Budget Blog

Week of June 14, 2021 - Press Clips

By Brian Sigritz posted 06-17-2021 12:26 PM

  

National

Supreme Court upholds ObamaCare in 7-2 ruling

The Hill – 6/17/2021

Wish You Were Here: States to Use Federal Funds to Boost Tourism

Route Fifty - 6/16/2021

Post-Insurrection, States Balance Capitol Security, Openness

Stateline – 6/16/2021

Cities Say Infrastructure Is Top Priority in 2021

Governing – 6/15/2021

Four states emerge as test case for cutting off jobless benefits

The Hill – 6/15/2021

Relaxed Rules Attract Entrepreneurs to State 'Sandboxes'

Stateline – 6/15/2021

Less state debt, but a lost decade for U.S. infrastructure spending, S&P finds

Marketwatch - 6/15/2021

What Over 400 Local Leaders Want to See in an Infrastructure Deal

Route Fifty - 6/15/2021

22 States, Biden Administration Ask Supreme Court to Keep Eviction Ban in Place

Route Fifty – 6/11/2021

Can Schools Mandate Covid-19 Vaccines for Children? What We Know

Wall Street Journal – 6/11/2021

The Benefits and Challenges of Electric Car Policy

Route Fifty – 6/11/2021

As High-tax States Lose Residents, Low-Tax States Gain

Route Fifty – 6/11/2021

Half of the pandemic's unemployment money may have been stolen

Axios – 6/10/2021

As the Pandemic Subsides, Traffic is Creeping Back

Route Fifty – 6/10/2021

Cities Struggle With Housing Pressures As Pandemic Wanes

Route Fifty - 6/10/2021

Public School Spending Per Student Up 5%, Biggest Increase in 11 Years

Route Fifty - 6/10/2021

Tackling Social Inequity, Some Cities May Ditch Bus, Subway Fares

Pew Trusts.org - 6/10/2021

Alabama

Alabama finance director retiring because of possible ALS diagnosis

AL.com - 6/16/2021

Alabama senators say state already has property for new prisons

AL.com - 6/16/2021

No lottery or prizes to speed vaccines in Alabama, as state falls behind

AL.com - 6/16/2021

Alabama studying how to spend $2 billion from American Rescue Plan

AL.com - 6/15/2021

Alabama state school board: Keep critical race theory out of classroom

AL.com - 6/10/2021

Alabama gets $40M from feds to help close COVID health gaps

AL.com - 6/10/2021

Alaska

After passing incomplete budget, Alaska lawmakers approve their own expense payments

Alaska Dispatch News - 6/17/2021

Alaska House passes budget, several programs are at risk

Fairbanks News-Miner - 6/16/2021

Governor urges reopening Capitol to the public

Fairbanks News-Miner - 6/16/2021

Alaska House passes budget over Republican opposition, but many elements remain uncertain

Alaska Dispatch News - 6/16/2021

Alaska Senate delays action on proposed compromise budget plan

Alaska Dispatch News - 6/15/2021

Alaska’s back-to-work bonus plan is killed in compromise budget

Alaska Dispatch News - 6/15/2021

New compromise plan for Alaska’s state budget puts pressure on supporters of a large Permanent Fund dividend

Alaska Dispatch News - 6/14/2021

Legislature to vote on $1,100 Permanent Fund dividend

Fairbanks News-Miner - 6/14/2021

Audit: state books off by at least $1.6B

Fairbanks News-Miner - 6/13/2021

Arizona

Arizona lawmakers advance $100M fire fund in special session

Associated Press – 6/16/2021

Judge rejects most challenges to Proposition 208

Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix - 6/15/2021

Judge tosses last claims filed against tax surcharge for public education

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 6/15/2021

Ducey asks Legislature for $100 million to cover wildfire, flood mitigation costs

