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Week of August 23, 2021 - Press Clips

By Brian Sigritz posted 08-26-2021 10:37 PM



Supreme Court Ends Biden’s Eviction Moratorium

New York Times – 8/26/2021

Pandemic Windfall for US Schools Has Few Strings Attached

Associated Press – 8/26/2021

The Public Sector Retirement Explosion

Route Fifty - 8/26/2021

School Districts Awarded Millions in Pandemic Funding Reluctant to Burn Through Money

Newsweek - 8/26/2021

Feds to end dual-enrollment experiment, disappointing participating colleges

Washington Post - 8/25/2021

State Tax Limits Can Hamper Local Fiscal Stability

Route Fifty - 8/25/2021

Only 11% in Rental Assistance Spent, Treasury Department Prepares to Reallocate Unspent Aid

Route Fifty - 8/25/2021

Federal aid still not getting to renters

CBS - 8/25/2021

U.S. Treasury eases requirements to clear logjam in emergency rent relief

Reuters - 8/25/2021

How ARPA Funds Can Help Build an Equitable Recovery

Route Fifty - 8/25/2021

Facing Foreign Election Foes, States Hire ‘Cyber Navigators’

Stateline – 8/25/2021

'Vaxfluencers' Getting Residents to Get the Shot

Route Fifty – 8/25/2021

Full FDA Approval of Pfizer Vaccine Prompts Swift Mandates for State, Local Government Workers

Route Fifty – 8/24/2021

States Can Pay Enhanced Unemployment Beyond Cut Off with ARPA Funds

Route Fifty - 8/23/2021

Transit Leaders See New Federal Money as a Bridge, Not the End of the Line

Route Fifty - 8/23/2021

States gripped by Delta variant face case surge with fewer health workers

Politico – 8/23/2021

Scorching Heat Is Killing Workers. Some States Are Stepping In.

Stateline – 8/23/2021

States can’t block federal funds for districts that mandate masks, Education secretary says

Politico – 8/22/2021

These 8 States Are Sending Their Own Stimulus Checks As Federal Legislation Stalls

Newsweek - 8/21/2021

States can pay jobless benefits past Sept. 6 using pandemic funds, officials say

CNBC - 8/19/2021

State Budgets Poised to Bring More Money for K-12 in Coming Year

Education Week – 8/19/2021

The States Where Unemployment Claims Have Shrunk the Least and the Most

Route Fifty – 8/19/2021

Yellen, Walsh rule out extension of pandemic jobless aid

The Hill – 8/19/2021


Alabama medical marijuana availability may take longer than expected

AL.com – 8/25/2021

95% of Alabamas COVID deaths, 90% of cases among unvaccinated: ADPH

AL.com - 8/24/2021

Thousands of Alabama kindergarteners who waited out pandemic expected in classrooms this fall

AL.com - 8/24/2021


In Alaska House, missing members and deep divides pause progress on 2021 dividend

Alaska Dispatch News - 8/26/2021

Governor supports PFD payout that tops $2,000

Fairbanks News-Miner - 8/21/2021

Governor adds spending bill to special-session agenda, forestalling a walkout by state legislators

Alaska Dispatch News - 8/19/2021


Much at stake in Arizona lawsuit over school masks

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 8/25/2021

Arizona AG says businesses can require COVID-19 vaccines

Associated Press – 8/22/2021

Arizona Supreme Court keeps new school tax alive, for now

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 8/19/2021

Arizona Supreme Court wont block new tax on high-earners

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 8/19/2021

Arizona governor calls president's stance on mask mandates 'weak and pathetic'

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 8/19/2021


Bid for $35M for broadband gets panel nod

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 8/26/2021

Prisons take covid measures

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 8/25/2021

Prosecutor hired for prison cases

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 8/23/2021


California could be first state in U.S. to pay drug addicts to stay sober

San Jose Mercury News - 8/26/2021

President Biden approves a disaster declaration for California.

New York Times – 8/25/2021

Audit: California agency bungled COVID-19 funds for homeless

SFGate - 8/24/2021

California cities will get more stimulus money than they lost during pandemic, state auditor say

San Jose Mercury News - 8/21/2021

California’s Gig Worker Law Is Unconstitutional, Judge Rules

New York Times – 8/20/2021


State board of education makes decision of fed funds; may lead to grants

Daily Sentinel – 8/26/2021

Can millions in federal money help Colorado schools address pandemic-fueled learning loss?

Denver Post - 8/21/2021

CO Joins Data Privacy Party, More Could Soon Follow

State Net Capitol Journal – 8/20/2021


Connecticut got $236M in federal funding for struggling renters. Only 27% has been handed out.

