Budget Blog

Week of July 5, 2021 - Press Clips

By Brian Sigritz posted 07-07-2021 10:05 PM



States faced financial ruin. Now they’re swimming in cash.

Politico - 7/7/2021

States and Cities Scramble to Spend $350 Billion Windfall

New York Times – 7/7/2021

Twice as Many U.S. Renters Fell Behind on Payments During the Pandemic

Pew Trusts.org - 7/7/2021

‘Five-alarm fire’: Slow trickle of rental aid heightens concern about eviction crisis

Washington Post – 7/7/2021

This Week in Federal Funding

Route Fifty – 7/6/2021

Race is on to get rental assistance out to avert evictions

Associated Press – 7/6/2021

Maryland extends pandemic unemployment benefits after court order. Indiana does not.

CNN – 7/6/2021

How Will Property Taxes Fare in a Surging Housing Market?

Governing – 7/6/2021

Trees: The Critical Infrastructure Low-Income Neighborhoods Lack

Stateline – 7/6/2021

A 5-Step Guide to Spending the American Rescue Plan Money

Route Fifty – 7/6/2021

How Far American Rescue Plan Dollars Will Stretch Varies by State

Governing.com - 7/6/2021

Bipartisan spending deal meets fresh resistance from key Democrats

The Hill - 7/5/2021

How Governments can Leverage Federal Funds to Partner With Local Nonprofits

Route Fifty - 7/2/2021

The States With the Stiffest Liquor Taxes

Route Fifty - 7/2/2021

State, local officials disbursed less than 4 percent of rental aid through May

Politico - 7/2/2021

Financing Plan for Infrastructure Agreement Called into Question

Route Fifty - 7/2/2021

Supreme Court to hear case on Maine tuition program that bars money for religious education

Fox News - 7/2/2021

Out-of-work Americans can now receive aid to pay for ACA health coverage

UPI - 7/2/2021

Judge Sides With Ohio in Fight Against ARPA Tax Cut Restrictions

Route Fifty – 7/2/2021

Sports betting legalization mid-year report: 7 states fall short in 2021

Tribune – 7/1/2021

Less Than 5% of Pandemic Relief Funds for Nightlife Venues Have Been Distributed. Owners Fear the Show Might Not Go On

Time.com (Time Magazine) - 7/1/2021

Better Customer Experience a Priority for State, Local IT Post Pandemic

Route Fifty - 7/1/2021

High-Speed Rail Advocates Optimistic About Propects

Engineering News-Record - 7/1/2021


Alabama lawmakers explore prison options, use of COVID relief funds

Associated Press – 7/3/2021


Alaska oil-wealth fund transfer to proceed after veto error

Associated Press – 7/6/2021

Veto error causes uncertainty around $4 billion Alaska Permanent Fund transfer

Alaska Dispatch News - 7/3/2021

University of Alaska to honor state-funded financial aid after House vote puts assistance at risk

Fairbanks News-Miner - 7/2/2021

Early Learning programs face cuts under Dunleavy's vetoes

Fairbanks News-Miner - 7/2/2021

Gov. Dunleavy vetoes $525 Permanent Fund dividend and $215 million in programs, projects

Alaska Dispatch News - 7/1/2021

Budget politics threaten Alaskas federally funded health insurance relief program

Alaska Dispatch News - 7/1/2021


Arizona AG's push to speed up deportations is rejected

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 7/5/2021

504 plan disability protection favors students at Arizonas wealthier, whiter schools

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 7/3/2021

Groups that backed Prop 208 seek to block new tax cuts

Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix - 7/3/2021

AZ sports betting license fees set for pro teams, tribes Consumers

Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix - 7/2/2021

Gov. Ducey rescinding some of his pandemic emergency orders

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 7/2/2021


Justice Building project underway

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 7/6/2021

State's $945.7M surplus in fiscal '21 highest ever

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 7/3/2021

Governor clarifies Guard's job at border

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 7/2/2021

Attorney general's office trims spending on ads by 57% for year

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 7/2/2021


California to pay victims of forced, coerced sterilizations

SFGate - 7/7/2021

UC San Diego will have to pivot after being told to admit more California students

