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NASBO is monitoring budget and fiscal implications as well as broader issues that states are addressing related to the coronavirus (COVID-19). This page includes the latest federal news, press articles highlighting state responses and other resources. NASBO staff will continue to add relevant information to this webpage and provide weekly updates in our Washington Report e-publication.

NASBO statement on Coronavirus Relief Fund Interim Report (July 29)
NASBO letter to Administration officials and Congressional leadership. (April 22)
Additional communication to support requests in March 19 letter. (March 21)
NASBO letter to Administration officials and Congressional leadership. (March 19)

Latest Federal News

 

President Signs COVID-19 Relief/Omnibus Spending Bill

On Sunday night the President signed H.R. 133, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, which includes the fiscal year 2021 spending omnibus and additional COVID-19 relief measures. Summaries of the provisions, including the spending bills, COVID-19 relief, and authorizing matters, can be found here. Additional information on provisions in the bill can be found in last week’s Washington Report, and in a chart from the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, a table from the Government Finance Officers Association, a summary from the National Conference of State Legislatures, and FFIS’s Jim Martin table.

 

Weekly Update on Vaccine Allocations

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides ongoing updates on vaccine allocations by state for both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, with the data last updated December 28. More information on COVID-19 vaccine distribution can be found here.

 

CMS Issues Guidance on Restoring Regular Medicaid and CHIP After Public Health Emergency Ends

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released guidance to help states restore regular Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) operations after the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) ends. When the PHE ends, many of the flexibilities and waivers granted to states will also end and CMS is releasing this guidance now to ensure states have sufficient time to plan and prepare to transition back to normal operations.

 

CMS Medicaid/CHIP Enrollment Snapshot Shows Continued Growth

Last Monday the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its monthly Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Enrollment Trends Snapshot through August 2020. This latest summary report captures impacts of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) Public Health Emergency (PHE) by tracking total Medicaid and CHIP program enrollment trends for adults and children over a 12-month period. From February 2020 to August 2020, national Medicaid and CHIP enrollment increased by nearly 5.9 million individuals, or almost 8.3 percent; Medicaid increased by over 5.8 million individuals (9.1 percent) while CHIP enrollment increased by 33,000 individuals (0.5 percent).

 

CDC Allocates $227 Million for COVID-19 Response

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will award $140 million for COVID-19 vaccine preparedness and nearly $87 million for tracking and testing to 64 jurisdictions, including all 50 states and U.S. territories. The funding was authorized under both the CARES Act and Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act and is in addition to the $200 million released in September. A list of all funds distributed to date, by jurisdiction, can be found here.

 

FEMA Publishes Fact Sheet on Title 32 Extension

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) published a fact sheet on the extension of National Guard deployments to respond to COVID-19 under Title 32 to March 31, 2021. The fact sheet includes information on the cost share, cost and number of troops deployed, requirements to be eligible for Title 32 authorization and benefits of Title 32.

 

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Press Clips - Week of January 18


Press Clips Archive


National

Biden issuing pandemic plan that aims to expand access to testing and vaccines, reopen schools

Washington Post - 1/21/2021

Census Estimates Show Population Decline in 16 States

Stateline – 1/21/2021

Treasury Nominee Voices Support for State and Local Relief Funding

Route Fifty - 1/20/2021

The Pandemic is Hurting Child Care. Parents are Paying the Price.

Route Fifty - 1/20/2021

Bidens first act: orders on pandemic, climate, immigration

Republic - 1/20/2021

COVID-19 Extends Sentences for Some Incarcerated People

Stateline – 1/20/2021

Biden Moves to Rejoin Paris Climate Pact, Halt Keystone XL Pipeline

Route Fifty – 1/20/21

How much federal funding will each state DOT receive?

Construction Dive – 1/20/21

Some Health Care Workers Refuse Covid Vaccine

Route Fifty – 1/20/21

Biden: Major Infrastructure Plan on the Way

Engineering News-Record - 1/19/2021

A 100-day headache: Bidens vow to quickly reopen schools

Politico - 1/19/2021

States have tried seizing unemployment benefits during the pandemic. Some fear new rules wont help

CNBC - 1/19/2021

The Biggest Issues to Watch in 2021

Governing.com - 1/18/2021

State IT Officials Will Push for New Federal Grants to Help With Tech Upgrades

Route Fifty - 1/18/2021

U.S. COVID Vaccine Rollout 'Extremely Poor'”But Some States Buck the Trend

Newsweek - 1/16/2021

Biden Calls for $350 Billion in State and Local Aid as Part of Massive Stimulus

Route Fifty - 1/16/2021

Will Senate Change Mean More Federal Aid to States and Cities?

