Budget Blog

Week of September 20, 2021 - Press Clips

By Brian Sigritz posted 09-23-2021 01:55 PM



White House to tell U.S. agencies to prepare for first government shutdown of pandemic

Washington Post – 9/23/2021

Infrastructure vote suspense prompts worries about highway bill

Roll Call - 9/23/2021

COVID-19 creates dire US shortage of teachers, school staff

Republic - 9/22/2021

Feds Step In to Assist States With Unemployment Fixes

Route Fifty - 9/22/2021

How Some Schools Are Using Weekly Testing To Keep Kids In Class — And COVID Out

(NPR) National Public Radio - 9/23/2021

To Fill Teaching Vacancies, Some Districts Offer Thousands in Signing Bonuses

Newsweek - 9/22/2021

Big Tax Changes Are Brewing. What You Need to Know Now.

Marketwatch - 9/22/2021

Fed officials downgrade forecasts, signal easing of stimulus

The Hill – 9/22/2021

A Free Tool to Help Cities Take Full Advantage of Federal Aid

Route Fifty – 9/22/2021

The States With the Weakest and Strongest Social Safety Nets

Route Fifty – 9/22/2021

Wave of Public Finance Retirements to Worsen Worker Shortage

Bloomberg – 9/21/2021

Nearly One-Third of Infrastructure Jobs are Tough to Fill, Research Finds

Route Fifty – 9/21/2021

New redistricting commissions splinter along partisan lines

Associated Press – 9/21/2021

States, cities grapple with critical school bus driver shortage       

The Hill – 9/21/2021

Disinformation May Be the New Normal, Election Officials Fear

Pew Trusts.org - 9/21/2021

Public Works Agencies Hit by Rising Prices and Supply Delays

Route Fifty - 9/21/2021

Biden Administration Asks Local Governments to Set Housing Goals

Route Fifty - 9/20/2021

States Use Hurricane Ida Damage to Push Infrastructure Bill

Pew Trusts.org - 9/20/2021

Biden faces limits of $1.9T COVID aid as some states resist

Associated Press – 9/20/2021

Supply of Antibody Drugs Could Drop in Some States as Feds Take Over Distribution

Route Fifty – 9/20/2021

Confusion over Biden's booster plan riles governors

Politico – 9/19/2021

Biden Administration Seeks to Expand Telehealth in Rural America

The New York Times - 9/19/2021

Millions on Medicaid during COVID-19 pandemic could lose coverage soon

UPI - 9/18/2021

Over $550 Billion of Biden's COVID Relief Bill Yet to Be Released 6 Months After Passage

Newsweek - 9/17/2021

State Funds Drop Unilever After Ben & Jerrys Israel Clash

Wall Street Journal - 9/17/2021

White House warns that debt limit showdown could hurt states

Republic - 9/17/2021

Pandemic Prompts Cycling Surge—and Calls for New Protections

Stateline – 9/17/2021

Will States and the Feds Let Cities Tame Urban Highways?

Governing – 9/16/2021

Electric Vehicles Poised to Rev Up Government Fleets

Route Fifty – 9/16/2021

Love Your Block Grants Headed to Rural and Urban Cities

Route Fifty - 9/16/2021


COVID-19 relief money key part of Alabamas plan for new prisons

AL.com - 9/21/2021

State Finance Director Poole: ‘We do believe and are confident’ a portion of COVID relief funds would be eligible for prison construction

Yellow Hammer News – 9/20/2021

Gov. Kay Ivey to call special session on new Alabama prisons starting Sept. 27

AL.com - 9/19/2021

Alabama on track to end budget year with hefty balance in Education Trust Fund

AL.com - 9/16/2021


Alaska plots its post-oil financial future

The Hill – 9/18/2021

Governor signs bill with $1,100 PFD

Fairbanks News-Miner - 9/16/2021


Some 200,000 Arizonans are getting $32 checks from the state. Here's why

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 9/22/2021

Arizona charter schools add thousands of new students amid COVID-19 closures

The Center Square – 9/22/2021

2 Arizona cities commit to plan to address homelessness

Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix - 9/21/2021

State law dictates where Arizona can spend tax revenue from marijuana sales

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 9/19/2021


Relief funds steering committee recommends $6.3 million for Arkansas Boys & Girls Club chapters

