Budget Blog

Week of July 19, 2021 - Press Clips

By Brian Sigritz posted 07-22-2021 09:39 AM



3 States Pursue Public Option for Health Coverage as Feds Balk

Stateline – 7/22/2021

New Commerce grants designed so 'everyone’s included' in pandemic recovery: Raimondo

ABC News - 7/22/2021

Legislators and Governors Battle Over Who Spends the Rescue Act Money

Route Fifty - 7/21/2021

States Braced for a Wave of COVID Lawsuits. It Never Arrived.

Stateline – 7/21/2021

The States That Have Cut Income Taxes So Far This Year

Route Fifty – 7/21/2021

States, cities that expected to go bankrupt from pandemic now seeing cash surplus

ABC News - 7/21/2021

Biden rushing to stand up 'new national infrastructure' to prevent evictions after moratorium ends

Washington Examiner - 7/21/2021

U.S. state officials urge support for landmark $26 billion opioid settlement

Reuters - 7/21/2021

States Reach $26 Billion Pact to Settle Opioid Lawsuits

Wall Street Journal - 7/21/2021

Experts: Spend opioid settlement funds on fighting opioids

Republic - 7/21/2021

State, local officials distributed just 6.5 percent of rental aid in first half of year

Politico - 7/21/2021

Key federal aid programs running out of time and cash as new coronavirus variant spreads

Washington Post - 7/21/2021

FEMA Watchdog: Agency Failing to Require Resilience in Rebuilding After Disasters

Engineering News-Record - 7/21/2021

This Week in Federal Funding

Route Fifty - 7/20/2021

Some State and Local Employees Arent Getting Vaccinated Because They Dont Trust Government

Route Fifty - 7/20/2021

Arizona set to outpace Colorado in marijuana sales

The Hill - 7/20/2021

Only 1 in 4 nursing homes are confident they can survive a year

Route Fifty - 7/20/2021

The Many Flavors of 'Transformative' State and Local ARPA Spending

Route Fifty - 7/19/2021

Expansion of Remote Work Increases Competition Between Public, Private Sector

Route Fifty – 7/19/2021

Economic panel says COVID-19 recession ended April 2020, lasting just two months

The Hill – 7/19/2021

Transportation Agencies Grapple With Lasting Effects of Telework

Route Fifty – 7/18/2021

Still working remotely? Your 2021 taxes may be more complicated than your 2020 return

CNBC - 7/18/2021

Democrats look to crush states' highway habit

Politico - 7/18/2021

Funding fight imperils National Guard ops

The Hill - 7/18/2021

Schools Turn Stimulus Funds Into Teacher Bonuses

Wall Street Journal - 7/18/2021

How States That Ended Federal Covid-Related Jobless Benefits Compare With Those That Havent

Wall Street Journal - 7/17/2021

As Electric Vehicles Take Off, States Test Taxing Options

The Detroit News – 7/16/2021

Health Care Upgrades Become the New Normal

State Net Capitol Journal – 7/16/2021

How Localities and States Can Prepare for Broadband Expansion

Route Fifty – 7/16/2021

State Data Privacy Bills Growing More Widespread

Route Fifty - 7/15/2021

Why There’s Rising Interest in Giving More Updates to Bondholders

Route Fifty - 7/15/2021


Alabama counties seek rule change for use of federal COVID funds

AL.com - 7/21/2021

DOC asks if COVID-19 funds can be used for prison enhancements news

Montgomery Advertiser - 7/16/2021

Alabama doctors encourage school vaccinations as Delta spreads

Birmingham News - 7/16/2021

Ivey names Bill Poole state finance director Ivey names Bill Poole state finance director

Montgomery Advertiser - 7/16/2021


Capital budget fails in Alaska House

Fairbanks News-Miner - 7/21/2021

Alaska returns to 'red' status as Covid cases climb

Fairbanks News-Miner - 7/20/2021

Alaska’s child care sector, essential to economic recovery, is struggling to find workers

Alaska Dispatch News - 7/18/2021

Alaska hospital association sues state over fast-paced rate cut

Fairbanks News-Miner - 7/18/2021

Moody's downgrades University of Alaska credit rating, cites 'unprecedented' funding cuts

Fairbanks News-Miner - 7/17/2021


Arizona set to outpace Colorado in marijuana sales

The Hill – 7/20/2021

How to apply for Arizona's grants to help the tourism industry recover

Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix - 7/15/2021

Judge slaps down Arizona senate's bid to keep election audit records private

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 7/15/2021


State seeks health plan's OK

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 7/21/2021

Legislators back leaving schools' premiums alone

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 7/21/2021


Anti-plastic waste initiative approved for California ballot

San Diego Union-Tribune - 7/20/2021

Newsom signs $12 billion funding package to fight homelessness

SFGate - 7/19/2021

California launches largest free school lunch program in US

Associated Press – 7/19/2021

Universal Basic Income? California Moves To Be First State To Fund Pilot...