State Net Capitol Journal – 1/15/2021

State Capitols Brace for Cyberattacks, Too

Stateline – 1/15/2021

Biden unveils COVID-19 vaccine plan, with focus on mass inoculations

The Hill – 1/15/2021

Congressional Republicans balk at Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion relief plan, complicating push for quick passage

Washington Post – 1/15/2021

Bidens $1.9T Plan Includes Billions in State and Local Aid

Governing.com - 1/15/2021

'We're In A War With This Virus': Biden Lays Out COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan

(NPR) National Public Radio - 1/15/2021

Biden Plan Would Direct $400 Billion to Vaccine, Public Health Initiatives

Route Fifty - 1/15/2021

$1,400 checks, enhanced unemployment: Here's what's included in Biden's stimulus plan

CNBC - 1/14/2021

Biden includes over $10 billion in cyber, IT funds as part of COVID-19 relief proposal

The Hill - 1/14/2021


Alabama

Funding Alabama's schools: Superintendent Mackey on CARES Act round 2, enrollment, state budget

Montgomery Advertiser – 1/21/2021

Alabama to take vaccine doses from providers that don’t give it out fast enough

AL.com – 1/20/2021

State reallocates $72 million in CARES funds meant for counties, cities

AL Reporter – 1/18/2021

Alaska

Republicans confirm control of Alaska Senate, but Alaska House remains deadlocked

Alaska Dispatch News - 1/19/2021

State finances expected to be top legislative issue

Fairbanks News-Miner - 1/18/2021

Alaska Legislature to convene amid budget, virus concerns

Associated Press – 1/18/2021

More than 100 bills have been filed as Legislature gears up

Fairbanks News-Miner - 1/18/2021


Arizona

Arizona measure would expand tax funds for private schools

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 1/20/2021

Arizona bill would put brakes on some costly speeding offenses

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 1/18/2021

Lawmaker wants new criminal penalties for non-peaceful protests, penalties for cutting police funds

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 1/18/2021

Arizona counties decry too little COVID-19 vaccine

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 1/16/2021

Ducey wants to reduce Arizona taxes by $600 million over three years

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 1/15/2021

Gov. Ducey releases Arizona’s budget for Fiscal Year 2022

KOLD – 1/15/2021

Arizona budget: Ducey proposes a $200 million income tax cut as part of next spending plan

Arizona Republic – 1/15/2021

Arizona judge throws out one challenge to voter-approved education tax

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 1/14/2021

Judge rejects 1 of many challenges to new education tax

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 1/14/2021


Arkansas

Hutchinsons proposal to increase teacher pay in Arkansas, explained

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 1/19/2021

Plan cuts retirement age for State Police

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 1/19/2021

Teacher pay proposal would shift $25 million

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 1/19/2021

Federal crisis funds aid state covid counseling efforts

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 1/18/2021

Lottery revenue hits $283M in first half of fiscal '21

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 1/14/2021


California

Vaccinating Californians 65 and older may last till June, pushing back timetable for others

Los Angeles Times - 1/20/2021

Audit: More virus money should have gone to small counties

SFGate - 1/19/2021

Newsom sets new tone for California, White House partnership

Associated Press - 1/19/2021

As virus spreads unchecked, 6 more inmates at Donovan state prison succumb to COVID-19

San Diego Union-Tribune - 1/18/2021

No uniform system for Californias mass vaccine rollout

San Diego Union-Tribune - 1/14/2021


Colorado

Colorado labor department readying new ID check as fraud shakes up unemployment claims numbers