Danbury News-Times - 8/26/2021

CT needs transportation money, but spending it may be challenging

New Haven Register - 8/25/2021

As the state income tax reaches its 30th anniversary, heres what you need to know about Connecticuts essential source of revenue

Hartford Courant - 8/22/2021

CT Lottery prepares for sports betting, but the NFL season might kick off first

The Connecticut Mirror - 8/21/2021

Lamont orders COVID vaccinations for teachers, state employees

The Connecticut Mirror - 8/21/2021


Workers sue DeSantis over federal unemployment benefits

Tallahassee Democrat - 8/25/2021

Trial begins in case fighting Florida governors order against school mask mandates

Miami Herald - 8/25/2021

Florida orders school boards to relax mask rules or risk pay

Associated Press – 8/20/2021


Georgia Medicaid agency requesting nearly $500 million more in health spending

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 8/26/2021

Georgia deploys National Guard to COVID slammed hospitals

Tribune – 8/25/2021

Gwinnett, Georgia DOT seek solutions for I-85 traffic

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 8/23/2021

Georgia mayors plead with Kemp to require masks at state buildings

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 8/20/2021

Georgia bars local governments from enacting mask, vaccine mandates

The Hill – 8/19/2021


Hawaii’s governor urges tourists not to visit because of COVID-19 rise

Washington Post – 8/25/2021

Pfizer FDA Approval Is Expected to Boost Hawaii Vaccination

Honolulu Star Advertiser – 8/24/2021

$3.6M in aid available to fish industries in Hawaii

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - 8/22/2021

More than 500 mainland staff will be deployed to Hawaii hospitals to help COVID-19 patients

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - 8/20/2021


Idaho Law on Citizen-Led Initiatives Ruled Unconstitutional

Idaho Statesman – 8/24/2021

Two Idahoans sue state officials for cutting off pandemic unemployment benefits

Idaho Capital Sun – 8/24/2021

We didnt bend or crumble: Boise State president touts resiliency during pandemic

Twin Falls Times-News - 8/19/2021


Pritzker signs bills on mental health response, insurance coverage

Illinois Daily Herald - 8/25/2021

Ambulance carveout the latest Medicaid managed care battleground

Springfield State Journal-Register - 8/25/2021


More Indiana schools setting up COVID vaccination clinics in K-12 schools

The Center Square – 8/24/2021

Hoosier Lottery says ticket sales jumped 26% in last year

Journal Gazette.net - 8/21/2021


Iowans sue Reynolds over canceled unemployment benefits

Des Moines Register - 8/25/2021

Iowa selects 64 school districts to receive $8.6 million in reimbursement grants

The Center Square – 8/24/2021


State employees in Kansas to work remotely until Oct., governor says

Topeka Capital-Journal - 8/25/2021

Report: Most federal election security money ” including in Kansas ” remains unspent

Lawrence Journal-World - 8/25/2021

KU has strong interest in vaccine mandates, but still contends state law prohibits them

Lawrence Journal-World - 8/24/2021

Kansas is investigating pharmacy middlemen for Medicaid charges

Topeka Capital-Journal - 8/23/2021

Kansas judicial branch withholds $1.2 million in payments owed to Texas IT company

Lawrence Journal-World - 8/20/2021


What to know about a possible special legislative session to address COVID

Louisville Courier-Journal - 8/25/2021

Pizza and prizes: Senate president details plans for vaccine campaign KY General Assembly

Louisville Courier-Journal - 8/24/2021

Kentucky high court clears way for legislature to rein in governor's COVID-19 emergency powers

The Hill – 8/22/2021

Kentucky's nursing homes face federal COVID vaccine mandate for staff local

Louisville Courier-Journal - 8/19/2021


Bond Commission vote against New Orleans projects raises funding worries

Nola.com - 8/24/2021

State workers and students likely to be vaccinated or tested now that FDA OK'd vaccines

Baton Rouge Advocate - 8/23/2021

LSU to forgive more than $4 million in student loan debt among 4,000 students

Baton Rouge Advocate - 8/23/2021

Louisiana sports betting to begin during football season

Associated Press – 8/20/2021


Maine to distribute municipal COVID-19 relief funding soon

Central Maine - 8/25/2021

Maine stays course on COVID-19 policy with rising cases challenging school returns

Bangor Daily News - 8/25/2021

Janet Mills appoints housing advocate to focus on affordable units

Bangor Daily News - 8/23/2021

From new HVAC to social workers, Maine schools figure out how to spend millions in relief money

Bangor Daily News - 8/20/2021


Marylands enrollment in Obamacare jumps 12% during coronavirus pandemic emergency

Baltimore Sun - 8/24/2021

Maryland initiative will subsidize internet costs for low-income earners, invest $100M more to expand rural broadband access

Baltimore Sun - 8/20/2021


Record amounts given to schools amid COVID pandemic; How are districts spending it?

