Budget Blog

Week of July 12, 2021 - Press Clips

By Brian Sigritz posted 07-15-2021 01:48 PM

  

National

Overdose Deaths In State Prisons Have Jumped Dramatically Since 2001

(NPR) National Public Radio - 7/15/2021

Judge Declines to Block ARPA Tax Cut Mandate Before Case is Heard

Route Fifty - 7/14/2021

Commission proposes $117 billion to remake U.S. train corridor, cut travel times

Reuters - 7/14/2021

How State Finances Fared During the Covid-19 Crisis

Route Fifty - 7/13/2021

Shared Desks, Cubbyhole Storage: States Look to Shrink Office Space

Route Fifty - 7/13/2021

OMB backs off change to ‘city’ definition

Roll Call – 7/13/2021

What State Leaders Need to Know About Cybersecurity

Governing – 7/13/2021

‘The party is winding down’: States and insurers resurrect barriers to telehealth, putting strain on patients

Stat News – 7/13/2021

Texas Democrats Not the First Lawmakers to Flee Their State

Governing – 7/13/2021

Virginia is back as America's Top State for Business in 2021

CNBC - 7/13/2021

Biden administration says states can restart pandemic unemployment benefits as lawsuits mount

CNN – 7/12/2021

Biden presses local officials to use relief money to tamp down on crime

Washington Post – 7/12/2021

Amid Pandemic Recovery, Local Health Departments Grapple With Historic Turnover

Route Fifty – 7/12/2021

Senators seek Medicaid-like plan to cover holdout states

Republic - 7/12/2021

For States and Localities, a Sudden Rush of Federal Water and Sewer Funding

Route Fifty - 7/12/2021

Lawmakers Tackle ‘Period Poverty’ With Tax Cuts, School Supplies

Pew Trusts.org - 7/12/2021

How Local Governments Can Spend Their Federal Funds To Boost Equity

Route Fifty - 7/11/2021

Bonus pay for essential workers varied widely across states

Republic - 7/11/2021

Plugging Obamacares biggest hole poses dilemma for Democrats

Politico - 7/10/2021

States Can Use Federal Stimulus to Evaluate Effectiveness

Pew Trusts.org - 7/10/2021

Parents Face Dilemma in States That Ban School Mask Mandates

Pew Trusts.org - 7/9/2021

Schools Face Unfamiliar Quandary: How Should We Spend All This Money?

Wall Street Journal – 7/9/2021

JPMorgan Sees Little Sign of Workforce Gain After Benefits Cut

Bloomberg – 7/9/20201

The Hemp Boom is Over. What Now?

Stateline – 7/9/2021

States Expand Apprenticeship Programs as Worker Shortages Grow

Governing – 7/8/2021

15 States Reach a Deal With Purdue Pharma, Advancing a $4.5 Billion Opioids Settlement

New York Times – 7/8/2021

Waste Not? Some States Are Sending Less Food to Landfills

Stateline – 7/8/2021

As Covid Vaccinations Slow, Parts of the US Remain Far Behind 70% Goal

Route Fifty – 7/8/2021

As Variant Spreads, Some Regions Bring Back Mask Advisories

Route Fifty – 7/8/2021

Alabama

AG Steve Marshall says American Rescue Plan funds should target violent crime

AL.com - 7/9/2021

Alaska

Dunleavy administration confirms scholarship funds, rural power funds unavailable

Fairbanks News-Miner - 7/12/2021

Alaska tries to boost vaccination rates, and considers incentives, as concerns about delta variant rise

Alaska Dispatch News - 7/11/2021

Gov. Dunleavy anticipates 'Permanent Fund fix' from fiscal policy group

Fairbanks News-Miner - 7/11/2021

Veto override fails after strong criticism of governor's cuts; revote possible

Fairbanks News-Miner - 7/10/2021

Dunleavy administration pulls scholarship funds already promised to students

Fairbanks News-Miner - 7/9/2021

Alaska lawmakers tasked with making budget recommendations

Associated Press – 7/8/2021

Arizona

Arizona blames rise in COVID-19 cases on 'reporting issue'

