Budget Blog

Week of June 21, 2021 - Press Clips

By Brian Sigritz posted 06-24-2021 02:15 PM

  

National

State Spending Could Surge at One of Fastest Paces in a Decade

Bloomberg – 6/24/2021

Survey finds state budgets have largely recovered from the pandemic

Bond Buyer – 6/24/2021

U.S. state budgets will tick up in 2022, report finds

Marketwach – 6/24/2021

Biden announces bipartisan deal on infrastructure

The Hill – 6/24/2021

Flush With Federal Cash, States Invest in Their Crowded Parks

Stateline – 6/23/2021

Federal Eviction Moratorium to be Extended

Route Fifty – 6/23/2021

States grapple with closing youth detention centers

Republic - 6/23/2021

Lawmakers Propose $50 Million Federal Program to Support Rural Patients

Route Fifty - 6/23/2021

These public pension systems used to have too much money. Now theyre in crisis. What happened?

Marketwatch - 6/23/2021

Colleges want students to get a coronavirus vaccine. But they’re split on requiring the shots.

Washington Post – 6/23/2021

The Best and Worst States for Child Well-Being

Route Fifty - 6/22/2021

Newsom wants to pay all back rent owed by low-income Californians using pandemic relief funds

CNN - 6/22/2021

Why States Have Been Slow Paying Out Billions in Federal Rental Aid

Route Fifty - 6/22/2021

15 GOP governors urge release of Census redistricting data

Associated Press – 6/22/2021

As CDC’s Eviction Moratorium Ends, States Prepare for Flood of Cases

Stateline – 6/22/2021

Water Bill Assistance Programs Enroll Less Than 25% of Eligible Customers

Route Fifty – 6/22/2021

Skyrocketing Overtime Can Lead to Headaches, Bad Press for Government Leaders

Route Fifty – 6/22/2021

Hospitals Start Requiring Workers to Get COVID Shots

Stateline – 6/21/2021

Medicaid Enrollment Surged During Covid-19 Pandemic, Report Shows

Wall Street Journal - 6/21/2021

3 Essential Elements Governments Need to Expand Broadband

Route Fifty - 6/21/2021

Democrats seek new ways to expand Medicaid in holdout states

The Hill - 6/20/2021

Lotteries as public health incentives began before covid-19

Washington Post – 6/20/2021

How Republican States Are Expanding Their Power Over Elections

Yahoo! News - 6/19/2021

Million-dollar lotteries fail to cut through vaccine apathy

Politico – 6/19/2021

States Bounce Back from Pandemic

State Net Capitol Journal – 6/18/2021

Some states are cutting off emergency food-assistance programs and making it harder to qualify

Washington Post – 6/18/2021

More States Rein in Governors' Emergency Powers

Stateline – 6/17/2021

Lowest Rates, Highest Hurdles: Southern States Tackle Vaccine Gap

Stateline – 6/17/2021

Schools, Libraries Seek to Use Federal Funds to Build Their Own Internet Networks

Route Fifty - 6/17/2021

Alabama

‘We need to know your damage’: Gov. Kay Ivey, state EMA urges storm victims to assess and report damaged properties

AL.com - 6/23/2021

In July, Alabama arts organizations can apply for recovery grants from the state. Here’s what to know

AL.com - 6/21/2021

Alaska

Legislators start special session with Alaska less than one week from government shutdown

Alaska Dispatch News - 6/23/2021

Alaska Gov. Dunleavy offers 58-year-old state ferry for free to the Philippines

Alaska Dispatch News - 6/23/2021

Alaska attorney general files lawsuit over state budget dispute

Fairbanks News-Miner - 6/22/2021

As Alaska’s government shutdown approaches, attorney general sues legislative agency to force court ruling on possible solution

Alaska Dispatch News - 6/21/2021

Without a state budget, lawmakers to reconvene this week

Fairbanks News-Miner - 6/21/2021

Alaska moves closer to government shutdown as special legislative session ends without fix to state budget

Alaska Dispatch News - 6/19/2021

Alaska state employees receive layoff warnings as Gov. Mike Dunleavy says he is unable to sign defective state budget

