Budget Blog

Week of June 7, 2021 - Press Clips

By Brian Sigritz posted 06-09-2021 02:20 PM

  

National

States Invested in Broadband Expansion Despite 2020 Budget Woes

Route Fifty - 6/9/2021

Rich Schools, Poor Schools and a Biden Plan

The New York Times - 6/9/2021

Internet Ads Are a Popular Tax Target for Both Parties

Stateline – 6/8/2021

Economies in these states are actually stronger than they were before Covid

CNN – 6/8/2021

Governors Promise Return to Normalcy Once States Hit Target Vaccination Rates

Route Fifty – 6/8/2021

Infrastructure Talks Between GOP Senators and White House are Dead

Route Fifty – 6/8/2021

Landmark Federal Guidance Affirms State Leadership Role in Bridging Digital Divide

Pew Trusts.org - 6/8/2021

U.S. public sector pension funding improved during the pandemic year

Marketwatch - 6/8/2021

Treasury offers generous guideline for calculating COVID revenue loss

Bond Buyer - 6/8/2021

It's not just voting and Covid: How red states are overriding their blue cities

CNN - 6/8/2021

Why are some states experiencing a tax revenue surplus?

Marketplace – 6/7/2021

Report: Grocery Taxes Impede Food Security for Low-income Americans

Route Fifty – 6/7/2021

Pandemic Prompts Some States to Pass Struggling Third Graders

Stateline – 6/7/2021

States will be ending federal unemployment benefits this week. This map shows where

CNBC - 6/7/2021

States rebound from bleak forecasts to pass record budgets

Republic - 6/6/2021

State and Local Employment Remains Stubbornly Down

Route Fifty - 6/4/2021

Sports betting gold rush leaves problem gamblers behind 

The Hill - 6/4/2021

States Ply COVID Unvaccinated with Cash, Beer, Scholarships

Pew Trusts.org - 6/4/2021

Lawmakers want to help states with cybersecurity efforts

Washington Examiner - 6/4/2021

Vaccine Lottery by State and How to Enter

Newsweek - 6/4/2021

How Simple Fixes Can Prevent Cyberattacks on Water Systems

Governing.com - 6/4/2021

States Bolster Data Security Technology in Response to Covid-19, Survey Finds

Route Fifty – 6/4/2021

Cities and States Scramble to Get Aid to Renters as Federal Eviction Ban Nears Its End

Route Fifty – 6/3/2021

$195 billion of federal rescue money is going to U.S. states. Heres how a few will use it

Marketwatch - 6/3/2021

Why Contact Tracing Couldn't Keep Up With The U.S. COVID Outbreak

(NPR) National Public Radio - 6/3/2021

Alabama

Another COVID side effect: Many kids head to summer school

Associated Press – 6/8/2021

I need that money: Alabama siphoning inmates stimulus funds to pay fines, fees, restitution

AL.com - 6/3/2021

Alaska

Alaska lawmaker takes state-paid tour of Arizona’s Republican-led election audit

Alaska Dispatch News - 6/8/2021

Without broad agreement on Alaskas state budget, high schoolers could lose scholarships and rural electrical prices may double

Alaska Dispatch News - 6/7/2021

Gov. Dunleavy urges Alaska lawmakers to act on dividend plan

Alaska Dispatch News - 6/7/2021

The number of Alaskans released on discretionary parole fell sharply in 2020

Alaska Dispatch News - 6/5/2021

Arizona

Arizona House rejects flat-tax plan by one vote

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 6/7/2021

Bid by GOP Arizona House leaders to pass budget falls flat

Associated Press – 6/7/2021

Arizona wildfires force more evacuations, highway closures

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 6/6/2021

Arizona House to vote soon on spending and tax-cut plan, even if "a Hail Mary"

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 6/5/2021

Arizona regulators set target date for legal sports betting

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 6/3/2021

Arkansas

Governor tells agencies to give out pay raises

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 6/9/2021

Tuition, fees flat at six campuses of ASU System

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 6/4/2021

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

California

California Lawmakers Offer $180 Million Boost to Hollywood

Variety – 6/8/2021

California governor wont lift virus state of emergency

San Diego Union-Tribune - 6/4/2021

Hero pay bill for healthcare workers fizzles in California Legislature

Los Angeles Times - 6/3/2021

California extends ability for restaurants to serve alcohol outdoors, for delivery and to-go

