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Week of September 6, 2021 - Press Clips

By Brian Sigritz posted 09-09-2021 11:49 AM



These 10 states are planning additional stimulus payments

USA Today - 9/9/2021

In-Person Workers Are Slow to Return to Jobs, Data Shows

Stateline – 9/9/2021

Data Show Rise in Households Struggling to Afford Food For Kids

Route Fifty – 9/8/2021

Tech Officials Urge States to Go Further Embracing Analytics

Route Fifty - 9/8/2021

Democrats, GOP Push Back Against Partisan Election Audits

Pew Trusts.org - 9/8/2021

10 States Didn’t Pay Off Unemployment Loans Ahead of Interest Deadline

Route Fifty - 9/7/2021

$15,000 Signing Bonuses and $130,000 Salaries for Police Recruits

Route Fifty - 9/7/2021

USDA to provide $700M in COVID-19 relief for food and farm workers

The Hill - 9/7/2021

White House seeks over $30B for disaster aid, Afghan refugees

Roll Call - 9/7/2021

Long-term unemployed workers still have access to federal jobless aid in these states

CNBC - 9/7/2021

Out-of-State Toll Scofflaws Vex State Authorities

Pew Trusts.org - 9/7/2021

Democrats are still wrestling with how to fully expand Medicaid

Washington Post - 9/7/2021

Millions Losing Federal Unemployment Benefits as Aid Expires

Marketwatch - 9/6/2021

From Cradle to Grave, Democrats Move to Expand Social Safety Net

The New York Times - 9/6/2021

Schools still have billions of federal Covid relief money to spend

CNN - 9/5/2021

Five tax issues to watch as Democrats craft $3.5T bill

The Hill - 9/4/2021

New Economic Development Chief Pledges to Ramp Up Outreach

Route Fifty - 9/4/2021

Here are the 5 states that don't have sales tax, and what you need to know about each

CNBC - 9/3/2021

Finally, New Federal Cash Will Bolster Public Health Ranks

Pew Trusts.org - 9/3/2021

Ida, Wildfires Prod Congress on Infrastructure Resiliency

Wall Street Journal - 9/3/2021

Should there be a ‘Netflix tax’ to pay back cities for cable infrastructure?

Marketwatch – 9/3/2021

Counties and States Embrace Fentanyl Test Strips in Battle Against Opioids

Route Fifty – 9/2/2021

Deadly Auto Crashes Up, Despite Less Driving

Route Fifty – 9/2/2021

The States With the Strongest Personal Income Growth

Route Fifty - 9/2/2021

Resilience Rules: Leading IT Through Lean and Flush Times

Government Technology – 9/1/2021


Alabamas new prison plan includes using $400 million in COVID-19 federal relief funds

AL.com - 9/8/2021

Gov. Kay Ivey urges lawmakers to support plan for new Alabama prisons

AL.com - 9/8/2021

Draft bill calls for 2 new Alabama mens prisons, 1 for women

AL.com - 9/7/2021

Alabama lawmakers purging racist language from constitution

Associated Press – 9/6/2021

Alabama to use $12 million in relief funds to recruit nurses

Associated Press – 9/5/2021

AARP asks Gov. Ivey to get COVID booster shots to Alabama seniors

AL.com - 9/4/2021

Gulf Shores schools lawsuit claims they are not getting fair share in taxes

AL.com - 9/3/2021

Gov. Kay Ivey allocates $12 million in COVID-19 funds to bring travel nurses to Alabama hospitals

AL.com - 9/3/2021


Alaska Legislature lacks agreement on new PFD formula as end of special session approaches

Alaska Dispatch News - 9/8/2021

Lawmakers question PFD payment as amount nears final approval

Fairbanks News-Miner - 9/6/2021

Alaska launches series of $49,000 awards to encourage COVID-19 vaccinations

Alaska Dispatch News - 9/2/2021


What you need to know about sports betting in Arizona

Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix - 9/9/2021

Lawsuit: AZ owes workers extra unemployment benefits

Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix - 9/8/2021

Judge refuses to block new Arizona sports betting law

Associated Press – 9/7/2021

Arizona AG: Mandatory vaccinations for Tucson employees illegal; city pauses effort

