Budget Blog

Week of May 31, 2021 - Press Clips

By Brian Sigritz posted 06-03-2021 11:41 AM

  

National

Laws to Help Patients Get Pricey Drugs Fall Short, Advocates Say

Stateline – 6/3/2021

Half of US states end enhanced pandemic unemployment benefits

The Hill – 6/2/2021

Offering beer, babysitting and barbershop outreach, the White House launches a raft of initiatives to boost vaccinations

Washington Post – 6/2/2021

Offering free childcare and beer, Biden makes renewed push for July 4 vaccination goal

Yahoo! News - 6/2/2021

Pandemic Hasn't Changed Partisan Divide on Paid Time Off

Pew Trusts.org - 6/2/2021

These 8 States Passed Legislation to Limit Public Health Officials’ Authority

Route Fifty - 6/1/2021

States are passing a record number of voting restrictions

The Hill - 6/1/2021

Stakes grow on possible infrastructure deal as new deadline looms

ABC News - 6/1/2021

Three States Tech Leaders: Broadband Is Imperative for All

Governing.com - 6/1/2021

Obamacare Prices Continue to Fall

Stateline – 6/1/2021

Government Is Hiring, But Faces Tough Competition for Workers

Governing – 6/1/2021

A Rural-Urban Broadband Divide, but Not the One You Think Of

New York Times – 6/1/2021

More States Expand the Ballot to Previously Incarcerated

Stateline – 6/1/2021

Why Covid rules on liquor, pot and telemedicine might last past the pandemic

Yahoo! News - 5/31/2021

Millions of Americans could face eviction as housing protection expires in June

CNBC - 5/31/2021

After COVID, students facing scarce mental health resources at schools

USA Today - 5/30/2021

States deploy carrots to drive up coronavirus vaccination rates

Axios – 5/30/2021

State GOP lawmakers try to limit teaching about race, racism

Associated Press – 5/29/2021

Democrats plot Medicaid expansion backdoor in red states refusing program

Politico – 5/29/2021

Biden Fiscal 2022 Budget Boosts Many Construction Programs

Engineering News-Record - 5/29/2021

Public pensions dont have to be fully funded to be sustainable, paper finds

Marketwatch - 5/29/2021

EPA Announces Intent to Give Governments Back More Authority Over Clean Water Act Rule

Route Fifty - 5/29/2021

State and Local Officials Push Back Against Calls to Redirect Federal Aid

Route Fifty - 5/28/2021

Resistance to Medicaid Expansion Sets Up 2022 Fight in Holdout States

Wall Street Journal - 5/28/2021

State pushes vaccinations with sweetest offer yet

Yahoo! News - 5/28/2021

How Federal Stimulus Spending Plays Out for State Higher Ed

Inside Higher Ed – 5/28/2021

With No National Standard, States Scramble to Allow College Athlete Endorsements

Stateline – 5/28/2021

SBA’s Navigator Program Offering Grants up to $5M for Governments

Route Fifty – 5/28/2021

States tap federal aid to shore up empty unemployment funds

Associated Press – 5/27/2021

Alabama

Gov. Kay Ivey signals its time to search for Plan B on new Alabama prisons

AL.com - 6/2/2021

Medicaid expansion could create 28,500 jobs in Alabama, advocates say

AL.com - 6/2/2021

New hurricane season, old worries: Alabama cities, counties wait on millions from last years storms

AL.com - 6/1/2021

A closer look at Alabamas $7.7 billion education budget, largest in hi

AL.com - 6/1/2021

Alabama toll opposition creates strange political alliances and disputes

AL.com - 5/30/2021

Alaska

Money in state budget for hiking trail from Seward to Fairbanks is a step toward trans-Alaska route

Alaska Dispatch News - 5/31/2021

Alaska legislators say new taxes are likely needed before Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s new dividend plan can advance

Alaska Dispatch News - 5/30/2021

Permanent Fund hits a record high

Fairbanks News-Miner - 5/30/2021

Alaska budget debate drags on in special session

Associated Press – 5/28/2021

Arizona

Did AZ dispensaries really sell $120M in marijuana in March?

Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix - 6/2/2021

Flat tax looms as major obstacle to passing a state budget

Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix - 6/1/2021

Arizona Lawmakers, Governor In Standoff Over Budget As End Of Fiscal Year Approaches

KJZZ – 6/1/2021

Once again, Arizona hopes to import out-of-state water in face of crisis

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 5/29/2021

These bills have been vetoed by Gov. Ducey

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 5/28/2021

Ducey vetoes 22 bills, vows to veto everything until lawmakers OK budget

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 5/28/2021

Faith leaders condemn proposed flat tax, say they will call for referendum

Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix - 5/28/2021

No deal yet on Arizona spending and tax-cut plan; lawmakers recess

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 5/28/2021

Arkansas

Arkansas' tax revenue soars 70.8% in May

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 6/3/2021

Panel favors $150M spent on state broadband grants

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 6/3/2021

Premium hikes for state plans supported

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 6/2/2021

Governor's proposed cuts to Arkansas income tax, explained

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 6/1/2021

Five charts to help explain the Arkansas 2022 state budget

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 6/1/2021

Cities, counties see jump in sales tax revenue; businesses recovering from covid

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 5/31/2021

Budding business: Arkansas growing demand for medical marijuana adding to state tax coffers

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 5/30/2021

Governor sets eye on a tax cut by '23

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 5/30/2021

Term limits groups challenge new Arkansas initiative limits

Associated Press – 5/27/2021

California

State unemployment departments struggled to meet demand during pandemic, report finds

Los Angeles Times - 6/2/2021

California to pay $2M church legal fees over virus closures

San Diego Union-Tribune - 6/2/2021

California’s slavery reparations task force is convening. Here’s what happens next.

San Diego Union-Tribune - 6/1/2021

California lawmakers urge more help for schools, businesses in budget talks with Newsom

Los Angeles Times - 6/1/2021

California governor, lawmakers disagree on revenue estimates

San Diego Union-Tribune - 6/1/2021

Sports betting initiative qualifies for California ballot

San Diego Union-Tribune - 5/28/2021

California lawmakers push 10 bills to fight wildfire risks

SFGate - 5/27/2021

California offering cash awards totaling $116.5M to get vaccinated

Politico – 5/27/2021

Colorado

With more funding for education, lawmakers target higher-need students

Pueblo Chieftain - 6/2/2021

Regents name Todd Saliman as interim CU president

Boulder Daily Camera - 6/1/2021

Colorado lawmakers wage multifront assault on high drug costs

Kaiser Health News – 6/1/2021

Still not quite willing to get the COVID-19 vaccine? Perhaps $1 million -- or maybe just a free fishing license -- will convince you to roll up your sleeve.

Boulder Daily Camera - 5/28/2021

Connecticut

$46 billion Connecticut state budget would include no tax hikes on the rich, tax credits for low- and middle-income families and Democratic spending priorities

Hartford Courant - 6/2/2021

House sends bill declaring racism a health crisis to Lamont

Danbury News-Times - 6/2/2021

Decision time approaching for budget, recreational cannabis

New London Day (theday.com) - 6/1/2021

CT budget talks bog down near the finish line over town aid, spending cap

Danbury News-Times - 6/1/2021

Connecticut lawmakers dropped a plan to expand state-sponsored health insurance through a public option. Heres 6 other ways they hope to rein in health care costs.