Los Angeles Times - 6/3/2021

Colorado

Colorado General Assembly concludes 2021 session

The Center Square – 6/9/2021

Colorado Senate passes property tax reduction bill

The Center Square – 6/7/2021

Colorado picks first $1 million winner in vaccine drive

Associated Press – 6/4/2021

Connecticut

 Legislature passes highway usage tax on large commercial trucks

The Connecticut Mirror - 6/9/2021

House adopts $46B budget that avoids tax hikes

The Connecticut Mirror - 6/9/2021

Connecticut House passes highway usage tax on large commercial trucks

New London Day (theday.com) - 6/8/2021

In blue Connecticut, 22 House Republicans support Democratic-written, no-tax increase state budget backed by Gov. Lamont

Hartford Courant - 6/8/2021

State Senate narrowly approves legalizing recreational marijuana, 19-17

Danbury News-Times - 6/8/2021

Who pays the most in taxes? Connecticut debates inequality and fairness as final approval of state budget is expected Wednesday.

Hartford Courant - 6/8/2021

The new, $46.4 billion, two-year state budget is expected to have plenty left over to put into the pension funds.

The Connecticut Mirror - 6/8/2021

Connecticut legislators pursue Medicaid expansion for 1,900 undocumented children

Hartford Courant - 6/8/2021

Final deal reached on Connecticut state budget, first vote planned Tuesday

New London Day (theday.com) - 6/8/2021

State legislature on verge of legalizing recreational cannabis

New London Day (theday.com) - 6/7/2021

Union, Lamont reach last-minute deal to avert strike at group homes for the disabled

The Connecticut Mirror - 6/6/2021

Lamont announces $7.7 million expansion of Connecticut Youth Employment Program

The Connecticut Mirror - 6/6/2021

Connecticut Democrats propose $2.5 billion fund for states cash-strapped cities. Heres how it would work.

Hartford Courant - 6/6/2021

State budget deal: No tax hikes on the rich; no climate fees; no state child tax credit

Danbury News-Times - 6/5/2021

CT Senate approves bill to double the nickel deposit, add tea and sports drinks

Danbury News-Times - 6/3/2021

Delaware

Why top officials making six figures will get pay bumps of $20K or more

Wilmington News Journal (Delaware Online) - 6/9/2021

State Treasurer Begins Multimillion Dollar Distribution to Delaware Municipalities

WBOC – 6/9/2021

Legal weed expected to get vote in Delaware House. What to know.

Wilmington News Journal (Delaware Online) - 6/7/2021

Exacerbated by COVID-19, Delaware sees sharp increase in homelessness

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

Florida

Seminole Gaming CEO praises gambling deal as $500 million solution

Orlando Sentinel - 6/8/2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis signs bills to curb foreign influence as he targets China

Tampa Bay Times - 6/7/2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis targets critical race theory as Florida examines academic standards

Tampa Bay Times - 6/7/2021

Florida’s education budget is the largest ever. Why do districts fear cuts?

Tampa Bay Times - 6/7/2021

DeSantis signs three military-friendly into law

Jacksonville Times-Union & Jacksonville.com - 6/4/2021

DeSantis criticized for LGBTQ budget vetoes

Tallahassee Democrat - 6/3/2021

Georgia

With the economy strong, state of Georgia headed for a record tax surplus

Atlanta Journal Constitution – 6/8/2021

Kemp visits Gwinnett Tech for groundbreaking of $37.8 million project

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 6/7/2021

Hawaii

Gov. David Ige signs 9 bills to commemorate World Oceans Day

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - 6/9/2021

Gov. Ige says ban on evictions to end in August

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - 6/7/2021

Emails show strain on Hawaii administration amid coronavirus pandemic

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - 6/5/2021

Idaho

Far-right Idaho Republicans battle to control party, state

Associated Press – 6/8/2021

'They didn’t want the people of Idaho to use the process': Idaho Supreme Court set to review new ballot initiative law amid controversy

KTVB – 6/8/2021

Idaho children are sent out of state for care. Idaho Youth Ranch is bringing them home

Twin Falls Times-News - 6/7/2021

Pandemic fallout: Idaho health department responds to need for depression, anxiety resources

Twin Falls Times-News - 6/6/2021

Illinois

Summer school? Parents and teachers are just saying no, despite COVID-19 learning loss and federal relief funds to pay for it.

Chicago Tribune - 6/7/2021

ANALYSIS: Promise of 'new day' in Illinois House debatable in session

Springfield State Journal-Register - 6/6/2021

Democrats call Pritzker’s signature on new legislative maps a ‘win for the people,’ but GOP dubs it ‘blatant effort to kill democracy’

Chicago Sun-Times - 6/4/2021

Many New Moms Get Kicked Off Medicaid 2 Months After Giving Birth. Illinois Will Change That.

