Budget Blog

Week of May 24, 2021 - Press Clips

By Brian Sigritz posted 05-27-2021 01:38 PM



Infrastructure Overhaul Should Focus More on Safety, Advocates Say

Pew Trusts.org - 5/27/2021

Analysis: The States with the Largest and Smallest Tax Increases

Route Fifty - 5/26/2021

Bipartisan, $304B Roads Bill Clears Senate Committee

Route Fifty - 5/26/2021

States passed 243 policing bills and left activists wanting

Politico - 5/26/2021

State Higher Ed Funding Increases for 8th Straight Year

Inside Higher Education – 5/26/2021

Local Governments Look for Resident Input to Guide How Federal Aid is Spent

Route Fifty – 5/26/2021

Despite federal incentives to expand Medicaid, remaining holdout states aren’t budging

St. Louis Post Dispatch – 5/26/2021

Nursing Home COVID Deaths Lead to State Staffing Rules

Stateline – 5/26/2021

Federal government gives OK for states to offer lotteries, cash incentives for vaccinations

USA Today – 5/25/2021

More States Consider Automatic Criminal Record Expungement

Stateline – 5/25/2021

Medicaid expansion fight resurfaces in states

Roll Call – 5/25/2021

Bipartisan group of senators prepares new infrastructure plan as talks stall between White House and GOP

Washington Post – 5/25/2021

Multiple States Offer Bonuses to Entice Residents Back to Work

Route Fifty - 5/25/2021

State and Local Leaders Form New Group to Tackle Broadband Gaps

Route Fifty - 5/25/2021

What Bike and Pedestrian Advocates Say is Missing From the Senate Roads Bill

Route Fifty - 5/25/2021

Survey: The Top Challenges for State and Local Government Workforces

Route Fifty - 5/25/2021

Jobless benefits are expiring in 23 states as soon as June”here's what you can do to prepare

CNBC - 5/25/2021

American cities and states have issued $72 billion of pension bonds. Heres what that means

Marketwatch - 5/25/2021

States collected $2.7 billion in recreational pot taxes in 2020

The Hill - 5/25/2021

State Revenues Pour In, Raising Pressure on Biden to Divert Federal Aid

The New York Times - 5/25/2021

Do State and Local Governments Need to Worry About Inflation?

Governing.com - 5/25/2021

GOP Governors' Cutoff of COVID Benefits Hits Hard in Rural America

Pew Trusts.org - 5/24/2021

Will Public Transit Get a Lift from Rising Ride-Share Prices?

Governing – 5/24/2021

More states turn to lotteries in vaccine hesitancy fight

The Hill – 5/23/2021

Infrastructure plan calls for fixing the nation’s existing roads. Some states are still focused on expansion.

Washington Post – 5/23/2021

Floyd killing prompts some states to limit or ban chokeholds

Associated Press – 5/23/2021

Vaccines' success could undercut Biden's multibillion-dollar school testing plans

Politico – 5/23/2021

For Colleges, Vaccine Mandates Often Depend on Which Party Is in Power

The New York Times - 5/22/2021

From lifted restrictions to lottery rewards, states are finding new ways to incentivize Covid-19 vaccinations

CNN – 5/22/2021

Survey Highlights Factors that Motivate People to be Vaccinated

Route Fifty – 5/21/2021

Here are all the states offering cash prizes as an incentive to get the COVID-19 vaccine

Yahoo! News - 5/21/2021

Questions Loom for States, Localities About How to Spend Billions in Covid Relief Funds

Route Fifty - 5/21/2021

Washington lawmakers want to bring back Build America Bonds. The muni market isnt buying it

Marketwatch - 5/20/2021


Alabama truckers question constitutionality of I-10 toll bridge

AL.com - 5/26/2021

Of the latest COVID-19 funding, how much will your school district get?

