Budget Blog

Week of August 30, 2021 - Press Clips

By Brian Sigritz posted 09-02-2021 10:59 AM

  

National

States Have Money to Spend on Mental Health, but It May Not Last

Pew Trusts.org - 9/2/2021

Some U.S. states are issuing their own stimulus checks and cash bonuses

CBS - 9/2/2021

States That Pay Public School Teachers Most

Newsweek - 9/2/2021

How Many At-Risk Renters Live in States Without Eviction Protections?

Route Fifty - 9/1/2021

Judge tentatively OKs Purdue Pharma deal in opioid cases

Republic - 9/1/2021

The Prison Population is Falling, But in Some States Lots of People Are Still Locked Up

Route Fifty - 9/1/2021

States Began 2021 With Record Personal Income Growth

Pew Trusts.org - 9/1/2021

Rural Hospitals Can't Find the Nurses They Need to Fight COVID

Pew Trusts.org - 9/1/2021

Biden infrastructure plan takes on EV chargings inequality problem

Reuters - 9/1/2021

This Week in Federal Funding

Route Fifty - 8/31/2021

Educators Want to Leave Their Jobs More Than Other Government Workers Do

Route Fifty - 8/31/2021

Pandemic unemployment benefits end in September and states aren’t extending them

CNBC - 8/31/2021

G.O.P. Governors Fight Mandates as the Party’s Covid Politics Harden

The New York Times - 8/31/2021

Teachers, Police, Other Public Workers Left Out of Mental Health Coverage

New York Times – 8/31/2021

DIY Redistricting Allows Public to Draw Maps in More States

Stateline – 8/31/2021

35 governors willing to accept refugees from Afghanistan, 2 aren't: analysis

The Hill – 8/31/2021

COVID Spurs Education Savings Account Bills in MO, 4 Other States

Yahoo News – 8/30/2021

States Aren’t Updating Public COVID-19 Data Amid Surge

Kaiser Health News – 8/30/2021

Expired Driver’s Licenses Open Lane for Cybercriminals

Stateline – 8/30/2021

Education Department to Investigate Five States That Ban Mask Mandates in Schools

Wall Street Journal - 8/30/2021

States Borrowed Billions to Pay Unemployment Benefits. Soon Interest is Due.

Route Fifty - 8/30/2021

A First Look at Where the $350B in ARPA Funds Is Being Spent

Route Fifty - 8/30/2021

Expired Drivers Licenses Open Lane for Cybercriminals

Route Fifty - 8/30/2021

COVID Rent Relief Delayed By Red Tape, Finger Pointing as Eviction Moratorium Lifted

Newsweek - 8/30/2021

Contact tracing takes a back seat during latest COVID surge

Republic - 8/28/2021

Anti-poor people bias: States, cities face backlash over rental aid slowdown

Politico - 8/28/2021

All Eyes on State and Local Eviction Bans With End of Federal Moratorium

Route Fifty - 8/28/2021

Retiree healthcare is a $1 trillion problem for state and local governments: report

Marketwatch - 8/27/2021

Some States Enact Eviction Moratoriums, Keeping Residents in Homes as SCOTUS Ends Federal Order

Newsweek - 8/27/2021

After Census, states move to count prisoners at home

The Hill - 8/27/2021

Marijuana Legalization Continues to Grow: 2021 Laws Map

Governing – 8/27/2021

States struggle to give COVID vaccines to Medicaid patients

Kaiser Health News – 8/27/2021

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

A Fraction of Rental Assistance Has Reached the States With Eviction Moratorium Blocked

Wall Street Journal - 8/26/2021

Desperate U.S. Cities Pitch Wall Street-Style Sign-On Bonuses

Bloomberg – 8/25/2021

Alabama

Alabama dog track owners launch media campaign for lottery, casino legislation

AL.com - 9/1/2021

55% of Alabamas ICU patients have COVID as bed shortage grows

AL.com - 8/29/2021

Alaska

Bill before Alaska Legislature would create a state sales tax

Fairbanks News-Miner - 9/1/2021

Permanent Fund alone cannot solve budget woes, analyst tells lawmakers

Fairbanks News-Miner - 8/31/2021

Alaska lawmakers face crunch to pay checks from oil wealth

Associated Press – 8/31/2021

With Alaskas legislature and governor deadlocked, the 2021 PFD will be delayed

Alaska Dispatch News - 8/28/2021

State settles with worker who lost job after criticizing governor, three cases still pending

