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Week of August 16, 2021 - Press Clips

By Brian Sigritz posted 08-19-2021 11:28 AM



Public Health Struggles With Pandemic and Politics

Governing – 8/19/2021

The States Offering to Help Resettle Afghan Refugees

Route Fifty – 8/18/2021

Biden orders Education Department to take action against governors who ban school mask mandates

Washington Post - 8/18/2021

States Turn to Recruiting and Retention Bonuses for Police

Route Fifty - 8/18/2021

Federal Loophole Thwarts State Curbs on Police Seizures of Property

Pew Trusts.org - 8/18/2021

GOP governors embrace Covid cocktails over masks as cases surge

Politico – 8/18/2021

Billions From Biden Aid Plan Left Untapped by Cash-Flush States

Bloomberg – 8/17/2021

Federal government extends coverage of 100% of states' emergency COVID-19 costs

USA Today – 8/17/2021

States Snag $240M to Combat Unemployment Fraud

Route Fifty – 8/17/2021

These States Have the Best Internet Access for Online Learning

Newsweek - 8/17/2021

Deadly Crashes on Rural Roads Prompt New Safety Efforts

Pew Trusts.org - 8/17/2021

Pandemic Relief Aid Highlights Gaps Reaching Underserved Americans

Route Fifty - 8/16/2021

Biden administration escalates fight with GOP governors over masks in schools

Politico - 8/16/2021

Biden Administration to Increase Food Aid

Stateline – 8/16/2021

Mask disputes, outbreaks make for rocky start of school year

Associated Press – 8/16/2021

Every State Grew More Diverse, Census Shows

Stateline – 8/13/2021

Local Judges Decide Fate of Many Renters Facing Eviction

Stateline – 8/13/2021

What Works? Evidence and Evaluation Key as States and Localities Spend Aid

Route Fifty - 8/13/2021

SCOTUS blocks part of New York eviction moratorium

CNN - 8/12/2021

Drug Deaths Soar, Prompting New Crackdowns and Funding

Pew Trusts.org - 8/12/2021

What Will It Take to Recruit and Retain Public Health Workers?

Governing – 8/12/2021

These states are requiring vaccines or testing for government workers

The Hill – 8/12/2021

Program to study vehicle mileage tax included in infrastructure package

WJLA – 8/12/2021


Historic bipartisan alliance in Alabama legislature quietly bore surprising fruit; will it endure or spoil?

AL.com - 8/16/2021

ALDOT Moves Road Money to Admin Fund

Birmingham Watch – 8/16/2021


Alaska Legislature opens special session with lawmakers considering outline of new dividend plan

Alaska Dispatch News - 8/17/2021

First two Alaska legislative special sessions cost almost $900,000

Alaska Dispatch News - 8/16/2021

Governor urges PFD protections as Legislature convenes

Fairbanks News-Miner - 8/16/2021

Revenue Dept. presents options to close deficit under 50-50 plan

Fairbanks News-Miner - 8/16/2021

The Alaska Legislature is starting a special session on the Permanent Fund dividend. Here are five things to know.

Alaska Dispatch News - 8/15/2021


Arizona Supreme Court to decide new education tax legality

Associated Press – 8/18/2021

Arizona governor blocks cash from schools mandating masks

Associated Press – 8/18/2021

Arizona governor financially penalizing schools with mask mandates

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 8/17/2021

3 Arizona specialty license plates each generate more than $1M in revenue

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 8/16/2021


State pension holdings gain $2.6B in year

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 8/19/2021

Most Arkansas public school students under mask mandate

Associated Press – 8/13/2021

Arkansas record-breaking coronavirus hospitalizations, ICU admissions, explained

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 8/12/2021


California Supreme Court denies cannabis for prison inmates

The Center Square – 8/16/2021

What’s California’s Payment Plan for $23B Unemployment Debt?

Sacramento Bee – 8/13/2021

Officials considering reservations for crowded Bay Area parks

SFGate - 8/13/2021


Polis sends letter to state health board urging vaccine mandate for health care workers

The Center Square – 8/18/2021

Feds order Arizona, Nevada and Mexico to stop drawing so much from Lake Mead, which is a Colorado River reservoir.

Denver Post - 8/16/2021


Connecticut would receive more than $5 billion over 5 years from federal infrastructure bill now before Congress

Hartford Courant - 8/18/2021

What you need to know about CTs Tax Free Week

Danbury News-Times - 8/16/2021

Connecticut Lottery picks vendors to run online gambling and sports betting venues, but betting on NFL games will not begin until later in football season

Hartford Courant - 8/12/2021


COVID-19 booster shots to start soon in Delaware. Here's why the new shot is needed.