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 7/14/2021

Feds: AZ can't use federal COVID relief funds for tax cuts

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 7/14/2021

Ducey uses federal pandemic cash to promote Arizona tourism

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 7/14/2021

Governor taps federal cash to boost unemployment fund

Associated Press – 7/13/2021

New law requires Arizona schools to teach about Holocaust to older students

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 7/10/2021

Ducey signs critical race theory ban in final bill push

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 7/9/2021

Ducey OKs bill shielding small business owners from new tax

Associated Press – 7/9/2021

Gov. Ducey defends flat income tax rate, not concerned about attempt to block it

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 7/8/2021

Arizona pension system cuts big chunk of debt Arizona

Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix - 7/8/2021

Arkansas

School workers OK'd for vaccination bonus

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 7/15/2021

Lottery hits records for revenue, scholarship money

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 7/13/2021

Need to hire impact advice, legislators say

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 7/12/2021

As tax rates go, Arkansas at top

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 7/11/2021

California

California lawmakers to vote on guaranteed income grants

San Diego Union-Tribune - 7/15/2021

More Than $7 Billion In Rent, Utility Relief Now Available For Californians

SFGate - 7/14/2021

Governor Signs $100 Billion State Budget

SFGate - 7/13/2021

California Set to Approve $330 Million Extra for Hollywood, Including New Soundstage Incentive

SFGate - 7/13/2021

California's mask rule for schools prompts controversy

SFGate - 7/12/2021

New stimulus checks, rent relief, business grants: Newsom signs more recovery bills

Los Angeles Times – 7/12/2021

Democrats are in control at California’s Capitol. Why is the state budget still not done?

Sacramento Bee – 7/12/2021

California's COVID-19 response totaled $8.5 billion in direct costs last year, report says

SFGate - 7/12/2021

California to require face masks at schools this fall

San Diego Union-Tribune - 7/9/2021

Newsom asks Californians to cut water usage

Los Angeles Times - 7/9/2021

Gov. Newsom kicks off $1.1-billion statewide cleanup and jobs plan

Los Angeles Times - 7/8/2021

Colorado

Panelists discuss future of higher ed in Colorado at CU regents retreat

Boulder Daily Camera - 7/14/2021

Governor Polis urges U.S. Transportation Secretary to distribute transportation grants for Western Slope

KJCT – 7/13/2021

State Employee Unions Sue Governor Over Return-To-Work Order

Route Fifty – 7/12/2021

Eisenhower Tunnel repairs get priority as CDOT proposes first new projects from transportation bill

Denver Post – 7/8/2021

A Plan to Offer In-State Tuition to Native Americans

Route Fifty – 7/8/2021

Connecticut

Connecticut lawmakers approve extending Gov. Lamont’s emergency COVID-19 powers to September 30; Republicans push back hard

Hartford Courant - 7/14/2021

Chanting no more cuts, tax the rich, hundreds of unionized state workers rally at Capitol ahead of contract fight

Hartford Courant - 7/13/2021

Deadline to apply for free community college in Connecticut is Thursday. Heres how to register.

Hartford Courant - 7/13/2021

Sticker shock: Connecticut taxpayers hit with unexpectedly higher taxes on vehicles that became pricier in the pandemic

Hartford Courant - 7/13/2021

State Employee Unions Sue Governor Over Return-To-Work Order

Route Fifty – 7/12/2021

Delaware

Bill steering health care spending towards primary care awaits Gov. Carney's signature

Delaware Public Media – 7/13/2021

DuPont, others reach $50M settlement with Delaware over 'forever chemicals'

Wilmington News Journal (Delaware Online) - 7/13/2021

Florida

Florida to pay $17.5 million for improper reporting of SNAP benefits

Tampa Bay Times - 7/14/2021

Florida applies for $1.1 billion in additional Medicaid funds

Tampa Bay Times - 7/13/2021

Gov. DeSantis kicks off civics education plan in Orlando, says $1K teacher bonuses going out in August

Orlando Sentinel - 7/13/2021

Gaming companies betting $62 million on 2022 Florida ballot

Tampa Bay Times - 7/13/2021

Jobless workers in 4 states are suing to reinstate federal unemployment benefits. So far Florida isnt one of them.