Montgomery Advertiser - 5/25/2021

Ivey faces key decision on Literacy Act

Montgomery Advertiser - 5/24/2021

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signs bills to exempt CARES Act benefits from state income taxes, limit lawsuits

AL.com - 5/24/2021

Changes to teacher sick leave, yoga, literacy efforts coming to Alabama schools

AL.com - 5/24/2021

Alabama criminal justice reform bills become law with Gov. Kay Iveys signature

AL.com - 5/21/2021


Senate passes bill aimed at finding long-term ferry solutions

Fairbanks News-Miner - 5/24/2021

State Senate approves funding for hiring bonus program that could pay $1,200 to jobless Alaskans who find work

Alaska Dispatch News - 5/22/2021

Alaska lawmakers begin special session with plans to avert July 1 government shutdown

Alaska Dispatch News - 5/21/2021

Senate passes budget, agrees to $2,300 Permanent Fund dividend

Fairbanks News-Miner - 5/20/2021


Arizona budget faces GOP opposition as debate delayed

Associated Press – 5/26/2021

Opponents of Arizona tax-cut proposal already talking about ballot referendum

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 5/26/2021

State budget clears 1st hurdle amid signs of trouble

Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix - 5/25/2021

GOP leaders move to limit Arizona Secretary of State's power

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 5/25/2021

Tribes were often overlooked in COVID-19 vaccine trials

Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix - 5/25/2021

Analysis: Arizona's richest benefit most in new tax plan

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 5/24/2021

Some in Ducey's GOP question his tax plan

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 5/23/2021


UA System board studies campuses' budget plans

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 5/27/2021

State sweetens the pot to rev up vaccinations

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 5/26/2021

Unsigned, 7 bills become state law

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 5/24/2021

Hutchinson: No extension of emergency

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 5/21/2021


Prosecutors sue over California prison good conduct rules

SFGate - 5/26/2021

Biden administration opens California coast to offshore wind turbines

San Jose Mercury News - 5/25/2021

Newsom outlines proposed $2B in spending to prevent, prepare for wildfires

SFGate - 5/25/2021

California fires: State faces challenging fire season amid worsening drought, Newsom says

San Jose Mercury News - 5/24/2021

Californias highest-in-the-nation gas taxes are rising. But promised repairs are lagging

Los Angeles Times - 5/23/2021

Which controversial bills did California legislators kill?

San Jose Mercury News - 5/21/2021


Colorado universities won't be required to collect SAT, ACT scores

Pueblo Chieftain - 5/26/2021

Colorado climate bill on hold, and Pueblo power plant is 1 reason why

Pueblo Chieftain - 5/26/2021

Here is what’s in the now-$5.4 billion transportation bill debated by Colorado lawmakers

Boulder Daily Camera - 5/26/2021

Pediatric mental health in Colorado declared a state of emergency news

Pueblo Chieftain - 5/25/2021

Colorado lawmakers debate massive transportation funding bill

The Denver Channel – 5/25/2021

Colorado announces its own $1 million COVID vaccine lottery

Axios – 5/25/2021

Budget, housing, jobs, health top Colorado fed relief plans

Associated Press – 5/24/2021

Colorado Supreme Court rules school districts can raise property taxes without voter approval

Denver Post - 5/24/2021

About $3.8 billion in federal money is coming to Colorado. Here the state's rough plan on how to spend it.

Boulder Daily Camera - 5/24/2021

Fewer than 13% of Colorados promised 2 million at-home COVID-19 tests have reached the public

Denver Post - 5/20/2021


With two weeks left in the legislative session, progressives are making their strongest tax reform push in years.

The Connecticut Mirror - 5/27/2021

Democrats talk spending with Lamont, but not taxes

Danbury News-Times - 5/26/2021

Lawmakers again stop business tax hike, jobless benefit drop

Danbury News-Times - 5/26/2021

Democrats, Gov. Lamont moving closer to agreement on two-year, $46 billion budget deal that wouldnt include tax hikes on the rich

Hartford Courant - 5/26/2021

Connecticut Senate approves gaming-expansion bill, sends it to governor

New London Day (theday.com) - 5/26/2021

Lamont offers health cost reform to replace 'public option' that he opposes

Danbury News-Times - 5/24/2021

Connecticut Senate OKs bill aimed at recruiting more minority teachers; states teacher workforce is 90% white

Hartford Courant - 5/21/2021

Connecticut moves a step closer to becoming first state to make all prison phone calls free

Hartford Courant - 5/21/2021

Connecticut tax revenues surge, fueled by Wall Street boom.

