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Week of September 13, 2021 - Press Clips

By Brian Sigritz posted 09-16-2021 01:14 PM



States Embrace Vaccine Mandates Despite Potential Worker Exodus

Stateline – 9/16/2021

Can New Technology Tools Keep Redistricting Honest and Fair?

Governing – 9/16/2021

Treasury Releasing $13B More in Rental Aid to Successful Programs

Route Fifty - 9/15/2021

House Democrats promise meaningful relief for state and local tax deduction cap

CNBC - 9/15/2021

Most states have curbed public health authority since pandemic began: analysis

The Hill – 9/15/2021

COVID Hits Wildfire Fighters Even Harder Than Last Year

Stateline – 9/15/2021

State Mandates Can Help Improve Nursing Staff Shortages

Route Fifty – 9/15/2021

The Future of State Versus State Cases at the US Supreme Court

Route Fifty – 9/14/2021

Biden's team tightens grip on state use of Covid antibody treatments

Politico – 9/14/2021

Lawmakers Rethink Mask Policies as More Kids Quarantine

Stateline – 9/14/2021

Deploying the National Guard to Fill a School Bus Driver Shortage

Route Fifty – 9/14/2021

U.S. Treasury: jurisdictions with strong rental aid programs to get more funds

Reuters - 9/14/2021

Study: State worker pension systems in best shape since 2008

Republic - 9/14/2021

State pensions finish 2021 with 25% gain, beat a key sustainability threshold for first time since financial crisis

Marketwatch - 9/14/2021

After August recess, Congress faces legislative deluge

Roll Call - 9/13/2021

Internet funding rule could favor rural areas over cities

Associated Press – 9/12/2021

Schools start new year in the hole after pandemic drives down test scores

The Hill – 9/12/2021

Since 9/11, ‘Tremendous Progress’ in Homeland Security

Governing – 9/11/2021

GOP governors threaten to sue over mandates; Biden says, ‘Have at it’

Washington Post – 9/10/2021

Why $46 Billion Couldn’t Prevent an Eviction Crisis

New York Times – 9/10/2021

GOP Governors Balk at Biden’s Business Vaccination Order

Route Fifty – 9/10/2021

Billions of dollars in pandemic aid for hospitals and nursing homes is being handed out

Washington Post – 9/10/2021

Bidens vaccine rules ignite instant, hot GOP opposition

Republic - 9/10/2021

Fiscal policy had double the impact on the municipal bond market in 2020, paper finds

Marketwatch - 9/10/2021

Biden calls on states to implement vaccine requirements in schools.

The New York Times - 9/9/2021

12 states still refuse to expand Medicaid. Why thats a problem for all of us

Marketwatch - 9/9/2021

Advancing Local Emergency Response 20 Years After 9/11

Route Fifty – 9/9/2021

Voters Have No Clue How Much Money State Lawmakers Make

Route Fifty – 9/9/2021


Alabama education chief wants $800 million more for teachers and students in 2023 budget

AL.com - 9/16/2021

Alabama school district dishes out another teachers bonus. Will others follow suit?

AL.com - 9/14/2021

Alabama House minority leader says Democrats studying prison plan

AL.com - 9/13/2021

COVID-19 relief money could help pay for Alabama prisons

Montgomery Advertiser – 9/13/2021


Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy signs legislation to pay $1,100 PFD

Alaska Dispatch News - 9/15/2021

Gov. Dunleavy: 'I will not veto this partial PFD'