San Diego Union-Tribune - 7/4/2021

California lawmakers push feds to allow a therapy that pays meth users to abstain

San Jose Mercury News - 7/2/2021


Colorado will provide birth control, reproductive care for immigrants without documentation

Denver Post - 7/6/2021

Colorado agencies launch first-in-nation program to combat catalytic converter theft

Boulder Daily Camera - 7/3/2021

Colorado schools have 11 months to remove American Indian mascots — and that can be very expensive

Denver Post – 7/2/2021

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signs Front Range passenger rail bill, 3 others on Pueblo tour

Pueblo Chieftain - 7/1/2021


Special clinics use federal funds ” and new methods ” to vaccinate the states developmentally disabled

Hartford Courant - 7/7/2021

Green future: Lamont, state officials say Connecticut positioned for federal climate funds

Waterbury Republican-American - 7/6/2021

Connecticut Gov. Lamont signs climate change law to protect shoreline, looks ahead

Hartford Courant - 7/6/2021

Lamont lets evictions moratorium expire, but orders new tenant protections

Hartford Courant - 7/3/2021

Home health agencies say theyre desperate for more funding

Waterbury Republican-American - 7/1/2021

Array of new state laws now in effect, affecting region

New London Day (theday.com) - 7/1/2021

State issues provisional licenses for daily fantasy sports

New London Day (theday.com) - 7/1/2021

With COVID-19 cases declining, state closes mass testing sites

New London Day (theday.com) - 7/1/2021


Here’s what Delaware legislators accomplished this session, and what was left undone

News Journal – 7/1/2021


Florida cruise ship fight goes to appeals court

Tampa Bay Times - 7/6/2021

Florida’s teacher bonus plan may violate COVID-19 relief money rules

Tampa Bay Times - 7/6/2021

DeSantis: 'Now is the time to prepare' for Elsa hurricane

Jacksonville Times-Union & Jacksonville.com - 7/6/2021

Will moratoriums end mean Florida eviction tsunami? Govts preach calm, but advocates fear worst

Orlando Sentinel - 7/6/2021

100 new Florida laws go into effect Monday

Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel & SouthFlorida.com - 7/4/2021

Biden administration says Floridas teacher bonus plan may violate COVID-19 relief money rules

Orlando Sentinel - 7/3/2021

DeSantis signs bill boosting wildlife corridor protection

Jacksonville Times-Union & Jacksonville.com - 7/3/2021


Cash payments to Georgia parents start this month

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 7/1/2021


Hawaii legislators override Gov. David Ige’s veto of bill on Hawaii Tourism Authority’s funding

Star Advertiser – 7/6/2021

Lawmakers work to override governor's vetoes

KITV – 7/6/2021

Hawaii Tourism Authority reorganizes as politicians consider its fate

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - 7/6/2021


Pandemic Growth Led This State to Slash Taxes, Issue Rebates

Route Fifty – 7/6/2021

Idaho K-3 reading tests show decline from pre-pandemic

Twin Falls Times-News - 7/2/2021

Idaho begins new fiscal year eyeing record $800 million-plus budget surplus

Twin Falls Times-News - 7/2/2021

Idahos K-12 civics and U.S. history standards ranked inadequate in new report

Twin Falls Times-News - 7/1/2021

State Board of Education unveils campus diversity and inclusion policy

Twin Falls Times-News - 7/1/2021

5 Idaho troopers being deployed to Arizona border

Associated Press – 7/1/2021


New Illinois law aims to improve Medicaid, slash costs for some families

Chicago Tribune - 7/6/2021

Gas tax rises again in Illinois, where gas prices are among highest in nation

Springfield State Journal-Register - 7/2/2021

Des Plaines has collected $70 million in taxes from Rivers Casino, the states top-grossing riverboat. But what happens as gambling spreads to other Illinois towns?

Chicago Tribune - 7/2/2021


Maryland extends pandemic unemployment benefits after court order. Indiana does not.

