Budget Blog

Week of July 26, 2021 - Press Clips

By Brian Sigritz posted 07-29-2021 10:09 AM



New State Laws Hamstring Public Health Officials

Stateline – 7/29/2021

'But does that translate into jobs?': States cut taxes, avoid rate hikes after Biden's COVID relief plan

USA Today – 7/28/2021

Senate advances $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure deal after last-minute wrangling

Washington Examiner - 7/28/2021

New Data Show Major Broadband Gaps in Smaller Counties

Route Fifty - 7/28/2021

Republican Legislators Curb Authority of County, State Election Officials

Pew Trusts.org - 7/28/2021

HBCUs Use Pandemic Funds to Forgive Student Debt 5 min read

Wall Street Journal - 7/28/2021

Republican governors revolt against CDC mask guidance

The Hill – 7/28/2021

Bipartisan infrastructure deal reached: Negotiators

ABC News – 7/28/2021

Flush With Cash, Red States Are Cutting Taxes

Forbes – 7/28/2021

Covid relief programs are starting to expire for millions of Americans

CNN – 7/28/2021

Governments, businesses race to reimpose mask mandates

Associated Press – 7/28/2021

The Accounting Burden for Spending Federal Stimulus Funds

Route Fifty – 7/27/2021

States that cut unemployment early aren’t seeing a hiring boom, but who gets hired is changing

Washington Post – 7/27/2021

Summer of Protest Prompted Spring Flurry of Policing Bills

Stateline – 7/27/2021

Students and Staff Should Mask Up in Schools, CDC Recommends

Route Fifty - 7/27/2021

Community Colleges Begin Using Federal Coronavirus Funding to Erase Student Debt

Route Fifty - 7/27/2021

Awash in Cash, State Lawmakers Ask How Long the Boom Will Last

Pew Trusts.org - 7/26/2021

How Red States Got Their Groove Back

Governing – 7/26/2021

New York City, California Mandate Vaccines for Public Employees

Route Fifty – 7/26/2021

Groups worry about tapping COVID-19 relief money for infrastructure

Associated Press – 7/25/2021

Public Officials Brace for Years-long Dip in Tax and Other Revenues From City Centers

Route Fifty – 7/25/2021

States Get Behind Push to Pay for Diapers

Wall Street Journal - 7/23/2021

States Weigh Bans on Ransomware Payoffs

Stateline – 7/23/2021

Panicked cities asked the feds for money during the pandemic. Months later, some are slow to spend.

USA Today – 7/23/2021

Pay Us More and Let Us Work From Home, State and Local Employees Say

Route Fifty – 7/22/2021

Vaccinations rise in some states with soaring infections

ABC News - 7/22/2021

States cutting unemployment benefits didn't get people back to work, study finds

CNBC - 7/22/2021

Some states now offer certain business owners a workaround for cap on state and local tax deduction

CNBC - 7/22/2021

Biden administration releases COVID funds to boost local economies

Yahoo! News - 7/22/2021


‘Lost revenue’ could be used in prison fix

Alabama Daily News – 7/29/2021

University of Alabama gets $16.5 million for electric vehicle research center

AL.com - 7/23/2021


Alaska Permanent Fund ends fiscal year up 24% to over $81 billion

Alaska Dispatch News - 7/28/2021

Lawmakers set fiscal meetings in Fairbanks and across Alaska

Fairbanks News-Miner - 7/28/2021

Alaska Legislature will take public testimony on the future of the state budget and Permanent Fund dividend this week

Alaska Dispatch News - 7/27/2021

Ruling expected next week in Alaska lawsuit over state budget effective date

Alaska Dispatch News - 7/23/2021


Arizona tourism was hit hard by pandemic in 2020

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 7/25/2021

Arizona loses in attempt to use federal COVID relief money for tax cuts

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 7/25/2021

Arizonans shouldn't be allowed to vote on tax cuts, lawsuit says

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 7/23/2021


Governor plans to talk mask law with legislators

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 7/27/2021

State's rental-aid funds languish

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 7/25/2021

School's plan for virus aid approved

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 7/24/2021

Governor spells out Medicaid proposal

Arkansas Democrat & Gazette – 7/24/2021

Vaccinations looking better as virus surges

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 7/23/2021


Audit: California prison program illegally spent $1.3M

SFGate - 7/27/2021

California expands health care to more low-income immigrants

SFGate - 7/27/2021

California expands Medi-Cal, offering relief to older immigrants without legal status

Los Angeles Times - 7/27/2021

California will require many health care workers, and all state employees, to get shots or tested regularly.

