Budget Blog

Week of June 28, 2021 - Press Clips

By Brian Sigritz posted 07-01-2021 02:14 PM



12 Holdout States Haven't Expanded Medicaid, Leaving 2 Million People In Limbo

(NPR) National Public Radio - 7/1/2021

Supreme Court upholds Arizona voting laws that lower court found were unfair to minorities

Washington Post – 7/1/2021

Activists see momentum as three new states legalize marijuana

The Hill – 7/1/2021

Drivers used to pay for roads. Washington is killing that idea.

Politico – 6/30/2021

Parents Face Dilemma in States That Ban School Mask Mandates

Route Fifty - 6/30/2021

States are so flush with funds, many are cutting taxes

CNN - 6/30/2021

Supreme Court Leaves National Eviction Ban in Place

Route Fifty - 6/30/2021

Muni bonds gain traction for climate and social change

CNBC - 6/30/2021

Why Managing Billions in Federal Aid for Small Towns Will be a Huge Lift

Route Fifty - 6/30/2021

State, Local Government Workers Vaccinated at Higher Rate Than General Public

Route Fifty - 6/29/2021

Up in smoke: States are using tobacco settlement money to balance their budgets. Heres why that matters

Marketwatch - 6/29/2021

Rental assistance fell victim to politics, bureaucracy

Republic - 6/29/2021

Judge blocks early cutoff of unemployment aid in Indiana

CBS - 6/29/2021

State, Local Officials Testify Cybersecurity Needs Funding

Governing.com - 6/29/2021

Bipartisan Infrastructure Plan, Supported by State and Local Governments, Back on Track

Route Fifty - 6/29/2021

More than $20M in Federal Funds Available for State-Based Insurance Marketplaces to Make Improvements

Route Fifty - 6/29/2021

Yes, Some People Really Are Faking Their COVID Vaccine Cards

Stateline – 6/29/2021

High Court Rejects State’s Challenge to Work-From-Home Taxes

Bloomberg – 6/28/2021

International Tourist Drought Hits Some States Hard

Stateline – 6/28/2021

Best and Worst State Economies for 2021

Route Fifty – 6/28/2021

State and local tax cap may be here to stay for the highest earners in high tax states

CNBC - 6/28/2021

Obamacares Survival Is Now Assured, but It Still Has One Big Problem

The New York Times - 6/28/2021

Where Jobless Benefits Were Cut, Jobs Are Still Hard to Fill

New York Times – 6/27/2021

Enrollment in Health Insurance Lags Among Latino Children

Route Fifty - 6/25/2021

Unemployment Rescue Left at Least 9 Million Without Help

Bloomberg.com - 6/25/2021

School Choice Movement Celebrates Its ‘Best Year Ever’ Amid Pandemic

Stateline – 6/25/2021

Transit-Commuting Workers in Steady Decline: Study

Governing – 6/25/2021

Small Cities Can’t Manage the High Cost of Old Infrastructure

Governing – 6/24/2021

Biden Quietly Transforms Medicaid Safety Net

Route Fifty – 6/24/2021


Gov. Ivey says road work proves gas tax hike was right thing to do for Alabama

WIAT – 6/28/2021

Mobile pitches $5.1 million in COVID-19 relief to combat gun violence

AL.com - 6/24/2021


Alaska Gov. Dunleavy signs state budget but delays announcing vetoes

Alaska Dispatch News - 7/1/2021

Court case may decide whether situation that led Alaska to brink of shutdown could happen again

Alaska Dispatch News - 6/29/2021

House averts shutdown, budget advances to governor

Fairbanks News-Miner - 6/29/2021

Alaska House votes to avert government shutdown, send budget to Gov. Dunleavy

Alaska Dispatch News - 6/28/2021


$12.8B Arizona budget with big tax cut signed by Ducey

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 6/30/2021

Arizona lawmakers raise their daily allowance

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 6/30/2021

Arizona Legislature: Lawmakers approve school voucher changes, adjourn session for the year