Fairbanks News-Miner - 8/28/2021

Alaska Legislature hits 90-day session limit

Fairbanks News-Miner - 8/28/2021

State seeks bids to add crew quarters to Alaska ferry thats never been in service

Alaska Dispatch News - 8/27/2021

Governor directs funds for college scholarships and grants

Fairbanks News-Miner - 8/27/2021

Dunleavy administration releases funding for college scholarships, medical students and other programs

Alaska Dispatch News - 8/26/2021

Arizona

Ducey to allot $60M for hospitals that use antibody drugs

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 9/1/2021

Attorneys argue in court about Arizona Senate not releasing audit records

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 9/1/2021

Arizona schools awash in federal virus cash, some flooded

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 8/28/2021

Students' proficiency in math, English falls in Tucson and across state

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 8/28/2021

Tribe sues to stop sports betting in Arizona Tribe sues to stop sports betting in Arizona

Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix - 8/28/2021

Arkansas

Assisted-living rate raise urged

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 9/1/2021

Dozens of state's salary increases top $10,000

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 8/29/2021

State sidelines $2.2M set aside for 2021 fairs

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 8/27/2021

Covid-aid panel backs $18M for 54 ICU beds statewide

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 8/27/2021

California

Fake student bot accounts at California colleges tie to suspected COVID-19 relief scam

Los Angeles Times - 8/31/2021

State stimulus checks arrive in Californians bank accounts ahead of recall election

Los Angeles Times - 8/31/2021

3 California lawmakers out with coronavirus, surgery plans

SFGate - 8/27/2021

California lawmakers grapple with whether to impose a statewide COVID-19 vaccination mandate

Los Angeles Times - 8/26/2021

California delays decriminalizing psychedelic substances

Associated Press – 8/26/2021

California advances 2 zoning bills to promote scarce housing

Associated Press – 8/26/2021

Colorado

Colorado AG, local officials unveil framework to combat opioid crisis

Pueblo Chieftain - 8/30/2021

Gov. Jared Polis: Colorado’s state income tax “should be zero”

Denver Post - 8/30/2021

As federal unemployment ends, Coloradans fret about virus, payments they say they are still owed

Denver Post - 8/29/2021

Connecticut

Connecticut test scores show students learn better in person

Danbury News-Times - 8/31/2021

Key Connecticut committee approves emergency regulations for sports betting, online gambling expansion

Hartford Courant - 8/31/2021

Homeless shelters say they need more COVID-19 testing after state reduces funding

Hartford Courant - 8/30/2021

With evictions poised to resume, CT vows to get aid to renters

Danbury News-Times - 8/28/2021

Feds approve Connecticut plan for school relief money

Waterbury Republican-American - 8/27/2021

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

Danbury News-Times - 8/26/2021

Delaware

Delaware schools to receive more than $669M in virus funding

Associated Press – 8/26/2021

Florida

DeSantis war on school mask mandates highlights deep political schism over COVID

Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel & SouthFlorida.com - 9/1/2021

Florida health agency sued, accused of withholding detailed COVID-19 information

Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel & SouthFlorida.com - 8/31/2021

Florida resists federal school recovery money. And fights about masks.

Tampa Bay Times - 8/31/2021

Federal judge tangles with lawyers over anti-riot law pushed by DeSantis

Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel & SouthFlorida.com - 8/30/2021

Officials withhold school board salaries over mask mandates

Associated Press – 8/30/2021

DeSantis urged to seek up to $820 million in food aid for children

Tampa Bay Times - 8/30/2021

Slammed by staff shortages and ‘desperation,’ some Florida prisons to shutter

Tampa Bay Times - 8/27/2021

Judge rules for parents in Florida school mask case, a blow to DeSantis

Tampa Bay Times - 8/27/2021

Florida recovers $5 million from domestic violence coalition accused of misusing state money

Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel & SouthFlorida.com - 8/27/2021