Delaware News Journal – 8/18/2021


DeSantis says school boards with mask mandates are defying state, not him

Orlando Sentinel - 8/18/2021

Miami-Dade schools votes to require masks, bucking DeSantis order

Tampa Bay Times - 8/18/2021

Florida tax revenues get $2.6 billion boost

Tampa Bay Times - 8/18/2021

State board takes action against Alachua, Broward schools for imposing mask mandate

Orlando Sentinel - 8/17/2021

Florida files motion to toss out school mask lawsuit

ClickOrlando.com – 8/17/2021

Democrats to seek Florida Medicaid expansion through budget reconciliation

Palm Beach Post - 8/17/2021

Florida sees tourism rebound in second quarter

Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel & SouthFlorida.com - 8/16/2021

Biden administration says it will help school districts defying DeSantis mask orders

Miami Herald - 8/16/2021


Kemp sending more hospital staff to fight COVID-19 surge

Athens Banner-Herald - 8/16/2021

More than 1 million Georgians to see increase in food stamps

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 8/16/2021

Pleas for fairness meet political reality in Georgia redistricting

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 8/13/2021

Kemp faces urgent calls to take steps to halt coronavirus spread in Georgia

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 8/13/2021


Little urges caution with surplus, doubles down on vaccinations

Twin Falls Times-News - 8/16/2021

How much would it cost to fully staff mental health professionals in Idaho schools?

Twin Falls Times-News - 8/16/2021

Idaho's budget surplus swells to $1.4 billion

Associated Press – 8/13/2021

Idaho governor announces millions for COVID tests in schools

Associated Press – 8/12/2021


Pritzker signs bills to aid seniors, veterans

Springfield State Journal-Register - 8/17/2021

What suburban colleges are doing to motivate students to get vaccines

Illinois Daily Herald - 8/17/2021

Pritzker noncommittal on eviction moratorium amid COVID-19 surge

Capitol News Illinois – 8/17/2021

GOP state lawmakers say plan for spending $2.8 billion in federal coronavirus relief is loaded with Democratic pork

Chicago Tribune - 8/16/2021


Nursing home vaccine rule will make workers 'flee,' Indiana group says

Indianapolis Star - 8/18/2021

Holcomb forms commission to improve state health from COVID to obesity

Indianapolis Star - 8/18/2021

Indianapolis to receive $91M more in federal COVID aid for renters

Indianapolis Star - 8/18/2021

State cleared to not pay benefits

Journal Gazette.net - 8/18/2021

Indiana COVID-19 contact tracing database improperly accessed by outside company

Northwest Indiana Times (nwitimes.com) - 8/17/2021

Indiana agency struggling with unemployment appeals backlog

Associated Press – 8/14/2021


Iowa schools shore up mental health services with CARES Act funds

Des Moines Register - 8/16/2021

Michael Bousselot to step down as director of Iowa Department of Management

The Gazette – 8/16/2021


Kansas lawmakers try to tackle water issues amid drought conditions

Topeka Capital-Journal - 8/18/2021

GOP claims Kansas governor is spending COVID funds illegally

Lawrence Journal-World - 8/17/2021

KPERS has one of its best years ever in 2021, reporting 26.3% return state

Topeka Capital-Journal - 8/17/2021

Kansas investigates obscure but powerful part of the drug supply chain: pharmacy middlemen

Lawrence Journal-World - 8/14/2021


Kentucky State University faces $15M shortfall; Board of Regents missed warnings

Lexington Herald Leader – 8/18/2021

Senate infrastructure package could pay for Brent Spence, I-69 bridges

Louisville Courier-Journal - 8/13/2021


Jeff Landry calls upon lawmakers to withhold Saints funding until team changes ticket refund policy

Nola.com - 8/18/2021

Louisiana's top school board seeks federal approval to shelve public school letter grades

Baton Rouge Advocate - 8/16/2021


Maines affordable housing problem is pricing people out of their communities

Bangor Daily News - 8/19/2021

Maine municipalities, counties gear up to spend federal relief funding

Central Maine - 8/16/2021

Mills offers $10 million aid package for businesses near Canadian border

Central Maine - 8/12/2021

Governor Mills Launches $10 Million Economic Recovery Grant Program to Support Transportation and Border Businesses Impacted by Border Closure with Canada

WAGM – 8/12/2021


Maryland to require coronavirus vaccination or testing for health-care workers

Washington Post – 8/17/2021

Hogan: Maryland is staying the course, no new state of emergency for COVID-19

WBAL – 8/16/2021


Governor proposes $1B in relief for unemployment fund

Associated Press – 8/18/2021


Michigan's top doc urges Whitmer to mandate masks in schools

Detroit Free Press - 8/18/2021

Carbon Offset Deal Helps Michigan Cash In on Its Trees—by Not Cutting Them Down

Washington Post – 8/18/2021

Michigan jobless aid recipients express frustration over big bills from UIA

Detroit News - 8/17/2021

Whitmer proposes $75M to hire more cops, get illegal guns off the streets

Detroit News - 8/16/2021

Amid seasonal slowdown, Michigan's online gambling operators post mixed results for July