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 9/7/2021


State gets hospital-staff aid

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 9/9/2021

State loosens rein on rent assistance, governor says

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 9/9/2021

Northwest Arkansas demands for virtual learning options continue to grow

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 9/7/2021

Arkansas urged to give renters relief; $7.2M of $173M funds distributed to households so far

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 9/6/2021

State revenue reaches a high of $588.6M; haul most ever for August

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 9/3/2021


California’s road usage charge pilot program stirs controversy

The Coast State News – 9/8/2021

California prepares to spend billions on Medi-Cal services for homeless people and others

Los Angeles Times - 9/7/2021

Call 988: California Finds $20M To Help Pay For New Crisis Hotline

SFGate - 9/6/2021

Newsom’s stimulus left out many retirees, veterans and disabled Californians. Will they vote to recall him?

San Jose Mercury News - 9/6/2021

Governor, Legislative Leaders Seek $16.7M In Aid For Afghan Refugees

SFGate - 9/4/2021

After this desert city faced dry taps, California rushed through emergency water funding

Los Angeles Times - 9/4/2021

S&P revises California outlook to positive as recall election looms

Bond Buyer – 9/3/2021

Federal unemployment benefits have ended. Here’s what that means for millions of Californians.

Los Angeles Times - 9/2/2021


Critics seek reform of Colorado sex offender laws they say can do more harm than good

Boulder Daily Camera - 9/6/2021

Robust sales, expanding legalization lead to increased mergers, acquisitions in Boulder County cannabis industry

Boulder Daily Camera - 9/5/2021

Here’s how much Coloradans can expect from largest taxpayer refunds in 20 years

Boulder Daily Camera - 9/3/2021

Hoping to Boost Vaccine Rates, One State Announces Grants for Primary Care Doctors

Route Fifty – 9/3/2021

Coloradans will vote on marijuana tax, property tax cut and state funding oversight in November

Boulder Daily Camera - 9/3/2021


Lamont continues to keep OT costs in check despite pandemic

The Connecticut Mirror - 9/9/2021

Sports betting becomes visible in Connecticut as Foxwoods sets up a hiring hall for food and beverage workers

Hartford Courant - 9/8/2021

State to close Montville prison

Danbury News-Times - 9/8/2021

Lawmakers want to shield contracting watchdog from the Executive Branch

The Connecticut Mirror - 9/8/2021

Lamont: Votes there to reconsider climate initiative

Danbury News-Times - 9/7/2021

Would CT gain from a Boston train? Advocates are all aboard

Danbury News-Times - 9/5/2021

CT to dole out more mortgage aid to prevent foreclosures amid pandemic

Danbury News-Times - 9/3/2021

UConn drops opposition to housing plan amid a town-gown tug-of-war over who controls development in Mansfield

Hartford Courant - 9/2/2021


Coons, Allen seek higher ed funding during HBCU week

Delaware Public Media – 9/7/2021


Affordable housing ballot initiative halted. Realtors to work with state to create program for lower-wage workers

Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel & SouthFlorida.com - 9/8/2021

Florida judge allows school districts to enforce strict mask mandates. DeSantis appeal expected

Tampa Bay Times - 9/8/2021

Judge blocks Florida from penalizing schools over masks

Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel & SouthFlorida.com - 9/8/2021