Alaska Dispatch News - 6/17/2021

Alaska Senate approves budget with dividend amount an issue

Fairbanks News-Miner - 6/17/2021

Arizona

Budget talks come down to the wire at state Capitol

Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix - 6/24/2021

Senate attaches school voucher expansion to state budget

Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix - 6/24/2021

Ducey gives up emergency powers in deal to pass budget and tax cut

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 6/23/2021

Arizona GOP advances wish list on race, taxes, elections

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 6/23/2021

Arizona Senate passes $12.8 billion budget, big tax cut

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 6/23/2021

Arizona budget/tax-cut plan in limbo as Democrats walk out due to last-minute changes

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 6/22/2021

Arizona teachers overwhelmingly oppose proposed state budget

KTAR – 6/22/2021

Arizona House schedules budget debate as deal solidifies

Associated Press – 6/22/2021

House Democrats don't show up, blocking Arizona budget vote

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 6/22/2021

Bill allows for criminal investigations when mismatched signatures found on ballots

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 6/21/2021

Ducey takes his struggling tax-cut plan to business leaders to build pressure

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 6/17/2021

Arizona Legislature approves $100 million wildfire relief plan

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 6/17/2021

Arkansas

Panelists endorse $3.7M in requests

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 6/24/2021

State sets student care as aid focus

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 6/20/2021

Legislators allot $31M from U.S. for broadband

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 6/19/2021

Rx pot sales top 50,000 pounds

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 6/19/2021

California

Newsom wants to pay all back rent owed by low-income Californians using pandemic relief funds

CNN – 6/22/2021

California’s prison boom saved this town. Now, plans to close a lockup are sparking anger and fear

Los Angeles Times - 6/21/2021

California workers are facing a steadily worsening backlog for their unemployment claims, new numbers show.

San Jose Mercury News - 6/21/2021

California weighs extending eviction protections past June

San Diego Union-Tribune - 6/21/2021

Colorado

Colorado ends tax breaks for wealthy and big businesses, changes property tax classification

Boulder Daily Camera - 6/23/2021

Five more Colorado students win $50,000 scholarships thanks to their COVID-19 vaccines

Denver Post - 6/18/2021

CU Regents approve budget, Boulder tuition increases

Boulder Daily Camera - 6/17/2021

Colorado’s $5.4 billion transportation funding plan signed into law

Boulder Daily Camera - 6/17/2021

Connecticut

Lamont signs $46.3B state budget

Waterbury Republican-American - 6/23/2021

Gov. Lamont Signs CT Recreational Marijuana Bill Into Law

NBC Connecticut – 6/23/2021

Thousands of people in Connecticut will be added to Obamacare coverage. Democrats broaden health care access as expanded state role again falls short.

Hartford Courant - 6/21/2021

Governor Lamont unveils plan to cut travel time to NYC

New London Day (theday.com) - 6/21/2021

Connecticuts new online gaming, sports betting bill could increase gambling addiction. Is the state ready?

Hartford Courant - 6/21/2021

State lawmakers include many items unrelated to $46.3B spending plan

Waterbury Republican-American - 6/19/2021

Marijuana possession becomes legal in Connecticut on July 1. Heres what you need to know about the new law.

Hartford Courant - 6/19/2021

House, Senate tensions evident as Connecticut General Assembly approves budget implementer bill

Hartford Courant - 6/17/2021

Delaware

Delaware House approves budget bill for upcoming fiscal year

Associated Press – 6/23/2021

More good revenue news as Delaware lawmakers prepare to finalize 2022 budget

Delaware Public Media – 6/18/2021

Delaware lawmakers give final approval to $15 minimum wage

Associated Press – 6/18/2021

Florida

Will Gov. DeSantis extend Floridas COVID-19 state of emergency?

Orlando Sentinel - 6/23/2021

Gov. DeSantis signs patriotic civics education bill and controversial intellectual freedom bill

Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel & SouthFlorida.com - 6/22/2021

Bonus checks to come from state, not schools. Teachers want to know why.