Orlando Sentinel - 7/12/2021

Florida Legislature has been collecting condo fees and allocating money into general fund: report

Orlando Sentinel - 7/9/2021

Florida has other options for teacher bonuses, even if U.S. nixes first plan, experts say

Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel & SouthFlorida.com - 7/9/2021

Georgia

Despite pandemic, Georgia ends fiscal year with a record $3.2 billion jump in revenue

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 7/12/2021

Georgia mayors talk about benefits of Biden Administration's $1.2 trillion infrastructure proposal.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 7/9/2021

Georgia marijuana regulator inches toward issuing licenses

Associated Press – 7/8/2021

Hawaii

State Tax Collections Soared Back To Pre-Pandemic Levels In The Past Year

Honolulu Civil Beat – 7/13/2021

Hawaii Will Wait Until 70% Vaccinated to Drop Restrictions

Honolulu Star Advertiser – 7/13/2021

Opposers push back against Hawaii beach restoration program

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - 7/10/2021

Hawaii Legislature amends 3 vetoed bills, overrides 1

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - 7/9/2021

As Tourists Flock to Hawaii, One Mayor Asks Airlines for a ‘Pause’

Route Fifty – 7/8/2021

Idaho

Lawmakers eye special session on mandatory COVID-19 vaccines

Associated Press – 7/12/2021

Universally non-supportive: Idaho is one of four states without state-level support for affordable housing

Twin Falls Times-News - 7/12/2021

Illinois

Gov. Pritzker, President Biden huddle in Oval Office before meeting to boost infrastructure bill

Chicago Sun-Times - 7/14/2021

Illinois created a program to compensate crime victims. Nearly 50 years later, its failing.

Chicago Sun-Times - 7/9/2021

S&P upgrades Illinois' bond rating, Pritzker, other politicians praise decision

Springfield State Journal-Register - 7/8/2021

Four win in initial state lottery for COVID-19 vaccine recipients

Illinois Daily Herald - 7/8/2021

Democrats say state’s second credit bump shows ‘we are on the right track’ — but GOP warns against taking ‘victory lap’

Chicago Sun-Times - 7/8/2021

State revenues surged in previous fiscal year

Springfield State Journal-Register - 7/8/2021

Indiana

'Unprecedented' state revenue growth triggers tax refund for Hoosiers

Northwest Indiana Times (nwitimes.com) - 7/14/2021

Indiana to return money to taxpayers after surprise influx of revenue

Indianapolis Star - 7/14/2021

Where things stand with federal unemployment benefits in Indiana

Indianapolis Star - 7/14/2021

Judge OKs citizen suit challenging new law for emergency legislative sessions

Northwest Indiana Times (nwitimes.com) - 7/13/2021

Indiana demanding repayment of $154 million from two shuttered virtual schools

Northwest Indiana Times (nwitimes.com) - 7/13/2021

Appeals court: Indiana must resume unemployment benefits

Associated Press – 7/12/2021

Indiana counties join forces for state economic funding

Journal Gazette.net - 7/12/2021

Iowa

Republicans back Reynolds on sending troopers to the border

Sioux City Journal - 7/14/2021

Reynolds says Iowa will pay for troopers sent to border

Sioux City Journal - 7/13/2021

Iowa gamblers post record year

Quad-City Times - 7/10/2021

Kansas

Program give Kansas students free admission to dozens of Kansas attractions

Wichita Eagle & Kansas.com - 7/13/2021

Feds sending Kansas rural hospitals $23.5M to fight COVID. Only Texas is getting more