Lawmakers up on state finances, down on new programs

Tallahassee Democrat - 9/6/2021

Florida to issue fines for requiring proof of vaccination state

Palm Beach Post - 9/2/2021


Georgia delays spending on COVID-19 relief funds

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 9/3/2021

Georgia to spend $5.8M in pandemic relief to support tourism

The Center Square – 9/2/2021


New Hawaii climate technology fund to be unveiled

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - 9/8/2021

Hawaii panel boosts general fund tax revenue forecast

Associated Press – 9/7/2021

State delays red-light camera program

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - 9/6/2021

75,000 in Hawaii to see unemployment aid cut

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - 9/4/2021


Idaho activates healthcare rationing in northern parts of state due to COVID-19

Reuters – 9/7/2021

Idaho joins lawsuit against White House over trans student protections

Twin Falls Times-News - 9/6/2021


Indiana recovers $1.8 million in national pharmaceutical settlement

Indianapolis Star - 9/8/2021


Reynolds commits $100M more to overcoming housing shortage

Sioux City Journal - 9/8/2021


Kansas official: Unemployment claims grew more complicated

Lawrence Journal-World - 9/8/2021

Action delayed on bonuses as hospitals rebuke vaccine mandate provision

Topeka Capital-Journal - 9/8/2021

Spending federal COVID aid proves tricky in Kansas; one town turns down $300K

Lawrence Journal-World - 9/7/2021

Thousands of Kansans face threat of eviction as pandemic exposes housing crisis

Lawrence Journal-World - 9/7/2021

Billions unspent in COVID-19 aid: Kansas, counties figuring out process

Topeka Capital-Journal - 9/7/2021

Kansas Gov. Kelly Urges Medicaid Expansion Workaround

Kansas City Star – 9/6/2021

Kansas will give nurses extra pay. But will hospitals with vaccine mandates qualify?

Wichita Eagle & Kansas.com - 9/5/2021


Bills advance appropriating $410M to lure economic development project

Louisville Courier-Journal - 9/8/2021

Bill to end Kentucky's school mask mandate stalls in House committee

Louisville Courier-Journal - 9/8/2021

Ban on statewide mask mandates advances during special session KY General Assembly

Louisville Courier-Journal - 9/8/2021

Legislative panels endorse incentives for mega projects

Associated Press – 9/8/2021

Kentucky lawmakers consider pandemic-related issues in special session

WKYT – 9/7/2021

At Special Session, Ky. Lawmakers Extend COVID Emergency Orders

River City News – 9/7/2021


Louisiana fall elections postponed because of Hurricane Ida damage; see adjusted dates

Baton Rouge Advocate - 9/8/2021

Gambling regulators approve moving casino to Slidell

Baton Rouge Advocate - 9/8/2021

Louisiana halts evictions until Sept. 24 amid Hurricane Ida recovery

Nola.com - 9/7/2021

After Katrina, Louisiana spent billions improving levees. After Ida, is the power grid next?

Baton Rouge Advocate - 9/5/2021


Maine has staved off eviction wave by giving out rent relief faster than other states

Bangor Daily News - 9/7/2021

Maine towns are banding together to coordinate their spending of millions

Bangor Daily News - 9/4/2021

Maine to receive $128 million in relief funds for broadband expansion

Central Maine - 9/3/2021


Maryland OKs COVID vaccine boosters for seniors living in group settings

Baltimore Sun - 9/8/2021

Private law firm charges Maryland $382K for unsuccessful defense of early end to unemployment benefits

Baltimore Sun - 9/7/2021

Maryland education department asks Baltimore schools to return funds after enrollment inflation scheme at high school

Baltimore Sun - 9/3/2021


State tax collections up 27 percent over 2020

Boston Herald - 9/5/2021

Best ways to improve cybersecurity across Massachusetts to be discussed by lawmakers

The Republican - MassLive.com - 9/5/2021


Whitmer seeks $20M to replace lead pipes in Benton Harbor

Detroit News - 9/8/2021

442,000 unemployed Michiganders lose benefits this week: Common questions answered

Mlive.com - 9/7/2021

GOP lawmakers, Whitmer officials optimistic about finishing budget plan

Detroit News - 9/7/2021

Michigans jobless prepare for benefits cutoff as Whitmer pitches $2B economy boost

Mlive.com - 9/4/2021


Gov. Tim Walz advocating vaccine and mask usage as school starts

Grand Forks Herald – 9/8/2021

$250 million in Minnesota front-line worker hero payments stuck in negotiations

TwinCities.com - 9/7/2021

Minnesota tourism rebounds after lockdown but COVID-19 delta variant having an impact

TwinCities.com - 9/3/2021


MS board of education to accelerate spending of COVID-19 relief money news

Hattiesburg American - 9/2/2021


Medical marijuana industry urges patients to speak out against Missouri ad restrictions

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 9/8/2021

Missouri River species recovery plan sees deep budget cuts

Columbia Missourian - 9/6/2021

Missouri task force works to improve services for sexual assault survivors

Missouri Net - 9/3/2021

Unemployed Missourians ask court to reinstate halted benefits as program is set to end

Kansas City Star & KansasCity.com - 9/2/2021

St. Louis public transit company offers $2,000 signing bonuses for new drivers, electricians and mechanics

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 9/2/2021

Lawsuit filed over $1.4 billion contract to provide healthcare for Missouri prisoners

Kansas City Star & KansasCity.com - 9/2/2021


Panel approves $22 million for workforce development in Montana

Missoula Missoulian - 9/8/2021

Alme steps down as state budget director after nine months

KTVH – 9/8/2021

Montana to update state drought management plan

Missoula Missoulian - 9/8/2021


President Biden approves Nebraska disaster declaration for July windstorm

Lincoln Journal Star - 9/8/2021

Number of Nebraska students enrolled in home schooling down from last school year

Omaha Herald – 9/3/2021


Sisolak extends mask exception for large gatherings

The Center Square – 9/3/2021

New Hampshire

How are New Hampshire municipalities, counties going to spend ARPA windfall?