Tampa Bay Times - 6/22/2021

Florida Realtors launch ballot initiative to restore affordable-housing trust fund, but with changes

Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel & SouthFlorida.com - 6/18/2021

Georgia

Georgia university regents name MacCartney acting chancellor

Associated Press – 6/23/2021

Georgia governor to end public health state of emergency on July 1

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 6/22/2021

Hawaii

Ige plans to veto 28 of 268 bills approved in session, including one on hotel room tax

KHNL/KGMB-TV Hawaii News Now - 6/23/2021

Bonus checks to come from state, not schools. Teachers want to know why.

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - 6/22/2021

Hawaii governor may veto teacher bonuses, hotel tax overhaul

Associated Press – 6/21/2021

Gov. Ige suggests state could drop all COVID restrictions before reaching 70% vaccination rate

KHNL/KGMB-TV Hawaii News Now - 6/18/2021

Idaho

Idaho rural health clinics to receive $4.4 million for COVID testing, mitigation

Twin Falls Times-News - 6/19/2021

Analysis: Idaho awash in enough cash to address a lot of issues — or start a lot of fights

Idaho Statesman – 6/18/2021

Gov. Brad Little says Idaho will send law enforcement to U.S.-Mexico border

Twin Falls Times-News - 6/17/2021

Illinois

Wall Street agency upgrades Illinois’ credit outlook, citing state’s ‘sustained economic recovery’ since pandemic hit

Chicago Sun-Times - 6/23/2021

Parents slam state boards proposal to triple number of annual standardized assessments for students: We must keep testing at the absolute minimum

Chicago Tribune - 6/22/2021

Hundreds of bills will head to governor after legislative session

Springfield State Journal-Register - 6/19/2021

Two-day session in Springfield ends with no energy bill

Illinois Daily Herald - 6/18/2021

Pritzker signs election package that moves 2022 primary to June, makes fixtures of curbside and mail-in voting

Chicago Tribune – 6/18/2021

Illinois governor signs $42B state spending plan into law

Associated Press – 6/17/2021

Pritzker Touts Illinois State Budget as ‘Giant Step Forward'

NBC Chicago – 6/17/2021

Illinois launches vaccine lottery

Chicago Tribune - 6/17/2021

Indiana

$1.9 billion released in federal aid, state funds

Journal Gazette.net - 6/24/2021

In Ohio and Kentucky, you could win $1M if you get vaccinated. Indiana handed out cookies.

Indianapolis Star – 6/24/2021

State approves funding to design new Westville prison, construct Lowell state police post

Northwest Indiana Times (nwitimes.com) - 6/23/2021

'I'm not going back to work': Indiana residents file lawsuit after governor takes away unemployment benefits

Indianapolis Star – 6/21/2021

Why cities are opting out of the attorney generals opioid lawsuit

Indianapolis Star - 6/17/2021

Iowa

Iowa Regents propose tuition increases for all students

Des Moines Register - 6/23/2021

Iowa expands assistance programs for child care providers

Des Moines Register - 6/23/2021

Iowa committing $20 million to school mental health center

Des Moines Register - 6/23/2021

Gov. Kim Reynolds signs pro-police 'Back the Blue' bill into law

KCCI – 6/17/2021

Kansas

KU loses some funding, faces a looming $50 million maintenance bill; Girod tells Regents plan is irrational

Lawrence Journal-World - 6/17/2021

Kentucky

Lawmakers told updating unemployment system could take years

Associated Press – 6/23/2021

State auditor releases report on how Kentucky CARES Act money was spent

WKYT – 6/23/2021

Louisiana

Louisiana lawmakers consider holding veto override session

Associated Press – 6/23/2021

'The internet failed them': Louisiana plans $180M investment for broadband in rural areas

The Advocate – 6/20/2021

Here are the bills signed, vetoed by Gov. John Bel Edwards during the 2021 session

Baton Rouge Advocate - 6/23/2021

Reading woes a legislative priority but financing left undone

Baton Rouge Advocate - 6/19/2021

Louisiana legislative leaders send over half of $85 million in pet projects to their own parishes

Baton Rouge Advocate - 6/18/2021

Maine

Maine lawmakers enact series of bills to tackle pollution from forever chemicals

Central Maine - 6/23/2021

Maine lawmakers close in on budget deal that may include an income tax break

Bangor Daily News - 6/21/2021

Lawmakers take up Mills’ updated budget, as Republicans seek leverage

Press Herald – 6/21/2021

Lawmakers take up Mills updated budget, as Republicans seek leverage

Central Maine - 6/21/2021

Maine is increasing K-12 education funding. Some schools wont get much help.

