adjournment, will Scott and lawmakers reach a budget agreement?

VT Digger.org - 5/17/2021

Vermont Legislature, governor have different ideas on budget

Associated Press – 5/14/2021

Legislature, administration at odds over Covid-relief education funds

VT Digger.org - 5/13/2021

Senate approves updated sexual consent laws

VT Digger.org - 5/13/2021


Pandemic fallout in D.C., Maryland and Virginia includes fresh rush of cash for governments

Washington Post – 5/19/2021

Virginia looking at $500 million-plus revenue surplus; $4.3 billion also coming from federal aid

Associated Press – 5/18/2021

Virginia revenue surplus likely to exceed $500 million

Norfolk Virginian-Pilot/HamptonRoads.com - 5/17/2021


Not just toll rates: Washington's ferry fares could be increasing

seattlepi.com - 5/19/2021

Governor signs $59 billion, two-year budget for Washington

seattlepi.com - 5/18/2021

Inslee signs major climate bills, but not without partial vetoes; Legislative leadership threaten lawsuit

Spokane Spokesman-Review - 5/18/2021

Washington governor: State on track to fully reopen June 30

seattlepi.com - 5/13/2021

West Virginia

West Virginia nutrition program to offer benefits boost

Charleston Gazette - 5/19/2021

Analyst: End of supplemental unemployment benefits could slow state's economic recovery

Charleston Gazette - 5/18/2021

Justice says he to seek input from legislative leaders on stimulus funds

Charleston Gazette - 5/18/2021

WV environmental groups sue Biden administration over state reclamation bonding concerns

Charleston Gazette - 5/17/2021

Federal funding approved for winter storms in five WV counties, including Cabell, Wayne

Charleston Gazette - 5/17/2021


Republicans reinstate work-search requirement for unemployed starting Sunday

Lacrosse Tribune - 5/19/2021

Wisconsin Republicans say they will immediately gavel out special session on expanding BadgerCare

WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison - 5/19/2021

Wisconsin rural broadband to get $100 million boost from federal program 

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - 5/19/2021

Tony Evers calls special session for Medicaid expansion, economic development spending

Lacrosse Tribune - 5/19/2021

Tony Evers says he may veto GOP effort to eliminate enhanced unemployment benefits, Republicans plan to reinstate work search rule

Lacrosse Tribune - 5/19/2021

Most Wisconsin county, city mask requirements nonexistent or expiring

Lacrosse Tribune - 5/18/2021

Budget committee to consider cameras for Capitol officers

WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison - 5/17/2021

Workforce shortage challenges reemerge as Wisconsin businesses dig out of the pandemic

Lacrosse Tribune - 5/15/2021

Gov. Tony Evers opposes Ohio-style lottery to promote vaccinations

Lacrosse Tribune - 5/14/2021

Wisconsin budget committee provides $10 million for veterans homes

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - 5/13/2021

Evers adjusting spending plans after Rescue Plan money less than expected

WKOW – 5/12/2021


Wyoming governor announces education task force members

Casper Star-Tribune - 5/19/2021

Gordon begins to plan for use of federal relief funds

Cheyenne Wyoming Tribune-Eagle - 5/18/2021

Wyoming governor releases first look at how relief funds will be spent

Casper Star-Tribune - 5/17/2021

University of Wyoming planning committee recommends new curriculum, school of computing

Casper Star-Tribune - 5/15/2021

Gordon praises state's Consumer Protection Division efforts to return funds to Wyoming

Cheyenne Wyoming Tribune-Eagle - 5/15/2021

UW president seeks to increase federal revenue

Cheyenne Wyoming Tribune-Eagle - 5/14/2021