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 6/14/2021

Higher benefits for jobless Arizonans are a must, Senate president says

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 6/12/2021

Arkansas

State worker pay tweak backed

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 6/17/2021

Cut broadband plea, state agency asked

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 6/16/2021

Northwest Arkansas lawmakers see budget surplus as windfall

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 6/13/2021

Fire, police pension fund gains $116.3M

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 6/13/2021

State's share of child care funds in U.S. aid package -- $464.6M

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 6/12/2021

Lottery's May revenue, scholarship funds drop

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 6/11/2021

California

In California, get a vaccination, ride a roller coaster

SFGate - 6/16/2021

How California's pandemic rules are changing

San Diego Union-Tribune - 6/15/2021

California’s budget deadline doesn’t work like voters might think

Los Angeles Times - 6/15/2021

California offers $100 million to rescue its struggling legal marijuana industry

Los Angeles Times - 6/14/2021

California lawmakers OK budget placeholder as talks continue

San Diego Union-Tribune - 6/14/2021

California adds vacation incentive to spur vaccination

San Diego Union-Tribune - 6/14/2021

Scientists are trying to make California forests more fire resilient

SFGate - 6/14/2021

Nearly $1 billion restored to California bullet train after Biden officials reverse Trump

Los Angeles Times - 6/11/2021

Newsom recall will cost California taxpayers $215 million, state...

SFGate - 6/10/2021

Colorado

Colorado pot tax hike proponents get bipartisan endorsements

Associated Press – 6/16/2021

Polis signs agriculture bill at Jacks Solar Garden near Longmont

Boulder Daily Camera - 6/16/2021

Property tax ballot initiative moving forward despite 'unprecedented' legislative effort to undermine it

The Center Square – 6/14/2021

The 2021 legislative session will have major impact in Pueblo

Pueblo Chieftain - 6/13/2021

Colorado Legislature wraps up 2021 session

Associated Press – 6/10/2021

Connecticut

Looming fiscal cliff could reignite CT’s tax fairness debate

The Connecticut Mirror - 6/16/2021

Casinos slot revenues continued to recover in May

New London Day (theday.com) - 6/15/2021

Raises for judges, speed cameras, pay-as-you-throw, help for restaurants and unpaid time off to vote: Budget-related bill contains dozens of other provisions

Hartford Courant - 6/15/2021

School mascots in spotlight with new state budget

Waterbury Republican-American - 6/15/2021

Legislators returning for special session to finalize state budget, cannabis bill

Waterbury Republican-American - 6/14/2021

How environmental bills fared during Connecticut's 2021 legislative session

New London Day (theday.com) - 6/14/2021

Connecticut lawmakers will return to the Capitol this week to vote on marijuana legalization, budget implementer

Hartford Courant - 6/14/2021

More state budget winners than losers as session ends

New London Day (theday.com) - 6/13/2021

Legal weed? No. Sports betting? Yes. Heres what Connecticut lawmakers got done in the just-completed legislative session.

Hartford Courant - 6/10/2021

Highlights of 2-year, $46.3 billion Connecticut budget

Waterbury Republican-American - 6/10/2021

Delaware

A $15 minimum wage is expected to come to Delaware. Heres when

Wilmington News Journal (Delaware Online) - 6/17/2021

Delaware task force offers recommendations to address dwindling volunteer firefighter force

WHYY – 6/16/2021

Delaware Senate OKs bill on cash bail, sends it to the House

Wilmington News Journal (Delaware Online) - 6/11/2021

Florida

DeSantis to send Florida police to Mexico border

Orlando Sentinel - 6/16/2021

DeSantis signs bill requiring moment of silence in schools

Orlando Sentinel - 6/14/2021

Raise Floridas minimum wage to $15 an hour? Heres who gains and who loses

Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel & SouthFlorida.com - 6/13/2021

Florida unemployment office axes call centers despite thousands who still need help