New York Times – 7/26/2021

UC raises tuition despite student outcry, touting more financial aid and budget stability

Los Angeles Times - 7/22/2021


Polis asked to extend eviction ban through Sept. 30 for those seeking rental assistance

Denver Post - 7/27/2021

Colorado just released a big report on how cannabis legalization is going. Here’s what it found.

Colorado Sun – 7/20/2021


Connecticut looks to use Medicaid funds to address gun crime

Hartford Courant - 7/27/2021

Fat budget surplus may be even larger than Connecticut legislators expected. Wall Street earnings fuel tax revenue surge.

Hartford Courant - 7/27/2021

American Rescue Plan funding floods southeastern Connecticut

New London Day (theday.com) - 7/26/2021

CT hospitality jobs struggling to recover from pandemic, report shows

Danbury News-Times - 7/24/2021

Connecticut Bond Commission approves $1.1 billion in borrowing, Gov. Ned Lamont hints at more

Hartford Courant - 7/23/2021


Get paid to drive your kid to school? One charter is testing the idea

Wilmington News Journal (Delaware Online) - 7/29/2021

Yearslong effort to fund Delaware clean water program finally pays off

WHYY – 7/27/2021


Report: Trade rebounding at Florida ports after pandemic plunge

Tampa Bay Times - 7/27/2021

Lawsuit seeks to force Florida to keep paying $300 unemployment benefits

Tampa Bay Times - 7/26/2021


Kemp uses emergency fund to boost spending on tackling Atlanta crime

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 7/28/2021

Projects that receive incentives in Georgia vary on job requirements

Athens Banner-Herald - 7/27/2021

Medical marijuana licenses approved for six companies in Georgia

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 7/24/2021

Georgia schools set to get final $1.4B chunk of COVID relief aid

Athens Banner-Herald - 7/23/2021

Georgia film industry emerges from COVID with record year

Athens Banner-Herald - 7/23/2021


Hawaii hospital capacity leading factor in reimposing restrictions

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - 7/27/2021


Idaho established a housing trust fund in 92, but it was never funded. What happened?

Twin Falls Times-News - 7/26/2021

Who pays for public health? Who sets pandemic rules? Idaho changed the law

Idaho Capital Sun – 7/26/2021


Education services extended for students with special needs

Illinois Daily Herald - 7/28/2021

Chicago casino too risky for some industry players

Chicago Sun-Times - 7/26/2021


COVID-19 Delta variant infections surging in Indiana

Northwest Indiana Times (nwitimes.com) - 7/28/2021

Advocates celebrate new law ensuring Hoosier access to Chicago children's hospitals

Northwest Indiana Times (nwitimes.com) - 7/27/2021

Hoosier Democrats seeking additional redistricting hearings with maps

Northwest Indiana Times (nwitimes.com) - 7/26/2021

School choice advocates hosting information sessions

Journal Gazette.net - 7/23/2021


Iowa to pay $200,000 cost of sending troopers to Texas

Sioux City Journal - 7/28/2021

Tuition will rise this fall at Iowa regents universities

Des Moines Register - 7/28/2021

Pent-up consumer demand, federal money drive Iowa tax revenue

Sioux City Journal - 7/26/2021


Kansas state, local governments weigh signing on to opioid settlement

Topeka Capital-Journal - 7/28/2021

Kansas governor requiring masks for state workers, buildings

Associated Press – 7/28/2021

KU budget cuts for new year total about $22 million for employee expenses, about $2.5 million for all other spending

Lawrence Journal-World - 7/28/2021

State panel says addressing health disparities, expanding Medicaid could improve racial inequities

Lawrence Journal-World - 7/27/2021


Ky. National Guard prepares for cuts while awaiting reimbursement from insurrection deployment

Lex 18 – 7/27/2021


A Louisiana hospital paid people cash to get COVID vaccines. Appointments filled up fast.

Baton Rouge Advocate - 7/29/2021

'They don't have the votes': Inside the frenzied first-ever Louisiana veto override session

Baton Rouge Advocate - 7/28/2021


Maine hotels and restaurants recover to pre-pandemic sales, but shortages blunt profits

Bangor Daily News - 7/27/2021

Mills touts growth of Maine's reserve funds

The Center Square – 7/27/2021

Janet Mills wants the US to reopen its border with Canada

Bangor Daily News - 7/22/2021

New law will provide tax relief to thousands of Maine seniors

Central Maine - 7/22/2021

New law brings back Maine's property tax deferral program

WGME – 7/21/2021


Infrastructure deal facing ‘legitimate problems,’ Cardin says. The money would fund Maryland transit, broadband needs.

