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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.

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Latest Federal News

 

Education Revises Guidance on Providing Equitable Services

In response to court rulings, the Department of Education revised its guidance on providing equitable services to students and teachers in non-public schools. Two programs in the Education Stabilization Fund require the provision of equitable services: the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER) and the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER).

 

HHS Posts Updated Distribution of Binax Rapid Tests to States

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) posted an updated state allocation listing of BinaxNOW tests for the week of October 19. The administration plans to distribute 100 million of these rapid tests, free of charge, between now and the end of the year to states.

 

Federal Reserve Announces Notice of Interest Deadline for MLF

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York announced a deadline for submitting a Notice of Interest (NOI) to the Municipal Liquidity Facility (MLF). Any eligible issuer that wishes to issue eligible notes to the MLF must submit a NOI no later than 30 calendar days before the facility’s stated termination date, which is currently December 31 unless extended. The New York Fed updated the MLF Frequently Asked Questions to reflect this information.

 

USDA Announces Extension of Free School Meal Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it was extending flexibilities to allow free meals to continue to be available to all children through the 2020-2021 school year. The department had previously extended child nutrition waivers through December 2020 and the new flexibilities will allow schools and other local program operators to continue to leverage the Summer Food Service Program and Seamless Summer Option to provide no cost meals to all children through June 30, 2021. 

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Press Clips - Week of October 19


Press Clips Archive


National

Will Voters Give Public Transit a Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down?

Governing.com - 10/22/2020

Why states may face layoffs, tax hikes

USA Today - 10/21/2020

Coronavirus Deal Remains Elusive as Senate Rejects Scaled-Down Bill

Route Fifty – 10/21/2020

States Are Getting Close to Spending Down Federal Covid Aid

Route Fifty – 10/21/2020

U.S. coronavirus aid prospects uncertain after Trump blasts Democrats

Reuters - 10/21/2020

White House pushing for stimulus deal within next 48 hours

The Hill – 10/21/2020

State officials plead for more info on vaccine distribution plans

The Hill – 10/21/2020

Optimism returns to coronavirus relief package negotiations

Roll Call - 10/21/2020

Purdue Pharma Pleads Guilty to Criminal Charges for Opioid Sales

New York Times – 10/21/2020

The Municipal Liquidity Facility: How It Works

Pew Trusts.org - 10/21/2020

Wall Street, Financial Experts Call for Major Stimulus Despite Tax Concerns

Newsweek - 10/21/2020

Five more states voting this fall on legalizing marijuana

Roll Call - 10/21/2020

Stimulus Talks Make Progress Despite Resistance

Wall Street Journal - 10/21/2020

More Schools Reopen as Covid-19 Cases Rise Nationwide

Wall Street Journal - 10/20/2020

States file their Covid-19 vaccine plans to CDC without plans to pay for them, officials say

CNN - 10/20/2020

Progress, but no breakthrough, on coronavirus relief

The Hill – 10/20/2020

McConnell warns White House against making stimulus deal as Pelosi and Mnuchin inch closer

Washington Post – 10/20/2020

Local and State Governments Spent $9 Billion on Small Business Aid

Route Fifty – 10/20/2020

COVID-19 Patients Swamp Rural Hospitals

Stateline – 10/20/2020

In Recent Ruling, IRS Again Concludes That Daily Fantasy Sports Are Gambling

Forbes – 10/19/2020

As Washington scrambles for more bailout money, the Fed sits on mountain of untapped funds

Washington Post – 10/19/2020

As coronavirus cases rise, red-state governors resist measures to slow the spread, preach ‘personal responsibility’

Washington Post – 10/18/2020

Expiring benefits raise economic stakes of stalled stimulus talks

The Hill – 10/18/2020

Federal judge strikes down Trump plan to slash food stamps for 700,000 unemployed Americans

Washington Post – 10/18/2002

With Census Count Over, Concerns Linger About Accuracy

Route Fifty – 10/16/2020

Federal judge rules prison inmates are eligible to receive coronavirus stimulus checks

Washington Examiner - 10/16/2020

How have students fared in the coronavirus pandemic? New data sheds some light.