Tampa Bay Times - 6/11/2021

DeSantis vetoes emergency fund bill

Tallahassee Democrat - 6/10/2021

Georgia

Georgia Lawmakers Must Decide What to Do With Budget Surplus

Atlanta Journal Constitution – 6/14/2021

University of Georgia’s construction boom

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 6/11/2021

Unemployed Georgians will see less financial support, more rules

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 6/10/2021

Hawaii

As tourism rebounds, there could be an additional transient accommodations tax

KHNL/KGMB-TV Hawaii News Now - 6/17/2021

The states vaccine incentive program is reaching a key demographic: Young adults

KHNL/KGMB-TV Hawaii News Now - 6/16/2021

Governor signs law to make it illegal to pay those with disabilities below minimum wage

KHNL/KGMB-TV Hawaii News Now - 6/16/2021

Gov. Ige faces growing calls to veto bill eliminating an anti-tobacco trust fund

KHNL/KGMB-TV Hawaii News Now - 6/14/2021

Hawaii Tourism Authority board commits to spend $35.5M in state funds

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - 6/12/2021

Hawaii Health Department is awarded $24.5 million in CDC funding to tackle COVID-19 health disparities

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - 6/11/2021

Idaho

Unemployed workers risk benefits if they skip job referrals

Twin Falls Times-News - 6/16/2021

Confusion surrounds state financial review of Reclaim Idaho ballot initiative

Twin Falls Times-News - 6/16/2021

Analysis: Report raises important questions about two fast-growing programs

Twin Falls Times-News - 6/14/2021

Idaho to get $30 million to reduce COVID health disparities

Twin Falls Times-News - 6/11/2021

Idaho on track for record budget surplus, governor calls for ed boosts, more tax cuts

Idaho Press – 6/10/2021

Illinois

House OKs remote voting on bills to pass budget amendment

Illinois Daily Herald - 6/17/2021

Gov. Pritzker makes Juneteenth an official state holiday

Springfield State Journal-Register - 6/16/2021

Illinois mental health experts see varied impacts of sports gambling a year into state's legalization

Illinois Daily Herald - 6/16/2021

Illinois health care equity law expands funding for home visiting, community health workers

State Journal Register – 6/15/2021

Proposals to phase out coal and natural gas plants stall energy talks in Springfield as Senate again leaves town without a deal

Chicago Tribune - 6/15/2021

Gov. Pritzker issues amendatory veto on budget to fix drafting errors

Springfield State Journal-Register - 6/15/2021

Illinois equity law expands funding for home visiting, health workers

Springfield State Journal-Register - 6/14/2021

As Illinois reopens and jobs return, so does the demand for affordable child care. Can an industry in crisis pre-pandemic help get parents back to work?

Chicago Tribune - 6/14/2021

Latino group sues to block Democrat-drawn redistricting maps

Springfield State Journal-Register - 6/11/2021

Indiana

Teachers unions say theyre being targeted by new state law

Indianapolis Star - 6/16/2021

Groups challenge Indianas right to end federal unemployment benefits

Indianapolis Star - 6/15/2021

Indiana gets creative with relief; critics cry politics

Associated Press – 6/15/2021

Indiana rushes to spend virus relief aid on new jobs program

Associated Press – 6/14/2021

Iowa

All ideas, including elimination of income tax, on table for future tax reductions, Reynolds says

Quad-City Times - 6/16/2021

Gov. Kim Reynolds signs sweeping tax law, revamping mental health funding

Des Moines Register - 6/16/2021

Statehouse leaders have not determined future of virtual session participation

Muscatine Journal - 6/15/2021

Iowa eyes $3.6B for transportation over 5 years

Muscatine Journal - 6/11/2021

Iowa will use pandemic funds for marketing campaign

Muscatine Journal - 6/11/2021

Iowa casinos heading for record revenues. Sports betting handle tops $1 billion

Quad-City Times - 6/10/2021

Reynolds: Feds should have told us more about childrens trip into Iowa

Des Moines Register - 6/10/2021

Kansas

Board of Regents rejects KU proposal to hike student fees for higher wages, sexuality and gender diversity, mental health care

Lawrence Journal-World - 6/16/2021

Kansas public schools calculating how to spend $830 million in federal pandemic aid