Hartford Courant - 6/1/2021

Progressives push for higher taxes as budget talks continue

Danbury News-Times - 5/28/2021

Delaware

Exacerbated by COVID-19, Delaware sees sharp increase in homelessness In the past year,

Wilmington News Journal (Delaware Online) - 6/3/2021

Delaware's vaccination incentive program is up and running

Delaware Public Media – 6/1/2021

Republican legislators roll out tax cut bills

Delaware Business News – 6/1/2021

District of Columbia

Bowser’s budget, flush with federal dollars, boosts spending on housing, mental health, violence prevention

Washington Post – 5/27/2021

Florida

DeSantis signs $101.5 billion state budget; vetoes millions from PBC politics

Palm Beach Post - 6/2/2021

What did DeSantis veto from the state budget? See the list

Tallahassee Democrat - 6/2/2021

DeSantis signs $100 billion budget laden with federal COVID-19 money

Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel & SouthFlorida.com - 6/2/2021

Floridas teacher bonuses raise questions

Tampa Bay Times - 5/28/2021

Georgia

Metro cities adjust relief plans after getting millions less than expected

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 5/29/2021

Top bond rating will allow Georgia to save money

The Center Square – 5/28/2021

Georgia lawmakers to study crime in Atlanta

The Center Square – 5/27/2021

Hawaii

Hawaii Tourism Authority rushes to keep from losing $18M in special funds

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - 5/30/2021

Tax-free bonds approved by lawmakers for mystery Hawaii Kai senior-living project

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - 5/30/2021

Idaho

Idaho's longest-ever legislative session notches some big accomplishments, plus missed opportunities

Idaho Press – 6/1/2021

Illinois

Pritzker defends $42B budget as 'getting state's fiscal

Springfield State Journal-Register - 6/2/2021

Illinois recreational weed sales keep setting records, topping $116 million in May

Chicago Tribune - 6/2/2021

Gov. J.B. Pritzker raises possibility of a lottery to encourage more people to get their COVID-19 shots

Chicago Tribune - 6/2/2021

COVID-19 shot comes with a free beer under new Illinois law

Associated Press – 6/2/2021

Illinois Legislature's $42 billion budget heads to Pritzker

Associated Press – 6/1/2021

Illinois General Assembly spring session recap: Heres a look at the legislation passed by state lawmakers

Chicago Tribune - 6/1/2021

Legislators pass fiscal plan in overtime session

Chicago Sun-Times - 6/1/2021

Illinois lawmakers go into overtime, approve $42 billion budget, elections changes and an ethics package

Chicago Tribune - 5/31/2021

Pritzker banking on $200 million from legal sports betting, but efforts to expand gambling have never been easy in Illinois

Chicago Tribune - 5/31/2021

Indiana

Its going to look really bad: State braces for dip in ILEARN scores

Indianapolis Star - 6/2/2021

Holcomb loosens masking rules, extends public health emergency

Journal Gazette.net - 5/28/2021

State initiative will pay students to get ready for college

Indianapolis Star - 5/28/2021

Iowa

Iowa universities' free speech training may be in place for fall, but no initial penalty for not doing it

Des Moines Register – 6/2/2021

Homeschooling in Iowa dropped during pandemic

The Center Square – 6/2/2021

Kansas

After brutal year, Kansas public health officials consider their future

Wichita Eagle & Kansas.com - 6/2/2021

Will Kansas state workers return to office or keep working from home?

Topeka Capital-Journal - 5/31/2021

Legislators nix eviction ban, extend COVID-19 emergency order

Topeka Capital-Journal - 5/29/2021

Gov. Kelly renews high-stakes clash with Republicans over COVID-19 emergency declaration

Lawrence Journal-World - 5/28/2021

Kansas could soon have a COVID-19 vaccine lottery of its own

Topeka Capital-Journal - 5/28/2021

Kentucky

Kentucky opens first Rescue Plan infrastructure project

The Center Square – 6/2/2021

Pari-mutuel wagering tax focus of new Kentucky committee

The Center Square – 5/27/2021

Louisiana

Smokable medical marijuana backed by Louisiana lawmakers; here's when it could be distributed

Baton Rouge Advocate - 6/2/2021

Tax relief for women advances

Baton Rouge Advocate - 6/2/2021

How might Louisiana fix road, bridge problems? This bill is believed to be the solution

Baton Rouge Advocate - 6/2/2021

Sports betting clears Senate

Baton Rouge Advocate - 6/2/2021

First major spending on Louisiana roads in 30 years is biggest surprise of the legislative session