SFGate - 7/19/2021

California will spend a record amount on homelessness. Heres where its going

Los Angeles Times - 7/16/2021

UC mandates COVID-19 vaccinations and will bar most students without them from campus

Los Angeles Times - 7/15/2021


CU Foundation donor says poor money management has cost it $1 billion

Boulder Daily Camera - 7/21/2021

Colorado releases new back-to-school guidance

The Center Square – 7/21/2021

CU Boulder is on track to see a small increase in enrollment for the fall semester, and the ratio of students could mean an additional $12.5 million.

Boulder Daily Camera - 7/19/2021


Connecticut to receive $300 million for opioid abatement efforts as part of historic $26 billion agreement with opioid distributors, manufacturer

Hartford Courant - 7/21/2021

These 8 executive orders have been extended as Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamonts emergency COVID-19 powers continue to Sept. 30

Hartford Courant - 7/21/2021

State community colleges forgive debt racked up during pandemic

Waterbury Republican-American - 7/20/2021

Extra pension payments mean big savings for Connecticut now ” and down the road

Hartford Courant - 7/16/2021

Casinos' slot revenues were down year-over-year in June

New London Day (theday.com) - 7/15/2021

Connecticut announces $13M in raises for management-level state employees as union workers continue to bargain

Hartford Courant - 7/15/2021


Delaware to see more than $100M in sweeping opioid settlement

Wilmington News Journal (Delaware Online) - 7/21/2021

Virus testing will be available and free at Delaware schools, state says

Wilmington News Journal (Delaware Online) - 7/19/2021


DeSantis dismisses calls for a red tide state of emergency

Orlando Sentinel - 7/21/2021

Environmentalists urge DeSantis to declare Red Tide emergency

Tampa Bay Times - 7/19/2021

Attorneys plan to sue Florida for cutting off federal unemployment aid

Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel & SouthFlorida.com - 7/19/2021

DeSantis visits Texas border, where Florida resources are spent on enforcement

Tampa Bay Times - 7/17/2021


Ralston proposes $1,000 bonus for local law enforcement, more police, mental health funding

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 7/21/2021

Lawmaker proposes $3M in additional law enforcement funds to fight crime in Atlanta

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 7/20/2021

Kemp: Anti-crime bills will be part of fall special session

Associated Press – 7/19/2021

Georgia tax collections up $3.2 billion year over year

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 7/16/2021


Study tries to revive Ala Wai flood project, which has lost more than $200 million in federal support

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - 7/20/2021

Hawaii Tourism Authority considers Oahu plan to address demand to limit tourism

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - 7/18/2021

All Hawaii public school students to receive free meals during 2021-22 academic year

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - 7/16/2021


Will Idahos special interest groups be a barrier to tax code changes?

Twin Falls Times-News - 7/18/2021

Grow-your-own programs could widen Idahos teacher pipeline

Twin Falls Times-News - 7/18/2021


Free college, universal preschool among Pritzker's goals in 2nd term

Springfield State Journal-Register - 7/22/2021

Democratic leaders seek to dismiss redistricting lawsuits

Springfield State Journal-Register - 7/21/2021

Pritzker has 'no plans' for added COVID-19 mitigations

Illinois Daily Herald - 7/17/2021

Illinois Supreme Court to 'triage' eviction cases

Illinois Daily Herald - 7/15/2021


Indiana gives utilities $5.5M to build electric vehicle chargers

Indianapolis Star - 7/19/2021

Indiana restarts payment of federal unemployment benefits

Associated Press – 7/16/2021


Republicans back Reynolds on sending troopers to the border. Democrats question cost, use of state resources

Muscatine Journal - 7/21/2021


Is KU poised to start tearing down buildings? Understanding the empty desks, the decay and the debt pressuring KU's finances

Lawrence Journal-World - 7/18/2021

Kansas utilities, municipalities outline how to recoup record energy costs

Topeka Capital-Journal - 7/17/2021

Kansas earmarks $15M in emergency education funds for early literacy; Douglas County high on priority list

Lawrence Journal-World - 7/15/2021


Higher Kentucky pari-mutuel taxes likely a long shot

The Center Square – 7/19/2021

Kentucky riverports get state funding for improvements

Associated Press – 7/16/2021


Lawmakers are returning for a first-ever veto session. Heres what laws Gov. Edwards vetoed.