Kaiser Health News – 6/4/2021

Pritzker: Illinois on track for full reopening June 11

Springfield State Journal-Register - 6/3/2021

Indiana

Skills-bolstering program starting

Journal Gazette.net - 6/6/2021

Democrats tout novel coronavirus relief funds

Journal Gazette.net - 6/3/2021

Iowa

Iowa ranked as quickest state in nation to recover from COVID-19

The Center Square – 6/8/2021

Kansas

Debate on critical race theory looms in Kansas amid national outcry

Topeka Capital-Journal - 6/8/2021

Surging tax collections in Kansas reflect uncertainty of economic recovery

Lawrence Journal-World - 6/5/2021

Kansas racial justice panel turns focus to equitable distribution of federal aid

Lawrence Journal-World - 6/4/2021

Kentucky

Council for Better Education to sue over Kentucky school choice law

Louisville Courier-Journal - 6/5/2021

Kentucky offers cash prizes, scholarships for COVID-19 shots

Associated Press – 6/4/2021

What is critical race theory? Heres what to know about Kentuckys bill

Louisville Courier-Journal - 6/3/2021

Louisiana

John Bel Edwards vetoed first bill of 2021 session; read the veto letter here

Baton Rouge Advocate - 6/8/2021

School aid bill wins final approval in Legislature

Baton Rouge Advocate - 6/8/2021

Louisiana lawmakers back decriminalization of marijuana; bill heads to governor's desk

Baton Rouge Advocate - 6/7/2021

Louisiana owes these flood victims more than $300M. Why has it taken 40 years to pay up?

Baton Rouge Advocate - 6/6/2021

House-passed bill to boost state aid for roads clears key Senate panel

Baton Rouge Advocate - 6/6/2021

Analysis: Many issues settled as session reaches final days

Associated Press – 6/6/2021

Louisiana Senate committee kills public defense overhaul bill opposed by Orleans Public Defenders

Nola.com - 6/4/2021

Louisiana House approved sports betting, another step before final passage

Baton Rouge Advocate - 6/3/2021

Maine

Maine adult-use cannabis sales surpass $5 million in May

Central Maine - 6/8/2021

Maine Senate unanimously backs bill to provide meals free to K-12 students

Bangor Daily News - 6/7/2021

Mills submits plan to Legislature for spending $1 billion in federal stimulus aid

Central Maine - 6/4/2021

Maine Senate votes to create separate child welfare agency

Central Maine - 6/4/2021

Maryland

Hogan administration defends decision to cut federal unemployment benefits

Baltimore Sun - 6/8/2021

Maryland casinos set monthly revenue record of $172.4 million in May

Baltimore Sun - 6/8/2021

Maryland board approves contract for Australian firms to develop toll lanes on I-270, Beltway

Washington Post – 6/8/2021

With evictions set to begin next month, hundreds of millions in Washington-area rental aid remains unspent

Washington Post – 6/4/2021

Massachusetts

MassHealth enrollment eclipses 2M, highest since 2015

The Republican - MassLive.com - 6/9/2021

Charlie Baker boosts funding by $3.2 million for vaccination efforts in hard-hit Massachusetts communities

Boston Herald - 6/8/2021

Lawmakers could send “millionaire tax” question to voters

Associated Press – 6/3/2021

Governor, lawmakers wrangle over federal pandemic aid funds

Associated Press – 6/3/2021

Michigan

Whitmer proposes funding increase for state preschool program

Mlive.com - 6/8/2021

Detroit casinos report nearly $109.7 million in May revenue

Detroit News - 6/8/2021

Whitmer vetoes COVID-19 bills related to graduations, public records

Detroit Free Press - 6/3/2021

Whitmer economic plan includes millions for boosted wages

Detroit News - 6/3/2021

Minnesota

‘The Sausage Will Get Made’: Legislative Leaders Expect Budget Deal To Get Done During Special Session

CBS Minnesota – 6/8/2021

Minnesota craft brewers renew push to end growler caps

TwinCities.com - 6/7/2021

Walz, legislative leaders say theyd drop partisan priorities to avoid shutdown

TwinCities.com - 6/3/2021

Mississippi

Analysis: Watchdog examines Mississippi school funding

Jackson Clarion-Ledger - 6/7/2021

Lawmakers discuss future of medical marijuana in Mississippi

The Sun Herald - 6/5/2021

Missouri

Talks continue on renewing major Medicaid tax as Parson vows budget cuts next month

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 6/8/2021

Parson says budget cuts are coming next month if deal on Medicaid tax renewal is not reached

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 6/8/2021

Big increase in state's revenue called fluke

News Tribune – 6/8/2021

Missouri foster parents get help from legislature, but why are more children coming into state care?