Denver Post - 1/15/2021

Colorado lawmakers conclude expedited first week of 2021 regular session

The Center Square – 1/15/2021

10 things to know about 2021 Colorado legislative session

Denver Post – 1/14/2021


Connecticut

Lamont sets the stage for a debate on marijuana taxation by mid-2022

New London Day (theday.com) - 1/20/2021

Lamont Not Ready To Endorse Tax Credit

CT News Junkie - 1/20/2021

Calls To Close Supermax Grow As Legislative Session Gets Underway

CT News Junkie - 1/19/2021

Connecticuts new tax commissioner analyzing tax implications for remote workers during pandemic

Hartford Courant - 1/19/2021

Proposed tax credit for poor and middle class families in Connecticut could provide up to $1,800 in relief

Hartford Courant - 1/19/2021

Increase In Sales, Income Taxes Improves Connecticut s Budget Forecast

CT News Junkie - 1/16/2021

New fiscal projections erase $854-million deficit

Danbury News-Times - 1/15/2021


Delaware

In one day, more than 56,000 people over age 65 have signed up for the vaccine in Delaware

Delaware News Journal – 1/21/2021

Delaware holds first virtual inauguration

Cape Gazette – 1/19/2021


Florida

You’re probably breaking Florida sales tax law and don’t even know it

Tampa Bay Times - 1/17/2021

Florida Lawmakers Not Banking On Federal Government Aid To Fill Budget Holes

WMFE – 1/15/2021

Committees get first look at Florida budget projections, 2021 session bills

The Center Square – 1/14/2021

Groups sue over Florida role in wetland permits

Jacksonville Times-Union & Jacksonville.com - 1/14/2021


Georgia

Georgia officials hope pay raise will slow corrections officer turnover

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 1/20/2021

Georgia facing jury trial backlog amid COVID-19

Athens Banner-Herald - 1/20/2021

Georgia Democratic lawmakers file bill that would reinstate voting rights to felons

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 1/19/2021

How Bidens first 100 days will affect Georgia

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 1/19/2021

Kemp asks lawmakers to restore school budget cuts

Athens Banner-Herald - 1/19/2021

State economist: Georgia recovery will be strong once most vaccinated

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 1/19/2021

Economist: Georgia in strong economic position

Athens Banner-Herald - 1/19/2021

Georgia online sports betting bill introduced

Athens Banner-Herald - 1/15/2021

Kemp recommends $883.1 million bond package

Athens Banner-Herald - 1/15/2021

Capitol Recap: Big budget boost planned for Georgia schools

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 1/15/2021

Ga. budget proposals to offset cuts to schools

Athens Banner-Herald - 1/14/2021

Kemp highlights pandemic response in address

Athens Banner-Herald - 1/14/2021

Kemp calls for backfilling school cuts, offers teacher bonuses

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 1/14/2021

Governor and state school chief: Every school-level staff member gets thousand dollar...

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 1/14/2021

K-12 schools set for $1.7 billion in COVID aid

Athens Banner-Herald - 1/14/2021


Hawaii

Opening of Hawaii Legislature closed to public but viewable online, on ‘Olelo

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - 1/20/2021

Hawaii lawmakers open new session amid coronavirus pandemic

Associated Press – 1/20/21

Hawaii lawmakers face tough choices amid pandemic recession

Associated Press – 1/18/2021

Fast clip of coronavirus spread in Hawaii puts state at risk of another outbreak

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - 1/18/2021

Even as Hawaii leaders scramble to fill deep money pit, hopes and dreams are pegged on Biden

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - 1/17/2021


Idaho

Idaho lawmakers tweak bill in power struggle with governor

Associated Press – 1/20/2021

Idaho prisons could see smallest budget increase in a decade; link to my full story

Idaho Press – 1/19/2021

Survey paints a scattered picture of behavioral health services in Idaho schools

Twin Falls Times-News - 1/18/2021

Idaho university presidents join together, back governor's budget

Idaho Press – 1/18/2021

Idahos average teacher salary drops by nearly $900

Twin Falls Times-News - 1/16/2021


Illinois

of I. to vote on tuition freeze amid ongoing pandemic but other costs grow

Chicago Sun-Times - 1/20/2021

Illinois public schools awarded $2.2 billion in COVID-19 relief funding

Chicago Tribune - 1/19/2021

General Assembly made history, but much left undone

Chicago Sun-Times - 1/18/2021

The bills that failed during the legislature's short session

Illinois Daily Herald - 1/18/2021

Why Springfield is collecting, but not spending pot tax revenue

Springfield State Journal-Register - 1/15/2021

'It is bold, it is transformational': Criminal justice reform package sent to governor