Fairbanks News-Miner - 9/14/2021

$1,100 dividend passes the Alaska Legislature

Fairbanks News-Miner - 9/14/2021

Alaska Legislature approves $1,100 PFD on special session’s final day

Alaska Dispatch News - 9/14/2021

Slow third special session could lead to a fourth

Fairbanks News-Miner - 9/13/2021

Dunleavy vows to fight Biden administration over Alaska's resources

Fairbanks News-Miner - 9/10/2021

Democrat lawmakers warn second PFD veto would hurt Alaskans

Fairbanks News-Miner - 9/9/2021


Arizona program gives low-income parents a chance at career advancement

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 9/15/2021

Arizona AG files first lawsuit against Biden vaccine rules

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 9/15/2021

Arizona to get emergency federal funds for flood damage Arizona

Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix - 9/13/2021

$2,500 grants available for Arizona teachers

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 9/13/2021

The Unexpected Reason Arizona's Mask Mandate Ban May Be Unconstitutional

NPR – 9/13/2021

Judge weighs challenge to Arizona ban on school mask mandate

Associated Press – 9/13/2021

Pima Community College not sure if free tuition is answer to enrollment decline

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 9/11/2021

Arizonans place bets on 1st day of legal sports betting

Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix - 9/10/2021


Hutchinson: Federal mandates will fuel resistance to vaccinations

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 9/13/2021

Draw games hot, lottery's haul $50.2M

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 9/11/2021


With recall behind him, where does Newsom go from here?

Los Angeles Times - 9/16/2021

Californias costly, confusing recall sparks an effort to rethink the rules

Los Angeles Times - 9/15/2021

California coronavirus cases dropping, CDC says

Los Angeles Times - 9/14/2021

Biden lands in California to tour wildfire damage ahead of Newsom rally

Los Angeles Times - 9/13/2021

COVID in schools: California to clarify independent study law

San Jose Mercury News - 9/13/2021

California lawmakers end their 2021 work as recall election looms

Los Angeles Times - 9/12/2021

California moves to extend, streamline assisted death law

San Diego Union-Tribune - 9/10/2021

California OKs new spending on drought, wildfire prevention

Associated Press – 9/9/2021


Joe Biden in Colorado: “We have to make changes to slow climate change now”

Boulder Daily Camera - 9/14/2021

Colorado updates COVID-19 masking guidelines for schools

The Center Square – 9/13/2021

Colorado sold $202M of marijuana in July but sales continue to slow

The Center Square – 9/12/2021


Gov. Ned Lamont will ask legislature to extend his COVID-19 emergency powers beyond Sept. 30 to February

Hartford Courant – 9/14/2021

Full Color Connecticut: State to spend $1.4 million to market fall...

Waterbury Republican-American - 9/13/2021

With COVID-19 vaccine and mask mandates being hotly debated, Connecticut lawmakers preparing for special session to extend Lamont emergency powers

Hartford Courant - 9/10/2021

State officials were pressed to share millions of coronavirus relief funds with workers and businesses. But there's only so much.

The Connecticut Mirror - 9/10/2021


State lawmakers finally kick off their redistricting process

Delaware Public Media – 9/12/2021


Florida governor threatens fines for cities, counties over vaccine mandates

Reuters – 9/14/2021

West Shore Interchange project moved up to 2023, DeSantis announces

Tampa Bay Times - 9/13/2021

West Shore Interchange project moved up to 2023, DeSantis announces

Tampa Bay Times - 9/13/2021

For now, DeSantis order on school masks will stand, appeal court rules

Tampa Bay Times - 9/10/2021

Biden administration offers grants to school districts facing sanctions for mask mandates

Orlando Sentinel - 9/9/2021


Georgia Senate examining growth in university fees

Athens Banner-Herald - 9/15/2021

Georgia tax collections continue pointing to strong economy

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 9/10/2021

Georgia governor threatens to sue to block Bidens new vaccine mandates

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 9/9/2021


Native Hawaiian education programs are awarded $28 million in federal funds

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - 9/15/2021

Stands likely to remain empty as University of Hawaii spectators still not allowed

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - 9/13/2021


Rationed health care 'imminent' in Boise, Twin Falls regions, top official says

Twin Falls Times-News - 9/14/2021

A broken system: Idaho child care providers say they need more help to keep costs down

Twin Falls Times-News - 9/13/2021

Idaho Gov. Brad Little ‘exploring’ lawsuit against President Biden’s vaccine mandate

Spokesman Review – 9/11/2021

New efforts target Idaho's substitute teacher shortage amid pandemic

Idaho Press – 9/10/2021


Playing the lottery? Youre not alone. Illinois lottery sales jumped 22%.