Baltimore Sun – 7/26/2021

Maryland launches $1 million COVID-19 vaccination scholarship program

ABC News – 7/24/2021


Baker announces $17.3M in grants to repair dams, seawalls

Associated Press – 7/28/2021

Massachusetts lawmakers and advocates take aim at Charlie Baker over low-income transit fare veto

Boston Herald - 7/28/2021

Charlie Baker administration pushes coronavirus relief to support jobless with unemployment expiring soon

Boston Herald - 7/27/2021

Gov. Bakers two-month Mass. sales tax holiday still not getting traction among top Democrats

The Republican - MassLive.com - 7/27/2021

Massachusetts has the best school system in America, study says

The Republican - MassLive.com - 7/26/2021

Still no answer for Massachusetts businesses forced to shoulder $7 billion in pandemic unemployment costs

Boston Herald - 7/22/2021

Massachusetts House passes sports betting bill; deal with Senate before fall unlikely

The Republican - MassLive.com - 7/22/2021


No-fault reforms upend life for Michigan crash victims, families

Detroit News - 7/28/2021

Whitmer proposes $100M for Michigan affordable housing projects paid by COVID-19 relief

Mlive.com - 7/27/2021

$385M going toward Michigan flood recovery, COVID-19 relief and wrongful imprisonment compensation

Mlive.com - 7/26/2021

$1,000 bonus stimulus checks are being sent to some people, heres who gets them

Mlive.com - 7/26/2021

Betsy DeVos, Michigan House target Gov. Whitmer over reading funds

Detroit News - 7/22/2021

Truthful unemployment claimants won’t have to repay benefits despite Michigan error, Whitmer says

Michigan Live – 7/21/2021


Violent crime increased nearly 17 percent in Minnesota in 2020, according to BCA report

TwinCities.com - 7/27/2021

Minnesota becomes first Midwestern state to adopt 'Clean Car' rule

Grand Forks Herald – 7/26/2021


Mississippi ranks first in personal income increase amongst all states

Jackson Clarion-Ledger - 7/28/2021

Miss. state legislature has extra $1B in discretionary budget than expected

WDAM – 7/24/2021


St. Louis Mayor Jones 'evaluating' vaccine mandate for city workers

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 7/27/2021

Faced with severe staffing shortages, Missouri veterans homes seek funding boost

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 7/26/2021

Missouri, Kansas to see hundreds of millions for drug treatment in opioids settlement

Kansas City Star & KansasCity.com - 7/25/2021

Fight over Medicaid expansion in Missouri appears to be nearing the end

Columbia Missourian - 7/23/2021

Missouri receives 100,000 entries to state vaccine incentive program in less than a day

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 7/22/2021

Missouri Supreme Court: Augusts Medicaid expansion ballot measure was constitutional

Missouri Net - 7/22/2021

Missouri court reverses Medicaid expansion ruling, sends issue back to lower court

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 7/22/2021

Most of Missouri’s $2.8B federal pandemic aid won’t be allocated until 2022

The Center Square – 7/22/2021


Opponents say change to Montana Medicaid programs would harm people

Missoula Missoulian - 7/28/2021

ARPA commission discusses water, wastewater infrastructure grants

Billings Gazette - 7/27/2021

Gianforte won't endorse masks despite COVID-19 case rise

Billings Gazette - 7/27/2021

Commission recommends $14M for COVID testing in Montana schools

Missoula Missoulian - 7/26/2021

Governor mobilizes Montana National Guard to fight fires

Billings Gazette - 7/22/2021


Gov. Ricketts declares disaster after windstorm, paving way for federal help

Lincoln Journal Star - 7/25/2021

Nebraska teachers union defends critical race theory, accuses critics of censorship

Omaha World-Herald - 7/24/2021

Nebraska begins budget period with a $101 million deficit. Why officials aren't worried

Omaha World-Herald - 7/23/2021


Sisolak offers renters aid guidance as eviction moratorium to expire

Las Vegas Sun - 7/29/2021

Nevada seized personal funds from prisoners despite withdrawal cap

Las Vegas Review-Journal - 7/28/2021

Nevada orders indoor mask use for its cities

Associated Press – 7/27/2021

New Hampshire

Houses of worship, nonprofits across NH to get nearly $1 million to improve security

Manchester Union Leader - 7/27/2021

State is pushed to distribute funds to formerly shuttered venues

Concord Monitor - 7/26/2021

Most N.H. hospitals noncompliant with federal price transparency rules

Concord Monitor - 7/23/2021

New Jersey

How should N.J. spend its billions in federal aid? Theres no shortage of ideas.