Illinois Daily Herald - 1/14/2021


Indiana

Holcomb address highlights virus

Journal Gazette.net - 1/20/2021

Holcomb proclaims Indiana 'resilient and growing' amid COVID-19 pandemic

Northwest Indiana Times (nwitimes.com) - 1/19/2021

Hoosiers age 70 and up now eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccine

Northwest Indiana Times (nwitimes.com) - 1/15/2021


Iowa

Reynolds, Iowa Senate Republicans introduce sweeping K-12 education proposals

Quad-City Times - 1/20/2021

Iowa House panels advance gun, abortion constitutional amendments

Quad-City Times - 1/19/2021

COVID-19 mitigations rolled back in 9 regions

Quad-City Times - 1/18/2021

Iowa food pantries weather COVID, face unprecedented storm coming this winter

Quad-City Times - 1/17/2021

Despite glitch, Iowa lawmakers optimistic about broadband expansion

Quad-City Times - 1/16/2021

Iowa Capitol will be protected, state law enforcement officials say

Quad-City Times - 1/14/2021


Kansas

Kansas Regents face higher ed funding cuts

Topeka Capital-Journal - 1/20/2021

KU chancellor disappointed and concerned about Gov. Laura Kellys proposed budget

Lawrence Journal-World - 1/19/2021

Kansas officials express confidence in election, as lawmakers propose some changes to voting laws

Lawrence Journal-World - 1/18/2021

Kansas lawmakers moving quickly on COVID-19 legislation

Associated Press – 1/18/2021

Kansas on track to pay out extra unemployment benefit

Lawrence Journal-World - 1/15/2021

Kelly budget proposes tax on Netflix, Hulu, other streamers and some online merchants

Wichita Eagle & Kansas.com - 1/14/2021


Kentucky

Kentucky governor vetoes bills aimed at curbing pandemic orders, authority

The Center Square – 1/20/2021

McMaster, Beshear appointed co-chairs of national task force on COVID-19 economic recovery

The Center Square – 1/20/2021

Kentucky lawmakers plan to tackle school choice, state budget, social justice issues next month

WDRB – 1/19/2021


Louisiana

Louisiana budget picture uncertain as revenue picture drops, federal aid comes into focus

Baton Rouge Advocate - 1/19/2021

Louisiana income forecast assumes slow recovery in pandemic

Associated Press – 1/19/2021

Louisiana to get $2B in federal virus aid, but with strings

Associated Press – 1/15/2021

Obamacare health plan enrollment dips for third year in a row across Louisiana

Baton Rouge Advocate - 1/14/2021


Maine

Maine farmers, food suppliers and others have received millions in federal pandemic funding

Central Maine - 1/19/2021

Pandemic expected to once again dominate Maine lawmakers' priorities

The Center Square – 1/18/2021

Lawmakers, advocates see Mills’ ‘flat’ budget as a starting point for negotiations

Maine Beacon – 1/14/2021


Maryland

Maryland lawmakers begin review of Gov. Hogans $49B state budget

Baltimore Sun - 1/20/2021

Gov. Larry Hogan presents a $49.35 billion budget for fiscal 2022

Washington Post – 1/20/21

Maryland House speaker to unveil a ‘Black agenda’ focused on health, wealth, homeownership

Washington Post – 1/19/2021

Maryland speaker again seeks to force settlement of long-running HBCU lawsuit, after Gov. Hogan veto last year

Baltimore Sun - 1/19/2021

Hogan announces $30 million COVID relief to entertainment, music venues; 23 Baltimore organizations to receive funds

Baltimore Sun - 1/15/2021


Massachusetts

Charlie Baker carves up $16.5B transportation bill; vetoes fee hike on Uber and Lyft

Boston Herald - 1/18/2021

Massachusetts casinos report stronger December revenue; MGM Springfield gross gambling revenue up $900K from November

The Republican - MassLive.com - 1/15/2021

More than 1,500 Massachusetts businesses awarded $78 million in grants to weather COVID-driven recession