The Republican - MassLive.com - 8/26/2021

MGM Springfield seeks brighter future at 3rd year anniversary, undeterred by pandemic

The Republican - MassLive.com - 8/23/2021


Getting unemployment? Starting today, Michigan is paying benefits on a different debit card

Mlive.com - 8/25/2021

Unemployment ends for more than 400,000 Michiganders Sept. 4

Mlive.com - 8/25/2021

Transportation department borrows another $800M for Michigan road repairs

Detroit News - 8/25/2021

Whitmer wants $2.1B in federal money to go toward job training, housing

Detroit News - 8/23/2021

Whitmer proposes $2.1B in federal aid for higher ed, housing, small businesses

Detroit Free Press - 8/23/2021

Whitmer proposes spending $1.5B to boost business climate

Associated Press – 8/23/2021

Michigans budget director leaving for Wayne State post

Detroit News - 8/21/2021


MN Legislature: Panel to narrow pool of workers eligible for $250M in hero pay

TwinCities.com - 8/25/2021

Nearly 80,000 Minnesotans signed up for $100 vaccine reward

Grand Forks Herald – 8/23/2021


Mississippi legislators revive talk of erasing income tax

Associated Press – 8/25/2021

Reeves again encourages COVID vaccines, says he won't require masks news

Hattiesburg American - 8/19/2021

Could Medicaid expansion increase Mississippis work force participation rate?

The Sun Herald - 8/19/2021


Lawmakers seek accounting of emergency purchasing authority given to Missouri agencies

Missouri Independent – 8/26/2021

What Missouri learned the hard way about rapid COVID testing in schools

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 8/26/2021

Missouri got $185 million for school COVID testing. Programs arent up and running yet

Kansas City Star & KansasCity.com - 8/20/2021

Missouri governor budgets $400 million for high-speed internet

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 8/19/2021


Gianforte, Daines review Montana's wildfire season in Missoula

Missoula Missoulian - 8/25/2021

Committee advances additional $42M for Montana child care

Missoula Missoulian - 8/25/2021


State rejects Douglas County's request to issue mask mandate

Lincoln Journal Star - 8/25/2021

Nebraska state job ad touts lack of vaccine requirement

Associated Press – 8/24/2021


Nevada rejects $26B multistate opioid pact, to seek own deal

Las Vegas Sun - 8/25/2021

Nevada opts out of $26B multi-state opioid settlement

Las Vegas Review-Journal - 8/25/2021

Winners revealed at next-to-last ‘Vax Nevada Days’ raffle

Las Vegas Review-Journal - 8/19/2021

New Hampshire

Rules approved for first wave of K-12 scholarships

Manchester Union Leader - 8/19/2021

New Jersey

New Jersey gas tax to decrease 8.3 cents per gallon

Press of Atlantic City - 8/24/2021

New Jersey to require COVID shot for teachers, state workers

Associated Press – 8/23/2021

NJ gains jobs as end of federal unemployment benefits draws near

Asbury Park Press - 8/20/2021

New Mexico

New Mexico governor joins US conservation challenge

Associated Press – 8/25/2021

New Mexico races to spend federal grant money on time

Associated Press – 8/25/2021

New York

Local governments will soon see their pension bills decrease. Here's why

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle - 8/26/2021

Gov. Hochul unveils tweaks to COVID rent relief program as end of eviction ban looms

New York Daily News - 8/24/2021

New York’s governor calls for a school mask mandate, and for teachers to face vaccine rules.

The New York Times - 8/24/2021

What Challenges Does Gov. Kathy Hochul Face?

The New York Times - 8/24/2021

Cuomo still plans to resign Tuesday but requests emergency teams to stay on for aftermath of Henri

New York Daily News - 8/22/2021

North Carolina

NC Senate backs protections for incarcerated pregnant women

Associated Press – 8/25/2021

The NC budget is past due. Whats different this time between Cooper, Republicans.

Raleigh News & Observer - 8/21/2021

Sports betting is a step closer to being legal in North Carolina. Whats next?

Raleigh News & Observer - 8/20/2021

Enough NC senators agree sports gambling bill is good bet

Associated Press – 8/20/2021


School choice advocates look to mandate open enrollment in Ohio

Columbus Dispatch - 8/25/2021

Reforms to Ohio's Medicaid system delayed to July 2022

Columbus Dispatch - 8/25/2021

Ohio kids on Medicaid can get $100 gift card for first COVID shot

Columbus Dispatch - 8/25/2021

Ohio Considers Making Telehealth Permanent Post-Pandemic

Springfield News Sun – 8/23/2021


Oklahoma Adds Basic Dental Coverage To Medicaid Amid A Dire Lack Of Care

KGOU – 8/26/2021

Though tax receipts down, economic indicators suggest expanding Oklahoma economy

The Center Square – 8/24/2021


Jobless claims inch up in Oregon and nationally

Oregon Live - 8/26/2021

'Crisis teams' sent to hard-hit COVID hospitals in Oregon

Associated Press – 8/25/2021

Oregonians could see record $1.9 billion kicker next year

Corvallis Gazette-Times - 8/25/2021

You could get a really big Oregon tax kicker next year. Here's why

Salem Statesman-Journal - 8/25/2021

As Oregon hospitals fill up, governor requires COVID-19 vaccination for teachers and staff