Detroit News - 8/16/2021


Minnesota plans to spend $700 million to reduce ‘forever chemical’ water pollution in east metro

Minnesota Public Radio - 8/18/2021

COVID-19 in MN: Officials say state is in its fourth wave

Minnesota Public Radio - 8/17/2021

Despite recent rainfall, drought conditions worsen in most of Minnesota

TwinCities.com - 8/12/2021


'In a crisis situation': House speaker visits Forrest General Hospital

Hattiesburg American - 8/18/2021

Analysis: Mississippi senators split on infrastructure bill

The Sun Herald - 8/17/2021

Here's how much money Mississippi will get from the infrastructure bill

Hattiesburg American - 8/12/2021


Missouri hires group in latest bid to boost lagging vaccination rates

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 8/16/2021

Missouri to spend $30 million to relieve hospital capacity strain during COVID-19 surge

Kansas City Star & KansasCity.com - 8/13/2021


State issues rankings for federal stimulus grants for water projects

Bozeman Daily Chronicle - 8/17/2021

FEMA says federal funds available for repairs after June winds

Billings Gazette - 8/13/2021

State recommends $15M to help affordable housing projects

Billings Gazette - 8/12/2021


Blueprint Nebraska seeks income tax cuts, other tax reforms, to boost economy

Lincoln Journal Star - 8/17/2021

Two Nebraska inmates die after testing positive for COVID

Omaha World-Herald - 8/15/2021


Nevada legislators reject DMV plan to refund unconstitutional fee

Las Vegas Sun - 8/19/2021

Nevada panel parcels out $1B-plus in federal pandemic aid

Las Vegas Review-Journal - 8/18/2021

Lawmakers reject DMV plan to refund unconstitutional fee

Associated Press – 8/18/2021

Sisolak voices support for funding more affordable housing options

Las vegas review journal - 8/17/2021

Nevada repays $30M to those who paid unconstitutional tax

Las Vegas Review-Journal - 8/17/2021

Peer-to-peer betting, cryptocurrency wagering could be in Nevada’s gaming future

Las Vegas Review-Journal - 8/15/2021

Las Vegas woman wins $50K at 6th ‘Vax Nevada Days’ raffle

Las Vegas Review-Journal - 8/12/2021

Sisolak names Shellie Hughes new taxation director

Nevada Appeal – 8/11/2021

New Hampshire

State seeks more money for youth center abuse investigation

Concord Monitor - 8/18/2021

New Hampshire offers vaccines, day passes at state parks

Concord Monitor - 8/16/2021

State revenues approach $3 billion

Concord Monitor - 8/12/2021

New Jersey

NJ students, families call for more counselors, fewer cops in schools news

North Jersey.com (Bergen County Record & Herald News) - 8/17/2021

New Jersey's plan for third round of federal COVID-relief aid approved

Press of Atlantic City - 8/17/2021

N.J. businesses to get socked with $250M unemployment insurance tax hike

Jersey City Journal - 8/14/2021

N.J. businesses to get socked with $250M unemployment insurance tax hike

NJ.com – 8/14/2021

N.J. just got more good news about its finances

Jersey City Journal - 8/12/2021

State schools receive remaining $923 million in federal COVID relief news

North Jersey.com (Bergen County Record & Herald News) - 8/12/2021

New Mexico

State, union approve new labor contract

ABQJournal Online - 8/19/2021

New Mexico braces for end of federal unemployment bonuses

Associated Press – 8/17/2021

New York

Cannabis firm reportedly rolling out $1 billion IPO amid NY legalization

New York Post - 8/16/2021

As Cuomo Exits, Will Congestion Pricing Still Come to New York City?

New York Times – 8/16/2021

U.S. Supreme Court Blocks Part Of New York's Ban On Residential Evictions

NPR – 8/12/2021

North Carolina

North Carolina lawmakers approve criminal justice reform bills

The Center Square – 8/18/2021

North Carolina Senate declines to pass House budget proposal

The Center Square – 8/17/2021

Will NC get a new corrections cabinet position? Lawmakers differ on what they want.