The Republican - MassLive.com - 1/14/2021


Michigan

Gov. Whitmer unveils $5.6B recovery plan targeted at schools, businesses

Detroit News - 1/19/2021

Whitmer unveils massive COVID-19 recovery plan

Lansing State Journal - 1/19/2021

Group suggests state explore new marijuana tax, clinical pot research

Detroit News - 1/19/2021

Federal stimulus, more online shopping means $1.2B more tax revenue for Michigan than expected

Mlive.com - 1/16/2021

Budget shortfall fears dim as Michigan sees unexpected surplus

Detroit News - 1/15/2021

Michigan economy could be permanently changed by COVID-19

Detroit Free Press - 1/15/2021

Michigan revenue challenges eased by federal aid, tax

Detroit News - 1/14/2021

Michigan postpones tax bills for restaurants, others impacted by shutdown

Mlive.com - 1/14/2021

Whitmer sets new caps on Flint legal bills

Detroit Free Press - 1/14/2021

Michigan small businesses hurt by COVID-19 orders eligible for $20,000

Mlive.com - 1/14/2021


Minnesota

Vaccine pilot program targets those ages 65+, K-12 teachers, child care workers

The Center Square – 1/18/2021

Minnesota to receive at least $3 billion from federal COVID stimulus passed in December

MN Post – 1/15/2021


Mississippi

Mississippi hospitals, others renew fight for Medicaid expansion amid the pandemic

Clarion Ledger – 1/20/2021

Mississippians are drinking at a record pace during the pandemic

The Sun Herald - 1/19/2021


Missouri

Missouri Republicans trying to wrest pandemic power from local health officials

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 1/20/2021

School choice proponents galvanized by remote learning struggles speak out at committee hearing

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 1/19/2021

Missouri spent heavily on ads to curb the opioid epidemic, but overdose deaths kept climbing

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 1/19/2021

Missouri K-12 education community buckles up for potential eventful legislative session

Missouri Net - 1/19/2021

COVID cases force one-week shutdown of Missouri House; Senate to discuss schedule Friday

Kansas City Star & KansasCity.com - 1/15/2021


Montana

Legislature continues attempts to change state's COVID-19 response

Billings Gazette - 1/20/2021

Broadband tax relief bill returns

Billings Gazette - 1/19/2021

Sadness, burnout and stress: MT nurses denied pandemic hazard pay

Missoula Missoulian - 1/17/2021

Gianforte directive says Bullock's past orders that don't conflict with new ones stand

Missoula Missoulian - 1/14/2021

Legislative contact tracer hired; lawmakers to seek funding for staff paid sick leave

Billings Gazette - 1/14/2021


Nebraska

Senators hope to expand broadband access after pandemic illustrates inequities

Lincoln Journal Star - 1/20/2021

Nebraska senator wants rules on initiative petitions clarified after court ruling torpedoed medical marijuana

Lincoln Journal Star - 1/17/2021

Nebraska tax collections below expectations in December

Associated Press – 1/15/2021

Ricketts pitches property tax ballot measure

Associated Press – 1/14/2021

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts delivers State of the State Address to lawmakers

KTIV – 1/14/2021

Nebraska senator seeks to create 'Farm-to-School' network for student lunches

Lincoln Journal Star - 1/14/2021

Ricketts proposes property tax growth limit, new prison

Lincoln Journal Star - 1/14/2021

Constitutional amendment would require full state funding for public education in Nebraska

Lincoln Journal Star - 1/14/2021


Nevada

Sisolak calls to diversify Nevada's tourism-reliant economy

Las Vegas Sun - 1/19/2021

Sisolak outlines Nevada recovery in biennial speech

Las Vegas Review-Journal - 1/19/2021

Nevada budget: Sisolak proposes cuts to education, increased funding for health care

Las Vegas Sun - 1/18/2021

Nevada proposes cuts to education, hopes for federal relief

Associated Press – 1/18/2021

Sisolak’s state budget shrinks slightly due to COVID-19

Review Journal – 1/18/2021


New Hampshire

Vermont lawsuits, New Hampshire legislation part of renewed push for school choice

Concord Monitor - 1/19/2021

N.H. families have fewer options for supervised visitation services during COVID-19

Concord Monitor - 1/17/2021

Key issues driving the N.H. legislative session

Concord Monitor - 1/16/2021

New Hampshires school funding formula explained

Concord Monitor - 1/15/2021


New Jersey

Portal Bridge funding deal signed, plans for long-awaited project can now move forward

Jersey City Journal - 1/14/2021

How to get a vaccine in N.J.: Who is eligible, how to sign up, do I have to pay?