Arizona Republic – 6/30/2021

Arizona governor signs $12.8 billion budget with big tax cut

Associated Press – 6/30/2021

House Speaker: No override of Ducey veto after all

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 6/29/2021

Budget updates: Lawmakers return to iron out differences

Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix - 6/28/2021

Arizona leaves school choice expansion out of budget

The Center Square – 6/28/2021

Arizona Legislature: Proposal to slash Proposition 208 revenue goes to Ducey

Arizona Republic – 6/28/2021

Drought puts strain on Arizona program to provide water for wildlife

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 6/26/2021

Legislature: Proposition 208 workaround passes House

Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix - 6/25/2021

GOP lawmakers OK tax-cut plan, send it to Ducey

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 6/24/2021

Arizona Senate overrides a governor's veto for first time in 40 years

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 6/24/2021

GOP lawmakers send plan to governor to sharply cut taxes on Arizona's rich

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 6/24/2021


Arkansas pledges troops for border

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 6/30/2021

Rise in revenue forecast OK'd

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 6/30/2021

4 universities log increases in cost gauge

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 6/28/2021

Arkansans without broadband undercounted by FCC, researcher says

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 6/27/2021

Arkansas governor trying to reverse his state's trends on vaccination

Politico – 6/27/2021


California moves to phase out state-run youth prisons, giving counties responsibility

Los Angeles Times - 6/29/2021

California bans state-funded travel to five new states over anti-LGBTQ laws

San Jose Mercury News - 6/29/2021

Legislature Passes State Budget: Five Things To Know About The Budget Deal

SFGate - 6/29/2021

California lawmakers approve operating budget. What's in it?

Los Angeles Times - 6/29/2021

What s in California s new $262 billion operating budget?

San Jose Mercury News - 6/29/2021

California budget looks back to a time before pandemic

SFGate - 6/28/2021

Why Some Californians Are Running Out Of Water In 2021 And Others ArenT

SFGate - 6/28/2021

UC Berkeley among campuses to allow for more in-state admissions

San Jose Mercury News - 6/27/2021

California's Eviction Moratorium Extension: What It Means For Tenants...

SFGate - 6/27/2021

State budget plan proposes lowering out-of-state UC students

SFGate - 6/26/2021

California to pay overdue rent for low-income residents after pandemic year

SFGate - 6/25/2021

California child care providers push governor for higher pay

SFGate - 6/24/2021


Gov. Polis signs bill creating Front Range Passenger Rail District but new line is far from a sure thing

Denver Post - 6/30/2021

Colorado schools are getting more money. Bigger changes could be coming

Pueblo Chieftain - 6/30/2021

Colorado public colleges to give in-state tuition to Native Americans

Pueblo Chieftain - 6/29/2021

Most Colorado K-12 schools will have more money for the coming school year

Denver Post - 6/29/2021

Colorados affordable-housing shortfall needs a crisis response, study urges

Denver Post - 6/26/2021


Nearly 100 Connecticut laws taking effect on July 1 from legal marijuana to safer ice cream trucks

Hartford Courant - 7/1/2021

UConn will open at near full capacity this fall, with 90% of classes in-person and 11,000 students on campus. Masks will be required inside but not outside.

Hartford Courant - 6/30/2021

As end of COVID eviction moratorium nears, rental relief going slowly in CT

New London Day (theday.com) - 6/30/2021

UConn trustees to vote on $625 tuition increase for students. More financial aid is available this year.

Hartford Courant - 6/29/2021

Connecticut will conduct a study to see who pays the most in taxes. Critics say the poor pay a higher percentage than wealthy.

Hartford Courant - 6/29/2021

Conn. ups rebates for electric car purchases to at least $750

New London Day (theday.com) - 6/29/2021

State to used COVID-19 money for gun-violence prevention

Waterbury Republican-American - 6/28/2021


Who won and lost during Delaware's legislative session

Wilmington News Journal (Delaware Online) - 7/1/2021

Gov. Carney signs 2022 Operating and Bond Bill budgets

Delaware Public Media – 6/30/2021

Record capital budget adds to record operating budget

Associated Press – 6/30/2021

Delaware operating budget approved, but lots of legislation left for state lawmakers

WHYY – 6/29/2021

Lawmakers pass 2022 operating budget

Delaware Public Media – 6/24/2021

Delaware operating budget for next year gets final approval

Associated Press – 6/24/2021


Freedom Week in Florida comes with lots of sales tax breaks. Find out how you can save

Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel & SouthFlorida.com - 6/29/2021

Budget, bevy of Florida laws ready to take effect

Tampa Bay Times - 6/28/2021

Gov. DeSantis: FDLE, Fish & Wildlife, Highway Patrol officers going to Mexico border; hope is that states help with cost

Orlando Sentinel - 6/25/2021

DeSantis signs bills to boost workforce education efforts

Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel & SouthFlorida.com - 6/24/2021

The Everglades Experiment: Florida’s First ‘Incentivized’ Prison Redefines Punishment