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 9/23/2021

State leaders float tax-cut proposals

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 9/19/2021

Arkansas Department of Education using federal coronavirus aid for kids' books from Huckabee-founded company

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 9/19/2021


Construction boom at area colleges, universities

San Diego Union-Tribune - 9/23/2021

California struggles to conserve water amid historic drought

San Diego Union-Tribune - 9/21/2021

Newsom signs law to allow up to four housing units to replace single-family lots

San Diego Union-Tribune - 9/16/2021

California recall price tag could hit $300 million. Some say it was a waste of money

Los Angeles Times - 9/16/2021

California risks forfeiting millions meant for struggling renters, auditor warns

Los Angeles Times - 9/16/2021


Colorado’s economy continues to recover but faces ‘headwinds,’ state forecasts say

The Center Square – 9/21/2021

Colorado putting $275M in federal funds toward child care programs

The Center Square – 9/20/2021

Colorado extends $11.3 million in tax incentives to four companies

Denver Post - 9/17/2021


State DOL defends effort to reclaim unemployment money

Danbury News-Times - 9/22/2021

Once a liability, infrastructure is becoming an asset for Lamont

Danbury News-Times - 9/22/2021

Hundreds of CT group home workers threaten to strike on Oct....

Waterbury Republican-American - 9/21/2021

State to thousands who got unemployment money: Give it back

New London Day (theday.com) - 9/21/2021

CT towns reluctant to ease taxpayer restrictions as pandemic persists

Danbury News-Times - 9/17/2021


How a new incentive may help Delaware farmers preserve their land

Wilmington News Journal (Delaware Online) - 9/21/2021

Three bills signed advancing environmental protection goals

Delaware Public Media – 9/20/2021

Delaware offers toll amnesty program

Delaware Public Media – 9/20/2021


Biden administration begins reimbursing Fla. school officials penalized over mask mandates

The Hill – 9/23/2021

Corrections leaders request big raises for Florida prison workers to slow staffing crisis

Orlando Sentinel - 9/22/2021

Florida changes course on food aid for school children

Tampa Bay Times - 9/22/2021

Election year politics to shape Florida Legislature's 2022 session

Tallahassee Democrat - 9/17/2021

COVID surge thinning classroooms, closing schools

Jacksonville Times-Union & Jacksonville.com - 9/17/2021


Georgia reaps $2.2B surplus even after rainy day fund fills

Associated Press – 9/20/2021

Kemp urges Biden to crack down on surge of illegal U.S. border crossings

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 9/20/2021

High student fees paying off Georgia public university debt

The Center Square – 9/17/2021


Tourists, Hawaiis visitor industry feel impact of travel cancellations

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - 9/19/2021

Hawaii pension fund rockets to record 26.2% 1-year return

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - 9/19/2021


Idaho lawmakers look for ways to nullify vaccine mandates

Associated Press – 9/22/2021

Lawmakers to discuss vaccine mandate with eye on reconvening

Associated Press – 9/20/2021

Higher pay, bonuses attract more Idaho correction officers

Associated Press – 9/20/2021

Idaho rations health care statewide as COVID surge continues

Twin Falls Times-News - 9/16/2021


Gov. J.B. Pritzker signs bills that ignite $45 billion construction program, massive gambling expansion and doubling of gas tax

Chicago Tribune - 9/23/2021

Pritzker defends vaccine, testing policy for educators during visit from U.S. education secretary

Chicago Tribune – 9/21/2021

Illinois marijuana license winners compete in scramble for startup cash

Chicago Tribune – 9/20/2021

Pritzker announces ‘historic investment’ of $327 million in pandemic relief for low-income families

Chicago Sun-Times - 9/20/2021

Illinois' eviction moratorium set to expire Oct. 3

Daily Herald - 9/20/2021


How do carbon fee policies work, and are Hoosier lawmakers on board?