Jersey City Journal - 1/14/2021

New Jersey lawmakers move closer to establishing commission to look at burdensome regulations

The Center Square – 1/14/2021


New Mexico

New Mexico Legislature opens 2021 session with little pomp and circumstance

Santa Fe New Mexican - 1/20/2021

New Mexico lawmakers, others push for greater transparency on budget

Santa Fe New Mexican - 1/17/2021

Legislation focuses on tribal access to education resources

Santa Fe New Mexican - 1/16/2021

Democrats agenda for New Mexico Legislature matches governors goals

Santa Fe New Mexican - 1/15/2021


New York

Cuomo: It may take more than seven months to vaccinate eligible groups

NewsDay.com - 1/20/2021

Cuomo calls for paid time off for workers to get Covid-19 vaccine

Syracuse Post-Standard & Syracuse.com - 1/20/2021

Cuomo budget: Millions for mass transit, education

NewsDay.com - 1/20/2021

Cuomo proposes 'two scenario' budget ” hinging on D.C. help

NewsDay.com - 1/20/2021

Cuomo pitches tax credits to help businesses rehire workers

Syracuse Post-Standard & Syracuse.com - 1/19/2021

State workers raises may be deferred until 2023

Albany Times-Union - 1/19/2021

Cuomo proposes $50M to help restaurants stuck in orange and red zones

Syracuse Post-Standard & Syracuse.com - 1/19/2021

Cuomo to Washington: Resolve New York's budget deficit

Buffalo News - 1/19/2021

NY tax revenue from casinos down $600M amid pandemic

New York Post - 1/18/2021

Fiscal numbers improve, but are still sour, as Cuomo releases budget plan Tuesday

Buffalo News - 1/18/2021

Capitol Insider: Cuomo administration defends bid choice

Albany Times-Union - 1/18/2021

NY budget hole shrinks, but problems ” and fights ” loom

NewsDay.com - 1/18/2021

Cuomo: Feds opened 'floodgates of eligibility,' causing a vaccine crush

NewsDay.com - 1/16/2021

Cuomo presses ambitious infrastructure projects, including Skyway removal

Buffalo News - 1/14/2021


North Carolina

COVID-19 relief, state budget among priorities for North Carolina legislative session

The Center Square – 1/20/2021

Roy Cooper pushes multibillion-dollar bond, but budget picture remains murky

Chatham Journal – 1/19/2021

Host of problems slows rollout of COVID vaccine in North Carolina

Raleigh News & Observer - 1/15/2021

NC changes COVID vaccine eligibility, will offer it to everyone age 65 and older

Raleigh News & Observer - 1/15/2021

NC panel recommends boosting transportation spending by 40%

Associated Press – 1/15/2021


North Dakota

Lawmakers want to invest oil tax revenue in North Dakota firms, infrastructure loans

Grand Forks Herald - 1/20/2021

Bill requires some Legacy Fund investments to be in state

Bismarck Tribune - 1/19/2021

UND leaders say budget reduction could mean loss of more than 70 jobs

Grand Forks Herald - 1/19/2021

North Dakota GOP leaders scrap lofty bonding proposal in favor of cheaper option

Grand Forks Herald - 1/19/2021

North Dakota bill gives in-state tuition to out-of-state Guard, Reserve members

Grand Forks Herald - 1/17/2021

With oil revenue down, North Dakota approves budget forecast as legislators hope for 2022 production boost

Grand Forks Herald - 1/16/2021

North Dakota legislative budget writers adopt blueprint revenue forecast

Bismarck Tribune - 1/15/2021


Ohio

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine asks incoming Biden administration for more vaccines, federal funding

Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com - 1/20/2021

New Ohio, federal surprise billing laws aimed at protecting patients

Dayton Daily News - 1/19/2021

Could Ohio pause new road construction?