Chicago Tribune - 9/15/2021

Pritzker says Illinois a 'force for good' by cutting carbon gas

Associated Press – 9/15/2021

Illinois’ Clean Energy Future Awaits Gov. Pritzker Signature

State Journal Register – 9/14/2021

Lawmakers question enforcement of school mask mandates

Daily Herald - 9/14/2021

Low-income parents seeking employment can get free child care under COVID-19 relief measures announced by Gov. J.B. Pritzker

Chicago Tribune - 9/13/2021

Here's what's in Illinois' sweeping energy overhaul

Chicago Tribune - 9/10/2021


Task force seeks to prevent evictions by speeding rental aid to Indiana tenants, landlords

Northwest Indiana Times (nwitimes.com) - 9/13/2021

COVID-19 in Indiana schools: Cases among students dip

Indianapolis Star - 9/13/2021


State Supreme Court OKs late start for Iowa election redistricting

Quad-City Times - 9/14/2021

Iowa sports bettors placed $3.5M a day in August

Quad-City Times - 9/13/2021

Federal judge temporarily orders Iowa to allow school mask mandates

Sioux City Journal - 9/13/2021

Iowa legislative leaders draw COVID-19 battle lines

Sioux City Journal - 9/10/2021

Iowa DHS seeks $70M increase to pay for shifting mental health services

Quad-City Times - 9/9/2021

Iowa uses federal virus relief funds for $3.7M ad campaign

Sioux City Journal - 9/9/2021


Judge orders Kansas to pay $1.42M to voting rights attorneys

Lawrence Journal-World - 9/15/2021

Close private federal prison plagued by violence

Topeka Capital-Journal - 9/14/2021

Kansas officials finally approve rules for $50 million nurse bonus program

Topeka Capital-Journal - 9/13/2021

More Kansans in state prisons enrolled in college classes this fall with federal help

Wichita Eagle & Kansas.com - 9/11/2021


Kentucky General Fund receipts post strong growth in August

Associated Press – 9/13/2021

Kentucky lawmakers OK incentives bill aimed at mega projects

Associated Press – 9/10/2021

Senate passes bill axing school mask mandate; measure heads to the House

Louisville Courier-Journal - 9/9/2021


Edwards' Ida-related order also prevents evictions statewide

The Center Square – 9/15/2021

Louisiana's top insurance regulator says companies 'can't ignore' order to cover Ida evacuation costs

Baton Rouge Advocate - 9/13/2021


Maine hospitality industry anticipates future with fewer workers but more training

Bangor Daily News - 9/15/2021

The COVID-19 surge is challenging Maine schools more than expected

Bangor Daily News - 9/14/2021

Feds approve Maines plan for spending new child abuse prevention money

Bangor Daily News - 9/13/2021

Maine gets approval, more funds for COVID-19 relief in schools

Central Maine - 9/13/2021


Maryland legislative panel votes to require masks in K-12

Associated Press – 9/15/2021

Maryland gamblers may need to wait until late fall, early winter to bet on sports

Baltimore Sun - 9/10/2021


More Than 90% Of State’s ARPA Money Not Allocated

WBUR – 9/15/2021

Environmental infrastructure top priority for spending $4.8 billion in federal funds

Boston Herald - 9/10/2021

Businesses call for additional unemployment insurance relief

MassLive - 9/10/2021


Michigan lawmakers, administration announce budget deal

Mlive.com - 9/16/2021

Michigan leaders say they've reached a deal on new state budget

Detroit News - 9/15/2021

Whitmer: Use $1.4B to expand health access, build facilities

Associated Press – 9/14/2021

Meet the Michigan activists behind push to make pads, tampons more accessible

Detroit Free Press - 9/10/2021

Michigan considered replacing antiquated unemployment system prior to COVID-19

Mlive.com - 9/9/2021


Walz launches new panel to chart rebuilding of Minnesotas post-pandemic economy

TwinCities.com - 9/14/2021

MN school desegregation lawsuit heads back to court after Legislature declines to act on settlement

TwinCities.com - 9/13/2021


Mississippi ranks at bottom for teacher pay; lawmakers studying issue

Jackson Clarion-Ledger - 9/15/2021

Mississippi governor calls Biden vaccine mandate tyranny

The Sun Herald - 9/15/2021


Some lawmakers skeptical about influx of federal funds for schools

Columbia Missourian - 9/16/2021

Parson fends off veto override attempts amid Republican infighting in Missouri Senate