Indianapolis Star - 9/21/2021

Indiana poised to ban public purchases from two Chinese telcom companies

Northwest Indiana Times (nwitimes.com) - 9/17/2021

Advocates urge Indiana lawmakers not to rush redistricting process

Northwest Indiana Times (nwitimes.com) - 9/16/2021


Iowa Workforce Development launches free workforce strategy roundtables

The Center Square – 9/22/2021

Few Iowa lawmakers and state officials answer survey meant to help regents set priorities

The Gazette – 9/22/2021

Iowa Greyhound Park to close following shortened 2022 season

Sioux City Journal - 9/16/2021


Kansas failed to pursue a plan to upgrade its unemployment system; then it was hit with $700M in fraudulent claims

Lawrence Journal-World - 9/20/2021

Finalists to modernize Kansas unemployment system struggled elsewhere

Topeka Capital-Journal - 9/17/2021

Judge refuses to block enforcement of new Kansas election law

Lawrence Journal-World - 9/16/2021

Kansas Republicans want to stop Biden's vaccine mandate. Can they? coronavirus

Topeka Capital-Journal - 9/16/2021


'No one's presented me a plan': Beshear resists GOP call for another special session

Louisville Courier-Journal - 9/22/2021

Kentucky pension systems outline future budget needs

Associated Press – 9/22/2021

Lawmaker seeks permanent funding for full-day kindergarten

Associated Press – 9/20/2021

Kentucky school choice measure goes before Franklin Judge

Louisville Courier-Journal - 9/16/2021


State grants funds to use in small town historic building preservation

Baton Rouge Advocate - 9/22/2021

Despite pandemic federal aid keeps state's spending outlook bright, budget leaders say

Baton Rouge Advocate - 9/21/2021

Louisiana colleges already reeling from the pandemic now struggle to recover from Ida

Politico – 9/20/2021


State tax revenues continue to outpace forecasts 2 months into the fiscal year

Central Maine - 9/22/2021

Maine budget surplus exceeded goals for August, Janet Mills says

Bangor Daily News - 9/22/2021


Five things to know about the billions coming to Maryland from the American Rescue Plan

Baltimore Sun - 9/23/2021

Lawmakers seek to use federal pandemic funding to address worker shortages

WBAL – 9/22/2021

Federal, state funding set aside to improve trails network throughout Maryland

The Center Square – 9/20/2021


MCAS scores fell during COVID but decrease was fairly even across racial, ethnic groups, Massachusetts education officials say

MassLive - 9/21/2021

'Door Is Ajar' For Transformational Spending With Federal Relief Money, Baker Says

WBUR – 9/20/2021

MBTA on course toward ‘fiscal calamity,’ Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation claims in new report

MassLive - 9/18/2021


Michigan Legislature OKs $70B budget with boosts to higher ed, state departments

Mlive.com - 9/22/2021

Michigan Legislature sends $70B budget to Whitmer

Detroit Free Press - 9/22/2021

Michigan budget deal targets roads, bridges, child care

Lansing State Journal - 9/22/2021

Michigan budget bill bans state COVID-19 vaccine mandates, many local school mask rules

Detroit Free Press - 9/21/2021

$70B Michigan budget deal includes spending boosts for child care, higher ed, infastructure and more

Mlive.com - 9/21/2021

New Michigan budget targets gov't vaccine mandates, emergency orders

Detroit News - 9/21/2021

New $70B Michigan budget plan includes across the board spending hikes

Detroit News - 9/21/2021

Michigan's growing hemp industry could get $100 million infusion

Detroit News - 9/18/2021

Michigan internet gaming, sports betting operators report $113.1 million in August revenue

Detroit News - 9/16/2021


$64 million available to Minnesota small businesses hit by COVID-19

The Center Square – 9/21/2021

For Minnesota college towns, 'perfect storm' hits census count

Star Tribune – 9/21/2021

The $1.13 billion debt nobody in Minnesota government wants to talk about

Minn Post – 9/21/2021

Minnesota Supreme Court OKs policing ballot question

The Center Square – 9/17/2021


No Medicaid expansion? Congress considers workaround for Mississippi

Jackson Clarion-Ledger - 9/21/2021

Mississippi takes management of prison from private company news

Hattiesburg American - 9/21/2021

Mississippi politicians dont believe what they keep being told about Medicaid expansion