Columbus Dispatch - 1/18/2021

JobsOhio leader: State positioned to emerge from pandemic stronger than before

Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com - 1/15/2021

Dave Yost asks judge to block HB6 provision that guarantees record revenues for FirstEnergy

Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com - 1/15/2021


Oklahoma

Nearly 1,900 Oklahoma students benefit from school choice tuition program

The Center Square – 1/20/2021

Oklahoma Department Of Transportation Expecting $150M From Latest COVID Relief Package

Public Radio Tulsa – 1/18/2021


Oregon

Legislative Session 2021: Big policies take backseat as lawmakers work to address Oregon’s crises

OPB – 1/21/2021

Oregon Dreamers see speck of light on the horizon with Joe Bidens inauguration

Portland Oregonian, Hillsboro Argus, Oregon Live.com - 1/20/2021

Federal money to help Oregon's virus vaccination program

Associated Press – 1/19/2021

Gov. Kate Brown moves to close 3 Oregon prisons

OPB – 1/15/2021

State agency that studies natural hazards, facing cuts in governor's proposed budget

KPTV – 1/14/2021

Police accountability tops 2021 agenda for Oregon Legislatures Black, Indigenous and People of Color caucus

Portland Oregonian, Hillsboro Argus, Oregon Live.com - 1/14/2021


Pennsylvania

State gives $4.8 million to train long-term care workers, including $2 million in the region

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - 1/20/2021

Pennsylvania gambling revenue fell by more than 20% in 2020

Allentown Morning Call - 1/20/2021

Gov. Wolf urges Republican lawmakers to utilize $145 million to support businesses

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - 1/19/2021

Colleges, universities in Western Pennsylvania could get more than $200M in new stimulus relief 

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - 1/18/2021

$2.2 billion to be allocated to school districts, charter schools across state

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - 1/15/2021

Affordable Care Act open enrollment ends Friday in Pennsylvania

The Philadelphia Inquirer - 1/15/2021


Rhode Island

Raimondo to give final State of the State speech

Providence Journal – 1/19/2021

In new job, Raimondo to influence offshore wind

The Providence Journal - 1/17/2021

McKee steps out of the shadows, into void left by Raimondo

The Providence Journal - 1/14/2021


South Carolina

Upstate to get millions in rental assistance

GoUpstate.com - 1/20/2021

McMaster, Beshear appointed co-chairs of national task force on COVID-19 economic recovery

The Center Square – 1/20/2021

McMaster seeks South Carolina hospitals' help in clearing way for COVID-19 vaccinations

The Center Square – 1/15/2021

After US Supreme Court rejection, SC continues fight to block Planned Parenthood funding

Charleston Post & Courier - 1/14/2021


South Dakota

'Can you use some of this new money for sports equipment?': SD legislators push ed secretary on COVID-19 emergency funds

Associated Press – 1/19/2021

First need-based scholarship in S.D. launches

Capital Journal (Pierre) - 1/18/2021

Lawmakers hesitant on legal weed as industry ramps up

Capital Journal (Pierre) - 1/16/2021

Gov. Noem seeks $900,000 to revise U.S. history curriculum in state's public schools

Rapid City Journal - 1/15/2021

Chief says South Dakota judges need pay raise

Capital Journal (Pierre) - 1/15/2021


Tennessee

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee pushes for all schools to return in-person as legislature begins special session

Tennessean – 1/20/2021

Education in virus era dominates Tennessee special session

Associated Press – 1/19/2021

Tennessee governor faces criticism for approach to virus

Associated Press – 1/18/2021

Tennessee OKs Medicaid block grant; fate unclear under Biden

Associated Press – 1/15/2021


Texas

How Biden's climate plan could impact Texas

Austin American-Statesman - 1/18/2021

Texas lawmakers get COVID-19 vaccine despite ineligibility

Houston Chronicle - 1/17/2021

Texas closes state Capitol through Biden's inauguration

Houston Chronicle - 1/15/2021

Inmate releases debated at Texas' biggest jail amid pandemic

Houston Chronicle - 1/15/2021

Texas lawmakers look for ways to fund state’s transportation needs after TxDOT sees $1.9 billion revenue drop

KSAT – 1/15/2021

Texas business groups push 'critical recovery measures'