Baton Rouge Advocate - 7/16/2021

Daily fantasy sports wagering in Louisiana could happen Thursday, after DraftKings approved by Gaming Board

Baton Rouge Advocate - 7/15/2021


Mills signs bill authorizing spending of $1 billion in federal rescue plan funds

Central Maine - 7/21/2021

Maines rainy day fund has grown to historic high with latest $224M deposit

Bangor Daily News - 7/20/2021

Lawmakers pass $983M in COVID relief spending in party-line vote

Bangor Daily News - 7/19/2021


Board’s reversal revives Maryland plan for toll lanes on part of Beltway, I-270

Washington Post – 7/21/2021

State agencies encourage Maryland school systems to set up COVID-19 testing in the fall

Baltimore Sun – 7/21/2021

Maryland National Guard still seeks pay for Jan. 6 response in D.C.

Baltimore Sun – 7/20/2021

Maryland reveals $1.23 billion in proposed road, transit cuts unless toll lanes plan is restored

Washington Post – 7/16/2021

How Maryland is distributing aid to help tenants

Baltimore Sun - 7/15/2021


Marijuana home delivery services launch in Massachusetts

Associated Press – 7/21/2021

Economic experts backed the Legislature's take-it-slow approach to doling out a remaining $4.8 billion in federal coronavirus relief funding

Boston Herald - 7/20/2021

Massachusetts awards $7.5 million in grants for childcare facility renovations

The Republican - MassLive.com - 7/20/2021

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Bakers $186 million ARPA investment leaves little for COVID variant response, top state Democrats say

The Republican - MassLive.com - 7/20/2021

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signs $47.6 billion budget, but vetoes millions in spending

The Republican - MassLive.com - 7/16/2021

Baker signs $350 mil transportation funding bill

SHNS – 7/16/2021

Charlie Baker: U.S. has done ‘a bad job’ on affordable housing

Boston Herald - 7/15/2021


Michigan health insurers seeking bigger rate hikes

Detroit Free Press - 7/20/2021

Waivers coming for claimants asked to requalify for jobless benefits

Detroit Free Press - 7/20/2021

Gov. Whitmer vetoes GOP push to end $300 federal jobless benefit

Detroit News - 7/20/2021

Michigan online gambling operators report $114.2 million in June revenue

Detroit News - 7/19/2021

Whitmer approves funding for car crash care providers, but some say its a mirage of a solution

Mlive.com - 7/18/2021

As Electric Vehicles Take Off, States Test Taxing Options

The Detroit News – 7/16/2021

Biden grants Whitmer's request for major disaster declaration. What that means for flood victims

Detroit News - 7/15/2021

Michigan Senate approves $1.6B in relief funds for bridges, rail crossings

Detroit News - 7/15/2021


Minnesota could get $337 million in settlement with opioid maker and distributors

TwinCities.com - 7/22/2021

MN bonding bill wish list hits record $5.5 billion

TwinCities.com - 7/15/2021

Walz Signs Order Restricting 'Conversion Therapy' for Minors

Associated Press – 7/15/2021


Mississippi tax collections improve in most recent year

Associated Press – 7/20/2021

MS auditor: We have to combat unemployment fraud. What we found was discouraging

The Sun Herald - 7/19/2021

No more masks? Here are MS Coast districts COVID plans for 2021-22 school year

The Sun Herald - 7/16/2021


Missouri treasurer sues secretary of state over amendment

Columbia Missourian - 7/20/2021

Missouri lawmakers to hear Tuesday testimony about state IT infrastructure overhaul

Missouri Net - 7/19/2021

Missouri government departments empowered through budget appropriations

News Tribune – 7/18/2021

Missouri COVID-19 hospitalizations reach levels not seen since winter

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 7/16/2021

Parson: State will probably help fund COVID overflow site

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 7/16/2021

Missouri to add electric vehicle charging stations at state parks

Columbia Missourian - 7/16/2021

Springfield, facing overwhelmed hospitals, asks Missouri to fund alternative care site

Kansas City Star & KansasCity.com - 7/16/2021

Fate of Missouri Medicaid expansion in the hands of the state Supreme Court

Columbia Missourian - 7/15/2021


Rules for drawing new Montana legislative districts adopted

Billings Gazette - 7/22/2021

Housing costs emerge as key to Montana's labor shortage

Missoula Missoulian - 7/21/2021

Schools to get $3.9 million for expanding remote learning, internet access

Missoula Missoulian - 7/21/2021

Montana faces scarce firefighting resources amid drought

Billings Gazette - 7/15/2021


Nebraska horse racing group, which led fight for casinos, opposes proposals for new tracks

Omaha World-Herald - 7/17/2021

Nebraska agreed to cover costs for sending troopers in Texas

Lincoln Journal Star - 7/16/2021

New Hampshire

Unlike elsewhere, New Hampshire refunds COVID business fines

Associated Press – 7/21/2021

High court dismisses lawsuit over state child abuse prevention

Manchester Union Leader - 7/20/2021

Whats in the state budget for businesses?