The Sun Herald - 9/20/2021

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves attacks vaccine mandates, downplays state's high death toll

USA Today – 9/19/2021

Mississippi can afford Medicaid expansion, state economist report shows

Jackson Clarion-Ledger - 9/17/2021

Lawmakers consider teacher pay, insurance cost for families

Associated Press – 9/15/2021


Law changing collective bargaining for Missouri's state employees, ruled unconstitutional, to be appealed by Gov. Parson administration

The Center Square – 9/21/2021

Missouri school districts scrambling to feed students as vendors struggle with labor, product shortages

The Center Square – 9/21/2021

Despite latest infusion of pot money, Missouri Veterans Commission still facing financial turmoil

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 9/16/2021

Missouri Legislature Fails To Overturn Governor’s Vetoes

St. Louis Public Radio – 9/15/2021


Commission recommends water grants, discusses next round

Missoula Missoulian - 9/23/2021

Montana officials frustrated with continued limits on travel from Canada

Missoula Missoulian - 9/20/2021

New program aims to address stimulate-use disorder in Montana

Missoula Missoulian - 9/17/2021

Mask mandate expanded at Montana State University

Bozeman Daily Chronicle - 9/17/2021

Montana’s leisure industry hit the hardest by pandemic; recovery suffering from worker shortages

Bozeman Daily Chronicle – 9/15/2021


Nebraska’s COVID-19 Dashboard to return

KOLN – 9/20/2021


Business leaders head to nations capital with an agenda to help Nevada

Las Vegas Sun - 9/19/2021

Tourism board endorses spending of $13.65M for pandemic recovery

Las Vegas Review-Journal - 9/17/2021

Standardized test results show significant drops in Nevada student achievement, participation

The Center Square – 9/17/2021

New Hampshire

GOP leaders balk at immunization grants, seek 2022 legislation

Manchester Union Leader - 9/18/2021

Colleges and universities reigning in costs as enrollment and retention change

Concord Monitor - 9/18/2021

Sununu vows to fight Biden's vaccine mandate in New Hampshire

The Center Square – 9/17/2021

New Jersey

New report warns despite surplus, N.J. has yet to confront its long term public pension, fiscal issues

Jersey City Journal - 9/22/2021

N.J. set to pay monitor nearly $200K to oversee troubled womens prison

Jersey City Journal - 9/21/2021

'Things are dire' $16B bay flood plan for worst NJ storms

Press of Atlantic City - 9/21/2021

Murphy announces $17 million to expand pre-K programs in N.J.

Jersey City Journal - 9/16/2021

Pre-k for all New Jersey students will happen, Murphy says New Jersey

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

New Mexico

Public Education Department announces more oversight for Albuquerque Public Schools

Santa Fe New Mexican - 9/22/2021

New Mexico races to spend federal rental assistance

Associated Press – 9/22/2021

Legislators sue to rein in governor on pandemic relief

Associated Press – 9/21/2021

Hearing begins for next round of NM oil, gas rules

ABQJournal Online - 9/21/2021

Two lawmakers go to court over governor’s federal aid spending

ABQJournal Online - 9/20/2021

New Mexicos $37 million plan to recruit more teachers

Santa Fe New Mexican - 9/19/2021

Three New Mexico school districts to receive funds for students mental health needs

Santa Fe New Mexican - 9/18/2021

Bill would boost state, tribal wildlife projects

ABQJournal Online - 9/18/2021

New York

Housing advocates anticipate end of COVID, funding plan reset

Albany Times-Union - 9/22/2021

Hochul wants an extra $1 billion for environmental projects in NY

Syracuse Post-Standard & Syracuse.com - 9/22/2021

Gov. Kathy Hochul wants to increase a proposed environmental bond act from $3 billion to $4 billion. It would go to voters next year.

Albany Times-Union - 9/21/2021

New York wrestles with $9 billion in unemployment debt

Syracuse Post-Standard & Syracuse.com - 9/21/2021

Feds opt out of quarrel between N.Y. and N.J. over billions in COVID transit funding

New York Daily News - 9/19/2021

New funding will allow more medical appointments to take place via video in rural communities, where some of the oldest and sickest patients live.