Jersey City Journal - 7/28/2021

These NJ community colleges erased student balances with relief funds news

North Jersey.com (Bergen County Record & Herald News) - 7/28/2021

As eviction moratorium nears end, N.J. to begin settlement conferences for renters, landlords

Jersey City Journal - 7/24/2021

How NJ plans to replace all lead water lines in next decade

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

New Mexico

New Mexico vaccination lottery's impact hard to assess

Santa Fe New Mexican - 7/27/2021

As New Mexico regains control of some private prisons, questions remain

Santa Fe New Mexican - 7/27/2021

N.M. schools budget only 9 percent of federal relief funds to address learning loss

Santa Fe New Mexican - 7/27/2021

New Mexico educators say fossil fuel funding is unreliable

Santa Fe New Mexican - 7/27/2021

Legislators weigh issues facing pot entrepeneurs

ABQJournal Online - 7/27/2021

NM to get another $327 in recovery aid

ABQJournal Online - 7/23/2021

New York

Immigrants demand Cuomo loosen restrictions on benefits for excluded workers

New York Daily News - 7/28/2021

New York's economy: These new figures show how it's roaring back

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle - 7/28/2021

NY Covid rent relief made easier for tenants, landlords

Syracuse Post-Standard & Syracuse.com - 7/28/2021

State workers in New York must be vaccinated or get weekly tests, Cuomo says.

New York Times – 7/28/2021

NY advocates join multi-state push for high-speed rail

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle - 7/27/2021

Cuomo overhauls COVID rent relief program in wake of criticism and fears of flood of evictions

New York Daily News - 7/26/2021

NY spending $15M to target low COVID vaccine communities. What to know

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle - 7/26/2021

Schumer: State could lose $2.4B in federal funds due to administrative...

Albany Times-Union - 7/25/2021

SUNY to use $24M in stimulus funding to boost mental health services

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle - 7/23/2021

North Carolina

Should health care in North Carolina come with price tags?

Raleigh News & Observer - 7/28/2021

North Carolina General Assembly holds abbreviated work week to prepare for budget debate

Associated Press – 7/26/2021

Mandating COVID vaccinations at schools is problematic, top NC lawmaker says

Raleigh News & Observer - 7/23/2021

North Dakota

Effort to extinguish oil well fire ongoing as officials wait to assess damage

Bismarck Tribune - 7/27/2021

North Dakota airline boardings hit pandemic high point in June

Bismarck Tribune - 7/27/2021

Drought aids road construction projects in North Dakota

Bismarck Tribune - 7/26/2021

North Dakota lawmakers begin review of new limits to panel's spending approval authority

Bismarck Tribune - 7/22/2021

State implores feds for more rancher aid; heat setting more records in North Dakota

Bismarck Tribune - 7/22/2021


Ohio Medicaid recipients to receive $100 gift cards through Sept. 15 if they get first coronavirus shot

Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com - 7/26/2021

Cities still in limbo on how post-pandemic normal will hit commuter income taxes

Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com - 7/26/2021

FirstEnergy to pay $230 million fine as more details emerge about HB6 bribery case

Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com - 7/23/2021


As Oklahoma’s COVID-19 cases climb, state sees an uptick in new vaccinations

Oklahoman – 7/28/2021

Legislative watchdog office to evaluate Oklahoma teacher pay, K-12 education funding

Oklahoman – 7/22/2021


Oregon businesses eligible for payroll tax forgiveness, deferral under new law

The Center Square – 7/28/2021

Oregon governor signs ambitious clean energy bill

Associated Press – 7/28/2021

Brown considering vaccination mandates for public employees

The Center Square – 7/28/2021

Spending to influence Oregons Legislature topped $25 million this session, led by drug industry

Oregon Live - 7/23/2021


State commission finalizes funding plan for transportation that eliminates gas tax

Pennsylvania Post Gazette – 7/28/2021

Pa. Turnpike Commission makes last $450M payment to PennDOT

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - 7/28/2021

Transportation funding report could launch years of debate

Associated Press – 7/27/2021

Its a hand up, not a handout: How Lehigh Valley officials are working to get $847 million in rental assistance to those who need it