Lawrence Journal-World - 6/16/2021

GOP ends COVID emergency in Kansas; Kelly sees ‘obstruction’

Associated Press – 6/16/2021

KU set to get $6 million in state money, but some strings are attached; university also preparing $40 million in future state funding requests

Lawrence Journal-World - 6/15/2021

Federal telehealth bill heightens conversation about broadband access in rural Kansas

Wichita Eagle & Kansas.com - 6/12/2021

Kentucky

Beshear holds last COVID-19 news conference as cases decline

Louisville Courier-Journal - 6/12/2021

As pandemic eases, state revenues continue to soar above 2020 levels

WTVQ – 6/10/2021

Louisiana

Louisiana legislators overcame divisions to address long neglected issues

Baton Rouge Advocate - 6/12/2021

Late legislation to help pay state's $1.2 billion bill for New Orleans area levees

Nola.com - 6/12/2021

Here's what passed and what didn't at the Louisiana legislature's spring session

Baton Rouge Advocate - 6/11/2021

Louisiana could become latest state to end $300 federal unemployment benefit in 11th-hour deal

Baton Rouge Advocate - 6/10/2021

Lawmakers approve biggest transportation hike in 37 years; 'Major milestone'

Baton Rouge Advocate - 6/10/2021

How Louisiana sports betting would work, and when, if governor signs this bill

Baton Rouge Advocate - 6/10/2021

Legislature approves income tax swap. Voters will have final word in October

Baton Rouge Advocate - 6/10/2021

Louisiana session ends in flurry of tax and financial votes

Associated Press – 6/10/2021

Maine

Mills signals opposition to consumer-owned utility in memo to Legislature

Central Maine - 6/16/2021

Maine budget impasse drags on with Legislature set to leave Augusta this week

Bangor Daily News - 6/15/2021

Senate narrowly votes to close Maines youth prison

Bangor Daily News - 6/14/2021

Maine will pay people up to $1,500 to get off unemployment

Bangor Daily News – 6/14/2021

House votes to close Maine police intelligence-sharing center

Bangor Daily News - 6/14/2021

With little budget progress, Maine Legislature looks ready to miss adjournment goal

Bangor Daily News - 6/14/2021

Landmark bill, passed by both Maine House and Senate, seeks to sell off fossil fuel investments

Central Maine - 6/11/2021

Maryland

Maryland OKs New Funds for Purple Line Consultant Team

Engineering News Record – 6/16/2021

Maryland's COVID-19 state of emergency to end July 1

Salisbury Daily Times – 6/15/2021

By reservation only? Visitors are flocking to Marylands state parks, which dont always have room for them.

Baltimore Sun - 6/10/2021

Massachusetts

Massachusetts launches Bluetooth coronavirus alert as state of emergency ends

Boston Herald - 6/15/2021

Gambling revenues up at Encore Boston Harbor, down slightly at MGM Springfield, Plainridge Park

The Republican - MassLive.com - 6/15/2021

Get vaccinated for chance at $1 million: Gov. Charlie Baker announces ‘VaxMillions’ lottery for Massachusetts

The Republican - MassLive.com - 6/15/2021

Charlie Baker says he feels pressure to pass pandemic policy extensions as state of emergency ends

Boston Herald - 6/14/2021

Charlie Baker unveils $2.6 billion capital plan as Massachusetts emerges from pandemic

Boston Herald - 6/14/2021

Charlie Baker say No to millionaires tax

Boston Herald - 6/10/2021

Michigan

Michigan Senate passes controversial election bills that put emphasis on ID requirements

Mlive.com - 6/16/2021

Michigan Senate, House OK $6.5 billion in federal COVID relief funds

Detroit News - 6/15/2021

Michigan Senate OKs $4.3 billion in federal COVID relief funds for schools

Detroit News - 6/15/2021

Lawmakers, Whitmer push legislation to ease path for child care providers

Detroit News - 6/15/2021

Whitmer bans state, federal funding for conversion therapy on minors

Detroit News - 6/14/2021

Whitmer announces $1.4 billion to boost child care access in Michigan

Detroit News - 6/14/2021

Michigan to receive $13M in American Rescue Plan funds for emergency housing vouchers