Concord Monitor - 9/4/2021

State revenues show hospitality industry rebound

Nashua Telegraph - 9/4/2021

New Jersey

Jersey Shore summer tourism by the numbers: It's back, but not normal

Asbury Park Press - 9/7/2021

Murphy wants more of N.J. declared major disaster area, he says during tour of damage

Jersey City Journal - 9/6/2021

Biden makes federal funding available for N.J. victims of Ida storms. Heres how to apply for help.

Jersey City Journal - 9/6/2021

As federal unemployment benefits end for 500K in N.J., some wonder how they will survive

Jersey City Journal - 9/4/2021

N.J. small businesses damaged by Ida can get state grants from $10M pool, Murphy says

Jersey City Journal - 9/3/2021

State stalls plan to give Atlantic City municipal workers $3,500 each in recovery funds

Press of Atlantic City - 9/2/2021

New Mexico

New Mexico plots greater spending, from tuition to Medicaid

Santa Fe New Mexican - 9/9/2021

Gov. Lujan Grisham sets sights on free college

Santa Fe New Mexican - 9/8/2021

New Mexico plots greater spending, from tuition to Medicaid

Associated Press – 9/7/2021

New Mexico lawmakers eye tobacco tax hike to curb use

Santa Fe New Mexican - 9/3/2021

New York

Report: Remote learning caused special education students to fall behind during pandemic

NewsDay.com - 9/9/2021

9/11 Responders Still Fighting for Health Benefits

New York Daily News – 9/8/2021

Return to work for New York state employees postponed

Spectrum News – 9/7/2021

Biden approves disaster relief for N.Y., N.J. following catastrophic damage by Hurricane Ida

New York Daily News - 9/6/2021

Dire straits for working New York: Extend expiring pandemic aid now

New York Daily News - 9/6/2021

Citing NY devastation from Ida, Hochul seeks FEMA funding for major disaster

New York Daily News - 9/5/2021

New York's Hurricane Ida tab at $50M ” and growing: Hochul

New York Post - 9/5/2021

The governor wants to tackle climate change. At what cost?

Albany Times-Union - 9/3/2021

Why Does New York State Sue Its College Students?

The New York Times - 9/3/2021

CNY superintendent says Cuomo ignored schools repair needs and asks Hochul for help

Syracuse Post-Standard & Syracuse.com - 9/2/2021

North Carolina

NC Gov. Roy Cooper vetoes donor privacy bill, calls it unnecessary

Raleigh News & Observer - 9/4/2021

Transgender state employees can sue NC for discrimination in health care, judges say

Raleigh News & Observer - 9/3/2021

Late NC budget to take longer as GOP, Cooper seek consensus

Associated Press – 9/3/2021

NCs state budget is two months late. Its not likely to be done in September, either

Raleigh News & Observer - 9/3/2021

Limiting Coopers emergency powers is about checks and balances, GOP lawmakers say

Raleigh News & Observer - 9/2/2021

North Dakota

North Dakota agencies submit proposals for federal COVID aid

Associated Press – 9/3/2021

Final 2019-21 budget figures leave North Dakota with excess $400M

Bismarck Tribune - 9/2/2021

North Dakota drought sees some improvement; state agencies urge weekend fire safety

Bismarck Tribune - 9/2/2021


From pilot program to key policy: How school vouchers exploded in Ohio

Columbus Dispatch - 9/8/2021

Two Ohio lawmakers want state unemployment system fixed

The Center Square – 9/8/2021


Oklahoma budget leaders outline spending plans for funds

Associated Press – 9/8/2021

For Tribal Members in Oklahoma, Medicaid Expansion Improves Access to Specialty Care

New York Times – 9/4/2021

Oklahoma school mask mandate ban blocked, exemptions a must

Associated Press – 9/1/2021


Oregon governor, health leaders urge community support for COVID precautions as schools reopen

OPB – 9/7/2021

Lawmakers get tour of Benton County Crisis Center

Corvallis Gazette-Times - 9/3/2021


State senators propose tapping rescue plan money for environmental programs

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - 9/6/2021

Now that Pa. has a school mask mandate, has the rancor subsided? It has not.