Concord Monitor - 7/19/2021

State House Dome: State expands in-state treatment for child mental health

Manchester Union Leader - 7/17/2021

School funding suit to follow judge to Rockingham

Concord Monitor - 7/16/2021

NH community colleges freeze tuition

Manchester Union Leader - 7/15/2021

New Jersey

NJ Transit budget held up over dispute with NY over federal aid transportation

North Jersey.com (Bergen County Record & Herald News) - 7/22/2021

Local schools stressed by special-ed costs get $125M boost from state

Asbury Park Press - 7/17/2021

New Mexico

Auditor: Governor's spending from fund not illegal

ABQJournal Online - 7/18/2021

Tax rates climb amid debate over revising state code

ABQJournal Online - 7/16/2021

New York

AG James: Funds from opioid settlement could reach states within months

NewsDay.com - 7/22/2021

New York reaches $1.1 billion settlement with opioid distributors

New York Daily News - 7/20/2021

'It gave us new hope': Federal money brought many WNY restaurants through pandemic

Buffalo News - 7/19/2021

How has the NY economy recovered? About $5 billion better

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle - 7/16/2021

New York is seeking mobile sports betting operators. But when can you actually place a wager?

Syracuse Post-Standard & Syracuse.com - 7/15/2021

Cuomo promotes summer jobs in response to gun violence in NYC

Syracuse Post-Standard & Syracuse.com - 7/15/2021

North Carolina

New guidance for North Carolina schools suggests masks for K-8 students, staff

The Center Square – 7/21/2021

Higher raises in the works with NC House budget due out in August

Raleigh News & Observer - 7/16/2021

NC has its second COVID lottery winner but are more people being vaccinated?

Raleigh News & Observer - 7/16/2021

North Dakota

Housing development and assistance program funds available in North Dakota

Grand Forks Herald - 7/21/2021

State Board of Higher Education committee OK's UND housing redevelopment plan

Grand Forks Herald - 7/21/2021

Ruling: State to pay tribes' legal fees in voter ID dispute

Bismarck Tribune - 7/20/2021

Strong oil prices good for ND treasury, not so for roads

Associated Press – 7/15/2021


New Ohio legislation would prohibit schools, public universities from requiring coronavirus mask use

Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com - 7/19/2021

UT trustees approve budget with tuition, fee increases

Toledo Blade - 7/17/2021


Oklahoma waivered service providers to receive retroactive rate increases

KFOR – 7/20/2021

Oklahoma legalizes needle exchange programs

The Center Square – 7/16/2021


Report: State forestry institute should be more transparent

Salem Statesman-Journal - 7/21/2021

Oregon Has an Uphill Battle to Achieving 2040 Climate Goals

Oregonian – 7/21/2021

Backlog of aid slows Oregon eviction response

Salem Statesman-Journal - 7/17/2021


Opioid settlement could funnel $1 billion to Pennsylvania drug prevention, treatment

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - 7/21/2021

Pa. Republicans will reintroduce vetoed election bill now that Gov. Tom Wolf says he's open to voter ID changes

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - 7/21/2021

Amid PSERS troubles, Pa. lawmakers may be ready for pension reform

The Philadelphia Inquirer - 7/21/2021

Increase racial diversity among Pa. teachers, group urges

The Philadelphia Inquirer - 7/20/2021

Pennsylvania casino income continues to break records

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - 7/20/2021

Six Pennsylvania universities will merge. In Georgia, similar consolidations have helped students, saved money

Allentown Morning Call - 7/20/2021

Reschenthaler proposes blocking federal funding to PennDOT if it adds tolls to federal roads and bridges

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - 7/19/2021

Pennsylvania requested $340 million in emergency contracts in 2020 with little oversight

Allentown Morning Call - 7/19/2021

Rhode Island

RIC to use $5.9M in state aid to hire faculty, revise mission

Providence Journal - 7/17/2021

RI House OKs automatic charter-school enrollment

Providence Journal - 7/17/2021

Health and Human Services chief Xavier Becerra visits Rhode Island

Providence Journal - 7/16/2021

South Carolina

Education South Carolina university clears $9.8 million in student debts

Greenville Online - 7/21/2021

S Carolina horse study committee may discuss gambling too

Associated Press – 7/19/2021

After another SC State president is ousted, his replacement looks to grow enrollment