Detroit News - 6/10/2021

Michigan Gov. Whitmer: Use $250M in federal aid to improve state parks and trails

Detroit News - 6/10/2021

Minnesota

No money to help stretch SNAP dollars at farmers markets in state budget

Minnesota Public Radio - 6/16/2021

Special session begins with Walz emergency extension

Minnesota Public Radio - 6/14/2021

MN Executive Council extends peacetime emergency and Tim Walz emergency powers

TwinCities.com - 6/14/2021

Heres what you need to know as Minnesota gears up for another special session

TwinCities.com - 6/13/2021

Minn. lawmakers to race the budget clock in special session

Minnesota Public Radio - 6/11/2021

Its official: 2021 Minnesota State Fair is happening

TwinCities.com - 6/11/2021

Minnesota scoops up an extra $1.8 billion in taxes in May

TwinCities.com - 6/10/2021

Mississippi

Gov. Reeves shifting state economic focus to workforce development, helping businesses

Clarion Ledger – 6/17/2021

State gets huge settlement from Medicaid contractor

Hattiesburg American - 6/14/2021

Mississippi $1 billion over revenue estimates

Y’All Politics – 6/10/2021

Missouri

Missouri s governor expects to sign gas tax legislation, after bill s language is reviewed

Missouri Net - 6/17/2021

Fight over birth control looms as Missouri lawmakers prepare for special session

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 6/16/2021

COVID-19 cases rise in Missouri areas popular among tourists

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 6/16/2021

Parson signs limits on local pandemic orders, 'vaccine passports'

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 6/15/2021

Missouri s House Budget chair wants FRA special session by end of June; Smith encouraged by recent progress

Missouri Net - 6/14/2021

State officials say 392,000 Missourians still lack high-speed internet; northeast Missouri still has issues

Missouri Net - 6/13/2021

Missouri towns to get $450 million in federal pandemic assistance but the money isnt flowing yet

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 6/10/2021

Montana

Governor donates salary for addictions treatment

Billings Gazette - 6/16/2021

Montana heads into new deal with private prison in Shelby

Missoula Missoulian - 6/10/2021

New Montana laws enshrine health care alternatives, for better or worse

Billings Gazette - 6/10/2021

Nebraska

Nebraska collects almost $300M more in taxes than expected in May

Lincoln Journal Star - 6/15/2021

Nevada

Gov. Sisolak vetoes bill that would have prohibited tourism districts

The Center Square – 6/15/2021

How Biden s free community college proposal could impact Nevada

Las vegas review journal - 6/12/2021

New Hampshire

School ventilation projects back on track after U.S. Dept. of Ed. clarifies its spending rules

Manchester Union Leader - 6/16/2021

Budget committee reaches agreement on abortion provider requirements

Nashua Telegraph - 6/16/2021

Bureaucracy stifles NH school stimulus ventilation projects

Manchester Union Leader - 6/16/2021

Emergency powers dispute threatens budget deal

Manchester Union Leader - 6/15/2021

Non-spending topics dominate final fight over state budget

Manchester Union Leader - 6/13/2021

State House Dome: State House to reopens just as session reaches final stretch

Manchester Union Leader - 6/12/2021

DHHS to use $24.5 million in stimulus funds to address disparities laid bare by COVID-19

Manchester Union Leader - 6/10/2021

New Jersey

NJ utility shut-off moratorium ends July 1. Heres how to apply for help

North Jersey.com (Bergen County Record & Herald News) - 6/17/2021

NJ to spend up to $600M to add schooling for students with disabilities

North Jersey.com (Bergen County Record & Herald News) - 6/16/2021

New Jersey offering extra year of school to special education students because of COVID-19 pandemic

Fox News – 6/16/2021

Expect delays this week for $300 jobless benefits

Asbury Park Press - 6/14/2021

How N.J.s budget went from rags to riches, just in time for Murphys re-election year