The New York Times - 9/19/2021

Hochul ends hiring freeze for NY state government

Syracuse Post-Standard & Syracuse.com - 9/16/2021

North Carolina

NC road-building costs could scale back long-term projects

Associated Press – 9/22/2021

Future NCDOT plans billions short after refiguring costs

WRAL – 9/21/2021

What happens if NC Republicans defy the courts on schools funding?

Raleigh News & Observer - 9/21/2021

Three reasons why NC still lacks a state budget ” and two signs it might be here soon

Raleigh News & Observer - 9/18/2021

Why NC Republicans arent rushing to crusade against Bidens vaccine mandate

Raleigh News & Observer - 9/17/2021

Audit says NCDOT is still at risk of overspending, despite growing pile of cash

Raleigh News & Observer - 9/16/2021

North Dakota

State Board of Higher Education subcommittee approves strategic plan changes, hears wine update

Grand Forks Herald - 9/23/2021

Dem-NPL lawmakers identify priorities for special session

Grand Forks Herald - 9/22/2021

North Dakota redistricting lawmakers contend with oil patch, urban growth in maps

Bismarck Tribune - 9/22/2021

North Dakota lawmakers advance increases to state board's spending approval authority

Bismarck Tribune - 9/21/2021

Panel endorses changes to law that sets limits on spending

Associated Press – 9/21/2021

North Dakota oil production slips to No. 3 behind New Mexico

Bismarck Tribune - 9/18/2021

Committee gathers input on design, function of proposed career and technical education center

Grand Forks Herald - 9/16/2021


State audit: Ohios unemployment office should improve transparency, complaint system

Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com - 9/23/2021

Business, labor fail to agree on how to shore up Ohio's jobless program

Columbus Dispatch - 9/23/2021

It Will Take Months to Process Ohio’s Jobless Appeals Backlog

Cleveland.com – 9/16/2021


Lawmakers to propose legislation to end Oklahoma grocery tax

KTUL – 9/22/2021

Gov. Kevin Stitt requests first ever audit of Oklahoma State Department of Education

KOCO – 9/17/2021

Oklahoma governor seeks audit of state education department

Associated Press – 9/16/2021


Renters rights activists call for legislative special session on eviction protections

Oregon Live - 9/21/2021

Oregon receives nearly $1 million to launch additional non-police mental health response teams

Oregon Live - 9/20/2021

Value of the college experience draws students to Oregon State campus

Corvallis Gazette-Times - 9/19/2021

Oregon AG: Investment manager loots millions from PERS

Corvallis Gazette-Times - 9/16/2021


Pa. lawmakers know a dementia care crisis is coming. Will they agree on a response?

The Philadelphia Inquirer - 9/23/2021

Pandemic caused a drinking boom in Pa. as liquor control board reports record sales, profits

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - 9/22/2021

Senator has hard questions for Pennsylvania Turnpike leaders over $104M in unpaid tolls

Allentown Morning Call - 9/22/2021

Parents, including a top Pa. Republican, are suing over the school mask mandate. Heres what to know about the cases

The Philadelphia Inquirer - 9/16/2021

Pa. student aid agency asks for $40 million more from state to maintain maximum grant award

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - 9/16/2021

Health Proposed overhaul of Pa. nursing home care splits labor union, health care group at Senate hearing

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - 9/16/2021

Rhode Island

McKee says time has come to start spending $1.1B COVID aid

Providence Journal - 9/21/2021

In op-ed, Gov. Dan McKee outlines plan to invest federal funds in small business, child care, affordable housing

Providence Journal - 9/21/2021

Amazon to pay $1.2M to expand McKee's local education programs

Providence Journal - 9/20/2021

With $1.1B in the bank, RI the only New England state not to touch its "Rescue Plan" money News

Providence Journal - 9/18/2021

South Carolina

SC House unlikely to return until December, and then only for redistricting

Charleston Post & Courier - 9/22/2021

SC education, medical groups call to lawmakers addressing mask proviso

GoUpstate.com - 9/21/2021

Some SC school districts aggressively update their COVID dashboards. Others lag behind.