Wichita Eagle & Kansas.com - 7/13/2021

Kansas outperforms grim budget expectations, has highest ending balance on record

Wichita Eagle & Kansas.com - 7/11/2021

Kansas sees COVID-19 surge fueled by delta variant

Lawrence Journal-World - 7/10/2021

Vaccine passports are prohibited at KU, but university leaders are creating a system to encourage students to show they are vaccinated

Lawrence Journal-World - 7/10/2021

Kentucky

Cybersecurity concerns lead Kentucky to rebid contract

Associated Press – 7/14/2021

Kentucky prisons can ration hepatitis C treatment, appeals court rules

Axios – 7/10/2021

Beshear: Kentucky General Fund has $1.1 billion surplus

Associated Press – 7/9/2021

Kentucky reports record budget surplus

The Center Square – 7/9/2021

Louisiana

Louisiana to end unemployment benefits for "gig workers," self-employed residents in August

Baton Rouge Advocate - 7/14/2021

School boards dispute on agenda if Legislature holds veto session

Baton Rouge Advocate - 7/9/2021

300 MILLION DOLLARS TO BE SPENT ON ROAD AND BRIDGE IMPROVEMENTS ACROSS LOUISIANA

KADN – 7/8/2021

Maine

Maine Democrats advance $983M plan for COVID-19 aid after talks with GOP bog down

Bangor Daily News - 7/15/2021

Expected Janet Mills veto will shift utility takeover debate from Legislature to voters

Bangor Daily News - 7/13/2021

Exodus of lawyers for low-income Mainers prompts worry that cases wont be covered

Bangor Daily News - 7/13/2021

Maine lowers the acceptable level of forever chemicals in drinking water

Bangor Daily News - 7/9/2021

30 Maine school districts join suit against opioid manufacturer Purdue Pharma

Central Maine - 7/9/2021

After waiting in the wings for months, 41 Maine entertainment venues get pandemic grants

Central Maine - 7/9/2021

Maryland

Judge Blocks Maryland from Cutting Federal Unemployment

Route Fifty – 7/13/2021

2021′s most-improved state for business is Maryland. New infrastructure thinking is the reason

CNBC – 7/13/2021

Massachusetts Lawmakers Give Final OK to $48.1B State Budget

NBC Boston – 7/9/2021

Massachusetts

Northern tier rail passenger study begins as economy recovers, morphs, post COVID

The Republican - MassLive.com - 7/13/2021

Charlie Baker touts Massachusetts housing, job training, transit in ‘Future of Work’ report

Boston Herald - 7/13/2021

Massachusetts Legislature unanimously passes $48.1B budget

Boston Herald - 7/9/2021

Baker administration proposes spending $1 billion in federal ARPA money to address impact of climate change

The Republican - MassLive.com - 7/9/2021

What Massachusetts lawmakers agreed to in the final fiscal 2022 budget proposal

The Republican - MassLive.com - 7/9/2021

Data-sharing with immigration authorities prompt legislators, advocates to tweak Massachusetts drivers license bill

The Republican - MassLive.com - 7/9/2021

Massachusetts joins states in agreement on settlement plan for opioid-maker Purdue

Boston Herald - 7/8/2021

Michigan

Flint residents ask judge to reject $641-million water crisis settlement

Mlive.com - 7/13/2021

Gov. Whitmer signs 'historic' school budget, says it sets 'solid foundation'

Detroit News - 7/13/2021

Whitmer signs K-12 budget to close per-pupil funding gap

Detroit Free Press - 7/13/2021

First vaccine lottery winners to be announced Wednesday

Mlive.com - 7/12/2021

Michigan court extends compensation to wrongly convicted man

Detroit Free Press - 7/8/2021

Whitmer extends emergency declaration to Huron, Ionia, Washtenaw counties

Detroit News - 7/8/2021

Minnesota

MN COVID-19 test bills were high, but state didnt pay full price, audit shows

TwinCities.com - 7/15/2021

Audit finds no overpayments by Minnesota for COVID-19 tests

Associated Press – 7/14/2021

Minnesota ends fiscal year with $2.7 billion more than projected

TwinCities.com - 7/12/2021

Minnesota’s police chiefs overwhelmingly support the use of body-worn cameras, survey finds