Jersey City Journal - 6/13/2021

N.J. workers could get retroactive paid sick leave for COVID-19, vaccine side effects

Jersey City Journal - 6/10/2021

New Jersey Boosts Two-Year Revenue Forecasts by $5.1 Billion

Bloomberg – 6/10/2021

New Mexico

Lawsuit over COVID-19 rules in New Mexico schools continues

Santa Fe New Mexican - 6/17/2021

PED request for $35M from state fund is approved

ABQJournal Online - 6/16/2021

New Mexico education department mistake could create $35 million budget shortfall

Santa Fe New Mexican - 6/15/2021

NM announces extra money for schools that serve low-income families

ABQJournal Online - 6/14/2021

Governor overhauls strained labor department

ABQJournal Online - 6/12/2021

New Mexico Republicans request state be exempt from oil, gas lease moratorium

Santa Fe New Mexican - 6/10/2021

New York

New Yorks legislative session ends: What was left undone

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle - 6/11/2021

End of N.Y.s legislative session a mixed bag as lawmakers wrap up

New York Daily News - 6/11/2021

How an Opioid Settlement Fund in New York would help fight addiction

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle - 6/10/2021

North Carolina

NC will collect $6.5 billion more in taxes than expected. Where should the money go?

Raleigh News & Observer - 6/16/2021

Voting changes proposed in NC are straight out of national playbook, critics say

Raleigh News & Observer - 6/16/2021

NC tax revenue soars, $6.5B windfall predicted by mid-2023

Associated Press – 6/15/2021

Gov. Cooper extends state of emergency, mask mandate for at-risk settings

Raleigh News & Observer - 6/13/2021

NC Senate OKs tax cuts with enough votes to block a veto. What it means for your taxes.

Raleigh News & Observer - 6/12/2021

NC health workers go door to door to tackle fault lines of inequality, vaccine barriers

Raleigh News & Observer - 6/12/2021

From gift cards in some counties to a statewide lottery, NC ramps up vaccine incentives

Raleigh News & Observer - 6/11/2021

NC judge orders education improvements to get carried out

Associated Press – 6/11/2021

NC House approves delay in use of controversial new social studies standards

Raleigh News & Observer - 6/10/2021

Cooper planning cash drawing for vaccinated North Carolinians. Heres how it would work.

Raleigh News & Observer - 6/10/2021

North Dakota

North Dakota officials say they do heavy due diligence in selecting investment firms

Grand Forks Herald - 6/16/2021

New law leaves North Dakota spending panel 'boxed in' on using federal funds

Grand Forks Herald - 6/16/2021

North Dakota spending panel puts off some funding requests due to new caps

Bismarck Tribune - 6/16/2021

Committee gives initial approval to UND's subscription tuition model

Grand Forks Herald - 6/16/2021

North Dakota lawmakers to review new law limiting board's spending approval

Bismarck Tribune - 6/15/2021

New law may require special session to spend federal funds

Bismarck Tribune - 6/15/2021

Burgum hosts North Dakota ag leaders to talk drought, carbon markets

Grand Forks Herald - 6/15/2021

North Dakota's status as nation's 2nd-biggest oil producer in jeopardy

Bismarck Tribune - 6/14/2021

North Dakota lawmakers await guidance on coronavirus funds

Bismarck Tribune - 6/11/2021

North Dakota cooling assistance program opens

Bismarck Tribune - 6/10/2021

Ohio

Ohio Senate passes bill legalizing sports betting at casinos, racinos, online, and at bars and restaurants with machines

Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com - 6/16/2021

State will pay Dayton schools $13M to settle 2011 lawsuit

Dayton Daily News - 6/16/2021

Ohio Senate passes bill allowing college athletes to earn income from their name, image and likeness

Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com - 6/16/2021

Ohio lawmakers weigh several bills impacting LGBTQ Ohioans

Columbus Dispatch - 6/15/2021

Senate plan would probe assets of Ohio food stamp recipients

Associated Press – 6/15/2021

What was accomplished during the Smart City Challenge?