Georgia

COVID-driven court backlog blamed for Georgia crime wave

Athens Banner-Herald - 9/1/2021

Georgia to Wait Until 2022 to Spend $4.8B COVID Relief

Atlanta Journal Constitution – 9/1/2021

Georgia vaccination efforts once faced hesitance — now it’s hostile resistance

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 8/31/2021

Georgia legislators set guidelines for upcoming redistricting

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 8/30/2021

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

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 8/26/2021

Hawaii

Hawaii Lt. Governor proposes 72-Hour stay-at-home order over Labor Day weekend

KHON – 8/30/2021

Idaho

Superintendent Ybarra submits fiscal 2023 budget request for Idaho public schools

KIFI – 9/1/2021

Idaho Lt. Gov. McGeachin’s task force pushes school choice recommendation

Idaho Statesman – 8/29/2021

Illinois

Illinois lawmakers OK new legislative map; energy talks continue

Quad City Times – 8/31/2021

Illinois schools to receive final $1.6 billion in pandemic relief funding

Belleville News Democrat – 8/29/2021

Illinois eviction moratorium stands despite U.S. Supreme Court decision

Capitol News Illinois – 8/27/2021

Gov. Pritzker Announces Indoor Mask Requirement for State

NBC News – 8/26/2021

Indiana

Holcomb extends public health emergency order as delta variant spreads, positivity rate spikes

Northwest Indiana Times (nwitimes.com) - 8/30/2021

Indiana evictions to continue following Supreme Court mortarium ruling

Indianapolis Star - 8/27/2021

Indiana court rejects bid to stall governor’s powers suit

Associated Press – 8/27/2021

Iowa

Iowa payroll tax rate to remain steady in 2022 for employers

Des Moines Register - 8/31/2021

Kansas

Many tourism projects using economic development tool not hitting goals

Topeka Capital-Journal - 8/30/2021

Kansas trying to get schools in COVID test plan

Topeka Capital-Journal - 8/27/2021

Kansas agency faces pressure to speed aid, prevent evictions

Associated Press – 8/27/2021

Kentucky

As Kentucky schools close due to COVID-19, lawmakers weigh options

Louisville Courier-Journal - 9/1/2021

Kentucky lawmakers prepare for a special session on COVID-19 that may start next week

Lexington Herald Leader – 8/31/2021

Louisiana

Infrastructure Bill Could Help Rebuild Louisiana Power Grids

Bloomberg News – 9/1/2021

Quarter of a million students face new hurdles in wake of hurricane

Baton Rouge Advocate - 8/31/2021

State looking for missing students

Baton Rouge Advocate - 8/28/2021

Schools plan wins federal approval, paving the way for another $870 million

Baton Rouge Advocate - 8/27/2021

Maine

Maine nursing homes plan to close with staff shortages prompting cascade fears

Bangor Daily News - 9/1/2021

Maines indigent legal system issues another dire warning about rising workloads

Bangor Daily News - 8/30/2021

Why does the state get all the money from traffic tickets, and the towns get none?

Central Maine - 8/30/2021

Maine experts say COVID-19 resurgence will dampen fall season for businesses

Bangor Daily News - 8/30/2021

Maryland

MDOT Releases Draft Six-Year Capital Budget For FY 2022 – FY 2027

Southern Maryland Chronicle – 9/2/2021

Governor Hogan Announces Initial Recovery Plan Performance Report on American Rescue Plan Act Funding

MoCo Show – 8/31/2021

Massachusetts

Voter ID, gig worker, other questions deemed constitutional

Associated Press – 9/2/2021

Masks mandated for staff, many students at Massachusetts day care and after-school programs

The Republican - MassLive.com - 9/1/2021

Massachusetts Lottery says courier services operating outside the law

The Republican - MassLive.com - 8/31/2021

Plans to replace Cape Cod bridges moving ahead

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

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

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

Michigan

Whitmer outlines proposals to boost small businesses, Michigans economic recovery

Mlive.com - 9/1/2021

Tourism hurdles return with delta variant as Pure Michigan launches $2M fall campaign