Governing – 6/24/2021

Despite workers pleas, Florida will stop paying out-of-work residents federal unemployment benefits this weekend

Orlando Sentinel - 6/24/2021


Election overhaul, other new Georgia laws kicking in Thursday

Athens Banner-Herald - 6/29/2021

Kemp names panels to recommend how to use $4.8B in COVID-19 relief

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 6/29/2021

Georgia’s university system prepares for critical period

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 6/26/2021


Limited distance-learning options next fall for Hawaii public school students

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - 6/29/2021

Hawaii tax agency boosts peer-to-peer car rental oversight

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - 6/24/2021

Hawaii to ease testing rules for travelers vaccinated in US

Associated Press – 6/24/2021

Hawaii governor's blizzard of vetoes would leave budget holes

Bond Buyer – 6/24/2021


State Board of Education unveils campus diversity and inclusion policy

Twin Falls Times-News - 7/1/2021

Idaho Supreme Court issues significant ruling for those who cant afford court fees

Twin Falls Times-News - 6/30/2021

A gamechanger in the darkest months, Idaho National Guards COVID-19 mission ends

Twin Falls Times-News - 6/25/2021

Gov. Little touts road funding, including for I-90 expansion, during North Idaho visit

Spokesman Review – 6/25/2021


Illinois overpaid millions in unemployment benefits during the pandemic. Now theres a way for people to keep the money.

Chicago Tribune - 6/30/2021

Moody's upgrades Illinois' credit rating

Illinois Daily Herald - 6/30/2021

Pritzker credits fiscal responsibility for bond rating upgrade

Springfield State Journal-Register - 6/29/2021

1,000 inmates still stuck in county jails creating dangerous conditions because state prisons wont take them, sheriffs say

Chicago Sun-Times - 6/27/2021

Fitch upgrades Illinois credit outlook to positive

Springfield State Journal-Register - 6/26/2021


Governor extends Indiana COVID-19 emergency declaration through July

Northwest Indiana Times (nwitimes.com) - 6/30/2021

Spending, criminal justice highlight legislative session

Northwest Indiana Times (nwitimes.com) - 6/30/2021

Hoosiers 'harmed' by federal unemployment benefits, state says

Indianapolis Star - 6/30/2021

These Indiana laws go into effect July 1

Indianapolis Star - 6/30/2021

Jobless see no resumption of additional aid

Journal Gazette.net - 6/30/2021

No payments yet after judge's ruling on unemployment benefits

Journal Gazette.net - 6/29/2021

Feds eliminate work mandate for Healthy Indiana Plan participants

Northwest Indiana Times (nwitimes.com) - 6/28/2021

Here are the new Indiana laws to know before they take effect July 1

Northwest Indiana Times (nwitimes.com) - 6/27/2021

Judge: Pandemic federal unemployment benefits must continue in Indiana

Indianapolis Star - 6/25/2021


Iowa Supreme Court upholds law barring Planned Parenthood from sex education grants

Quad-City Times - 6/30/2021

State teams up with child care providers for giveaway in southeast Iowa

Quad-City Times - 6/30/2021

Iowa State Patrol doesn't use body cameras

Quad-City Times - 6/27/2021


Ahead of July 4 holiday, Kansas starts COVID campaign amid fears about delta variant; fewer than 40% fully vaccinated

Lawrence Journal-World - 6/30/2021

Bucking US trends, Kansas two-year colleges are rising

Topeka Capital-Journal - 6/28/2021

A new state program makes it likely your Kansas student could go to community college basically for free

Lawrence Journal-World - 6/27/2021


The first 'Shot at a Million' drawing is happening Thursday, Kentucky. Here's what to know

Courier Journal – 7/1/2021

Kentucky governor offers $1,500 bonus to boost workforce

Associated Press – 6/24/2021

Report gives detail on how Kentucky spent Coronavirus Relief Funds

Advocate Messenger – 6/24/2021


Governor signs bill to overhaul oversight of Louisiana School for the Deaf, Visually Impaired

Baton Rouge Advocate - 6/30/2021

Will John Bel Edwards veto bill to keep some pollution secret? Advocates push for it as deadline nears

Nola.com - 6/29/2021

The story of casino companies in Louisiana: How they cracked open the door then pushed it open even wider

Nola.com - 6/27/2021


Maine Legislature passes $8.5 billion budget

WABI – 6/30/2021

Legislature passes consumer-owned utility bill after Maine Senate reverses course