TwinCities.com - 7/9/2021

Walz highlights boosts in spending for child care, early learning

Grand Forks Herald – 7/8/2021

Missouri

MU to invest $6.5 million in its agricultural centers, farms

Columbia Missourian - 7/14/2021

School choice measure in Missouri signed into law

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 7/14/2021

Missouri Medicaid expansion case puts voter-approved constitutional amendment on trial

Kansas City Star & KansasCity.com - 7/14/2021

Missouri Medicaid expansion: What is it and why is it being fought over in the courts?

Kansas City Star & KansasCity.com - 7/14/2021

Missouri Supreme Court heard arguments in Medicaid lawsuit

Columbia Missourian - 7/13/2021

Missouri governor to end limits on college tuition increases

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 7/13/2021

Missouri abortion panel meets for first time since failure to strip state funding from Planned Parenthood

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 7/13/2021

Missouri gas tax to rise in October after Parson puts signature on new law

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 7/12/2021

Parson will sign Missouri bills on KCPD residency, school choice, police bill of rights

Kansas City Star & KansasCity.com - 7/11/2021

Parson vetoes bills amending Sunshine law, allowing lobbyist campaign committees

Kansas City Star & KansasCity.com - 7/10/2021

Parson pumps brakes on plan to end emissions tests in St. Louis suburbs

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 7/9/2021

Parson vetoes raises for child abuse investigators in Missouri

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 7/8/2021

Montana

Gianforte puts entire state under fire emergency status

Missoula Missoulian - 7/15/2021

Long-awaited grant money arrives for some Montana performance venues

Bozeman Daily Chronicle - 7/11/2021

State has spent $10 million of $352 million in federal rent aid

Missoula Missoulian - 7/8/2021

State's fire fund flush as new fiscal year starts amid dry, hot summer

Bozeman Daily Chronicle - 7/8/2021

Nebraska

Nebraska ended fiscal year with more revenue than expected

Associated Press – 7/15/2021

Nevada

Governor's office says emergency support program aided 9,400 businesses during pandemic

The Center Square – 7/14/2021

New Hampshire

NH creates matching grants to expand broadband

Manchester Union Leader - 7/14/2021

State’s Bureau of Film and Digital Media is a budget casualty

Concord Monitor – 7/13/2021

Unusual attendance and voting data from an unusual legislative session

Concord Monitor - 7/12/2021

Sununu says 'blow up' Sununu center, open to doing away with ultrasound mandate

Manchester Union Leader - 7/11/2021

Gov. Chris Sununu: Budget delivers needed tax relief, record investment in education

Manchester Union Leader - 7/11/2021

What's in the budget provision that is calling race conversations into question?

Concord Monitor - 7/10/2021

NH opposes settlement with OxyContin maker

Manchester Union Leader - 7/8/2021

Colleges unsure of divisive concepts laws impact

Concord Monitor - 7/8/2021

Insurers must cover ultrasounds, state agency rules

Manchester Union Leader - 7/8/2021

New Jersey

Murphy heading to D.C. to talk infrastructure with Biden and dine with German chancellor

Jersey City Journal - 7/13/2021

How will NJ, NY split the cost of Gateway? transportation

North Jersey.com (Bergen County Record & Herald News) - 7/13/2021

N.J. to distribute $30M more in federal COVID aid to colleges and universities

Jersey City Journal - 7/12/2021

NJ budget funds lawmakers' priorities, from libraries to local theaters

Asbury Park Press - 7/12/2021

Murphy signs laws to spur solar energy, electric vehicles in N.J.s climate change fight