Mlive.com - 9/1/2021

Michigan's M-STEP scores show dramatic declines during pandemic year

Detroit News - 8/31/2021

Michigan Republicans move ahead with petition to overhaul voting

Detroit Free Press - 8/30/2021

Michigan courts prepare for influx of eviction cases, urge renters to seek aid

Detroit News - 8/28/2021

Michigan officials directed to craft contingency plans in case of government shutdown

Mlive.com - 8/28/2021

Minnesota

Panel split on pandemic hero pay; GOP senators threat against Malcolm adds complication

TwinCities.com - 8/31/2021

Gov. Walz reflects on governing through the pandemic

Minnesota Public Radio - 8/27/2021

Mississippi

Lawmakers studying income tax repeal, hold 2 days of hearings

Jackson Clarion-Ledger - 8/26/2021

Mississippi legislators revive talk of erasing income tax

Associated Press – 8/26/2021

Missouri

Applying for new Medicaid coverage is complicated, and few Missourians are doing it

Columbia Missourian - 9/1/2021

Missouri lawsuit seeks reinstatement of jobless benefits

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 8/30/2021

Missouri prison medical provider sues state after it loses major contract to Centene subsidiary

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 8/30/2021

COVID Spurs Education Savings Account Bills in MO, 4 Other States

Yahoo News – 8/30/2021

At Missouris beleaguered veterans homes, no funding relief in sight until next year

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 8/30/2021

New Missouri laws take effect: Gas tax going up, robot delivery rules, catalytic converter crackdown and more

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 8/27/2021

New Missouri sites announced for infusion treatments

Columbia Missourian - 8/26/2021

Judge upholds sweeping new Missouri law that includes controversial public health provisions

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 8/26/2021

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

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 8/26/2021

Montana

Whether Montana can handle a 1,000% increase in med students depends on who you ask

Missoula Missoulian - 8/26/2021

Panel moves to fund $125M in Montana infrastructure projects

Missoula Missoulian - 8/26/2021

Nebraska

Nebraska lawmakers told children at risk under state contract with Kansas-based nonprofit

Lincoln Journal Star - 9/1/2021

LPS has $61.4 million in federal relief money to spend. Here's how the district plans to use it.

Lincoln Journal Star - 8/29/2021

Nebraska schools weighing how to spend COVID money as deadline looms

Omaha News Herald – 8/27/2021

Nevada

Nevada K-12 schools get $1.58 billion in pandemic aid

Las Vegas Sun - 8/29/2021

Nevada AG rejects multistate opioid settlement as inadequate

Reno Gazette-Journal - 8/27/2021

Nevada casinos riding hot streak, set new monthly win record

Associated Press – 8/26/2021

New Hampshire

N.H.s school choice program launches for fall

Concord Monitor - 9/1/2021

Child care shortage means start of school won't bring parents back into workplace

Manchester Union Leader - 8/31/2021

NH business groups speak against PRO Act

Manchester Union Leader - 8/30/2021

Sununu, state COVID-19 team visits Kentucky

Manchester Union Leader - 8/30/2021

NH prepares to move 30,000 or more off Medicaid

Manchester Union Leader - 8/29/2021

New Hampshire schools get $206 million in pandemic aid

Concord Monitor - 8/26/2021

New Jersey

NJ launches free legal aid for renters facing eviction in 3 cities

Asbury Park Press - 9/2/2021

$267 million available for COVID-19 testing in schools, state says

Press of Atlantic City - 9/1/2021

NJ evictions: Middle-income renter moratorium ends Sept. 1 news

Asbury Park Press - 8/31/2021

Federal unemployment bonus to end Sept. 4, Murphy will not extend

Press of Atlantic City - 8/30/2021

House Democrats urge Murphy to disburse federal rental aid

Associated Press – 8/30/2021

N.J. state workers going back to the office full time Oct. 18, Murphy administration says

NJ.com – 8/27/2021

N.J. hospitals getting extra $150M as Biden administration reverses Trump actions