Charleston Post & Courier - 9/21/2021

SC Senate to return in mid-October in session likely to go off track on vaccines, mandates

Charleston Post & Courier - 9/16/2021

SC senate plans October special session; masks not on agenda

Associated Press – 9/16/2021

South Dakota

How South Dakotas Overfunded Pension Compares to other States

Capital Journal (Pierre) - 9/22/2021

States reckon with the need for Indigenous education nationwide

Sioux Falls Argus Leader - 9/17/2021


Gov. Lee, education chief tout gains during state-funded summer school

The Tennessean - 9/22/2021

TN schools chief: 'We're in a really difficult time in public education'

Knoxville News-Sentinel - 9/22/2021

Tennessee tax revenue beats August estimates by $268M

The Center Square – 9/21/2021

Tennessee considers four options for new license plate, allows motorists to vote

Chattanooga Times Free Press - 9/20/2021

Tennessee distributes $4M in historic development grants

Chattanooga Times Free Press - 9/20/2021

Judge: Gov. Lee's mask opt-out can endanger disabled kids

Associated Press – 9/17/2021


Gov. Greg Abbott disputes claim that foster-care orders dont apply to kids sleeping in CPS offices

Dallas Morning News - 9/23/2021

Heeding Patrick plea, Abbott asks lawmakers to use $2B of Texas’ surplus for more property tax cuts

Dallas Morning News - 9/22/2021

Are Texas hemp crops concealing marijuana? Maybe, says Texas ag commissioner

My San Antonio.com - 9/22/2021

Texas Gov. Abbott sends miles of cars along border to deter migrants

Washington Post – 9/22/2021


Utah governor 'profoundly disappointed' in feds' decision to move BLM back to DC

KSL – 9/21/2021

Utah residents use the most water of any Western state. They also pay some of the lowest water rates.

Salt Lake Tribune - 9/20/2021

Juvenile justice reforms allow demolition of youth lockup facility in South Salt Lake

Salt Lake Tribune - 9/19/2021


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

VT Digger.org - 9/19/2021

Schools, politicians call new local food incentive a win-win

VT Digger.org - 9/19/2021

Gov. Phil Scott and state and local officials highlight $25 million in new state funding for remediating and redeveloping brownfields sites

VT Digger.org - 9/18/2021


Staffing shortages remain, as Virginia's state mental hospitals gradually reopen

Richmond.com - 9/23/2021

An online gambling company will give Virginia's HBCUs $1 million

Richmond.com - 9/23/2021

VRS rewards investment professionals with $7.8 million in incentives after record year for pension trust fund

Richmond.com - 9/22/2021

A $257 million CDC grant funds Virginia's K-12 COVID testing program. Most public school districts haven't opted in.

Richmond.com - 9/21/2021

Recovery of unemployment overpayments 'paused' as Virginia Employment Commission struggles with new backlogs

Richmond.com - 9/21/2021

Added testing for Virginia students will help determine reading and math gaps

Richmond.com - 9/19/2021

Virginia is now helping you prove youve been vaccinated against COVID-19 without a card

Norfolk Virginian-Pilot/HamptonRoads.com - 9/16/2021


Washington governor to Idaho officials: Stop 'clogging up my hospitals'

The Hill – 9/22/2021

WA to use federal utility funds to help people pay for air conditioning, not just heat

Olympian - 9/21/2021

What you need to know about Washington's new long-term care benefit, and the tax that comes with it

seattlepi.com - 9/20/2021

Washington governor asks feds for medical staffing help

Associated Press – 9/20/2021

West Virginia

WV suing to overturn law creating national thoroughbred racing regulatory authority

Charleston Gazette - 9/22/2021

State officials: COVID-19 surge is peaking, but worst is yet to come

Charleston Gazette - 9/20/2021


Evers seeks to end a business tax after vetoing similar legislation

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - 9/22/2021

Republican lawmaker seeks $100M in funds for school mental health programs 

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - 9/21/2021

Environmental groups say PFAS lawsuit threatens state's pollution protection law

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - 9/20/2021


Wyoming's governor and legislative leadership want to thwart the vaccine mandate. But the path forward is unclear.

Casper Star-Tribune - 9/19/2021