CNN – 7/6/2021

8% of schools miss state goal

Journal Gazette.net - 7/4/2021


Complicated rules delay grocery vouchers for some families

Des Moines Register - 7/3/2021

Judge: Iowa jail must let murder suspect meet with lawyers

Sioux City Journal - 7/1/2021


Kansas knows what hospitals get paid, but it says it cant tell a group that compares prices

Lawrence Journal-World - 7/4/2021

Kansas collected 9.3% surplus in taxes in 2021 budget year

Associated Press – 7/2/2021


Legislative committee wants details for pay raise proposal

WTVQ – 7/7/2021

Kentucky woman first winner of state’s vaccine lottery

The Center Square – 7/6/2021


Gov. Edwards announces allocations of American Rescue Plan Funding for COVID-19 impacted communities

Baton Rouge Advocate - 7/6/2021

Will sports betting be ready for football season? 'That made me nervous, lottery leader says

Baton Rouge Advocate - 7/3/2021

John Bel Edwards signs massive roads bill: What that means for possible veto override session

Baton Rouge Advocate - 7/2/2021

John Bel Edwards vetoes 28 bills

Baton Rouge Advocate - 7/2/2021

John Bel Edwards signs $300 million-a-year bill to boost spending on roads and bridges

Baton Rouge Advocate - 7/2/2021


Maine lawmakers approve landmark recycling reform bill

Bangor Daily News - 7/6/2021

Gov. Mills signs bipartisan $8.5B state budget

WMTW – 7/1/20201

Maines relationship with tribes takes another hit after Janet Mills gaming veto

Bangor Daily News - 7/1/2021


Maryland extends pandemic unemployment benefits after court order. Indiana does not.

CNN – 7/6/2021

Marylands new state superintendent reshaped San Antonio schools. Now hes ready to lead a $4 billion overhaul here.

Baltimore Sun - 7/1/2021


Heres how Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker wants to spend the federal ARPA aid

The Republican - MassLive.com - 7/6/2021

Cannabis commissioner Ava Callender Concepcion hopes to hear feedback on regulations as delivery rolls out in Massachusetts

The Republican - MassLive.com - 7/2/2021

Massachusetts Senate passes $300 million transportation infrastructure bill

Boston Herald – 7/2/2021

Income tax battle between Massachusetts and New Hampshire spills into Congress

Boston Herald - 7/1/2021


Whitmer: Spend $150M to improve local parks in Michigan

Detroit Free Press - 7/6/2021

Work remains to end disparities caused by K-12 funding gap, advocates say

Mlive.com - 7/6/2021

Michigan's latest budget could help close the gap in school funding

Detroit Free Press - 7/6/2021

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


MN lawmakers tout bipartisan talks, partisan wins in record $52B budget

TwinCities.com - 7/1/2021

Walz, leaders reflect on special session

Minnesota Public Radio - 7/1/2021

Gov. Walz signs Minnesota's COVID-19 recovery budget

KSTP – 7/1/2021


Health centers join legal fight to expand Medicaid in Missouri

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 7/6/2021

Parson veto a sucker punch to group fighting rise in child sex abuse

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 7/6/2021

Measure on Parsons desk would force property tax refunds because of pandemic-related public health orders

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 7/5/2021

Missouri posts record revenues during 2021 budget year

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 7/2/2021

Mental health increasingly plays role in Missouri maternal deaths, report finds

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 7/2/2021

Missouri mired in pandemic as vaccinations lag and cases climb

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 7/2/2021

Missouri lawmakers pass critical Medicaid funding bill

Kansas City Star & KansasCity.com - 7/2/2021

Missouri posts record revenues during 2021 budget year

Associated Press – 7/2/2021

June’s general revenue collections 40 percent higher than last year, latest report says

Missouri Times – 7/2/2021

Mid-Missouri interstate bridge set for $240 million replacement

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 7/1/2021


State panel recommends using federal funds to fight exploitation of elderly

Missoula Missoulian - 7/6/2021

Schools worry about paying for behavioral treatment program

Missoula Missoulian - 7/6/2021

How One State Plans to Use Federal Relief Money to Shore Up Child Care Options

Route Fifty – 7/6/2021

New laws, relationship for child protective services and ombudsman

Billings Gazette - 7/5/2021


Nebraska cuts taxes as revenue soars

The Center Square – 7/7/2021


VP Harris on vaccinations: We gotta do better in Nevada

Las Vegas Review-Journal - 7/4/2021

Nevada inmates wage hunger strike over rule changes in Ely

Las Vegas Sun - 7/2/2021

Nevada gets $51M for transportation projects

Las vegas review journal - 7/1/2021

New Hampshire

New Hampshire's latest revenue numbers continue to show strong recovery

The Center Square – 7/7/2021

State's largest teachers union open to legal challenge to voucher law, may try to unionize private schools

Manchester Union Leader - 7/6/2021

State finishes year with record, $280 million revenue surplus

Manchester Union Leader - 7/6/2021

Education Freedom Accounts are the law, but is New Hampshire ready?