Hartford Courant - 5/21/2021

Connecticut House passes gaming-expansion bill, 122 to 21

New London Day (theday.com) - 5/20/2021

Lamont talks economy as COVID-19 positivity rate dips below 1%

New London Day (theday.com) - 5/20/2021

Union delays strike at 200 group homes, seeks funding deal

New Haven Register - 5/20/2021


New police reform measures coming to General Assembly

Delaware Public Media – 5/26/2021

JFC budget markup begins with debate over McNesby Act funding

Delaware Public Media – 5/25/2021

Delaware offers lottery for those vaccinated

Cape Gazette – 5/25/2021


DeSantis says hell sign state budget in next couple weeks

Orlando Sentinel - 5/26/2021

Florida's Ron DeSantis Giving Teachers $1,000 Bonuses Upon Return to Classroom

Newsweek – 5/26/2021

DeSantis signs gambling bills

Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel & SouthFlorida.com - 5/25/2021

Florida elections officials struggle to comply with new voting law

Jacksonville Times-Union & Jacksonville.com - 5/25/2021

Florida becomes the 23rd GOP-led state to end $300-a-week pandemic unemployment benefits

CNN – 5/24/2021

DeSantis signs $200 million Florida sales tax holiday bill in Pensacola

Palm Beach Post - 5/21/2021


Kemp to restrict Georgia’s public schools from requiring masks

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 5/27/2021

Georgia to borrow $1.1 billion for construction, retains low interest rating

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 5/25/2021

Georgia to spend $95M in federal aid to subsidize child care

Associated Press – 5/21/2021

State finally gets COVID-19 relief money, not yet sure what to do with it

AJC.com – 5/20/2021

Georgia governor blasts critical race theory as a ‘dangerous ideology’

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 5/20/2021


State projected to get unexpected budget windfall

KHNL/KGMB-TV Hawaii News Now - 5/27/2021

Hawaii panel forecasts more tax revenue this fiscal year

Associated Press – 5/25/2021

Hawaii is the only state requiring and spending millions on COVID-19 testing

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - 5/24/2021

Economists worry slashing the universitys budget could have ripple effects in local economy

KHNL/KGMB-TV Hawaii News Now - 5/24/2021

Hawaii unemployed will need to look for work to get benefits

Associated Press – 5/20/2021


Idaho Legislature hires own lawyers to defend new initiative

Associated Press – 5/24/2021

Idaho Governor reflects on 2021 legislative session and previews 2022 budget

KHQ – 5/21/2021


Lawmakers send constitutional amendment on unions to voters

Springfield State Journal-Register - 5/26/2021

Senate advances bills to provide menstrual hygiene products at universities, homeless shelters

Illinois Daily Herald - 5/26/2021

State lawmakers address cannabis licensing, Asian American history, free menstrual hygiene products

Chicago Sun-Times - 5/25/2021

Pritzker touts 'Time to Drive' for tourism despite price of gas

Illinois Daily Herald - 5/25/2021

After COVID-19 cut into last years session, state legislators face backlog of big issues as May 31 adjournment approaches

Chicago Tribune - 5/24/2021

Court rejects lawsuit over Illinois use of government bonds

Associated Press – 5/21/2021

Illinois House panel designed to diversify legal pot industry in state passes committee

State Journal Register – 5/21/2021

State plans to pay off federal COVID loans early

Illinois Daily Herald - 5/20/2021


AG: IU’s vaccine mandate unquestionably violates state law

The Center Square – 5/26/2021

Indiana lottery sees big ticket sales jump amid pandemic

Associated Press – 5/22/2021


Iowa Gov. Reynolds signs vaccine passport ban

Quad-City Times - 5/21/2021

State budget tops $8.1 billion in new fiscal year

Sioux City Journal - 5/21/2021

Bill expanding tax credits proceeds to the governor

The Center Square – 5/19/2021


As Gov. Laura Kelly signs education funding deal, both sides look to future

Topeka Capital-Journal - 5/24/2021

Kansas education funding increase and school choice eligibility expansion signed into law