Baton Rouge Advocate - 6/2/2021

Legislation to slow down solar development advances in Louisiana Legislature

Baton Rouge Advocate - 5/28/2021

Proposal to make temporary tax permanent added to Louisiana bill about smokable marijuana

Baton Rouge Advocate - 5/28/2021

Louisiana Legislature approves $37B budget, including teacher pay raises, higher education spending

Baton Rouge Advocate - 5/28/2021

Lawmakers wrap up work early on Louisiana's $38B budget bill

Associated Press – 5/27/2021

Maine

Maine lawmakers reluctant to share vaccine status with mask standoff looming

Bangor Daily News - 6/1/2021

Legislature returns to State House for final push on key bills Tuesday

Central Maine - 5/31/2021

The sticking points between Janet Mills and Republicans on a new Maine budget

Bangor Daily News - 5/27/2021

Maryland

Maryland Gov. Hogan vetoes bills that would require COVID plan for next 2 years, tighten rules for emergency purchasing

Baltimore Sun – 6/2/2021

Maryland to end $300-a-week pandemic unemployment benefits in July

CNN – 6/2/2021

Maryland's governor vetoes more than a dozen measures

Associated Press – 5/28/2021

Massachusetts

Massachusetts federal delegation urges state to ‘keep promise’ as fight over coronavirus funds delays aid

Boston Herald - 6/2/2021

Massachusetts safety-net hospitals on life support over high coronavirus costs

Boston Herald - 6/1/2021

Massachusetts Senate reloads funding to combat Boston crime

Boston Herald - 5/28/2021

Massachusetts Senate passes $47.7B budget with no new taxes

Boston Herald - 5/28/2021

Senate Dems reject GOP bid for $1,200 return-to-work bonuses

Boston Herald - 5/27/2021

Michigan

Michigan Secretary of State wants $25 million to catch up on COVID-19 backlog

Mlive.com - 6/1/2021

Michigan vehicle travel slowed to a crawl during the pandemic, but bounced back better than others in the U.S.

Mlive.com - 6/1/2021

Four big issues lawmakers, Whitmer need to resolve to get the budget passed

Mlive.com - 6/1/2021

After COVID, students facing scarce mental health resources at schools

Detroit Free Press - 5/30/2021

Minnesota

Republicans propose plan to strip Gov. Walz of emergency powers

TwinCities.com - 6/2/2021

Walz to 37,500 state employees: Yall could be laid off July 1 if we dont get a budget

TwinCities.com - 6/1/2021

Minnesota lawmakers agree to spend $70 million on improving broadband access across the state

Minn Post – 6/1/2021

Minnesota legislators miss Friday goal for budget numbers

Associated Press – 5/28/2021

Mississippi

CARES Act money was supposed to help Mississippi businesses. Did it?

Mississippi Today – 6/2/2021

Ratio of workers supporting state retirees declines, impacting PERS viability

Mississippi Today – 5/28/2021

Missouri

Missouri could join 49 other states by improving access to mental health services

Missouri Net - 6/3/2021

Republican lawmakers are again calling for a special session on crime in Missouri

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 6/1/2021

State auditor: Missouri ranking 49th in state aid to K-12 schools has been an ongoing issue

Missouri Net - 6/1/2021

In limbo again: jobless Missourians could see benefits clawed back after lawmakers failed to act

Kansas City Star & KansasCity.com - 5/31/2021

Judge sets trial date for lawsuit to expand Missouri Medicaid as approved by voters

Kansas City Star & KansasCity.com - 5/30/2021

Bid to put Missouri gas tax increase on ballot nixed by attorney general

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 5/28/2021

Montana

Governor approves grant to purchase historic island east of Billings on Yellowstone River