Bangor Daily News - 6/21/2021

Maryland

Maryland says it needs to cut transit, highway projects to offset lost private investment in toll lanes plan

Washington Post – 6/22/2021

90% of Maryland seniors have gotten at least one vaccine dose, Hogan says

Baltimore Sun - 6/18/2021

Massachusetts

Charlie Baker proposes two-month sales tax holiday as Massachusetts revenues blow past estimates

Boston Herald - 6/23/2021

Power struggle between Charlie Baker, Dems over spending federal coronavirus aid rages

Boston Herald - 6/22/2021

House rejects Gov. Charlie Bakers amendment on how Massachusetts will spend American Rescue Plan aid

The Republican - MassLive.com - 6/22/2021

Massachusetts hits vaccination goal of 4.1 million fully vaccinated

Boston Herald - 6/22/2021

Employers watch state divvy American Rescue Plan money as their UI solvency cost looms; Lets at least use some of that money

The Republican - MassLive.com - 6/21/2021

Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker wants to invest $2.8B in federal funds in housing, programs for areas hit hard by COVID

The Republican - MassLive.com - 6/17/2021

Michigan

Whitmer signs $2.2B COVID-19 bill that releases federal aid

Associated Press – 6/23/2021

Whitmer promotes Michigan reopening as COVID restrictions ease after 'grueling 15 months'

Detroit News - 6/22/2021

Michigan State trustees vote to increase tuition, add relief for lower-income students

Detroit News - 6/18/2021

$300 unemployment supplement would be eliminated under bill passed in Michigan House

Mlive.com - 6/17/2021

University of Michigan OKs tuition hike for 2021-22, but touts '0% increase' for most students

Detroit News - 6/17/2021

Whitmer, lawmakers call for hero pay for essential workers

Mlive.com - 6/17/2021

Michigan to roll back remaining COVID-19 rules next week

Lansing State Journal - 6/17/2021

Minnesota

MN House passes hefty transportation funding bill with strong bipartisan support

TwinCities.com - 6/23/2021

Walz seeks funding for body cams for state troopers, Capitol security officers

TwinCities.com - 6/22/2021

Lawmakers strike deal on schools, pandemic bonuses

Minnesota Public Radio - 6/22/2021

Minnesota lawmakers make progress on budget bills in special session

TwinCities.com - 6/22/2021

Long-term funding for roads still elusive at Capitol

Minnesota Public Radio - 6/22/2021

Deals on most budget bills take shape Minnesota Legislature

Associated Press – 6/22/2021

Minnesota lawmakers to hand out nearly $1B in tax cuts

Associated Press – 6/21/2021

Hortman: Walz will likely agree to give up emergency powers to end session

Minnesota Public Radio - 6/21/2021

MN is awash in cash at the moment — but is it hoarding?

TwinCities.com - 6/19/2021

Minnesota lawmakers at a standstill on finalizing $52 billion state budget

TwinCities.com - 6/19/2021

Mississippi

Gov. Reeves got $50 million in CARES Act money. Heres how he spent it.