ABC News - 10/16/2020

Helping Small Businesses Bounce Back: Legislative Watch

Governing.com - 10/16/2020

K-12 Support Staff Hit by School Workforce Cuts

Route Fifty - 10/15/2020

Governors' group asks Trump to start talks on states' role in vaccine plan

Politico - 10/15/2020

Bipartisan governors ask Trump for help with COVID vaccine distribution plan

The Hill – 10/15/2020


Alabama

Shelby not optimistic about second stimulus as clock keeps ticking away

AL.com - 10/20/2020

Rural Alabama being left behind as pandemic forces world online

Birmingham News - 10/20/2020

State considers reparations for KKK bombing victim

Birmingham News - 10/16/2020


Alaska

Both sides of the Ballot Measure 1 debate say voting with them will save the PFD. Here’s what’s behind those arguments.

Alaska Dispatch News - 10/20/2020

Judge says Dunleavy veto of court funding is illegal

Fairbanks News-Miner - 10/16/2020


Arizona

Arizona will share $441 million in federal aid with communities around the state

Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix - 10/17/2020

Ducey blasts Prop. 208 during DeVos visit

Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix - 10/15/2020


Arkansas

Steering panel endorses unemployment funding

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 10/22/2020

State legislators' virus cases lead to halt in hearings

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 10/21/2020

Governor takes virus caution

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 10/21/2020

Final pitches made against, for road tax

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 10/20/2020

$100M for jobless, business aid OK'd from relief funds

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 10/17/2020


California

California healthcare groups dive into Prop 15 ballot fight, eyeing public health money

San Jose Mercury News - 10/21/2020

California allows some theme parks to reopen, but Disney and Universal won’t return for weeks or months.

San Jose Mercury News - 10/20/2020

Coronavirus: Few cases so far as Bay Area kids return to classrooms

San Jose Mercury News - 10/19/2020

Who wins and who loses with California property tax measure Proposition 19

Los Angeles Times - 10/19/2020

Californias 12 ballot propositions explained

San Jose Mercury News - 10/18/2020

Trump administration rejects, then approves, emergency aid for California fires, including biggest blaze in state history

SFGate - 10/16/2020


Colorado

Colorados COVID-19 hospitalizations could return to April heights in a month if nothing changes, state officials warn

Denver Post - 10/20/2020

Facing a deluge of election misinformation, Colorado takes the offensive against it

Denver Post - 10/20/2020


Connecticut

Tax revenue from Wall Street and wealthy residents pouring into state coffers, altering outlook and dramatically trimming Connecticuts budget deficit

Hartford Courant - 10/22/2020

State Budget Picture Improved But Deficit Looms

CT News Junkie - 10/21/2020

State will send $20 million in federal funds to local health districts to assist in COVID response, improve and expand contact tracing

Hartford Courant - 10/21/2020

COVID Sends State Park Use To Record Levels

CT News Junkie - 10/21/2020

Surging tax receipts take chunk out of CT's projected deficit

New Haven Register - 10/20/2020

With thousands of Connecticut inmates re-entering society during the coronavirus pandemic, organizations are finding new ways to provide aid.

The Connecticut Mirror - 10/19/2020

Eleven communities in Connecticut on high alert for COVID-19

Waterbury Republican-American - 10/16/2020

CT business groups calls for $70M lifeline in COVID grant

Danbury News-Times - 10/15/2020

Connecticut's state universities and community colleges are in fiscal crisis because of a pandemic-related enrollment drop.

The Connecticut Mirror - 10/15/2020

After recession and pandemic, economists see slow recovery for Connecticut

Hartford Courant - 10/15/2020


Delaware

UD plans to bring more students back for spring semester

Wilmington News Journal (Delaware Online) - 10/21/2020

Help is on the way for chicken farmers amid COVID-19

Wilmington News Journal (Delaware Online) - 10/20/2020

Delaware revenue forecast sees some improvement

Delaware Public Media – 10/19/2020


Florida

Florida courts seek money to dig out of pandemic ‘hole’

News4 – 10/21/2020

Firm behind Florida unemployment mess will get $135 million state contract after all

Tampa Bay Times - 10/21/2020

Florida transportation head says building controversial toll roads not guaranteed