Charleston Post & Courier - 7/18/2021

SC DHEC launches $5 million grant program to expand COVID-19 vaccine awareness

Charleston Post & Courier - 7/16/2021

South Dakota

Lawmakers defer action on civics and history letter to higher education

Rapid City Journal - 7/21/2021

State Board of Education Standards medical cannabis rules to take effect

Rapid City Journal - 7/19/2021

Lawmakers approve rules for medical pot in public schools

Associated Press – 7/19/2021

State struggles to provide summer school classes

Rapid City Journal - 7/16/2021

State has spent $10.7 million of $360 million in federal funds for struggling renters

Rapid City Journal - 7/15/2021


Tennessee's opioid settlement means $600M to fight addiction

The Tennessean - 7/21/2021

Tennessee's special immigration committee sees cost estimates of migrant children to state

Chattanooga Times Free Press - 7/17/2021

Tennessee's June revenue ends 20% percent higher than last year

WSMV – 7/15/2021


Converted Texas prison gets first immigrant detainees as Gov. Greg Abbott's border security effort ramps up

Texas Tribune - 7/21/2021

Texas Supreme Court may decide next plot twist in the Democratic walkout, and the fate of 2,100 state employees

Texas Tribune - 7/21/2021

TX Supreme Court extends program for tenants to avoid eviction

Houston Chronicle - 7/20/2021

Greg Abbott gets red meat issue, some Dems gain fame as quorum break creates winners, losers

Dallas Morning News - 7/19/2021

Here's what we know about the Texas Democrats' spree to D.C

My San Antonio.com - 7/16/2021

Interstates 10 and 610 intersect in Houston, Texas during evening rush hour shot from about 1000 feet overhead.

Houston Chronicle - 7/15/2021


Utah cannabis lawsuit alleges impropriety in how state doled out grower licenses

Salt Lake Tribune - 7/21/2021

Is a tax cut in your future? Governor Cox wants one but lawmakers say it s too soon

Salt Lake Tribune - 7/19/2021

Utah higher ed committee approves 2022 budget

Daily Herald - 7/17/2021

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox is holding up COVID records release, lawsuit alleges

Salt Lake Tribune - 7/16/2021


Commissioner says corrections staffing shortage at dangerous point

VT Digger.org - 7/20/2021

VT Department of Corrections to expand transitional housing funding

Burlington Free Press - 7/20/2021

Amtrak returns to Vermont after a 16-month pandemic absence

VT Digger.org - 7/19/2021

VT Housing Board committed to nearly 400 houses for homeless news

Burlington Free Press - 7/19/2021

Panel briefed on mold removal at Vermont women s prison, updated on new facility

VT Digger.org - 7/15/2021


Virginia lawmakers work starts on mental hospital staffing shortage

Norfolk Virginian-Pilot/HamptonRoads.com - 7/17/2021

Northam proposes using $700M for Virginia broadband access

Norfolk Virginian-Pilot/HamptonRoads.com - 7/16/2021


Transportation officials mulling how much to increase price on Washington state toll roads

KOMO – 7/21/2021

Four Washington municipalities ban income taxes ahead of state Supreme Court ruling

The Center Square – 7/21/2021

Gov. Inslee declares statewide drought emergency Wednesday

Olympian - 7/15/2021

West Virginia

Lottery makes a comeback, as officials hope COVID-19 doesn't

Charleston Gazette - 7/20/2021

West Virginia selling state-owned airplane

Charleston Gazette - 7/15/2021

West Virginia awards 4th $1M vaccination prize

Associated Press – 7/15/2021


Wisconsin medical schools launch $3 million effort to address health disparities

Lacrosse Tribune - 7/19/2021

Wisconsin Supreme Court puts on hold lower court ruling that voided GOP redistricting contracts

Lacrosse Tribune - 7/15/2021

State budget committee approves $1.65 million deal to add 220 acres to Devil's Lake State Park

Lacrosse Tribune - 7/15/2021


Oil and gas were core of Wyoming economy before pandemic, industry report finds

Casper Star-Tribune - 7/20/2021

Virtual education in Wyoming grew more than 300% between 2020 and 2021, growth could urge legislative action

Casper Star-Tribune - 7/19/2021

Wyoming Lottery Corporation gives more than $1 million to Wyoming

Cheyenne Wyoming Tribune-Eagle - 7/17/2021

UW proposes dramatic restructuring, more budget and faculty cuts

Cheyenne Wyoming Tribune-Eagle - 7/15/2021