Central Maine - 6/30/2021

Maine Legislature sends $8.5B Maine budget upping school, local aid to Janet Mills

Bangor Daily News - 6/30/2021

Maine advocacy groups decry omission of tobacco prevention measures in budget deal

Bangor Daily News - 6/30/2021

Bill banning flavored tobacco loses funding in state budget compromise

Central Maine - 6/29/2021

Key Maine lawmaker cites real reservations to embattled utility takeover bid

Bangor Daily News - 6/29/2021

Bipartisan agreement reached on proposed state budget

Central Maine - 6/28/2021

Mainers earning less than $75,000 could get $300 hazard payment checks

Central Maine - 6/28/2021

The compromises that fueled Maines new bipartisan budget deal

Bangor Daily News - 6/28/2021

$8.5B Maine budget deal includes $300 COVID-19 relief payments to most workers

Bangor Daily News - 6/27/2021

State employees union at odds with Janet Mills over pay with deadline looming

Bangor Daily News - 6/26/2021


These new Maryland laws go into effect today, from ending the state song to addressing ‘period poverty’

Baltimore Sun – 7/1/2021

Maryland lawmakers question why state needs private financing for Beltway, I-270 toll lanes

Washington Post – 6/29/2021


Charlie Baker says Massachusetts lawmakers need to act fast to get federal coronavirus aid to those in need

Boston Herald - 6/29/2021

Western Massachusetts cities receive casino mitigation grants

The Republican - MassLive.com - 6/29/2021

Supreme Court wont hear New Hampshires lawsuit challenging Massachusetts remote work tax policy

The Republican - MassLive.com - 6/29/2021

Massachusetts lawmakers again start fiscal year without budget, passing temporary spending plan to cover costs in July

Mass Live – 6/28/2021

Massachusetts commission to recommend $600 million in federal aid for cultural sector

The Republican - MassLive.com - 6/28/2021

In disagreement over how to spend COVID relief, Mass. lawmakers ditch Gov. Bakers $2.8 billion plan to infuse economy

The Republican - MassLive.com - 6/25/2021

Gov. Charlie Baker announces he will propose a two-month sales tax holiday, relying on a more than $3 billion surplus in state tax revenue.

The Republican - MassLive.com - 6/24/2021


Michigan's $5M COVID-19 vaccine lottery: What you need to know

Detroit Free Press - 7/1/2021

Whitmer to announce millions in sweepstakes to incentivize COVID vaccines

Detroit News - 7/1/2021

$17B spending plan to fund K-12 passes Michigan Legislature

Mlive.com - 6/30/2021

Michigan lawmakers send 'game-changing' school budget to Whitmer

Detroit News - 6/30/2021

Michigan Senate passes key components of state budget for 2022

Detroit Free Press - 6/30/2021

Whitmer letter urges financial relief for restaurants

Detroit Free Press - 6/29/2021

Whitmer blames flooding on 'decades of underinvestment,' pushes infrastructure plan

Detroit News - 6/28/2021

Why northern Michigan has both highest vaccinated counties and big pockets of vaccine hesitancy

Mlive.com - 6/27/2021

MSU will not reinstate 10% retirement match for nonunion employees

Lansing State Journal - 6/26/2021

Whitmer vetoes bills letting businesses get tax refund on PPE purchases

Mlive.com - 6/25/2021

Michigan House approves $65B budget plan with 'win' for schools as deadline looms

Detroit News - 6/24/2021

State House OKs $16.7B school aid plan eliminating funding gap for school districts

Detroit Free Press - 6/24/2021

Michigan Senate votes to end $300-per-week federal unemployment supplement early

Mlive.com - 6/24/2021


Minnesota Legislature passes tax bill to finish $52B budget

Associated Press – 7/1/2021

Lawmakers Avert Minn. Gov’t Shutdown With All Remaining Budget Bills To Be Signed Before Deadline; Tax Deal Reached

WCCO – 6/30/2021

Lawmakers and Walz are poised to avert a state shutdown

TwinCities.com - 6/30/2021

Long, strange trip: Legislature passes new budget

Minnesota Public Radio - 6/30/2021

MNs eviction moratorium is ending. Heres what is coming next.