Columbia Missourian - 6/7/2021

Missouri facing a second lawsuit over failure to fund Medicaid expansion

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 6/4/2021

Montana

Montana's broadband program taking shape, along with federal guidelines for COVID relief

Missoula Missoulian - 6/8/2021

Far-right Idaho Republicans battle to control party, state

Bozeman Daily Chronicle - 6/8/2021

Montana tourism on rebound after steep drop in 2020

Billings Gazette - 6/7/2021

Lawsuit challenges five different bills lawmakers passed as unconstitutional

Great Falls Tribune - 6/4/2021

Medicaid expansion enrollment hits record number in April

Bozeman Daily Chronicle - 6/3/2021

Nebraska

Giant pot of federal 'rescue' money for Nebraska schools: $194M to OPS, $61.4M to LPS

Omaha World-Herald - 6/6/2021

Nebraska education officials promise changes to proposed health standards

Lincoln Journal Star - 6/5/2021

Nevada

Nevada cannabis lounges legalized: What comes next?

Las Vegas Review-Journal - 6/7/2021

Sisolak lauds new mining tax for education

Las Vegas Review-Journal - 6/7/2021

Sisolak signs bills to help Native Americans in Nevada

Las Vegas Review-Journal - 6/4/2021

These bills failed in the 2021 Legislature session

Las Vegas Review-Journal - 6/3/2021

New Hampshire

NH lawmakers endorse $150 million in federal grants

Manchester Union Leader - 6/9/2021

State plan for $35 million to make up for learning loss submitted to feds

Manchester Union Leader - 6/8/2021

Law makes PPP loans tax exempt

Concord Monitor - 6/8/2021

Rising liquor sales make the New Hampshire-Vermont border a booze battleground

Concord Monitor - 6/7/2021

NH returns to legislative oversight of COVID, other spending

Manchester Union Leader - 6/7/2021

Private lawyers OK'd to defend state in education suit

Manchester Union Leader - 6/6/2021

Sununu presents blueprint to expand mental health bed capacity

Manchester Union Leader - 6/6/2021

New Hampshire Senate passes $13.5 billion budget with contentious add-ons

Concord Monitor - 6/3/2021

Feds say NH businesses have to pay back COVID-19 grants after all

Manchester Union Leader - 6/3/2021

Sununu: Late-term abortion ban in budget won't trigger veto

Concord Monitor - 6/3/2021

NH House rejects COVID-19 grants for newer firms

Manchester Union Leader - 6/3/2021

New Jersey

Disability advocates: NJ extra schooling bill stuck on Murphys desk

Asbury Park Press - 6/8/2021

N.J.s revenue soars by an incredible $4 billion as key budget talks loom

Jersey City Journal - 6/8/2021

In stunning move, Murphy to close scandal-ridden Edna Mahan state prison for women

Jersey City Journal - 6/7/2021

Another $235M could be coming to N.J. small businesses, restaurants crushed by COVID

Jersey City Journal - 6/5/2021

New Mexico

24 New Mexico Democrats support oil and gas leasing pause in letter to Biden

Santa Fe New Mexican - 6/9/2021

State of New Mexico releases updated back-to-school plan

Santa Fe New Mexican - 6/7/2021

New Mexico moves ahead with review of contamination at Air Force bases

Santa Fe New Mexican - 6/5/2021

Auditor deems New Mexico staff payments unconstitutional

Santa Fe New Mexican - 6/5/2021

New Mexico scholarship program to fund full cost of tuition

ABQJournal Online - 6/4/2021

New York

State releases sweeping blueprint for recovering learning lost during pandemic

NewsDay.com - 6/9/2021

Child care centers closed as New York spent relief funds slowly

Albany Times-Union - 6/8/2021

NY lawmakers mull criminal justice bills as session wraps

Associated Press – 6/7/2021

Bill to fund Cuomo impeachment to pass early this week

Albany Times-Union - 6/6/2021

New York colleges will not be lifting bans on marijuana this upcoming semester.

New York Post - 6/5/2021

Legislature passes transparency bill to require MTA to publish more data online

New York Daily News - 6/3/2021

North Carolina

NC House, Senate come to agreement on amount of state budget. But what will be in it?