Jersey City Journal - 7/9/2021

NJ budget front-loads money for abuse investigations, but doesn't add more

Asbury Park Press - 7/9/2021

Purdue Pharma, Sacklers reach $4.5B opioid settlement with NJ, others

North Jersey.com (Bergen County Record & Herald News) - 7/8/2021

New Mexico

Experts tell New Mexico lawmakers swift action needed to address dwindling water supply

Santa Fe New Mexican - 7/13/2021

Fearing recreational cannabis shortage, New Mexico may raise plant cap for producers

Santa Fe New Mexican - 7/13/2021

New Mexico eases shutdown rules on businesses as virus wanes

Santa Fe New Mexican - 7/11/2021

New Mexico launches program to help seniors pay for Medicare

Santa Fe New Mexican - 7/10/2021

NM lawmakers weigh legal options amid spending dispute

ABQJournal Online - 7/9/2021

New Mexico unlikely to require COVID-19 vaccine in public schools

Santa Fe New Mexican - 7/9/2021

New Mexico Earned $1.2B in Oil Production Revenue Last Year

Carlsbad Current-Argus – 7/9/2021

State Department of Health confronts new virus strain as agency faces staff shortages

Santa Fe New Mexican - 7/8/2021

New York

Local governments can raise taxes 2%, state comptroller says

NewsDay.com - 7/15/2021

Cuomo promotes summer jobs in response to gun violence

Albany Times-Union - 7/14/2021

Lawmakers demand answers on delays in New York states rent relief rollout

Syracuse Post-Standard & Syracuse.com - 7/13/2021

State funds will allow Buffalo violence interruptors to expand to more neighborhoods

Buffalo News - 7/13/2021

Why New York lawmakers want to ban Chick-fil-A from rest stops

New York Post - 7/13/2021

NY has begun giving out $800 million to small businesses, arts groups

NewsDay.com - 7/12/2021

Increased public benefits boost personal earnings slump in New York

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle - 7/9/2021

New York racks up nearly half a billion dollars from opioid settlements

Albany Times-Union - 7/8/2021

North Carolina

Commission approves $126M in borrowing for North Carolina municipalities

The Center Square – 7/13/2021

NC takes steps on carbon cap, multi-state pollution effort

Associated Press – 7/13/2021

Republicans proposing pay raises for state employees, including teachers

WNCN – 7/10/2021

More changes for Cooper administration as second coronavirus response leader leaves

Raleigh News & Observer - 7/9/2021

North Dakota

North Dakota oil tax savings account earnings beat forecast

Associated Press – 7/13/2021

North Dakota sues feds over oil, gas lease sale suspension

Associated Press – 7/8/2021

North Dakota looking for vaccine skeptics-turned disciples

Associated Press – 7/8/2021

Port: Democratic-NPL attacks Burgum for sending National Guard troops to the southern border

Grand Forks Herald - 7/8/2021

Ohio

DeWine signs bill to ban public school, university COVID-19 vaccine requirements

Cincinnati Enquirer & Cincinnati.com - 7/14/2021

Paramount sues in hopes of regaining Medicaid contract

Toledo Blade - 7/13/2021

Gov. Mike DeWine signs bill giving local authority over wind, solar projects: Capitol Letter

Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com - 7/13/2021

Ohio to unveil 2nd COVID vaccination incentive program

Associated Press – 7/13/2021

Medicaid rate changes expected to help nursing homes ravaged by COVID

Columbus Dispatch - 7/12/2021

Ohioans overpaid by unemployment system need to file for a waiver

Columbus Dispatch - 7/8/2021

State approves $450 million in Ohio school construction

Associated Press – 7/8/2021

Ohio's Vax-a-Million drawing didn't raise COVID-19 vaccine rates, study finds. Gov. Mike DeWine disagrees

Cincinnati Enquirer – 7/8/2021

Oklahoma

Oklahoma offering return-to-work cash incentive

The Center Square – 7/11/2021

Many Students in Rural Oklahoma Don’t Have Internet Access

Oklahoman – 7/9/2021

Oregon

As state public defense office emerges from nearly $4 million deficit, attorneys raise other concerns about mismanagement