Billings Gazette - 6/2/2021

Lawsuit says bill tweaked too dramatically, too late in legislative session

Billings Gazette - 6/2/2021

Montana employees working remotely will head back to worksites

Missoula Missoulian - 6/1/2021

Session brought substantial changes to Montana's election system

Billings Gazette - 5/29/2021

Tuition hikes approved across Montana University System

Missoula Missoulian - 5/27/2021

Nebraska

Nebraska officials drop plans for 2-tier Medicaid system

Associated Press – 6/2/2021

Nebraska Corrections moving forward with plans for prison expansion

Lincoln Journal Star - 6/2/2021

Nebraska will get $65 million more in federal flooding aid

Lincoln Journal Star - 6/2/2021

Wins and losses in Nebraska's 2021 legislative session

Omaha World-Herald - 5/30/2021

Legislature passes 200 bills during unusual session

Lincoln Journal Star - 5/29/2021

NU secures $400M in financing to begin renovating, replacing aging facilities

Omaha World-Herald - 5/27/2021

Nebraska Legislature adjourns 'historic' session that provided tax cuts, help for military families

Omaha World-Herald - 5/27/2021

Carry-out alcohol from restaurants becomes permanently legal in Nebraska

Lincoln Journal Star - 5/27/2021

Nevada

Sisolak signs bills on mining tax, voting reform

Las Vegas Review-Journal - 6/2/2021

Senator seeks funds to expand mental health programs

Las Vegas Review-Journal - 6/2/2021

Nevada governor 'optimistic' after legislative session ends

Las Vegas Sun - 6/2/2021

Sisolak damn proud of Nevada Legislature, will sign CannizzaroCare

Reno Gazette-Journal - 6/2/2021

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak, seen in April 2021 in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Las Vegas Review-Journal - 6/2/2021

Sisolak pledges to sign public option health care bill

Las Vegas Sun - 6/1/2021

Nevada lawmakers wrap legislative session just in time

Reno Gazette-Journal - 6/1/2021

Thats a wrap: In final day, Nevada Legislature passes bills to keep mail-in voting, raise mining tax

Las Vegas Sun - 6/1/2021

Nevadas eviction ban ends, CDC moratorium still in effect

Las Vegas Review-Journal - 6/1/2021

Legislature passes mining tax bill, sending funds to schools

Las Vegas Review-Journal - 5/31/2021

Nevada mining tax plan would put more money into education

Reno Gazette-Journal - 5/31/2021

Nevada lawmakers setting priorities for spending $2.7 billion in relief money

Las Vegas Sun - 5/30/2021

New Hampshire

Using relief funds to build units could ease housing crunch, advocates say

Concord Monitor - 6/2/2021

Changes to divisive concepts legislation still prove divisive

Concord Monitor - 6/2/2021

State senate to vote Thursday on $13 billion budget

Manchester Union Leader - 6/1/2021

Senate Finance approves $13.5 billion budget plan

Nashua Telegraph - 5/30/2021

Senate Finance approves alternative divisive concepts provision for NH budget

Nashua Telegraph - 5/28/2021

Senate approves trio of bills in response to COVID-19

Manchester Union Leader - 5/27/2021

State-run vaccine sites to close by end of June NEW

Concord Monitor - 5/27/2021

New Jersey

NJ got $6 billion in pandemic relief. But there are strings attached

NJ Spotlight – 6/2/2021

NJ threat to beach funds halts town’s resident-only parking

Associated Press – 6/2/2021

NJ hits deadline for police cams, but implementation lags

Associated Press – 6/1/2021

Heres what Bidens first budget proposal will mean to N.J.

Jersey City Journal - 5/28/2021

Gateway tunnel between NY and NJ gets critical federal approval

North Jersey.com (Bergen County Record & Herald News) - 5/28/2021

Billions in federal cash is coming to N.J. schools. See how much your district gets.

Jersey City Journal - 5/28/2021

New Mexico

Governor defends campaign's makeup expenses cited in ethic complaint

Santa Fe New Mexican - 6/2/2021

NM establishes $10M vaccine sweepstakes

ABQJournal Online - 6/1/2021

Union asks governor to restore pay raises

ABQJournal Online - 5/28/2021

New York

NY opens rent assistance program. Heres how to apply.