Raleigh News & Observer - 6/9/2021

Budget deal in North Carolina includes spending increase, tax cuts

The Center Square – 6/8/2021

NC could see a budget stalemate again this year, this time between Republican chambers

Raleigh News & Observer - 6/4/2021

NC Republicans threaten different avenues on framing budget

Associated Press – 6/3/2021

North Dakota

Tax revenues exceed projections in April

Bismarck Tribune - 6/8/2021

North Dakota state revenues yield 'mixed bag' in pandemic

Bismarck Tribune - 6/7/2021

New 'invest in North Dakota' program to launch soon

Grand Forks Herald - 6/7/2021

Applicants sought for North Dakota medical marijuana board

Bismarck Tribune - 6/4/2021

Feds approve expansion of North Dakota natural gas pipeline

Bismarck Tribune - 6/3/2021

Ohio

Ohio Senate adds abortion restrictions, tweaks school funding in budget bill

Columbus Dispatch - 6/9/2021

Ohio senators look to give nursing homes less oversight

Columbus Dispatch - 6/8/2021

Ohio Statehouse observers are watching the Senates income tax cut, education plans

Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com - 6/8/2021

Ohio Senate Republicans move toward budget approval: Capitol Letter

Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com - 6/8/2021

Ohio Senate budget proposals include changes for Ohio Medicaid, daycare centers, anti-abortion pregnancy resource centers

Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com - 6/7/2021

Senate Republicans rewrite the rules for grading Ohio's daycares

Columbus Dispatch - 6/6/2021

Dayton one of six ‘stimulus command centers’ in nation

Dayton Daily News – 6/4/2021

Ohio Senate wants a redo of who gets state's $20 billion Medicaid contract

Akron Beacon Journal and Ohio.com - 6/3/2021

Oklahoma

Oklahoma revenue soars 34% on oil, gas production comeback

Bond Buyer – 6/8/2021

Oklahoma OKs Bigger Incentives for Film, TV Production

Variety – 6/4/2021

Oregon

Legislation advances: Free IDs for the homeless, Juneteenth holiday

Salem Statesman-Journal - 6/5/2021

Oregons emergency responders and utilities are preparing for another big wildfire season

Portland Oregonian, Hillsboro Argus, Oregon Live.com - 6/4/2021

Oregon vaccination rates fall despite million dollar lottery

The Center Square – 6/4/2021

Pennsylvania

Pa. House approves veto-bound bill to help block local gun laws

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - 6/8/2021

With $10B to spend, advocates press Wolf, Pa. lawmakers to prioritize poor people

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - 6/8/2021

 Pa. lawmakers return for June with big agenda, sharp differences and 4 weeks to finish budget

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - 6/7/2021

Lawmakers return for June with big agenda, sharp differences

Associated Press – 6/7/2021

After a year of Zoom and telework, Capitol staff make steady return to Harrisburg

Capital Star – 6/6/2021

With a $40 million limit, Pennsylvanias biggest pension fund is lawyering up to confront an FBI probe

Allentown Morning Call - 6/5/2021

Rhode Island

Speaker hears from House Democrats on budget priorities

The Providence Journal - 6/8/2021

McKee: Raimondo's numbers on state hospital 'a fairy tale'

The Providence Journal - 6/8/2021

McKee withdraws plan for layoffs at Eleanor Slater Hospital

The Providence Journal - 6/7/2021

South Carolina

SC parents are paying thousands for children to see school therapists

GoUpstate.com - 6/9/2021

SC electric vehicle drivers may see fee hikes to make up revenue shortfall for roadwork

Charleston Post & Courier - 6/8/2021

South Carolina's nonpublic schools receive $39M in federal coronavirus relief

Charleston Post & Courier - 6/8/2021

SC Gov. McMaster: Free career training at technical colleges for the unemployed

GoUpstate.com - 6/8/2021

Gov. McMaster ends state of emergency in SC as COVID cases drop, vaccines slowly rise

Charleston Post & Courier - 6/7/2021

Legislators add $3M to SC budget to improve treatment of mentally ill in jails

Charleston Post & Courier - 6/6/2021

South Dakota

How property taxes work in South Dakota

Rapid City Journal - 6/5/2021

Legislature resists efforts to reduce property-tax burden for seniors

Rapid City Journal - 6/5/2021

South Dakota's college cost-cutting task force gavels out, will publish final report

Grand Forks Herald – 6/4/2021

Tennessee

Tennessee businesses find relief in COVID-19 tax deductions

The Center Square – 6/8/2021

TN Supreme Court takes up states school voucher program

Memphis Commercial Appeal - 6/3/2021

Texas

Gov. Greg Abbott signs into law Texas Legislatures response to winter storm

Dallas Morning News - 6/8/2021

Anti-abortion program to receive $100M in next Texas budget, but what will be done with the money?