Austin American-Statesman - 1/15/2021

Abbott pushing legislation to strip cities of local sales tax funds if they defund the police

Dallas Morning News - 1/14/2021


Utah

Bonuses for Utah teachers are coming in March, but substitutes will be left out

Salt Lake Tribune - 1/20/2021

Utah State Legislature kicks off first day of 2021 general session

Daily Herald - 1/20/2021

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox releases 500-day plan for new administration

Salt Lake Tribune - 1/19/2021

Utah Legislature opens amid pandemic, protest concerns

Daily Herald - 1/19/2021

What to expect from the Utah Legislature’s 2021 session

Salt Lake City Deseret Morning News - 1/18/2021

Key education issues facing Utahs new governor, Legislature include demands for more funding, pandemic help

Salt Lake Tribune - 1/16/2021

Here are alcohol measures on tap for Utah s Legislature in 2021

Salt Lake Tribune - 1/15/2021

Proposed state budget calls for self-financing of 4 new liquor stores

KSL – 1/15/2021


Vermont

A new rental assistance program comes with new federal roadblocks

VT Digger.org - 1/20/2021

Economists say federal Covid-19 relief will boost tax revenues

VT Digger.org - 1/19/2021

Painful cuts proposed in pensions for teachers, state employees

VT Digger.org - 1/17/2021

Vermont House considers reforms to troubled women s prison

VT Digger.org - 1/14/2021

Covid relief for undocumented immigrants begins rolling out

VT Digger.org - 1/14/2021


Virginia

Virginia's ‘Green New Deal’ seeks to accelerate Northam's climate initiatives

The Center Square – 1/21/2021

Virginia farmers, lawmakers support amendment calling for increased ag research spending

Star Tribune – 1/21/2021

Legislation to tax businesses' PPP loans advancing through Virginia Legislature

The Center Square – 1/20/2021

Northam outlines priorities to lawmakers as session begins

Associated Press – 1/14/2021


Washington

Gas tax hike part of House Democrats transportation plan

Olympian - 1/20/2021

Bill would tax vacation rentals to give cities funding to build affordable housing

Olympian - 1/18/2021

Heres what would be funded in Gov. Inslees extra-large capital budget proposal

Olympian - 1/18/2021

Pledge to boost pandemic-depleted Washington state tax revenues now a main thrust of expanded sports gambling push

Olympian - 1/15/2021

Inslee's capital gains tax gets mixed reaction in first public hearing

Spokane Spokesman-Review - 1/15/2021


West Virginia

Justice says West Virginia may not get promised bump in COVID-19 vaccine doses

The Center Square – 1/15/2021

Budget, policy panel: 'Inexplicable' to consider income tax cuts during pandemic, recession

Charleston Gazette - 1/15/2021

West Virginia teachers' union seeks to halt school reopening plan

The Center Square – 1/15/2021


Wisconsin

Wisconsin changes coronavirus vaccine plan, anyone over 65 to be eligible

The Center Square – 1/19/2021

Surge of new unemployment claims comes as some Wisconsinites still await payments

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - 1/15/2021

Republicans reject Gov. Tony Evers call for special session to modernize state unemployment system

Lacrosse Tribune - 1/14/2021


Wyoming

Committee Works Towards Codifying Faster Ad Valorem Tax Collection System

Wyoming Public Radio - 1/20/2021

Lawmakers come closer to funding solution for indigent burials, but problems remain

Casper Star-Tribune - 1/20/2021

Lawmakers reject repeal of Wyoming's 'tampon tax'

Casper Star-Tribune - 1/19/2021

Tobacco Tax Increase Is Approved In Committee

Wyoming Public Radio - 1/19/2021

Legislature moves to make legalized gaming permanent in Wyoming

Casper Star-Tribune - 1/19/2021

Despite troubles, coal companies on time with taxes

Cheyenne Wyoming Tribune-Eagle - 1/19/2021

University of Wyoming nutrition program helps residents eat healthier, spend less

Cheyenne Wyoming Tribune-Eagle - 1/17/2021

Leadership: Wyoming lawmakers are committed to tackling toughest challenges

Casper Star-Tribune - 1/17/2021

UW to identify $20 million in cuts to academic programs by July

Casper Star-Tribune - 1/15/2021