The Sun Herald - 6/23/2021

Auditor: Mississippi erred on $117M in unemployment benefits

Associated Press – 6/23/2021

Inmates, dead people and international criminals got unemployment

Hattiesburg American - 6/22/2021

Another Medicaid probe confirmed after state settles for $55 million

Hattiesburg American - 6/21/2021

Missouri

Missouri Medicaid expansion lawsuit case heading to Court of Appeals or Missouri Supreme Court, after Beetem ruling

Missouri Net - 6/24/2021

Senate convenes for first day of special session

Columbia Missourian - 6/23/2021

Missouri judge rules Medicaid expansion unconstitutional

Columbia Missourian - 6/23/2021

With gambling machines spreading through Missouri, lottery officials concerned about revenue loss

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 6/23/2021

Missouri Treasurer Fitzpatrick calls for expanding program that boosts low-income housing tax credit pricing

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 6/23/2021

Parson calls special session on medical tax; debate on birth control, abortion looms

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 6/22/2021

Governor signs measure that could boost car and truck prices in Missouri

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 6/22/2021

Lawyers on both sides of Missouri s Medicaid expansion lawsuit disagree over whether lawmakers funded expansion

Missouri Net - 6/22/2021

Parson sets tight deadline for Missouri Medicaid funding fix

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 6/21/2021

Parson threatens lawmakers with big budget cuts over Medicaid impasse

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 6/21/2021

July hearing set for Missouri House committee vetting stimulus dollars; September special session possible on ARPA funds (AUDIO)

Missouri Net - 6/21/2021

Montana

15 GOP governors including Gianforte urge release of Census redistricting data

Missoula Missoulian - 6/22/2021

New laws in Montana trigger slew of lawsuits

Missoula Missoulian - 6/20/2021

Montana Legislature fails to override 8 vetoes

Missoula Missoulian - 6/19/2021

Nebraska

Critics call for transparency in Nebraska state troopers' border deployment

Omaha World-Herald - 6/22/2021

State gas tax to drop a penny in Nebraska

Omaha World-Herald - 6/21/2021

Gov. Ricketts sending Nebraska state troopers to southern border

Lincoln Journal Star - 6/20/2021

NU President Ted Carter: University ready to emerge from pandemic year, is optimistic about fall

Omaha World-Herald - 6/18/2021

Nebraska to offer additional payments for 2019 flood relief

Lincoln Journal Star - 6/17/2021

Nevada

One Nevada church settles, other pressing COVID-19 lawsuit

Las Vegas Sun - 6/23/2021

Yes, please! State accepts $2.7B in federal COVID relief

Las vegas review journal - 6/22/2021

Unlike Arizona, Nevada well-stocked with aluminum for license plates

Las vegas review journal - 6/21/2021

Nevada to offer prizes to boost coronavirus vaccinations

Las Vegas Sun - 6/18/2021

New Hampshire

States grapple with closing youth detention centers

Associated Press – 6/23/2021

Anti-budget rally planned as GOP scrambles to nail down vote

Manchester Union Leader - 6/22/2021

New Hampshire Legislature settles on status quo gun laws

Concord Monitor - 6/22/2021

Lawmakers face up-or-down votes on compromise bills

Manchester Union Leader - 6/21/2021

Will budget deal pass House? Get out your Ouija board

Manchester Union Leader - 6/19/2021

State, local governments highlight cybersecurity funding needs

Manchester Union Leader - 6/19/2021

NHs economy picks up the pace

Concord Monitor - 6/18/2021

Budget trailer bill deal done, GOP sales job lies ahead

Manchester Union Leader - 6/18/2021

New Jersey

No 4th stimulus check, but N.J.s $500 tax rebates are coming. Heres all you need to know.

Jersey City Journal - 6/23/2021

N.J. eviction moratorium would end for families making above certain amount under bill

Jersey City Journal - 6/23/2021

Lawmakers wanted $50M to fix N.J. unemployment system, but budget calls for $17M

Jersey City Journal - 6/23/2021

N.J.s college savings plan is one of the worst in the nation. Its about to get way better, state says.

Jersey City Journal - 6/23/2021

With N.J. budget flush with cash, lawmakers want to snag at least $500M for pet projects

Jersey City Journal - 6/23/2021

Republicans criticize big spending, minuscule tax cuts in $46.4B N.J. budget

Jersey City Journal - 6/22/2021

NJ lawmakers advance $46.4B budget, up 15% over last year

Associated Press – 6/22/2021

NJ eviction, foreclosure moratorium could end earlier under new bill

Asbury Park Press - 6/22/2021

N.J. students could get 4 years of free college under state budget plan

Jersey City Journal - 6/22/2021

N.J. retirees with income up to $150K will get new tax break under the budget deal

Jersey City Journal - 6/22/2021

Murphy signs $235M in relief for small businesses, restaurants struggling with COVID crisis

Jersey City Journal - 6/22/2021

Trump threatened to kill online gambling. N.J. just asked Biden to declare it legal.