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle - 6/1/2021

New Yorks pension system hits record returns. Heres who is getting the most

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle - 6/1/2021

New Yorkers can get paid leave for COVID vaccine recovery

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle - 5/27/2021

North Carolina

Bill to give NC returning workers bonuses approved by Senate

Associated Press – 6/1/2021

House bill to shore up flood-prone NC areas gets panel's OK

Associated Press – 6/1/2021

$750M in virus aid for NC broadband expansion OK’d by House

Associated Press – 5/27/2021

North Dakota

Deferred maintenance targeted at North Dakota state parks

Bismarck Tribune – 5/29/2021

Gov. Doug Burgum, Grand Forks lawmakers highlight session's accomplishments, disappointments

Grand Forks Herald - 5/29/2021

Ohio

More school funding changes, bigger income tax cuts included in Ohio Senate budget: Capitol Letter

Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com - 6/2/2021

Vax-a-Million boost might be diminishing

Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com - 6/2/2021

Ohio Senate unveils its budget plan with 5% income tax cuts, separate school funding plan

Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com - 6/1/2021

Senate increases tax cuts, school vouchers in Ohio budget Senate increases tax cuts, school vouchers in Ohio budget

Columbus Dispatch - 6/1/2021

Ohioans with Medicaid half as likely to get COVID-19 vaccine

Dayton Daily News - 5/31/2021

Voucher lawsuit could get support from Ohio's biggest school district

Columbus Dispatch - 5/28/2021

Ohio Lawmakers Approve Bill to Allow Teleworkers to Seek Commuter Tax Refunds

Route Fifty – 5/28/2021

Oklahoma

Oklahoma high court strikes down governor’s Medicaid plan

Associated Press – 6/2/2021

Stitt signs bills cutting personal and corporate income tax rates

The Center Square – 6/1/2021

Oklahoma adjourns 2021 legislative session without passing any constitutional amendments

The Center Square – 6/1/2021

Oklahoma Legislature wraps up 2021 regular session

Associated Press – 5/27/2021

Oregon

Oregon looks to extend grace period for commercial back rent

The Center Square – 6/2/2021

Oregon pension board to meet for important decision that could ratchet up costs for schools and public agencies

Oregonian – 6/2/2021

Auditors: Oregon could still do more to show how it spends money

Salem Statesman-Journal - 5/27/2021

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania tax collections continue rebound from pandemic

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - 6/1/2021

Internal PSERS documents show how Pas biggest pension fund got key financial calculation wrong

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - 5/31/2021

State House hearing examines school mental health needs

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - 5/31/2021

To spend or not to spend, Harrisburg asks this budget season

Pennsylvania Capital Star – 5/28/2021

Rhode Island

House hearing will attempt to untangle financial morass at state hospital

The Providence Journal - 6/2/2021

Lawsuit accuses RI's elderly-affairs chief of ordering 'illegal' moves to paper over deficit

The Providence Journal - 5/30/2021

McKee signs nursing-home staffing mandate into law

The Providence Journal - 5/28/2021

South Carolina

3% state employee raise; no vaccine lottery yet in SC budget

Associated Press – 6/3/2021

SC lawmakers make surprise bid to buy 23 waterfront acres on Charleston Harbor from nuns

Charleston Post & Courier - 6/2/2021

South Carolina special session on tap to spend $5B

The Center Square – 6/1/2021

Top South Carolina Democrat wants $1M vaccine lottery prize

Associated Press – 5/27/2021

Tennessee

Tennessee Supreme Court to hear arguments Thursday on school-choice program

The Center Square – 6/2/2021

Chunk of Tennessee's remaining CARES Act money going to small businesses

The Center Square – 6/2/2021

Lee declines to sign teacher training bill over cost dispute

Tennessee Journal – 6/1/2021

Tennessee governor signs off on unemployment, certificate-of-need reform

The Center Square – 5/27/2021

Texas

Analysis: Regulating dangerous practices in the Texas Legislature

Texas Tribune - 6/2/2021

House Speaker Dade Phelan says Gov. Greg Abbott could hurt staffers and legislative agencies if he tries to block lawmaker salaries