Allentown Morning Call - 7/25/2021

Pa. health officials request $124 million in pandemic-related emergency contracts as GOP calls for oversight

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - 7/24/2021

Pa. Supreme Court: Money from state-forest drilling cannot prop up state budget

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - 7/23/2021

Justice Department wont investigate how Pennsylvania handled COVID-19 in nursing homes

Allentown Morning Call - 7/22/2021

Rhode Island

Despite new CDC advice, RI not rushing to re-mask

Providence Journal - 7/27/2021

Some local leaders call for statewide policy on masks in RI schools News

Providence Journal - 7/25/2021

FEMA has approved about half of COVID funeral reimbursement apps

Providence Journal - 7/23/2021

South Carolina

Housing advocates ask McMaster to extend SC eviction moratorium, federal ban set to expire

Charleston Post & Courier - 7/28/2021

SC preschoolers to get boost toward success with $15M in federal aid

Charleston Post & Courier - 7/28/2021

$20M from SC budget allocated to Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester for special projects

Charleston Post & Courier - 7/27/2021

SC towns waiting on $435M in federal aid ask McMaster to make the money available

Charleston Post & Courier - 7/26/2021

Proposal would give SC parents money to pay for after-school, summer tutoring

Charleston Post & Courier - 7/22/2021

South Dakota

Deadwood casinos hit the jackpot in June

Rapid City Journal - 7/27/2021


Unemployed Tennesseans sue Gov Lee in hopes of reinstating support

The Tennessean - 7/29/2021

5 things to know about Tennessee's upcoming sales tax holiday on groceries, restaurant meals

Chattanooga Times Free Press - 7/27/2021


GOP senator says Gov. Greg Abbott should lose line-item veto after cutting Legislature’s funding, jeopardizing staffers’ jobs

Texas Tribune - 7/27/2021

Texas teachers group calls on Gov. Abbott to allow school mask mandates. He won’t change his stance

Dallas Morning News - 7/27/2021


Vermonters scheduled to be kicked out of motel program get more time

VT Digger.org - 7/27/2021

Free tuition program sees astounding demand

VT Digger.org - 7/27/2021


Gov. Ralph Northam wants some of Virginias federal relief money for mental health services

Norfolk Virginian-Pilot/HamptonRoads.com - 7/28/2021

Northam's budget covers water projects, unemployment fund

Associated Press – 7/27/2021

Northam proposes spending federal relief money on clean water; Virginia Republicans complain of being left out of the process

Washington Post – 7/27/2021

Northam proposes spending $250 million in relief funds on school HVAC upgrades

Norfolk Virginian-Pilot/HamptonRoads.com - 7/26/2021

Environmental groups urge Virginia to use federal funds to clean Chesapeake Bay

Norfolk Virginian-Pilot/HamptonRoads.com - 7/22/2021


Confusion besets new police reform laws in Washington state

Associated Press – 7/26/2021

Another cost of COVID: WA state saw sharp increase in derelict boats in 2020

Tacoma News Tribune - 7/24/2021

Hundreds of new Washington laws go into effect on Sunday covering ares from police accountability to wildfires to education

Spokane Spokesman-Review - 7/23/2021


Wisconsin Republicans immediately end special session on education funding with no action

WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison - 7/27/2021

GOP veto override fails, leaving $300 federal unemployment benefits in place until September

Lacrosse Tribune - 7/27/2021

Republicans fail to override Evers veto of bill that would end extra unemployment benefits

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - 7/27/2021

Tony Evers calls special session for $550 million in education spending as GOP looks at veto override attempt

Lacrosse Tribune - 7/26/2021

UW students could win $7,000 scholarship if vaccinated against COVID

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - 7/25/2021

West Virginia

Unvaccinated WVU students will need COVID-19 testing

The Center Square – 7/28/2021

Surplus Or Mirage? Why WV Gov. Jim Justice’s Budget Numbers Aren’t What They Seem

West Virginia Public Broadcasting – 7/27/2021


Data shows Wyoming renters at risk with eviction moratorium set to expire

Casper Star-Tribune - 7/28/2021

Education committee prefers incremental steps to K-12 funding crisis

Cheyenne Wyoming Tribune-Eagle - 7/28/2021

Federal grant could cover costs of broadband, devices for Wyoming schools, libraries

Casper Star-Tribune - 7/26/2021

Bill to mandate equality curriculum, thwart critical race theory, fails

Casper Star-Tribune - 7/26/2021


WyoFile – 7/22/2021