Raleigh News & Observer - 8/13/2021

Court order splits House over N. Carolina education spending

Raleigh News & Observer - 8/12/2021

North Carolina House approves budget with veto-proof support

Associated Press – 8/12/2021

North Dakota

North Dakota Legacy Fund in-state investment program launches website

Bismarck Tribune - 8/16/2021

State money aids science centers in Bismarck, Minot; one lawmaker questions spending

Bismarck Tribune - 8/14/2021

State's plan for using federal funds for schools approved

Bismarck Tribune - 8/12/2021


Judge dismisses suit; Ohio can pay relatives less than foster parents

Columbus Dispatch - 8/17/2021

Suddes: Kudos to DeWine as Ohio gets credit rating boost

Columbus Dispatch - 8/15/2021


Colorado pot entrepreneurs fuel ‘green rush’ in Oklahoma

Associated Press – 8/15/2021


Oregon has paid out less than half of relief funds earmarked for landlords

Oregon Live - 8/18/2021

Brown extends Oregon foreclosure moratorium one more time

Corvallis Gazette-Times - 8/16/2021


Pennsylvania may use taxpayer dollars for major golf events

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - 8/18/2021

Report: Pa. casino revenues top $423 million in July

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - 8/18/2021

Pennsylvania Could Receive $100M to Expand Broadband

Philadelphia Inquirer – 8/18/2021

Under Pennsylvanias proposed vehicle-miles-traveled fee, truckers could save 33% but cars would pay three times more

Allentown Morning Call - 8/17/2021

Wolf administration unveils program for optional, self-administered COVID-19 nasal swab testing by kids in schools

Allentown Morning Call - 8/16/2021

Out-of-state covid hot spots desperate to transfer patients to Western Pa. hospitals

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - 8/12/2021

Rhode Island

Director of state budget office leaving for job at Brown University News

Providence Journal - 8/14/2021

RI will require masks in all state buildings News

Providence Journal - 8/14/2021

With billions more federal dollars possibly on the way, McKee signals budget priorities

Providence Journal - 8/12/2021

South Carolina

School administrators join others in urging the legislators to repeal mask restrictions

GoUpstate.com - 8/18/2021

SC lawmakers call for emergency session to revisit ban on mask mandate

GoUpstate.com - 8/17/2021

SC House reps look to spend $2.5B in federal pandemic aid

Associated Press – 8/17/2021

More South Carolina schools set to flout mask mandate ban

Associated Press – 8/16/2021

SC tourism has recovered, but rising COVID cases loom over the comeback

Charleston Post & Courier - 8/14/2021

South Dakota

SD Guard chief says donation didn't affect deployment plans

Associated Press – 8/18/2021


Virus: Tennessee's most populous county renews mask mandate

Associated Press – 8/18/2021

Tennessee TANF board looks to build sustainability

The Center Square – 8/16/2021

Biden to reopen public comment on TennCare block grant

Associated Press – 8/13/2021


Abbott sets special election for eight proposed constitutional amendments

The Center Square – 8/16/2021

Flurry of conflicting legal battles against Texas’ mask mandate ban complicates schools’ start

Dallas Morning News – 8/16/2021

Joe Biden takes aim at states blocking mask mandates, setting Gov. Greg Abbott up for showdown with feds

Texas Tribune – 8/15/2021


In bold move, mayor plans to declare mask mandate in Salt Lake City schools

Salt Lake Tribune - 8/17/2021


Vermont looks to replace lost gas taxes from those driving electric vehicles

WCAX – 8/18/2021

Vermont communities to receive millions in federal Covid-19 relief this week

VT Digger.org - 8/14/2021


'Business is good': Northam hails $2.6 billion surplus in speech to money committees

Richmond.com - 8/19/2021

Virginia seeing largest budget surplus in state history, Gov. Northam says

WRIC – 8/18/2021

Virginia Eviction Moratorium Extended Until June 2022

Tribune – 8/17/2021

Federal pandemic unemployment benefit programs including an extra $300 a week coming to an end in Virginia next month

Richmond.com - 8/14/2021

State retirement trust fund reaches $101.8 billion on 27.5% annual return

Richmond.com - 8/13/2021


Washington State University sues insurance provider for $63 million to cover COVID-19 costs

Spokane Spokesman-Review - 8/18/2021

Washington state is requiring all teachers and staff to be vaccinated

New York Times – 8/18/2021

Frustration, fear as closures begin at Monroe prison

Daily Herald – 8/17/2021


Gov. Evers announces another $50 million in direct payments to farmers

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - 8/18/2021

From taxes, to roads to schools. How does the state budget affect daily life?

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - 8/12/2021


Wyoming Leisure, Hospitality Tax Income Nearly Doubles In July

Cowboy State Daily – 8/13/2021

Wyoming revenue outlook improves, state leaders still cautious

Cheyenne Wyoming Tribune-Eagle - 8/12/2021

Wyos economic recovery lags behind nation

Cheyenne Wyoming Tribune-Eagle - 8/12/2021