Jersey City Journal - 8/26/2021

New Mexico

New Mexico group hosts meeting on increasing wages for child care workers

Santa Fe New Mexican - 9/2/2021

Leading New Mexico lawmakers raise concerns over proposed oil and gas rule

Santa Fe New Mexican - 9/2/2021

NM offers $50M to settle tax lawsuit

ABQJournal Online - 9/1/2021

NM sees steep rise in overdose deaths

ABQJournal Online - 8/28/2021

New Mexico projects nearly $1.4 billion budget windfall

Santa Fe New Mexican - 8/28/2021

NM lawmakers evaluate increased childhood spending

ABQJournal Online - 8/26/2021

How New Mexico schools are spending $1B in pandemic funding

Associated Press – 8/26/2021

New York

Legislature OKs extension of eviction moratorium until Jan. 15

NewsDay.com - 9/2/2021

Schumer: New IRS shortcut could ease COVID aid access for undocumented New Yorkers

New York Daily News - 8/31/2021

Hochul announces $65M for COVID booster shot efforts amid raging delta outbreak across N.Y.

New York Daily News - 8/31/2021

NY gov bringing back legislature over evictions

Associated Press – 8/31/2021

Gov. Hochul Restarts New York’s Marijuana Program Discussions

Buffalo News – 8/30/2021

NY landlords threaten to sue state if eviction moratorium is extended

New York Post - 8/30/2021

Gov. Hochul plans special session in Albany over COVID eviction crisis

New York Daily News - 8/27/2021

Gov. Kathy Hochul says a state Covid relief program for small businesses has been expanded.

Albany Times-Union - 8/26/2021

North Carolina

Legalize sweepstakes machines and NC will profit, lawmakers say

Raleigh News & Observer - 9/2/2021

Effort resumes to rein in NC governor's emergency powers

Associated Press – 9/2/2021

Rural North Carolina schools using COVID-19 funds for tech

Associated Press – 8/28/2021

North Dakota

North Dakota overdose deaths increased by nearly 50% in 2020

Grand Forks Herald - 9/2/2021

International Peace Garden to see improvements funded by Manitoba, North Dakota

Bismarck Tribune - 8/30/2021

Did the U.S. Census Bureau undercount students at UND, NDSU? Some say it appears so

Grand Forks Herald - 8/28/2021

Ohio

Despite constitutional deadline, Gov. Mike DeWine and other top state officials fail to share map redesign proposal with public

Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com - 9/1/2021

Ohios unemployment system gets approval to spend nearly $14M on new staff for call centers, claims appeals

Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com - 9/1/2021

Ohio schools have until Tuesday to notify the state they may need remote learning due to the coronavirus

Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com - 8/27/2021

Oklahoma

State funds for Oklahoma Medicaid expansion remain untouched

Associated Press – 8/30/2021

Increased film incentive aims to bring more productions to Oklahoma

The Center Square – 8/25/2021

Oregon

Gov. Kate Brown issued vetoes last year. Oregon lawmakers are disregarding them.

Oregon Public Broadcasting – 8/25/2021

Brown reinstates outdoor mask mandate

The Center Square – 8/25/2021

Pennsylvania

The coming crisis in dementia care and why Pa. is woefully unprepared

Allentown Morning Call - 9/2/2021

For the first time, Pa. Senate gives public online access to spending records

Allentown Morning Call - 9/1/2021

Pennsylvania reverses course, will issue mask mandate for K-12 schools

The Hill – 8/31/2021

As Pa. schools struggle with student mental health needs, lawmakers look to remove barriers

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - 8/30/2021

Pa. State System will offer emergency aid of up to $1,000 to students

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - 8/30/2021

New leader of Pa. Senate election review discusses broader approach

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - 8/27/2021

Rhode Island

Advocates hold 'die in' to highlight the need for state funding of Narcan

Providence Journal - 8/31/2021

RI home-care workers resigning over vaccination mandate, says trade group

Providence Journal - 8/31/2021

Anti-vaccine mandate protesters attempt to storm RI State House

Providence Journal - 8/30/2021

Gov. McKee RI COVID briefing: Retired health-care workers can return

Providence Journal - 8/27/2021

McKee will allow retired health-care workers to return without losing pension benefits

Providence Journal - 8/26/2021

South Carolina

Another SC school district poised to require masks in defiance of state law

Charleston Post & Courier - 9/1/2021

SC state report card for 2020-21 shows students falling behind as pandemic persists