TwinCities.com - 6/30/2021

Will Minnesota legislators avert a shutdown? Heres their progress so far

TwinCities.com - 6/29/2021

Walz signs 3 more omnibus budget bills

KSTP – 6/29/2021

Compromise police bill in question as some Dems say its not enough

TwinCities.com - 6/28/2021

Democrats say they’ll keep pushing for police changes

Minnesota Public Radio - 6/28/2021

Three days remain for lawmakers to finish the state budget

TwinCities.com - 6/27/2021

With divided government at MN Legislature, budget deal making is a slog

TwinCities.com - 6/27/2021

Minnesota House passes E-12 budget; Senate debates health and human services

TwinCities.com - 6/27/2021

Minnesota budget gels slowly but ‘end is not exactly in sight yet’

Minnesota Public Radio - 6/24/2021


New laws hit the books in Mississippi on Thursday

Y’All Politics – 6/30/2021

Mississippi's efforts to help low-income tenants

Associated Press – 6/25/2021

Teens, young adults in foster system eligible for grants

The Sun Herald - 6/25/2021


Parson signs budget, cuts bonuses for top-performing state workers

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 6/30/2021

Despite massive surplus, Gov. Parson vetoes $115 million from Missouri budget

Missouri Independent – 6/30/2021

Special session ends with new Medicaid tax bill sent to the governor's desk

Columbia Missourian - 6/30/2021

The people have spoken: Missouri business, health groups join lawsuit seeking to expand Medicaid

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 6/30/2021

Parson signs bill requiring online sales tax collection

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 6/30/2021

Key Missouri lawmaker wants plan in place by January for a serious overhaul of state s IT system

Missouri Net - 6/30/2021

Missouri Republicans face heat over Planned Parenthood money

Columbia Missourian - 6/29/2021

House panel endorses renewal of key tax for Missouri health care costs

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 6/29/2021

COVID-19 outbreak hits Missouri building for state workers in Jefferson City

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 6/29/2021

Missouri Senate breaks impasse over Medicaid and abortion funding

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 6/26/2021

Missouri Senate still bogged down over Medicaid tax

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 6/25/2021

State s Volkswagen settlement funding electric vehicle charging stations at busy rural Missouri interchanges

Missouri Net - 6/25/2021

With $300 million in rental assistance unspent, Missouri looks to nonprofits for help

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 6/24/2021

Judge rules against Medicaid expansion in Missouri, but decision will be appealed

Kansas City Star & KansasCity.com - 6/24/2021


Group appeals dismissal of Montana water rights lawsuit

Billings Gazette - 6/29/2021

Millions in federal money meant to boost Montana's child care capacity

Billings Gazette - 6/24/2021

Montana benefits from compromise infrastructure bill, Tester says

Billings Gazette - 6/24/2021


Liquid K2 is the latest contraband problem for Nebraska prisons, jails

Lincoln Journal Star - 6/27/2021

Regents approve budget, freezing tuition for NU students for two years

Lincoln Journal Star - 6/25/2021


Nevada led nation in GDP growth in first quarter, federal data shows

The Center Square – 6/30/2021

Nevada leaders hope program limits evictions

Associated Press – 6/25/2021

New Hampshire

N.H. businesses are 'flourishing,' newly-passed state budget is 'rock solid,' Sununu tells Nashua Chamber members and guests

Nashua Telegraph - 6/29/2021

U.S. Supreme Court refuses to hear NH tax case against the Bay State

Nashua Telegraph - 6/29/2021

Ten members of governor's diversity council abruptly quit

Concord Monitor - 6/29/2021

For some bills, the legislative session is just beginning

Concord Monitor - 6/28/2021

New Hampshire venues frustration rises with plodding pace of federal help

Concord Monitor - 6/26/2021

Tax cuts, family and medical leave plan top the list of initiatives in approved budget

Concord Monitor - 6/25/2021

Protesters rally at State House against budget as lawmakers pass it

Manchester Union Leader - 6/25/2021

Sununu Signs 2-Year State Budget Into Law

Associated Press – 6/25/2021

NH Lawmakers OK $13.5 Billion Budget Package With Tax Cuts, Abortion Restrictions

NBC Boston – 6/24/2021

Sununu praises state budget and all its add-ons as a win for every citizen

Concord Monitor - 6/24/2021

State budget passes, dicey trailer bill clears hurdle too

Manchester Union Leader - 6/24/2021

New Jersey

$500 N.J. tax rebate checks will be in the mail Friday. Here are all the details youll need.

Jersey City Journal - 7/1/2021

What happened to NJ Gov. Murphy's 'baby bond' pitch?

Asbury Park Press - 6/30/2021

Supreme Court hurt N.J. fight to grab remote worker taxes from N.Y. Murphy says its not over.