Manchester Union Leader - 7/6/2021

New budget offers hope for home-based elder care

Concord Monitor - 7/3/2021

Income tax battle between Massachusetts and New Hampshire spills into Congress

Manchester Union Leader - 7/2/2021

New Jersey

It's a border war: NY, NJ and CT are fighting over how to split $14B

North Jersey.com (Bergen County Record & Herald News) - 7/6/2021

Stimulus update: GOP called stimulus package a bailout for blue states like N.J. Heres what really happened.

Jersey City Journal - 7/4/2021

N.J. towns wonder how to handle legal weed now that they wont get more time to decide

Jersey City Journal - 7/3/2021

$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

New Mexico

New Mexico health experts: Vaccination best defense against delta variant

Santa Fe New Mexican - 7/7/2021

New Mexican lawmakers discuss ways to combat cliff effect

Santa Fe New Mexican - 7/7/2021

Judge orders New Mexico agency to give company right-of-way access for broadband setup

Santa Fe New Mexican - 7/7/2021

New Mexican lawmakers discuss ways to combat poverty

Santa Fe New Mexican - 7/6/2021

New Mexico Public Education Department still working to close digital divide

Santa Fe New Mexican - 7/5/2021

New Mexico prepares for new rural broadband push

Santa Fe New Mexican - 7/3/2021

New Mexico governor scales back expense-account spending

Santa Fe New Mexican - 7/3/2021

Governor expands child care assistance eligibility

ABQJournal Online - 7/2/2021

New Mexico taking over operations of another private prison

Santa Fe New Mexican - 7/2/2021

New York

Wind farms, equity, child care among state panel's priorities

NewsDay.com - 7/7/2021

Cuomo declares NY state of emergency to address surge in gun violence

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle - 7/6/2021

WNY communities welcome $823 million in stimulus aid. Now they have to decide how to spend it

Buffalo News - 7/4/2021

New laws would protect Hamptons, fund opioid programs

NewsDay.com - 7/2/2021

North Carolina

Enrollment soars in NC home schools, private schools and charter schools amid pandemic

Raleigh News & Observer - 7/4/2021

Despite pushback from environmentalists, some Democrats, Cooper signs farm bill into law

Raleigh News & Observer - 7/3/2021

Science group says masks protect students. NC lawmakers may no longer require them.

Raleigh News & Observer - 7/2/2021

Governor vetoes GOP return-to-work bill that would put early end to federal unemployment benefit

Winston State Journal – 7/2/2021

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

Raleigh News & Observer - 7/1/2021

North Dakota

UND, NDSU receive federal funding for chemistry equipment, technology development

Grand Forks Herald - 7/1/2021

Ballot measure seeks term limits for North Dakota governor, Legislature

Bismarck Tribune - 7/1/2021


Ohio expands program that encourages farmers to reduce phosphorus runoff, a major contributor to harmful algal blooms

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

Ohio seniors could benefit under proposed tax exemption increase real-estate

Columbus Dispatch - 7/6/2021

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine defends letting doctors refuse treatment to people based on personal beliefs

Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com - 7/2/2021

Ohio federal judge blocks Biden administration from enforcing tax cut ban in stimulus package

Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com - 7/2/2021

Judge: Feds can't prohibit Ohio's use of COVID-19 relief funds for tax cuts

Columbus Dispatch - 7/2/2021

Gov. Mike DeWine vetoes government transparency provision from state budget bill

Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com - 7/2/2021


What you need to know about Medicaid expansion in Oklahoma: How to apply, who's eligible

Oklahoman – 7/2/2021


Rent assistance backlog could have devastating consequences as state eviction moratorium expires

Oregon Live - 7/2/2021

Medicaid beneficiaries less likely to get COVID-19 shots, leaving states scrambling to figure out an enticement

Oregon Live - 7/1/2021


Pennsylvania Turnpike to hike tolls 5% next year

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - 7/6/2021

Pa. lawmakers are on summer break. Here are 5 issues theyll face this fall.