Jersey City Journal - 6/22/2021

N.J. budget includes big pension boost, $3.7B to pay down debt after state borrowed big

Jersey City Journal - 6/21/2021

N.J. tax breaks coming thanks to huge surplus, Murphy and top Dems announce

Jersey City Journal - 6/21/2021

NJ property tax aid: Lawmakers to expand Homestead credit in budget

Asbury Park Press - 6/21/2021

New Jersey Lawmakers Consider What to Do With $10 Billion Windfall

Wall Street Journal – 6/17/2021

Supreme Court upholds Obamacare, sparing 600K N.J. residents from losing coverage

Jersey City Journal - 6/17/2021

New Mexico

New Mexico financial trustees weigh social responsibility

Santa Fe New Mexican - 6/24/2021

New Mexico receives $1.7B deposit in federal pandemic relief

Associated Press – 6/23/2021

New Mexico's investment funds make gains in pandemic

Santa Fe New Mexican - 6/22/2021

New Mexico to pay state workers for skipped vacation

Santa Fe New Mexican - 6/20/2021

Older New Mexicans lose millions to fraud

Santa Fe New Mexican - 6/18/2021

New Mexico weighs rules for community solar program

Santa Fe New Mexican - 6/17/2021

New York

Cuomo declares coronavirus emergency is over in New York

Albany Times-Union - 6/23/2021

NY creates commission to review prosecutorial misconduct allegations

NewsDay.com - 6/21/2021

New York State Coffers Swell, Riding Covid-19 Recovery

Wall Street Journal – 6/20/2021

North Carolina

Here's what's in the North Carolina Senate budget proposal

WTVD – 6/23/2021

State employee raises and bonuses, extra tax cuts proposed in NC Senate budget

Raleigh News & Observer - 6/22/2021

Senate budget uses NC revenue boon on more tax cuts, capital

Associated Press – 6/21/2021

NC lawmakers pony up more money to lease an Ocracoke passenger ferry this summer

Raleigh News & Observer - 6/19/2021

North Dakota

North Dakota lawmakers dismiss criticism of emergency spending law

Bismarck Tribune - 6/22/2021

Funding surfaces for continuing North Dakota COVID-19 wastewater study

Bismarck Tribune - 6/21/2021

Drought leads to skyrocketing wildfires in North Dakota

Bismarck Tribune - 6/20/2021

Ohio

Ohio starts police recruitment program

Associated Press – 6/23/2021

Ohio Senate passes bill overhauling school report card from A through F grades to star system

Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com - 6/23/2021

Ohio House finance committee seeks to provide all townships with American Rescue Plan stimulus money

Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com - 6/22/2021

DeWine: Proposed broadband changes would be 'devastating'

Columbus Dispatch - 6/22/2021

Controversial Ohio vaccination bill lacks the votes to move forward in its current form

Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com - 6/22/2021

Richest school districts would receive biggest funding bump under Ohio Senate budget

Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com - 6/22/2021

Ohios 8 urban school districts say the state budget bill threatens to widen gap between rich and poor

Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com - 6/21/2021

Ohio Senators pitch policy changes in state budget

Columbus Dispatch - 6/21/2021

Ohio budget bill: Supreme and appellate court races would be partisan

Columbus Dispatch - 6/21/2021

Ohio Senate cuts $1.3 million in lead paint training from $75 billion budget

Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com - 6/18/2021

JACK Cleveland Casino, Thistledown Racino could lose out on sports betting under Ohio Senate bill

Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com - 6/18/2021

As DeWines emergency order ends, cities face budgetary time bomb if commuters dont return

Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com - 6/18/2021

State of Ohio employees get Friday off in observance of new Juneteenth holiday

Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com - 6/17/2021

Challengers protest to new Ohio Medicaid system denied

Dayton Daily News - 6/17/2021

Ohio tax revenue projections jump by billions, but leaders urge caution

Cleveland Plain Dealer – 6/17/2021

Federal rules prevent American Rescue Plan money from being used to close digital divide

Cleveland Plain Dealer – 6/17/2021

Oklahoma

Board of Equalization approves Oklahoma Fiscal Year 2022 budget

KSWO – 6/21/2021

Oregon

How Oregon spent $1.6B in federal COVID-19 relief funds

Salem Statesman-Journal - 6/23/2021

How we tracked federal COVID-19 relief funds in Oregon

Salem Statesman-Journal - 6/23/2021

Wildfire legislation with $195 million price tag advances to floor votes amid criticism of key provisions

Oregon Live - 6/23/2021

Oregon lawmakers pass amendment to ‘pause’ evictions

Associated Press – 6/22/2021

Resources for landlords, tenants as rent moratorium ends

Salem Statesman-Journal - 6/22/2021

Budget committee guts Oregon prescription drug pricing plan, citing hospitals and pharmacists opposition

Oregon Live - 6/22/2021

Oregon lawmakers wont pay essential worker stimulus this year

Oregon Live - 6/21/2021

Fire engines, affordable housing, restrooms: How state lawmakers plan to spend millions in federal relief funds

Oregon Live - 6/19/2021

Oregon's Pioneering Drug Decriminalization Experiment Is Now Facing The Hard Test

NPR – 6/18/2021

Oregons essential workers could get $2,000 under new legislation

Salem Statesman-Journal - 6/17/2021

Oregon Senate passes plans to trim business tax break, help big businesses cut their federal taxes

Oregon Live - 6/17/2021

Oregon taxpayers could shell out $700,000 to help big businesses get federal tax cut, under legislative plan

Oregon Live - 6/17/2021

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvanias state university system will proceed with plans to merge schools

The Philadelphia Inquirer - 6/23/2021

Gov. Tom Wolf and Republicans reach a deal to revive a powerful Pa. charter-school panel

Allentown Morning Call - 6/23/2021

Task force urges reform of Pennsylvania juvenile court to address serious racial disparities

Allentown Morning Call - 6/22/2021

GOP voting law bill clears state House amid Wolf veto threat

Associated Press – 6/22/2021

It’s budget week in Pa. Here’s what to watch for.

City & State – 6/21/2021

Stakes high for Pa. Medicaid contracts

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - 6/20/2021

Pa. lawmakers threaten university funding over statute of limitations deadlock

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - 6/18/2021

With workers in short supply, Pennsylvania lawmaker sees opportunity for minimum wage increase

Allentown Morning Call - 6/18/2021

Report: Pennsylvania casino revenues top $413 million in May

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - 6/17/2021

Republicans juggle deficit, pandemic and schools in budget

Associated Press – 6/17/2021

Rhode Island

Rhode Island Senate approves legalizing cannabis for adults

Associated Press – 6/23/2021

RI House Democrats shun most tax hikes in state budget proposal

Providence Journal – 6/17/2021

RI lawmakers unveil $13.1 billion state budget

WPRI – 6/17/2021

South Carolina

South Carolina's $11 Billon Budget Heading to Governor

Associated Press – 6/21/2021

Legislators send Gov. McMaster a $10.8B spending package with $200M in earmarks

Charleston Post & Courier - 6/21/2021

SC legislators agree to $10.7B spending plan with 2.5% raise for all state employees

Charleston Post & Courier - 6/17/2021

SC leaders to create plan for spending American Rescue Plan Act funds

WYFF – 6/16/2021

South Dakota

South Dakota health groups push Medicaid expansion as 'deal'

Associated Press – 6/23/2021

State sees increase in unclaimed property claims

Capital Journal (Pierre) - 6/18/2021

Tennessee

Tennessee welfare reform aims to put more money in needy families' pockets

The Center Square – 6/21/2021

Tennessee launches ads aimed at filling hospitality jobs

Associated Press – 6/18/2021

Tennessee tax revenue eclipses $1.5B in May

The Center Square – 6/17/2021

Texas

Gov. Greg Abbott is using a disaster declaration to help fund a border wall. Democrats say it’s an overreach of executive powers.