Jersey City Journal - 6/29/2021

NJ budget is largest in state history. What's in it

Asbury Park Press - 6/29/2021

NJ budget includes funding to finish park for people with disabilities

Asbury Park Press - 6/29/2021

NJ's new budget raises questions over transparency and process

North Jersey.com (Bergen County Record & Herald News) - 6/29/2021

Gov. Murphy signs record $46.4B NJ Budget, boosting spending by 15%

Associated Press – 6/29/2021

Records show: NJ spending on COVID-19 response tops $2.3B

Associated Press – 6/28/2021

NJ families to get $500 rebates. Heres what you need to know

Asbury Park Press - 6/28/2021

New Mexico

New laws taking effect in New Mexico on July 1

Santa Fe New Mexican - 7/1/2021

New York

New York has approved the use of recreational marijuana. Now cities, towns and villages are deciding whether they want to allow retail sales in their communities.

Syracuse Post-Standard & Syracuse.com - 7/1/2021

Cuomo signs bill creating opioid settlement fund

New York Daily News - 6/30/2021

North Carolina

Costs watched as Medicaid managed care begins in N. Carolina

Associated Press – 7/1/2021

Medical marijuana clears first hurdle in N. Carolina Senate

Associated Press – 7/1/2021

Have questions about medical marijuana rules in North Carolina? Weve got answers.

Raleigh News & Observer - 7/1/2021

NC families who havent received a $335 relief check have just days left to apply

Raleigh News & Observer - 6/30/2021

NC eviction moratorium will end but the CDCs order still protects eligible tenants

Raleigh News & Observer - 6/30/2021

North Carolina to announce first COVID-19 vaccine lottery winners Monday

Raleigh News & Observer - 6/28/2021

Juul agrees to $40 million settlement in North Carolina teen marketing lawsuit

CNBC – 6/28/2021

NC Senate OKs state budget bill with enough Democrats to override a Cooper veto

Raleigh News & Observer - 6/26/2021

These could be a few of the biggest partisan fights ahead in NCs budget summer

Raleigh News & Observer - 6/26/2021

Billions in federal COVID relief distributed by NC Senate budget. Heres where it would go.

Raleigh News & Observer - 6/25/2021

NC Senate Budget Gets Final OK; House Makes Own Plan Next

Associated Press – 6/25/2021

North Carolina Senate approves biennium budget with $1B tax cut

The Center Square – 6/24/2021

North Dakota

NDSU gets $5.7M to boost North Dakotas lagging COVID-19 vaccination rate

Grand Forks Herald - 6/30/2021

North Dakota, near last in electric vehicles, braces for new market

Grand Forks Herald - 6/27/2021

State asks feds for more drought flexibility for North Dakota farmers, ranchers

Bismarck Tribune - 6/24/2021


Gov. Mike DeWine signs budget bill, issues 14 line-item vetoes

Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com - 7/1/2021

Here's what Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine vetoed from the state budget

Columbus Dispatch - 7/1/2021

Ohio restaurants can apply for grants starting July 6

Columbus Dispatch - 6/30/2021

Ohio budget touts 3% income tax cuts. But the richest Ohioans would see cuts up to 17%

Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com - 6/30/2021

Ohio lawmakers punt legalizing sports betting to the fall

Akron Beacon Journal and Ohio.com - 6/29/2021

Gov. Mike DeWine praises Ohio budget bill, says hell sign before Wednesday

Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com - 6/29/2021

Ohio can seek hundreds of billions from Volkswagen over emissions scandal, Ohio Supreme Court rules

Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com - 6/29/2021

Federal stimulus money: Ohio spends $2.2 billion on unemployment, water and more

Columbus Dispatch - 6/29/2021

Ohio meets urgent deadline as DeWine signs executive order on name, image, likeness...