Associated Press – 8/19/2021


Pennsylvania schools making plans to spend pandemic windfall

Associated Press – 8/26/2021

Wolf asks Pennsylvania legislators to mandate masks in public schools

The Center Square – 8/25/2021

Rhode Island

McKee calls for 'immediate' legislative session; Assembly leaders say no need

Providence Journal - 8/19/2021

South Carolina

Face coverings will be enforced on S.C. school buses

GoUpstate.com - 8/26/2021

SC economist says state is entering a post-stimulus, not a post-COVID era

Charleston Post & Courier - 8/26/2021

SC broadband expansion, infrastructure could get funds from federal COVID relief money

Charleston Post & Courier - 8/24/2021

SC virus money ideas: I-26 widening, body cameras, broadband

Associated Press – 8/24/2021

ACLU sues over South Carolina ban on school mask mandates

Greenville Online - 8/24/2021

DHEC says all schools should require masks indoors, urges legislators to repeal ban

Charleston Post & Courier - 8/22/2021

SC state park revenues skyrocketed during COVID and haven't let up yet

Charleston Post & Courier - 8/19/2021

South Dakota

Schools in six South Dakota districts win grants for Civics and History Initiative

Sioux Falls Argus Leader - 8/25/2021

Gov. Noem wants to spend state's federal coronavirus relief on infrastructure

Rapid City Journal - 8/20/2021

Alcohol, tobacco sales soared in state during pandemic

Rapid City Journal - 8/20/2021

More federal stimulus headed to South Dakota towns, cities

Sioux Falls Argus Leader - 8/20/2021

State council opens up funding opportunities for artists

Capital Journal (Pierre) - 8/19/2021


Report: Only 53% of education funding in Tennessee makes it into the classroom

The Tennessean - 8/25/2021

Tennessee Using $14.4M of $64M COVID Education Funds Toward Charter Schools

Newsweek – 8/20/2021

Five things to know about electric vehicle charging in Tennessee

The Tennessean - 8/20/2021


Texas families could get $375 per child in new round of pandemic food aid

Houston Chronicle - 8/26/2021

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott continues ban on vaccine mandates, wants Legislature to make it law

Dallas Morning News - 8/25/2021

Texas House panel backs Gov. Greg Abbotts plan to nearly triple state spending on border security

Dallas Morning News - 8/24/2021

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick blasts Dems efforts to promote vaccinations, cites Blacks inoculation rate

Dallas Morning News - 8/20/2021

Court sides with Texas in dispute with Biden administration over Medicaid funding

The Center Square – 8/20/2021

Texas House stalemate broken as 3 Houston Democrats end holdout, clearing way for work to resume

Dallas Morning News - 8/19/2021


‘Dashed hopes’: Delta variant fueling national economic concerns but Utah’s engine — so far — still revving

Deseret News – 8/23/2021

School mask mandate ban challenged in new Utah lawsuit

Associated Press – 8/23/2021


'Like a foreign language': Vt. League of Cities and Towns helps small towns interpret pandemic fund guidelines

Brattleboro Reformer – 8/26/2021

July tax revenues up, but personal income slumps

Vermont Biz – 8/23/2021


Virginia ABC surpasses $1 billion in sales for the third year in a row; Tito's remains the top seller in the state

Richmond.com - 8/25/2021

Shame put Virginia on course to stronger tenant protections

Associated Press – 8/22/2021

State lawmakers close loophole for special education students, but caregiver questions remain

Richmond.com - 8/21/2021

Virginia lawmakers already discussing speeding up retail marijuana sales

Virginia Mercury – 8/18/2021


Washington workers who refuse vaccine mandate unlikely to get unemployment

The Center Square – 8/24/2021

About to lose unemployment benefits next month? Washington wont keep the program going

Olympian - 8/20/2021

West Virginia

Lottery officials wary of COVID-19 surge just as casino revenue starts rebounding

Charleston Gazette - 8/25/2021

Concerns grow over how to fund road improvements in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle

The Herald Mail – 8/19/2021


State vaccination rates rising

Cheyenne Wyoming Tribune-Eagle - 8/24/2021

State hospitals feel staffing strain

Cheyenne Wyoming Tribune-Eagle - 8/20/2021

Gordon voices support for senior services at conference

Cheyenne Wyoming Tribune-Eagle - 8/19/2021