The Philadelphia Inquirer - 7/5/2021

State tax credit scholarships get major infusion in budget

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - 7/4/2021

Pension contribution rates rise for 94K Pennsylvania school employees

Allentown Morning Call - 7/2/2021

Wolf vetoes ban on governmental, college vaccine passports

The Philadelphia Inquirer - 7/1/2021

Rhode Island

McKee signs $13B budget; could still extend state of emergency

Providence Journal – 7/6/2021

Lawmakers approve $13.1B budget, other bills to end session

Associated Press – 7/2/2021

South Carolina

SC legislators spending millions on parks and other places for locals to play outdoors

Charleston Post & Courier - 7/6/2021

SC school districts have billions to catch students up. Here's how they say they'll do it.

Charleston Post & Courier - 7/4/2021

New South Carolina gas tax going straight to improving our roads

WRDW – 7/1/2021

South Dakota

Health department lists conditions for medical marijuana

Rapid City Journal - 7/1/2021

South Dakota Highway Patrol pushes limits on tribe's pot IDs

Rapid City Journal - 7/1/2021


Tennessee is buying plane tickets for tourists

Knoxville News-Sentinel - 7/6/2021


Abbott tells regulators to encourage building more power plants, penalize renewable energy

Houston Chronicle - 7/6/2021

Texas House leader creates special panel to craft election, bail-bond overhauls in special session

Dallas Morning News - 7/6/2021

Former legislative leaders back court challenge to Abbott funding veto

Austin American-Statesman - 7/6/2021

Texas House Democrats ask for public hearings on election bills in preview of special session tactic

Dallas Morning News - 7/5/2021

2,100 state workers caught in the crosshairs of Gov. Greg Abbott's veto of Legislature funding

My San Antonio.com - 7/2/2021


Utah could fund billions toward road projects in next 6 years

Daily Herald - 7/7/2021


Education funding task force gets underway

VT Digger.org - 7/5/2021

Scott vetoes housing bill with rental registry, statewide inspection system

VT Digger.org - 7/2/2021


Virginia extends expanded childcare subsidies for the rest of the year

The Center Square – 7/7/2021

Virginia sports betting wagers surpass $1 billion faster than any other state

The Center Square – 7/7/2021

With new funding pouring in, Virginia flood program readies for first round of projects

Norfolk Virginian-Pilot/HamptonRoads.com - 7/3/2021


Toll rates likely to rise at Tacoma Narrows, Seattle tunnel

Spokane Spokesman-Review - 7/7/2021

West Virginia

"Where is somewhere else?": People facing eviction from homeless encampments worry for future as service providers rush to help

Charleston Gazette - 7/5/2021

West Virginia ends fiscal year with budget surplus of more than $450 million

WV News – 7/1/2021


UW System proposes no tuition increase for in-state students despite freeze set to be lifted

Lacrosse Tribune - 7/7/2021

Evers defends his signing of opioid bill despite concerns

Lacrosse Tribune - 7/6/2021

Municipalities begin receiving federal COVID funding as a few still work to file

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - 7/3/2021

Republicans push Evers to approve tax cuts in state budget

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - 7/2/2021

7 main highlights of the state budget, which is now headed to Evers

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - 7/1/2021

Evers' broadband task force says everyone should have access to high-speed internet

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - 7/1/2021

Evers, Oneida sign deal to allow sports betting in Wisconsin

Lacrosse Tribune - 7/1/2021

A 50-year-old Unemployment System (Finally) Nears an Overhaul

Route Fifty – 7/1/2021


State could have more flexibility with COVID funds

Cheyenne Wyoming Tribune-Eagle - 7/6/2021

Sweeping redesign of states mental health services policy underway

Cheyenne Wyoming Tribune-Eagle - 7/6/2021

Wyo political leaders praised for blunting economic storm

Cheyenne Wyoming Tribune-Eagle - 7/2/2021