Dayton Daily News - 6/28/2021

Final Ohio budget deal would cut taxes, fund broadband, boost school funding in major overhaul

Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com - 6/28/2021

Ohio poised to pass budget with tax cuts and new school funding formula

Columbus Dispatch - 6/28/2021

Police Recruitment is Down. How One State is Partnering to Boost the Ranks

Route Fifty – 6/25/2021

Ohio lawmakers OK using coronavirus aid to repay $1.5 billion loan for unemployment benefits

Plain Dealer – 6/25/2021


Oklahoma is the first state to pocket extra new Medicaid dollars

Washington Post – 7/1/2021

Oklahoma lawmakers grill corrections, public safety officials on Fort Supply prison closure

Oklahoman – 6/30/2021


Farmworker advocates renew call for extreme heat rules after Oregon laborer dies

Oregon Live - 6/30/2021

Small change to far-reaching wildfire bill brought bipartisan support

Oregon Live - 6/30/2021

Oregon lawmakers set out to increase the timber industrys tax bill. Instead, they cut it again

Oregon Live - 6/29/2021

Beavers, headlights and vegan food: Not all legislative proposals made it across the finish line

Oregon Live - 6/28/2021

Oregon Legislature concludes session marked by huge spending, racial justice reforms

Oregon Live - 6/27/2021

Major funding legislation among bills passed

Salem Statesman-Journal - 6/26/2021

Oregon lawmakers quietly gave businesses a tax break worth hundreds of millions

Oregon Live - 6/26/2021

Oregon lawmakers pack final bills of the session with billions of dollars for infrastructure, community projects

Oregon Live - 6/24/2021


Governor signs $40.8 billion Pa. budget with more money for public schools

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - 6/30/2021

Pennsylvania governor vetoes GOP-led election overhaul, citing voter ID restrictions

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - 6/30/2021

Governor Wolf signs Pennsylvania budget, vetoes election reform bill

CBS 21 – 6/30/2021

Gov. Tom Wolf says new state budget will move Pennsylvania forward

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - 6/29/2021

Pennsylvanias GOP lawmakers pushing new election-auditing office in budget

Allentown Morning Call - 6/29/2021

Pa.s poorest school districts will get more money next year. Public education advocates say the budget still falls short.

The Philadelphia Inquirer - 6/28/2021

Aid for schools, overtime rule were key trade in state budget deal

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - 6/28/2021

Some fear a slow death when Pennsylvania merges six state universities

Allentown Morning Call - 6/27/2021

New Pa. budget lessens nursing home concerns, but doesn’t immediately quell possible strikes

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - 6/26/2021

Pa. Republicans unveil budget that puts billions in federal pandemic relief in savings

Allentown Morning Call - 6/25/2021

Pennsylvania Republicans unveil a state budget that would bank pandemic funds

The Philadelphia Inquirer - 6/25/2021

Gov. Tom Wolf's chief of staff, budget secretary to leave office

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - 6/24/2021

Rhode Island

Anger, frustration on both sides of gun divide as RI legislature nears end

Providence Journal – 6/28/2021

House backs $13.1 billion RI state budget

WPRI – 6/24/2021

South Carolina

SC will not give money to schools to teach critical race theory

Greenville Online - 7/1/2021

Gas tax climbs by 2 cents but people are not claiming credits

GoUpstate.com - 7/1/2021

2-cent SC gas tax hike set to begin and benefit local paving projects.

GoUpstate.com - 6/30/2021

SC Supreme Court rules Greenville fees violate state law, a decision with statewide impact

Charleston Post & Courier - 6/30/2021

SC prisons agency could pay $6M to settle lawsuits 3 years after deadly Lee prison riot

Charleston Post & Courier - 6/30/2021

Millions for SC rent assistance remain as eviction moratorium extended through July

Charleston Post & Courier - 6/30/2021

SC Education Department announces $20M project to boost arts programs statewide

Charleston Post & Courier - 6/30/2021

Medicaid enrollments during COVID-19 up everywhere, but less in SC than other states

Charleston Post & Courier - 6/29/2021

SC lawmakers override most of Gov. McMaster's earmark budget vetoes

Charleston Post & Courier - 6/29/2021

SC lawmakers override majority of McMaster's vetoes in budget

GoUpstate.com - 6/29/2021

Initial deal struck to end South Carolina prison riot suits

Associated Press – 6/28/2021

McMaster vetoes SC lawmakers projects in $11 billion budget

Associated Press – 6/25/2021

McMaster vetoes big Upstate projects in the state budget

GoUpstate.com - 6/25/2021

South Dakota

GOP donor pays $1 million to deploy South Dakota national guard

Rapid City Journal - 6/30/2021

This Is How Much South Dakota Spends on Your Health

Capital Journal (Pierre) - 6/30/2021

Daycare shortage strains families statewide

Capital Journal (Pierre) - 6/28/2021

South Dakotans face new laws come July 1, including $50 fee on electric vehicles

Grand Forks Herald – 6/28/2021

South Dakota has $315M to aid struggling renters

Associated Press – 6/25/2021

Ballot committee focuses on preventing higher taxes and Medicaid expansion

Rapid City Journal - 6/25/2021

$189 million in budget requests come from states public universities

Sioux Falls Argus Leader - 6/24/2021


Here are the new Tennessee laws taking effect July 1

Memphis Commercial Appeal - 7/1/2021

TN schools chief's bus tour recognizes summer successes, challenges ahead

The Tennessean - 7/1/2021

Higher cash payments, new grants among TANF changes

The Tennessean - 6/30/2021

UT approves tuition for 2021-22 school year

Knoxville News-Sentinel - 6/26/2021


Abbott wants to build a border wall. South Texas landowners are divided over whether they want it.