Lawrence Journal-World - 5/24/2021

Kelly vetoes plan reserving federal COVID-19 relief funds for Kansas businesses

Wichita Eagle & Kansas.com - 5/24/2021

Kansas helping schools pay for gas prices that jumped 10-15 times normal rates

Topeka Capital-Journal - 5/23/2021

Mental health centers see patient spike, seek new models to ensure sustainability

Topeka Capital-Journal - 5/23/2021

Medicaid expansion could add nearly 23,000 jobs in Kansas if passed, report finds

Wichita Eagle & Kansas.com - 5/22/2021

Governor vetoes effort to compensate businesses for COVID-19 losses

Topeka Capital-Journal - 5/21/2021

Kansas Gov. vetoes extending short-term insurance plans, calls for Medicaid expansion

Wichita Eagle & Kansas.com - 5/21/2021

Kansas governor OKs extra funds for courts, higher education

Associated Press – 5/21/2021


Kentucky’s Beshear wants unemployment system changes

The Center Square – 5/26/2021


Film tax credit is costly for the state

Baton Rouge Advocate - 5/26/2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards ends coronavirus restrictions, lifts mask mandate in schools

Baton Rouge Advocate - 5/25/2021

Pay hikes irk teachers, 'Once again sold out'

Baton Rouge Advocate - 5/25/2021

Lawmakers say Louisiana sports betting could begin by fall

Associated Press – 5/25/2021

Louisiana Senate crafts plan for spending $1.5B federal aid

Associated Press – 5/25/2021

Louisiana Senate releases $37B budget proposal for next year

Associated Press – 5/24/2021

Teacher pay raises stall out at $800 after lawmakers flirt with $1000 bump

Baton Rouge Advocate - 5/24/2021

Louisiana could make its first $400 million levee debt payment in cash

Baton Rouge Advocate - 5/21/2021

Louisiana Won’t Cut $300 Federal Unemployment Boost, Yet

The Advocate – 5/21/2021

Second sports betting bill clears Louisiana Senate

Baton Rouge Advocate - 5/20/2021


Maine school boards and superintendents oppose bill to create binding arbitration

Central Maine - 5/27/2021

Bill to incentivize movie production in Maine put on hold for further review

Central Maine - 5/26/2021

Maine state employees will have to wear masks past end of Janet Mills mandate

Bangor Daily News - 5/21/2021

UMaine System reconsidering proposed tuition increase

Central Maine - 5/21/2021

Bill would make all children eligible for free breakfast, lunch in schools

Central Maine - 5/20/2021


Maryland Gov. Hogan vetoes bills that would limit states aid to federal immigration enforcement

Baltimore Sun - 5/26/2021

Maryland law could make it difficult to hire the next schools superintendent

Washington Post – 5/25/2021

Maryland will soon get roughly $3.7B in federal coronavirus relief, budget official says

Baltimore Sun - 5/20/2021

Maryland to offer COVID vaccine lottery incentive with $2 million in cash prizes

Baltimore Sun - 5/20/2021


New Hampshire versus Massachusetts: Supreme Court shouldnt hear NH case against Mass. over taxing remote workers, Biden administration argues

The Republican - MassLive.com - 5/26/2021

State senators began to wade through nearly 1,000 budget amendments

Boston Herald - 5/25/2021

Lawmakers want to pay Massachusetts jobless $1,200 to go back to work

Boston Herald - 5/24/2021


Michigan Senate approves ban on requiring coronavirus vaccine for minors

Mlive.com - 5/25/2021

Michigan appeals to former teachers as districts face dire shortage

Mlive.com - 5/23/2021

Federal stimulus, consumer spending habits give Michigan a multibillion-dollar budget boost

Mlive.com - 5/21/2021

Michigan gets $2B budget surplus this year, a $1.5B bump next year

Detroit News - 5/21/2021

Economists: Don't expect runaway inflation in Michigan

Detroit Free Press - 5/21/2021

Legislature reaches deal with Whitmer on COVID-19, budget decisions

Detroit News - 5/20/2021

Whitmer, lawmakers reach deal that includes scrapping permanent COVID-19 work rules

Detroit Free Press - 5/20/2021

Michigan lawmakers to unveil $500M for dam safety upgrades

Mlive.com - 5/20/2021

State budget proposal would cut nearly $40M in funding for University of Michigan

Mlive.com - 5/20/2021


A state government shutdown in Minnesota this year wouldn’t just be pretty bad. It would be very, very, very bad.