Texas Tribune – 6/23/2021

Texas border wall project receives over $450K in donations, a week after Gov. Greg Abbott announced plans

Texas Tribune - 6/23/2021

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott sets July 8 date for special legislative session on voting bill, other issues

Texas Tribune - 6/22/2021

Abbott vetoes criminal justice bills, bills to protect dogs, teach kids about domestic violence

Houston Chronicle - 6/21/2021

Show em the money (again): Texas approves another $100 million to entice businesses

Dallas Morning News - 6/20/2021

Gov. Abbott vetoes part of the state budget that funds Legislature

Austin American-Statesman - 6/19/2021

Gov. Greg Abbott vetoes funding for Texas Legislature and its staff as punishment for Democrats’ walkout on elections bill

Texas Tribune - 6/18/2021

Texas Gov. Abbott follows through with threat to veto lawmakers pay as he signs $248.6 billion state budget

Dallas Morning News - 6/18/2021

Texas empties prison to prepare to detain immigrants arrested during ramped-up border enforcement

Texas Tribune - 6/17/2021

Utah

Could Utah s colleges be stopped from teaching about divisive topics?

Salt Lake Tribune - 6/23/2021

Will all Utah drivers be paying mileage-based road usage fees by 2031?

Salt Lake City Deseret Morning News - 6/19/2021

Utah explores new avenues to fund roads: If you drive more, youll pay more

Salt Lake Tribune - 6/18/2021

Vermont

Pandemic hotel vouchers for about 700 homeless to end July 1

Associated Press – 6/22/2021

VT auditor issues final report on OneCare, questioning viability

Burlington Free Press - 6/21/2021

Virginia

Virginia’s projected surplus could approach $2 billion

WBDJ – 6/23/2021

Virginia marijuana, gaming, overtime, ballot laws take effect July 1

The Center Square – 6/23/2021

State to decide on spending to improve mental health care

Associated Press – 6/21/2021

Washington

Washington state revenues continue to rise above projections

seattlepi.com - 6/23/2021

Inslee announces cash prizes of up to $250K for military who get the COVID-19 vaccine

Olympian - 6/18/2021

West Virginia

Five years after 'worst in a century' floods, progress is slow to repair the damage and prepare for the next disaster

Charleston Gazette - 6/23/2021

WorkForce WV: State unemployment rate drops as leisure, hospitality jobs rebound

Charleston Gazette - 6/20/2021

Wisconsin

Appeals Court rules against GOP leaders over redistricting

WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison - 6/23/2021

Standards for 'forever chemicals' in groundwater, drinking water in Wisconsin will move forward

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - 6/23/2021

Bill to eliminate Wisconsin's personal property tax passes committee with bipartisan support

Lacrosse Tribune - 6/22/2021

Tony Evers signs bills banning use of chokeholds by police, creation of use of force policies

Lacrosse Tribune - 6/22/2021

Wisconsin lawmakers pass measure penalizing cities that cut police funding

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - 6/22/2021

Wisconsin school district leaders blast GOP's education budget, despite access to billions in federal money

Lacrosse Tribune - 6/22/2021

Teachers worry legislation limiting race discussion could have 'chilling' effect in Wisconsin classrooms

Lacrosse Tribune - 6/21/2021

Why so many Wisconsin school districts go to referendums for money

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - 6/18/2021

Wisconsin Republicans insert $3.3 billion tax cut in budget

Lacrosse Tribune - 6/18/2021

Wisconsin Republican legislators unveil $3.4 billion tax cut

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - 6/17/2021

Wyoming

State officials share job cut details

Cheyenne Wyoming Tribune-Eagle - 6/22/2021

Gov. aims to expand outdoor opportunities, address overcrowding at state parks

Cheyenne Wyoming Tribune-Eagle - 6/18/2021