The Philadelphia Inquirer - 9/3/2021

Pennsylvania returns WIC program to North Inc. after awarding it to Temple University

The Philadelphia Inquirer - 9/3/2021

Pa. House hearing explores state's worker shortage

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - 9/2/2021

Rhode Island

RI budget surplus continues to grow as revenue beats estimates by $214M

Providence Journal - 9/2/2021

South Carolina

Columbia poised to require masks in schools, businesses, restaurants as COVID cases spike

Charleston Post & Courier - 9/8/2021

COVID caused SC students to suffer last year. Now educators grapple with how to fix it.

Charleston Post & Courier - 9/5/2021

As COVID-19 cases spike, here's a look at how many schools have gone virtual

Charleston Post & Courier - 9/4/2021

Gov. McMaster proposes using $360M in COVID aid to widen I-26 between Columbia and Charleston

Charleston Post & Courier - 9/2/2021

SC top court strikes down Columbia city mask mandate

GoUpstate.com - 9/2/2021

South Dakota

South Dakota awarded emergency food, shelter funds

Rapid City Journal - 9/8/2021

Noem says National Guard troops to return from border

Rapid City Journal - 9/3/2021

South Dakota lawmakers push to outlaw homegrown medical pot

Associated Press – 9/1/2021


Gov. Lee, lawmakers consider using federal funds in Tennessee areas from hospitals to schools

Chattanooga Times Free Press - 9/3/2021

State agencies make pitches for spending billions in Tennessee ARPA money

The Center Square – 9/3/2021


Texas leads U.S. in rent relief disbursal at more than 50% paid out, but hurdles remain

Dallas Morning News - 9/8/2021

Texas Education Agency Approves FEV Tutor as a Full-Service...

My San Antonio.com - 9/7/2021

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott sets 3rd special session for Sept. 20 with redistricting, 4 other items

Dallas Morning News - 9/7/2021

Texas revenues rebounded in fiscal 2021

Bond Buyer – 9/7/2021

Mark Cuban May Have to Pay the State of Texas Millions If He Doesn't...

My San Antonio.com - 9/6/2021

Why the White House loves the Texas renter rescue

Politico – 9/4/2021

Texas Legislature adjourns second special session, passing elections bill, most of Abbotts agenda

Dallas Morning News - 9/2/2021


Lawmakers will make another run at abolishing Utah s death penalty

Salt Lake Tribune - 9/8/2021

‘It could’ve been worse’: Utah governor wrestles with Covid compromises

Politico – 9/1/2021


Gov. Phil Scott expands COVID-19 vaccine requirements to all state employees

Burlington Free Press – 9/9/2021

Vermont land border crossings slated for big investment in federal infrastructure bill

VT Digger.org - 9/3/2021


Virginia Tourism Corp. ends year with larger surplus

Norfolk Virginian-Pilot/HamptonRoads.com - 9/4/2021

Virginia universities start kicking out unvaccinated students

The Center Square – 9/3/2021


Washington state employees union reaches tentative agreement on vaccine mandate

The Center Square – 9/7/2021

Sports wagering is now legal in Washington ” heres where you can place your bets

Olympian - 9/2/2021

West Virginia

GOP West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is done with all that nonsense on vaccines

Washington Post – 9/9/2021

West Virginia Gov., legislative leaders reflect on progress, look to the future

WV News – 9/6/2021

WV still slated to receive 1% of Purdue Pharma settlement, but intensity fund increases

Charleston Gazette - 9/2/2021


Wisconsin alcohol taxes show huge jump during coronavirus outbreak

The Center Square – 9/8/2021

State tax collections $319 million higher than previously estimated, 11.6% more than last fiscal year

Wisconsin State Journal – 9/3/2021


Legal sports betting goes live in Wyoming

Casper Star-Tribune - 9/6/2021

Where will Wyoming's displaced fossil fuel workers go?

Casper Star-Tribune - 9/5/2021