Houston Chronicle - 6/8/2021

Gov. Greg Abbott signs bill to punish businesses that require proof of COVID-19 vaccination

Houston Chronicle - 6/8/2021

Gov. Greg Abbott responds to new Carnival Cruise rules with ban on 'vaccine passports'

Houston Chronicle - 6/7/2021

Texas universities got more state funding this year than they anticipated ” but theyre still hoping for more support

Texas Tribune - 6/7/2021

Texas to release $5 billion in federal aid for schools

Austin American-Statesman - 6/5/2021

Texas will distribute $5.5B in federal pandemic aid to schools but how much will make up the states own funding remains unclear

Dallas Morning News - 6/3/2021

Here's what the Legislature did and didn't do

Austin American-Statesman - 6/3/2021

A $350 credit on your Texas electric bill died in the legislature in a jolt of disorganization and delay

Dallas Morning News - 6/3/2021

Utah

Utah’s ‘road usage charge’ gives a road map for future tax on green drivers

Deseret News – 6/5/2021

Vermont

Vermont congressional delegation urges expanded travel to and from Canada

VT Digger.org - 6/8/2021

Scott signs $7.35 billion state budget

VT Digger.org - 6/8/2021

Vermonts rural fire districts hope federal cash will stabilize ailing water systems

VT Digger.org - 6/5/2021

Gov. Scott announces economic relief program for left-out VT businesses

Burlington Free Press - 6/4/2021

Vt. lawmakers say remote access sessions are here to stay

WCAX – 6/3/2021

Virginia

Virginia schools need billions in upgrades. Pandemic funds could make a dent.

Norfolk Virginian-Pilot/HamptonRoads.com - 6/7/2021

With evictions set to begin next month, hundreds of millions in Washington-area rental aid remains unspent

Washington Post – 6/4/2021

Virginia DMV expands appointment opportunities reduced during pandemic

The Center Square – 6/3/2021

Washington

'Joints for Jabs': Washington state turns to marijuana giveaways to encourage residents to get vaccinated

USA Today – 6/8/2021

Washington vaccination lottery: cash prize, tuition, flights

Tacoma News Tribune - 6/6/2021

Get a COVID shot and possibly win $1M? Its one of many WA state incentives available

Olympian - 6/4/2021

Inslee: Vaccinated residents could win $1 million, other prizes with new incentive lotto program

Spokane Spokesman-Review - 6/3/2021

West Virginia

Three weeks before jail costs are to increase, lawmakers 'hopeful' to find a solution

Charleston Gazette - 6/8/2021

Lawmakers hear basics from Governor's Office on $1.35B American Rescue Plan funding

Charleston Gazette - 6/7/2021

W.Va. lawmakers approve using federal aid, spending on roads

Associated Press – 6/7/2021

WV counties are launching beefed-up summer programs to fight pandemic learning loss, but student enrollment has been mixed

Charleston Gazette - 6/5/2021

Justice calls for special session to distribute some federal COVID-19 relief money

Charleston Gazette - 6/3/2021

Wisconsin

Wisconsin projects $4.4B more in tax revenue by mid-2023 following 'unprecedented' tax collections

Lacrosse Tribune - 6/9/2021

Wisconsin Republicans vote to expand I-94 and cut state transit funding

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - 6/9/2021

Republicans back $1.5 billion building plan for UW, other public facilities

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - 6/9/2021

Budget committee reduces borrowing for road projects, cuts transit aid to Madison, Milwaukee

Lacrosse Tribune - 6/8/2021

Wisconsin set for 'unprecedented' $4.4B windfall. Political leaders have to figure out how to spend it.

WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison - 6/8/2021

Wyoming

Wyoming submits plan for federal relief dollars for education

Cheyenne Wyoming Tribune-Eagle - 6/8/2021

Gov., Senate Pres., House Speaker outline plan for federal ARPA money

Cheyenne Wyoming Tribune-Eagle - 6/5/2021

Wyoming Legislature won't hold July special session

Casper Star-Tribune - 6/4/2021

Treasurer seeks delay in monthly ad valorem payments

Cheyenne Wyoming Tribune-Eagle - 6/3/2021