Minn Post – 5/27/2021

Minnesota lawmakers struggling to reach a deal on eviction moratorium offramp

Grand Forks Herald – 5/26/2021

GOP ask Walz to reinstate unemployment work requirements, surrender emergency powers

The Center Square – 5/26/2021

Minnesota nets $1.4B; Walz pushes to spent $70M on childcare, nutrition programs

The Center Square – 5/26/2021

As they make $52 billion in decisions, Minnesota lawmakers carry out budget talks in secret

TwinCities.com - 5/25/2021

Minnesota legislative session fizzles to a close, tees up overtime and possible blowups on horizon

Grand Forks Herald – 5/21/2021


Can Mississippi transform from digital desert to broadband mecca?

Hattiesburg American - 5/23/2021

Group reluctantly suspends Medicaid expansion ballot push

The Sun Herald - 5/21/2021


Despite federal incentives to expand Medicaid, remaining holdout states aren’t budging

St. Louis Post Dispatch – 5/26/2021

Despite federal incentives to expand Medicaid, remaining holdout states arent budging

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 5/25/2021

Missouri lawmakers pushing back after Kansas City mayor seeks more control of police budget

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 5/24/2021

Ruling affirms independence of Department of Conservation from Missouri lawmakers

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 5/24/2021

State departments, officials sued over Medicaid expansion issue

Columbia Missourian - 5/20/2021


Law offers new hunting, fishing license discounts to some nonresident students

Billings Gazette - 5/23/2021

Gianforte signs state budget bill into law

Missoula Missoulian - 5/20/2021

New state job has $500,000 budget to recruit biz to MT

Billings Gazette - 5/20/2021


Nebraska county to get $4M from state to pay legal judgment

Lincoln Journal Star - 5/26/2021

Legislature overrides Ricketts' vetoes on OPS pension management, food, heating aid