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 9/15/2021

Pandemic causes Missouri s standardized test scores to fall

Missouri Net - 9/14/2021


DOC director: Prison union talks continuing

Missoula Missoulian - 9/15/2021

Prison tallies 33 new COVID cases among inmates, staff

Missoula Missoulian - 9/15/2021

Gov. Gianforte's budget office gets new director

Great Falls Tribune - 9/9/2021


Nebraska tax collections beat projections in August

Associated Press – 9/15/2021

Nebraska Gov. Ricketts said state will fight vaccine mandate

Associated Press – 9/15/2021


Sisolak signs off on vaccine mandate for some state employees, contractors

The Center Square – 9/15/2021

Feds approve Nevada plan to spend COVID-19 relief funds for schools

Las Vegas Review-Journal - 9/13/2021

New Hampshire

Republican-controlled Executive Council rejects contracts for reproductive health clinics

Concord Monitor - 9/15/2021

Summer Stipend program to expire at years end

Concord Monitor - 9/13/2021

New Jersey

NY says debate to split $14B with NJ, CT is 'discussion among friends'

North Jersey.com (Bergen County Record & Herald News) - 9/16/2021

NJ doling out $1B in rent relief. Which NJ ZIP codes got the most?

Asbury Park Press - 9/14/2021

House Democratic proposal leaves out efforts to increase cap for property tax break

Jersey City Journal - 9/13/2021

Will COVID wreck another school year for N.J. students?

Jersey City Journal - 9/13/2021

Residents of 4 more N.J. counties now eligible for federal disaster relief due to Ida storm damage

Jersey City Journal - 9/10/2021

New $350M N.J. port touted as next step for state to lead in wind-power production

Jersey City Journal - 9/9/2021

New Mexico

Nutrition aid surges; food banks brace for uncertain future

Santa Fe New Mexican - 9/16/2021

Tesla builds first store on tribal land, dodges state car laws

Associated Press – 9/15/2021

When PerformanceStat Comes to the Legislature

Governing – 9/14/2021

NM water projects seek boost in funding

ABQJournal Online - 9/10/2021

State launches pay parity program for pre-K teachers

ABQJournal Online - 9/10/2021

New Mexico's $37 million plan to recruit more teachers

Associated Press – 9/9/2021

New York

Hochul signs bill mandating zero-emission cars by 2035

Syracuse Post-Standard & Syracuse.com - 9/13/2021

NY seeks to move severely autistic clients to secure facility

Syracuse Post-Standard & Syracuse.com - 9/13/2021

Municipal unions sue NYC over COVID vaccine mandate

New York Post - 9/10/2021

Senate leader picks ex-Hudson Valley lawmaker for Cannabis Control Board

Albany Times-Union - 9/9/2021

North Carolina

NC House speaker: Budget, new maps are goals for October

Associated Press – 9/16/2021

Worker advocates seek more NC aid as federal benefits expire

Associated Press – 9/15/2021

Exhausted and frustrated. School bus drivers say NC needs to raise salaries

Raleigh News & Observer - 9/14/2021

Comply with the Constitution. Judge gives NC a deadline to increase school funding

Raleigh News & Observer - 9/9/2021

North Dakota

North Dakota IT probe to include state election system

Bismarck Tribune - 9/14/2021

Burgum opposes Biden mandate; will look at legal challenges

Bismarck Tribune - 9/10/2021


'Once-in-a-generation rally' adds half a trillion dollars to pension funds.

Columbus Dispatch - 9/15/2021

Ohio casinos, racinos smash August record with $194 million in gambling revenue

Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com - 9/13/2021

What Ohio lawmakers will likely focus on this fall

Dayton Daily News - 9/13/2021

Records detail spending by Ohio lawmakers on consultants, computers, hotels and other redistricting costs

Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com - 9/10/2021

Husted encourages Ohioans to sign-up for broadband job training

Columbus Dispatch - 9/9/2021


August general revenue exceeds expectations by 20% in Oklahoma

Tulsa World – 9/15/2021

Five years later, Oklahoma counties still waiting for mental health funding

The Center Square – 9/14/2021


80% of Oregon's new COVID cases are among unvaccinated

Associated Press – 9/14/2021

Oregon cities losing cannabis tax money to drug treatment

UPI – 9/13/2021

Transportation commission approves freeway caps near Rose Quarter, but pressures local governments to share cost