Columbus Dispatch - 6/15/2021

Lt. Gov. Jon Husted voices hope Ohio lawmakers will restore broadband funding, stop proposed ban on local programs

Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com - 6/15/2021

Hospitals, doctors would struggle to control spread of disease under Ohio House vaccine bill, opponents say

Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com - 6/15/2021

Ohios overhauling $20B Medicaid program, but budget could pump the breaks

Dayton Daily News - 6/14/2021

Schools still sticking point as House, Senate head to final budget stages

Dayton Daily News - 6/11/2021

Ohio Senate budget amendment could raise property taxes on low-income housing, alarming advocates

Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com - 6/10/2021

Ohio budget process entering final phase: Capitol Letter

Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com - 6/10/2021

Oklahoma

Barring vaccine passports for students up for debate in Oklahoma Legislature

The Center Square – 6/11/2021

Oklahoma prison inmates being issued computer tablets

The Hill – 6/10/2021

Oregon

Gov. Kate Brown line-item vetoes $200 million in Oregon education budget, says lawmakers shouldnt tap savings account

Oregon Live - 6/16/2021

Oregon proposal to ban preschool suspensions in question, as legislative session nears close

Oregon Live - 6/16/2021

Oregon Senate to vote on plan to scale back controversial business tax break

Oregon Live - 6/15/2021

How Oregon renters can apply for rent assistance

Oregon Live - 6/15/2021

Oregon third state in U.S. to legalize human composting

KOIN – 6/15/2021

Oregon Lawmakers Plan for Budget of Historic Proportions

Oregon Live – 6/10/2021

Pennsylvania

Republicans continue push against tolling nine state bridges

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - 6/16/2021

Panel approves Pa. House GOP bill to ban employer vaccine mandates

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - 6/15/2021

Pa. Republicans propose major election overhaul, with stricter voter ID rules and in-person early voting

The Philadelphia Inquirer - 6/14/2021

Bridge tolls? Mileage fees? Hot lanes? How can Pa. raise money to maintain its highways?

Allentown Morning Call - 6/14/2021

Gov. Wolf sticks by $1B plan to close Pa.s education gap, minus his proposed tax increase

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - 6/13/2021

The COVID-19 state of emergency is ending in Pa. What does that mean?

Allentown Morning Call - 6/11/2021

Pa. legislature ends coronavirus disaster declaration, keeps waivers

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - 6/10/2021

Pennsylvania Pension Furor Widens With Push to Oust Leaders

Bloomberg – 6/10/2021

Rhode Island

Rhode Island to equip every uniformed officer with body cameras

Associated Press – 6/16/2021

Rhode Island scales back COVID-19 testing strategy

Associated Press – 6/15/2021

Senate committee advances plan to legalize pot in RI

Providence Journal – 6/14/2021

Lawmakers gear up for business in the final stretch

The Providence Journal - 6/14/2021

McKee signs 20-year, no-bid Lottery deal with IGT, Bally's

The Providence Journal - 6/11/2021

CDC awards RI nearly $20 million to address COVID-related disparities

The Providence Journal - 6/10/2021

What's he done so far? McKee marks his 100th day in office

The Providence Journal - 6/10/2021

South Carolina

SC teachers set to get $1,000 raises for the upcoming school year

Greenville Online - 6/15/2021

SC gets $8.9B in federal COVID-19 relief, governor calls for 'transformative' investments

Charleston Post & Courier - 6/15/2021

SC lawmakers start negotiations on nearly $11 billion budget

Associated Press – 6/15/2021

Gas Tax to Increase Again, but Officials Say It’s Not Enough

The State – 6/14/2021

Proposal to extend care for new SC moms from 60 days to 1 year has Medicaid agency support