Lincoln Journal Star - 5/26/2021

Ricketts voices concerns but signs bill to help pay Beatrice 6 judgment

Omaha World-Herald - 5/26/2021

Ricketts signs bill exempting military retirement from taxes in Nebraska

Omaha World-Herald - 5/25/2021

Gov. Ricketts vetoes OPS pension bill and expanded food, heating aid

Lincoln Journal Star - 5/25/2021

Nebraska to end extra $300-a-week pandemic unemployment cash

Associated Press – 5/24/2021

Nebraska state senators pass corporate tax cut, stillborn child tax credit

Omaha World-Herald - 5/21/2021

Legislature ends historic session, agrees on $7.3B budget

Omaha World-Herald - 5/21/2021

Nebraska Legislature approves corporate income tax reduction

Lincoln Journal Star - 5/21/2021

Nebraska lawmakers pass a series of tax cuts, including one on Social Security

Omaha World-Herald - 5/20/2021

Casino gambling framework adopted by Legislature

Lincoln Journal Star - 5/20/2021


Lawmakers hurtle toward end of session, key bills unresolved

Associated Press – 5/27/2021

K-12 funding, right to return bills pass Nevada Senate

Las Vegas Review-Journal - 5/27/2021

Nevada lawmakers move to solidify mail-in voting, ditch caucus

Las vegas review journal - 5/26/2021

Sisolak signs pair of police reform bills into law

Las vegas review journal - 5/25/2021

Nevada lawmakers looking to tax Burning Mans reservation charges

Reno Gazette-Journal - 5/24/2021

Nevada Legislature OKs school funding bill, bans ghost guns

Las Vegas Review-Journal - 5/22/2021

Nevada legislators pass bills on ghost guns, marijuana as session wanes

Las Vegas Sun - 5/22/2021

Nevada charter schools can relax mask mandate for 9 and younger

Las vegas review journal - 5/21/2021

In coordinated effort, Nevada officials face eviction crisis

Las Vegas Review-Journal - 5/20/2021

Legislature proposes $54 million to revamp unemployment office

Reno Gazette-Journal - 5/20/2021

Nevada Legislature OKs half-billion in new funds for K-12 students

Reno Gazette-Journal - 5/20/2021

New Hampshire

Senate GOP includes voucher program in budget plan

Nashua Telegraph - 5/27/2021

Senate Finance adds money for mental health services

Nashua Telegraph - 5/26/2021

House committee votes to exempt PPP grants from business taxes

Nashua Telegraph - 5/26/2021

Senate budget writers fund Medicaid but not childcare

Nashua Telegraph - 5/25/2021

Sen. Lou DAllesandro: Granite State families need property tax relief

Manchester Union Leader - 5/24/2021

NH eateries urged to apply for COVID aid funds

Concord Monitor - 5/23/2021

Sununu takes whirlwind trip around state, touts NHs best-in-the-nation jobless rate

Concord Monitor - 5/21/2021

Sununu, GOP lawmakers reach deal over emergency powers

Manchester Union Leader - 5/20/2021

New Jersey

N.J. unemployment agents would be assigned to state offices under bill on Murphys desk

Jersey City Journal - 5/23/2021

N.J. Assembly votes to equip all prison officers with body cameras after criminal charges at womens facility

Jersey City Journal - 5/21/2021

NJ legislative Democrats put hold on abortion bill until after election

North Jersey.com (Bergen County Record & Herald News) - 5/21/2021

Why some lawmakers were angry when told N.Js $6.2B COVID aid came sooner than expected

Jersey City Journal - 5/20/2021

Will N.J. raise the gas tax again this fall? Heres what we know so far.

Jersey City Journal - 5/20/2021

New Mexico

New Mexico releases first draft of cannabis producer rules

Santa Fe New Mexican - 5/26/2021

New Mexico schools reject extra learning days ” and millions in funding

Santa Fe New Mexican - 5/25/2021

'Watershed moment' as NM gears for clean energy transition

ABQJournal Online - 5/24/2021

$10M in federal relief aid to fund youth internships

ABQJournal Online - 5/23/2021

Oil and gas cleanup could cost New Mexico $8.3 billion, study says

Santa Fe New Mexican - 5/21/2021

NM oil and gas bonds inadequate for cleanup

ABQJournal Online - 5/20/2021

New York

New Yorks latest vaccination incentive: a full-ride scholarship to a public state college.

The New York Times - 5/26/2021

DiNapoli announces record pension fund return

Albany Times-Union - 5/26/2021

COVID-19 rent assistance available June 1 through NY state web portal

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle - 5/26/2021

NYS: $800 million COVID-19 grant program for small firms opens June 10

NewsDay.com - 5/26/2021

New Yorks COVID rent relief program to start accepting applications June 1

New York Daily News - 5/25/2021

COVID vaccine sites breathe life into faltering NY malls and stores. Where to find them.

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle - 5/25/2021

New York has a new free offer for those who get vaccinated Get a COVID-19 vaccine. Then enjoy the outdoors, for free. Here's how. Politics | 6 hours ago

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle - 5/24/2021

New York offers $5 million lottery shot to newly vaccinated people

Axios – 5/20/2021

North Carolina

NC Senate tax cut plan includes virus aid for businesses

Associated Press – 5/25/2021

House Democrats urge funding to comply with NC schools suit

Associated Press – 5/24/2021

Pre-K is critical. NC Gov. Cooper, US Ed Secretary Cardona back universal preschool.