Houston Chronicle - 7/1/2021

Some Texas students with disabilities thrived on remote learning, but have few options this fall

My San Antonio.com - 6/29/2021

Irate that Abbott could tap COVID relief fund for border wall, Texas Dems seek ruling from Yellen

Dallas Morning News - 6/28/2021

Democrats sue Texas governor over vetoing pay after walkout

Houston Chronicle - 6/25/2021

Greater Disparities to Emerge in Texas as Unemployment Benefits, Protections Against Evictions and Utility Shutoffs End

Texas Tribune – 6/25/2021


Utahns are filling state coffers. So will we see a tax cut?

Salt Lake Tribune - 6/30/2021

Will help with rent get to Utah tenants in time?

Daily Herald - 6/25/2021

Can Utah — and 24,000 of its residents — survive cut in federal COVID-19 jobless aid?

Salt Lake City Deseret Morning News - 6/25/2021


New state laws on sexual consent, health care and alcohol sales take effect July 1

VT Digger.org - 6/28/2021

Religious schools can now obtain taxpayer funds. Will Vermont require they dont discriminate?

VT Digger.org - 6/28/2021


$20 million in Virginia budget seeks to speed port dredging project

Norfolk Virginian-Pilot/HamptonRoads.com - 6/30/2021

Virginias COVID-19 state of emergency is set to expire. What does it mean?

Norfolk Virginian-Pilot/HamptonRoads.com - 6/29/2021

Heres how Virginia is helping tenants with rent

Norfolk Virginian-Pilot/HamptonRoads.com - 6/25/2021


It buys us time: Inslee sends state funds to keep Point Roberts only grocery store open as border closure continues

Spokane Spokesman-Review - 6/29/2021

Tenants are scared. Landlords are fed up. Despite Inslee's moratorium 'bridge,' eviction worries loom

Spokane Spokesman-Review - 6/27/2021

Gov. Jay Inslee announces eviction moratorium bridge, plan to transition out by end of September

Spokane Spokesman-Review - 6/24/2021

West Virginia

WVa lawmakers approve fund to attract businesses in session

Associated Press – 6/24/2021


Wisconsin Senate approves GOP-authored budget, which now heads to Gov. Tony Evers

Wisconsin State Journal – 7/1/2021

What can Gov. Evers partially veto in the budget? A 2020 court decision is about to be put to the test

WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison - 6/30/2021

Senate set to send $87.5 billion state budget plan to Evers

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - 6/30/2021

Evers vetoes bill that would have limited grants to help run elections

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - 6/30/2021

Evers signs opioid legislation but calls part of it unconstitutional

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - 6/30/2021

Senate kills business equipment tax, sends bill to Evers

WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison - 6/30/2021

Broadband task force says more money, better data needed to increase internet access

Lacrosse Tribune - 6/30/2021

Wisconsin Assembly passes $87.5 billion spending plan with more than $3 billion in tax cuts

Lacrosse Tribune - 6/30/2021

Education, tax cuts take center stage as Assembly GOP preps to approve state budget

WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison - 6/29/2021

Wisconsin legislators to pass state budget that would cut taxes

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - 6/29/2021

Highlights of Republican-authored Wisconsin state budget

WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison - 6/29/2021

Wisconsin Supreme Court tosses lawsuit against ballot boxes

Lacrosse Tribune - 6/26/2021


Wyoming State Parks increases camping capacity for July 4 weekend

Cheyenne Wyoming Tribune-Eagle - 6/30/2021

Governor aims to address overcrowding at state parks

Cheyenne Wyoming Tribune-Eagle - 6/26/2021

Budget cuts to impact community mental health centers, hospital

Cheyenne Wyoming Tribune-Eagle - 6/25/2021

A year in, Wyoming rig count slowly recovering from drop to zero

Casper Star-Tribune - 6/24/2021