Charleston Post & Courier - 6/11/2021

South Dakota

South Dakota offers voucher program for mental health services

Sioux Falls Argus Leader - 6/16/2021

Prioritizing infrastructure spending taking shape in SD

Rapid City Journal - 6/16/2021

Tennessee

Longtime state budget official Mike Dedmon dies unexpectedly at 54

The Tennessean - 6/15/2021

Teachers wary of new laws limiting instruction on race

Associated Press – 6/12/2021

To-go alcohol in Tennessee remains, but with added tax

The Center Square – 6/10/2021

Texas

Gov. Greg Abbott to mix state ‘down payment,’ crowdsourcing to build Texas-Mexico border barrier

Dallas Morning News - 6/16/2021

Las Vegas Sands went all in on legalizing casinos in Texas. Here's why the multimillion-dollar effort did not make it far this session.

Texas Tribune - 6/16/2021

Abbott: Texas will set up private fund to pay for border wall

Austin American-Statesman - 6/15/2021

Gov. Greg Abbott says he’ll use crowdfunding for his plan to build a border wall

Texas Tribune - 6/15/2021

Utah

How much Utah spent in federal COVID-19 money in 2020 — and why the state auditor is concerned

Salt Lake City Deseret Morning News - 6/10/2021

Vermont

Vermont leaders push to redirect federal relief funds for counties to towns and cities

VT Digger.org - 6/15/2021

Vermont becomes first state to reach 80% vaccine threshold

Axios – 6/15/2021

Where is Vermonts newly approved $7.32 billion budget going?

VT Digger.org - 6/13/2021

How are emergency pandemic services changing?

Burlington Free Press - 6/13/2021

Virginia

Some Virginia colleges will continue to prohibit marijuana on campus to protect federal funds

The Center Square – 6/17/2021

Defying early expectations, Virginia is coming out of the pandemic flush with cash

Virginia Mercury – 6/17/2021

Virginians can receive return-to-work bonuses

The Center Square – 6/14/2021

Washington

State transportation panel recommends ferry fare increase

seattlepi.com - 6/16/2021

Washington state high court to consider if veto went too far

Tacoma News Tribune - 6/11/2021

West Virginia

Justice: State using no-bid contracts to buy guns, trucks for sweepstakes giveaway

Charleston Gazette - 6/15/2021

WV lawmakers shuffle responsibility on "billion-dollar" mine reclamation problem

Charleston Gazette - 6/13/2021

Promise Scholarship requirements reduced; free help for college-interested students available Saturday

Charleston Gazette - 6/11/2021

Legislature studying public health systems in WV

Charleston Gazette - 6/11/2021

Wisconsin

Republicans plan $125M for broadband expansion, $75 million less than Evers' proposal

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - 6/16/2021

Assembly to vote on local redistricting delay

Lacrosse Tribune - 6/16/2021

American Rescue Plan funds unclaimed by hundreds of Wisconsin communities

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - 6/15/2021

School leaders tell legislators budget action is impeding pandemic recovery

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - 6/15/2021

Gov. Evers announces WisDOT grant for railway expansion at Milton chocolate factory

WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison - 6/14/2021

Highlights of the Wisconsin state budget: what's in, what's out so far

WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison - 6/14/2021

State's prison guard shortage worsening

Lacrosse Tribune - 6/10/2021

Budget committee approves prison overtime funding, extends land grant program

Lacrosse Tribune - 6/10/2021

Wyoming

State Official Says Wyoming's Revenues Are Up

Wyoming Public Radio - 6/16/2021

Gov. strategize use of American Rescue Plan funds to help state thrive

Cheyenne Wyoming Tribune-Eagle - 6/16/2021

Wyoming advocates hopeful about pot initiatives despite odds

Associated Press – 6/15/2021

State's Department Of Education Working On Plans For Federal Aid

Wyoming Public Radio - 6/15/2021

Federal and state officials predict "fairly significant" wildfire season

Cheyenne Wyoming Tribune-Eagle - 6/10/2021

Budget casualties: Mental health and substance abuse services

Cheyenne Wyoming Tribune-Eagle - 6/10/2021