Raleigh News & Observer - 5/21/2021

Governor proposes checks to North Carolina families with stimulus funds

The Hill – 5/20/2021

North Dakota

North Dakota's economic outlook improves as COVID-19 wanes

Bismarck Tribune - 5/25/2021

North Dakota addiction treatment plan eyes border residents

Bismarck Tribune - 5/24/2021


First Ohio Vax-a-Million lottery winners announced: Capitol Letter

Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com - 5/27/2021

Ohio among 8 states able to deny American Rescue Plan money to townships: Stimulus Watch

Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com - 5/27/2021

More than 2.7 million people sign up for the Vax-A-Million sweepstakes: Capitol Letter

Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com - 5/25/2021

Research says Ohio is six months away from herd immunity: Capitol Letter

Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com - 5/21/2021

Ohio owes thousands of dollars to 12 Ohio charter schools, Ohio Supreme Court rules

Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com - 5/20/2021


By the numbers: A look at the $9.1B Oklahoma state budget Gov. Kevin Stitt signed

Oklahoman – 5/25/2021

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt signs key bills for $9B budget

Associated Press – 5/24/2021

Three years ago lawmakers raised taxes. Now, tax cuts are coming

Oklahoman – 5/23/2021


New Oregon budget forecast brings optimism for higher education

Salem Statesman-Journal - 5/24/2021

Oregons $1.86 million vaccine lottery: Your questions answered

Salem Statesman-Journal - 5/21/2021

Oregon to introduce lottery to encourage COVID-19 vaccinations

Salem Statesman-Journal - 5/21/2021

Oregon kicker rebate of $1.4 billion? Tax revenues up $1 billion in ‘stunning’ forecast

Oregonian – 5/20/2021


Pennsylvania and its state -owned universities ponder debt relief as controversial merger vote nears

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - 5/26/2021

Mobile, online sports wagers upping tax revenues in Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - 5/23/2021

Wolf refocuses on education policies ahead of budget negotiations

The Center Square – 5/21/2021

Charter schools left out of Gov. Tom Wolf's plan to boost starting teachers salaries

Allentown Morning Call - 5/21/2021

Rhode Island

RI State House reopening: From plexiglass to rent, what COVID cost the House and Senate

Providence Journal – 5/26/2021

RI lawmakers move to protect outdoor dining, shopping

Providence Journal – 5/26/2021

Legalization push faces crunch in Rhode Island

Politico – 5/24/2021

What's behind the rise in fatal crashes on RI roads? local What's behind the rise in fatal crashes on RI roads?

The Providence Journal - 5/21/2021

URI president objects to bill that would provide free tuition at RIC education URI president objects to bill that would provide free tuition at RIC

The Providence Journal - 5/21/2021

South Carolina

6 coastal SC towns and cities will get millions less than expected in recovery funds

Charleston Post & Courier - 5/26/2021

Agriculture secretary visits SC to tout new loan payment program for minority farmers

Charleston Post & Courier - 5/24/2021

SC to spend $642M over next 18 months resurfacing roads

Associated Press – 5/23/2021

$3 billion could transform SC schools. Will local school boards spend it wisely?

Charleston Post & Courier - 5/22/2021

South Carolina tax revenue exceeds year-to-date estimate by more than $420M

The Center Square – 5/21/2021

South Dakota

Noem asks Regents to investigate use of critical race theory, 1619 Project on campuses

Sioux Falls Argus Leader - 5/25/2021

Jobs picture relatively stable in South Dakota

Rapid City Journal - 5/21/2021


TN governor signs bill restricting how race and bias can be taught in schools

Memphis Commercial Appeal - 5/25/2021

U of M poised to increase tuition, implement raises for faculty, staff

Memphis Commercial Appeal - 5/24/2021

Parents, advocates criticize Gov. Lee for signing anti-LGBTQ bills

Knoxville News-Sentinel - 5/22/2021


How the Texas Legislature could reform the state's power grid this session

Houston Chronicle - 5/27/2021

Power struggle: Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick again at odds over whos in charge in Texas

Dallas Morning News - 5/26/2021

Overhaul to Texas state government employees’ retirement accounts advanced by House

Texas Tribune - 5/26/2021

Texas backtracks on move to delay schools from using all of their pandemic aid

Dallas Morning News - 5/26/2021

Texas educators worry bill limiting the teaching of current events and historic racism would whitewash history

Texas Tribune - 5/26/2021

Texas Legislature close to approving billions to pay for winter storm financial fallout