Charleston Post & Courier - 9/1/2021

State Supreme Court to hear arguments in student mask cases

GoUpstate.com - 8/31/2021

SC COVID relief dollars could be spent on beach renourishment, new state parks

Charleston Post & Courier - 8/30/2021

SC towns can begin applying for their share of $435M in federal aid this week

Charleston Post & Courier - 8/30/2021

SC requests federal aid under the American Rescue Plan Act

Greenville Online - 8/30/2021

After delays, SC requests federal relief for small towns

Associated Press – 8/30/2021

Hospitals worry as COVID cases rise to near record in SC

Associated Press – 8/27/2021

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

GoUpstate.com - 8/26/2021

South Dakota

State invites S.D. water projects to apply, because they might be funded by COVID-19 aid

KELO – 9/1/2021

Board reports teacher shortage exacerbated by pandemic, lagging teacher pay

Sioux Falls Argus Leader - 8/31/2021

Tennessee

State officials hold private budget hearing on federal stimulus funds politics

The Tennessean - 9/1/2021

Tennessee to relaunch dashboard tracking COVID-19 cases in school districts

Memphis Commercial Appeal - 9/1/2021

U.S. Education Department investigating Tennessee, four other states over mask mandate bans

Chattanooga Times Free Press - 8/30/2021

Cooper: Tennessee classrooms, teachers not getting the funding intended for them, new report shows

Chattanooga Times Free Press - 8/26/2021

Texas

Legislature OKs funding for virtual learning

Austin American-Statesman - 9/2/2021

House advances bill to keep Legislature funded Texas Bureau

Austin American-Statesman - 9/1/2021

Border security spending bill heads to Abbott

Austin American-Statesman - 9/1/2021

Bill expanding Texas virtual education heads to Gov. Greg Abbott for signature

Dallas Morning News - 8/31/2021

Sweeping GOP elections bill heads to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's desk

Austin American Statesman – 8/31/2021

10 things: How new laws on guns, education, abortion and more will impact Texans

Dallas Morning News - 8/30/2021

Texas House carves students who failed STAAR tests out of virtual education funding

Dallas Morning News - 8/30/2021

Governor Has Oversight of Mask Decisions, A State Supreme Court Rules

Route Fifty – 8/26/2021

Utah

Utah health officials will pay at least $1.6M to outsource state testing sites to TestUtah

Salt Lake Tribune - 9/1/2021

Fewer red lights? Sen. Mitt Romney drives home benefits of infrastructure bill.

Salt Lake Tribune - 8/27/2021

Vermont

Psst, frontline workers: Vermont will pay you $7,500 to move there

CBS News – 9/2/2021

State Auditor encourages Vermonters to check health care prices online

Burlington Free Press - 8/30/2021

Supreme Court lifting of eviction moratorium puts focus on Vermont Emergency Rental Assistance

VT Digger.org - 8/27/2021

As Delta surges, legislators unsure if Vermont Statehouse will reopen in January

VT Digger – 8/27/2021

Virginia

COVID-19 vaccine mandate for Virginia government workers effective today

The Center Square – 9/1/2021

Virginia maps out optional per-mile road fee program for 2022 launch

Virginia Mercury – 9/2/2021

Four years after credit watch, Virginia's brimming reserves may get constitutional 'super' boost

Richmond.com - 8/28/2021

Washington

With opt-out deadline looming, Washington's long-term care benefit and tax draws praise, criticism

Spokane Spokesman-Review - 8/29/2021

Thompson wants task force to examine higher education

seattlepi.com - 8/26/2021

West Virginia

Federal funding to assist projects at 2 WVa airports

Associated Press – 8/27/2021

WV charter school approval board to have 90 days to review likely multiple proposed schools

Charleston Gazette - 8/27/2021

Wisconsin

Evers taps COVID relief funds to offset state budget’s transit cuts to Madison, Milwaukee

Wisconsin Examiner – 8/31/2021

Showdown coming at University of Wisconsin over coronavirus rules

The Center Square – 8/25/2021

Wyoming

Biden oil and gas leasing pause will end in Wyoming next year

Cheyenne Wyoming Tribune-Eagle - 8/31/2021

Lawmakers weigh Wyoming film subsidy program

Casper Star-Tribune - 8/29/2021

State seeking public input for Homeowner Assistance Fund

Cheyenne Wyoming Tribune-Eagle - 8/29/2021