Oregonian – 7/14/2021

To win over vaccine hesitant Oregonians, researchers recommend less Gov. Brown

Oregon Live - 7/14/2021

Oregon community college representatives share experiences as Biden proposes to expand college access nationwide

Oregon Live - 7/13/2021

Portland, state transportation officials say they don't have the funding to maintain roads

KATU – 7/12/2021

Pennsylvania

Pa. commission proposes adding and increasing fees, axing gas tax to fund transportation needs

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - 7/14/2021

Board OKs controversial plan to merge six Pennsylvania state universities

The Philadelphia Inquirer - 7/14/2021

Would you pay $1 more for your Amazon packages to fix Pa. roads and bridges? State considers package fee to help fund transportation

Allentown Morning Call - 7/13/2021

As COVID-19 recedes nationally, county officials grapple with long-haul economic symptoms

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - 7/12/2021

End of term in sight, Gov. Wolf sets sights on school funding

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - 7/10/2021

A battle looms over how to spend federal COVID relief money in Pennsylvania's budget.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - 7/8/2021

Rhode Island

Federal child tax credit payments to start Thursday

Providence Journal - 7/14/2021

Low-income Providence families can apply for $500-a-month guaranteed income, 'It's an investment'

Providence Journal - 7/13/2021

Governor McKee extends emergency order in RI

Providence Journal - 7/12/2021

Rhode Island Approves Body Cams for State Police Departments

Newport Daily News – 7/12/2021

Rhode Island Becomes First State to OK Drug Injection Sites

Route Fifty – 7/9/2021

South Carolina

SC's newly approved budget has $20M more for tourism ads, funds for lighthouse repair

Charleston Post & Courier - 7/11/2021

SC transportation projects could get funding in congressional infrastructure bill

Charleston Post & Courier - 7/11/2021

SC's new resilience office tackles question of how to avoid damages from strengthening storms

Charleston Post & Courier - 7/9/2021

South Dakota

South Dakota lags on addiction treatment

Capital Journal (Pierre) - 7/12/2021

South Dakota struggles to provide rural broadband access

Rapid City Journal - 7/12/2021

State Board of Education Standards approves medical cannabis policy

Rapid City Journal - 7/9/2021

Tennessee

Biden administration releases last $830M in COVID relief for TN K-12 local

The Tennessean - 7/15/2021

Tennessee pulls back vaccine outreach to children after GOP pressure, report says

Yahoo News – 7/14/2021

Education group seeks input for spending $4B in COVID-19 relief funds

The Tennessean - 7/12/2021

Lawmakers exchange policy ideas, pack meals at Nashville legislative conference

The Tennessean - 7/11/2021

Gov. Lee defends 'Tennessee on Me' air-flight voucher program from criticisms

Chattanooga Times Free Press - 7/10/2021

Scholarship programs to assist health, science students

Chattanooga Times Free Press - 7/9/2021

Federal judge puts brakes on Tennessee bathroom signage law

Associated Press – 7/9/2021

Texas

Senate Republicans castigate absent Democrats for shirking duty, letting vote fraud and crime fester

Dallas Morning News - 7/14/2021

Deploy law enforcement? Call another special session? Texas GOP mulls options for elections bill after Democrats leave the state

Texas Tribune - 7/12/2021

Texas Senate panel poised to pass transgender sports bills, though their fate remains uncertain

Dallas Morning News - 7/12/2021

Texas Democrats leaving state to block GOP voting bill

Austin American-Statesman - 7/12/2021

Texas fuels national voting rights struggle as Democrats, Republicans prepare for election law fight

Dallas Morning News - 7/12/2021

Abbott says he wants more border security money

Austin American-Statesman - 7/10/2021

Will retired Texas teachers receive a bonus pension check? Lawmakers advance bills that could do so