Texas Tribune - 6/1/2021

Abbott vows to defund state Legislature after voting bill fails

Houston Chronicle - 6/1/2021

Legislature ends turbulent session

Austin American-Statesman - 5/31/2021

'Leave the building': Texas walkout escalates voting battles

Houston Chronicle - 5/31/2021

Republicans powered their agenda through legislative session geared to satisfy conservative voters

Dallas Morning News - 5/30/2021

State lawmakers slot $1B for border security

Austin American-Statesman - 5/29/2021

Texas lawmakers finally pass $248.6B, two-year state budget, send to Gov. Greg Abbott

Dallas Morning News - 5/27/2021

Utah

New air pollution law in Utah will keep many state employees home

KSL – 6/2/2021

State taking cautious approach to financial incentives for COVID-19 vaccine

Salt Lake City Deseret Morning News - 5/27/2021

Vermont

New ruling says public dollars can go to religious schools

VT Digger.org - 6/2/2021

Scott reups incentives for workers who move to Vermont, signs off on higher unemployment benefits

VT Digger.org - 6/2/2021

Cannabis Control Board seeks a Vermont marijuana market rooted in equity

VT Digger.org - 6/1/2021

Gov. Phil Scott, Department of Labor award $462,500 through 2021 Vermont Internship Program

VT Digger.org - 5/28/2021

Virginia

Job search requirements for unemployment return to Virginia

The Center Square – 6/1/2021

Senate Republicans, Virginia business groups support back-to-work incentive

The Center Square – 5/27/2021

Washington

Washington capital gains tax could hinge on lawsuit over bank tax

The Center Square – 5/27/2021

Washington state expands budget for behavioral health care

King 5 - 5/26/2021

West Virginia

West Virginia set to end fiscal year with huge budget surplus

Parkersburg News – 6/2/2021

Late tax day, stimulus checks help push May tax collections to $152 million above projections

Charleston Gazette - 6/1/2021

Justice: Vaccine lottery prizes include $1 million, scholarships, pickups, firearms

Charleston Gazette - 6/1/2021

With four years to allocate COVID relief funds, state lawmakers aren't in a rush for a special session

Charleston Gazette - 5/28/2021

Wisconsin

Republicans on state budget committee reject $15 million for unemployment system

Lacrosse Tribune - 6/2/2021

Gov. Tony Evers: Full budget veto 'on the table'

Lacrosse Tribune - 6/1/2021

Gov. Tony Evers signs executive orders raising gay pride flag, directing agencies to use gender-neutral language

Lacrosse Tribune - 6/1/2021

Gov. Tony Evers says vetoing state budget is 'on the table' after GOP action leaves $1.5B at risk

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - 6/1/2021

Prescription drug cost proposals could soon reappear in Wisconsin

Lacrosse Tribune - 5/30/2021

State to give 84,000 Wisconsin businesses $5,000 grants

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - 5/29/2021

Feds warn GOP budget for Wisconsin puts $1.5 billion in federal education funds at risk

Lacrosse Tribune - 5/29/2021

Lifting the UW tuition freeze: A potential cash infusion as Wisconsin's public colleges lag national counterparts

WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison - 5/29/2021

GOP provides $128M in new money for schools, a tenth of Evers proposal

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - 5/28/2021

Republicans vote to lift 8-year tuition freeze at UW campuses

Lacrosse Tribune - 5/28/2021

GOP budget increases K-12 spending less than 10% of Tony Evers' proposal

Lacrosse Tribune - 5/28/2021

Wyoming

Mental Health Budget Cuts Put Strain On Services With Extreme High Demand

Wyoming Public Radio - 6/1/2021

Wyoming just got $500M from Bidens rescue plan. Now what?

Cheyenne Wyoming Tribune-Eagle - 5/28/2021

$200 Million Rental Assistance Program Launches This Week

Wyoming Public Radio - 5/28/2021