Oregon Live - 9/10/2021

Brown’s state-worker COVID vaccination deadline challenged in federal court

The Center Square – 9/10/2021


Free rides take $104M toll on Pennsylvania Turnpike finances

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - 9/14/2021

Gov. Wolfs coronavirus business waiver program was flawed, secretive, Pa. auditor says

The Philadelphia Inquirer - 9/14/2021

Pa. school mask exemption loophole draws pushback from Wolf administration

The Philadelphia Inquirer - 9/10/2021

Rhode Island

McKee defends controversial education contract

Providence Journal - 9/14/2021

Another team of federal inspectors descends on state hospital

Providence Journal - 9/13/2021

Governor's overdose task force members walk out over funding cuts

Providence Journal - 9/9/2021

South Carolina

SC lawmakers renew attention on session to repeal mask proviso

GoUpstate.com - 9/14/2021

Doling out tens of millions of dollars in state lawmakers' pet projects still a shrouded mess

Charleston Post & Courier - 9/12/2021

SC House Republicans plan to oppose Biden's vaccine mandate

GoUpstate.com - 9/10/2021

Children's hospitals urge universal masking, Gov's position unchanged

GoUpstate.com - 9/9/2021

South Dakota

Surplus Federal Money for South Dakota

KXLG – 9/16/2021


Effective or burdensome? Tennessee lawmakers take on cash bail reform.

The Tennessean - 9/14/2021

August Tennessee Revenues Exceed Budgeted Estimates

The Chattanoogan – 9/14/2021

Education advocates call for state to control COVID-19 spread

The Tennessean - 9/11/2021


Paxton sues school districts for defying state mask mandate

The Center Square – 9/13/2021

Could Texas new heartbeat law lead to lawsuits against companies providing abortion insurance?

Dallas Morning News - 9/12/2021

Half of rental relief given out, Texas says

Tribune News Service – 9/12/2021

Gov. Greg Abbott signs law enabling virtual learning expansion in Texas during pandemic

Dallas Morning News - 9/10/2021


Cost for fighting wildfires in Utah drops, but we re not done yet

Salt Lake Tribune - 9/15/2021

Still waiting for your tax refund? You re going to have to be patient.

Salt Lake Tribune - 9/15/2021


University of Vermont president seeks tuition freeze for fourth year

VT Digger.org - 9/15/2021

Labor commissioner apologizes to legislators following unemployment benefit snafu

VT Digger.org - 9/14/2021

As weekly Covid cases decline, officials monitor effects of Labor Day and school reopening

VT Digger.org - 9/14/2021

Worker shortage is worse in Vermont than most other states

Burlington Free Press - 9/14/2021

Feds nix extra $25 a week for unemployed Vermonters

VT Digger.org - 9/9/2021

Vermont extends school mask recommendation another month education

Burlington Free Press - 9/9/2021


Virginia DMV to partially reopen walk-in service

The Center Square – 9/13/2021


More Washington state workers sue over vaccine mandate

The Center Square – 9/14/2021

'These fires are no longer rare': Washington fire officials ask Sen. Patty Murray for more resources

Spokane Spokesman-Review - 9/10/2021

West Virginia

With broadband grants pending, WV tries to accurately map internet availability

Charleston Gazette - 9/15/2021

WV oil and gas industry registers disapproval of well property tax valuation methodology with state lawmakers

Charleston Gazette - 9/14/2021

New State Resiliency Office director still settling in, stresses flood protection plan update to state lawmakers

Charleston Gazette - 9/14/2021

WV Rainy Day funds to top $1B, thanks to strong investment earnings

Charleston Gazette - 9/14/2021


Wisconsin lawmakers try again with education transparency website

The Center Square – 9/16/2021


Hospitality and leisure industries generate millions more in sales and use tax this summer compared to 2020

Casper Star-Tribune - 9/15/2021

Gordon Defends Wyoming's Rental Assistance Program, Asks Congress To Adjust Who Qualifies

Wyoming Public Radio - 9/14/2021