Dallas Morning News - 7/10/2021

Gov. Greg Abbott tells electricity regulators to encourage building more power plants, penalize renewable energy

Texas Tribune - 7/9/2021

Utah

Why Sen. Romney says the negotiated infrastructure plan would benefit Utah

Salt Lake City Deseret Morning News - 7/11/2021

This is how Utah will use $205 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds in K-12 schools

Salt Lake City Deseret Morning News - 7/11/2021

Vermont

Scholarships for jobs training targets unemployed Vermont workers

Burlington Free Press - 7/14/2021

We need an action plan : Youth-run press conference pushes for solutions to housing insecurity

VT Digger.org - 7/13/2021

Schools use the summer to help kids left behind during COVID

Burlington Free Press - 7/13/2021

Efficiency Vermont will promote electric vehicles in new push

Burlington Free Press - 7/9/2021

Towns negotiate caps on homeless Vermonters living in motels, limiting state s options

VT Digger.org - 7/8/2021

Virginia

Virginia ends fiscal year in record-breaking $2.6 billion surplus

WWBT – 7/14/2021

Virginia is back as America’s Top State for Business in 2021

CNBC – 7/13/2021

Northam rolls out plan to use $353 million in federal aid to help businesses hurt by pandemic

Washington Post – 7/12/2021

Prisons are allowing mothers to raise their babies behind bars. But is the radical experiment a good idea?

Norfolk Virginian-Pilot/HamptonRoads.com - 7/12/2021

In Virginia Beach, Northam outlines how he wants to spend federal coronavirus relief money

Norfolk Virginian-Pilot/HamptonRoads.com - 7/12/2021

Washington

Inslee declares drought emergency for vast majority of Washington, says this is 'summer of climate change'

Spokane Spokesman-Review - 7/14/2021

Corrections officials to close prison units to save money

seattlepi.com - 7/14/2021

More than $1.7B needed to remake state psychiatric hospital in Lakewood, new plan says

Tacoma News Tribune - 7/12/2021

These Washington tribes take next steps in allowing sports betting by the NFL season

Olympian - 7/10/2021

West Virginia

Morrisey to vote no on Purdue Pharma settlement, challenges 'problematic' California

Charleston Gazette - 7/13/2021

Judge extends order halting WVa needle exchange law

Associated Press – 7/9/2021

Wisconsin

Evers announces $130 million in federal funding for workforce development

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - 7/14/2021

Long waits for federal rental assistance leave Milwaukee-area residents fearing eviction

WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison - 7/14/2021

Law changes create challenges for domestic violence efforts

Lacrosse Tribune - 7/11/2021

Stewardship reauthorization, waterfowl stamp increase highlight state budget 

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - 7/10/2021

CDC says vaccinated students don't need masks, but some Wisconsin schools might still require them

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - 7/9/2021

Evers vetoes bills financing purchase of closed paper mills, creating human resources office

WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison - 7/8/2021

Evers vetoes bill that would've kept legislators' discipline records confidential

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - 7/8/2021

Free to raise tuition, UW regents choose not to

WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison - 7/8/2021

Tony Evers vetoes bills eliminating personal property tax, creating legislative human resources office

Lacrosse Tribune - 7/8/2021

Tony Evers signs GOP-authored state budget with billions in income tax cuts

Lacrosse Tribune - 7/8/2021

Tony Evers signs GOP-crafted state budget, steers $100M in federal money to schools

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - 7/8/2021

Evers signs GOP-written state budget with $2 billion tax cut

WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison - 7/8/2021

Wyoming

UW proposes 75 layoffs, program changes

Cheyenne Wyoming Tribune-Eagle - 7/14/2021

Huge state-federal land swap could expedite dam approval

Cheyenne Wyoming Tribune-Eagle - 7/13/2021

First-of-its-kind approach to coal reclamation bonding in the works

Cheyenne Wyoming Tribune-Eagle - 7/12/2021

Wyoming governor weighs border assistance in Arizona, Texas

Associated Press – 7/8/2021