Houston Chronicle - 5/25/2021

Texas governor to sign law preventing the defunding of police, setting up another clash with cities

Washington Post – 5/24/2021

Guns, police and the national anthem: Dan Patrick priorities sail through Texas House

Dallas Morning News - 5/24/2021

Proposal to ensure new moms have health insurance a full year cut in half by Texas Senate

Dallas Morning News - 5/22/2021

Texas ramps up border security spending, uses feds dollars for one-time expenses in spending bill

Dallas Morning News - 5/21/2021

Lawmakers set to spend federal relief dollars in special session

Austin American-Statesman - 5/21/2021

Gov. Greg Abbott pledges to give lawmakers input on how Texas will spend $16B of federal COVID-19 aid

Dallas Morning News - 5/20/2021


Here are 4 takeaways from a study looking at how Utah state employees are paid

Salt Lake Tribune - 5/24/2021

Utah Legislature approves resolutions banning ‘harmful’ critical race theory concepts

Salt Lake City Deseret Morning News - 5/23/2021

Gov. Spencer Cox holds a televised news conference on the heels of special legislative session

Salt Lake Tribune - 5/20/2021


Vermont State Treasurer Beth Pearce announces successful bond sale

VT Digger.org - 5/26/2021

Legislature adjourns, ending a historic and remote session

VT Digger.org - 5/21/2021

Education finance reform bill headed to the governor s desk

VT Digger.org - 5/21/2021

Legislature ends historic session, agrees on $7.3B budget

Associated Press – 5/21/2021

House and Senate reach budget agreement, on pace for Friday adjournment

VT Digger.org - 5/20/2021


Virginia directs nearly $136 million for state and local criminal justice programs

The Center Square – 5/21/2021

Northam sends money, staff to fix lagging unemployment processing

The Center Square – 5/19/2021


Inslee pushes COVID-19 vaccinations, defends climate change vetoes in Northwest Passages interview

Spokane Spokesman-Review - 5/26/2021

Washington asks state high court to uphold tax on big banks

seattlepi.com - 5/25/2021

Former Attorney General Rob McKenna joins lawsuit seeking to invalidate capital gains tax

Spokane Spokesman-Review - 5/21/2021

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

Olympian - 5/20/2021

West Virginia

Manchin, McCuskey offer up offices as resources for local, state lawmakers to administer COVID funds

Charleston Gazette - 5/25/2021

West Virginians paying $14.4 million to treat, distribute water that never makes it to a faucet

Charleston Gazette - 5/22/2021

Environmentalist groups highlight concerns with WV mine reclamation fund report in lawsuit against feds

Charleston Gazette - 5/20/2021


Wisconsin’s budget picture is rosy due to feds, Foxconn, Evers

Wisconsin Examine – 5/27/2021

Many COVID-19 restrictions ending, not eviction moratorium

Lacrosse Tribune - 5/26/2021

Top Republican says Wisconsin schools shouldn't get a general funding increase

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - 5/26/2021

Republicans reject Gov. Tony Evers' special session call for Medicaid expansion

Lacrosse Tribune - 5/25/2021

Short-term health plans could last longer in Wisconsin under bill

Lacrosse Tribune - 5/24/2021

Applications for $420M small business grant program now open

WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison - 5/24/2021

Teacher retirements expected to keep adding up in Wisconsin

Lacrosse Tribune - 5/24/2021

GOP largely rejects Tony Evers' plan to spend $70 million to combat homelessness

Lacrosse Tribune - 5/20/2021


Federal proposals for free community college could boost adult learners' access, Wyoming official says

Casper Star-Tribune - 5/26/2021

New reports highlight benefits of Medicaid expansion for Wyoming workforce

Cheyenne Wyoming Tribune-Eagle - 5/23/2021

Wyoming Kicks Off $180 Million Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Wyoming Public Radio - 5/21/2021

State Budget Cuts Lead To Closing A Gillette Mental Health Facility

Wyoming Public Radio - 5/21/2021

Lummis, Scott introduce bill to empower states, local governments to help reduce national debt

Cheyenne Wyoming Tribune-Eagle - 5/20/2021