Florida Capitol Bureau – 10/21/2020

State finds money for sewer project to protect Wekiwa Springs

Orlando Sentinel - 10/16/2020

States memo wont lead to a purge of Florida felons from voter rolls, election supervisors say

Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel & SouthFlorida.com - 10/16/2020

USF will close its College of Education due to budget cuts, reports say

Tampa Bay Times - 10/15/2020


Georgia

Georgia election chief says tech issues resolved as turnout soars

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 10/19/2020

Georgia submits vaccine distribution plan to CDC

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 10/16/2020

State posts both job growth and recession-level layoffs

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 10/15/2020

Kemp extends Georgias coronavirus restrictions until Oct. 31

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 10/15/2020

Kemps health care waivers win federal approval

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 10/15/2020


Hawaii

Hawaii has another subpar response to the census, but officials claim 99.9% counted

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - 10/22/2020

State launches new $25M grant program to help small businesses

KHNL/KGMB-TV Hawaii News Now - 10/21/2020

Despite huge need, state has only distributed 2% of $100M set aside for housing help

KHNL/KGMB-TV Hawaii News Now - 10/17/2020

Rail project cost estimate now jacked up above $10 billion

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - 10/16/2020

Hawaii reopens for tourism amid more masks, fewer leis

Associated Press – 10/16/2020


Idaho

Idaho OKs contract to distribute low-income education money

Associated Press – 10/19/2020

Idaho state agency budget requests come in far below normal; tax revenues come in far higher than expected

Spokesman Review – 10/18/2020

Kindergarten enrollments are down during the pandemic

Twin Falls Times-News - 10/15/2020


Illinois

Pritzker renews call for more federal COVID-19 relief

Illinois Daily Herald - 10/21/2020

Civic Federation opposes graduated tax amendment. It previously backed taxing retirement benefits as an alternative.

Chicago Tribune - 10/20/2020

Lawmakers hear testimony on improving health care access, outcomes; Discussion centers largely on safety net hospitals, ‘health deserts’ in underserved communities

Capitol News Illinois – 10/20/2020

Illinois to sell $850 million of bonds as investors brace for junk status

Reuters – 10/19/2020

State announces 2nd round of broadband expansion grants; $50 million available to expand access in underserved communities

Capitol News Illinois – 10/19/2020

How Metra may fill its budget hole if there's no federal rescue

Illinois Daily Herald - 10/19/2020

Pritzker extends moratorium on evictions

Illinois Daily Herald - 10/16/2020


Indiana

State commits to using $1.7 billion of CARES funds

Journal Gazette.net - 10/21/2020

Over 725K Hoosiers receive food stamps in August, but that aid may not meet their needs

Indianapolis Star – 10/19/2020


Iowa

Reynolds says office didnt misuse pandemic relief funds

Des Moines Register - 10/21/2020

Iowa governor stands by use of virus aid for IT project

Quad-City Times - 10/21/2020

Audit faults Iowa's move to spend virus aid on $21M software

Muscatine Journal - 10/19/2020

Reynolds plans to revive tax swap plan; Proposal raises sales tax but lowers others

Quad-City Times - 10/15/2020


Kansas

Douglas County public schools all see enrollment declines amid pandemic; Kansas education leader says it may be a statewide issue

Lawrence Journal-World - 10/16/2020

KU receives $7.8M federal grant to expand Bioscience and Technology Business Center

Lawrence Journal-World - 10/15/2020


Kentucky

Education officials wrestle with shrinking budget

Kentucky Today – 10/21/2020

University of Kentucky board approves a $374 million mid-year budget increase

Lexington Herald Leader – 10/16/2020


Louisiana

Louisiana session winds down after GOP virus oversight deal

Associated Press – 10/21/2020

House passed "defund the police" bill heads to the full Senate

Baton Rouge Advocate - 10/21/2020

No tax hikes, benefit drops for Louisiana unemployment fund

Associated Press – 10/20/2020

Analysis: Few virus decisions made in La. special session

Associated Press – 10/18/2020

$22 million in 'pet projects' in budget bill sparks controversy during Louisiana's special session

Baton Rouge Advocate - 10/15/2020


Maine

Maine revenues beat expectations in September, but lack of federal stimulus may dampen prospects

Bangor Daily News - 10/20/2020

Pandemic wreaks havoc on Maines economic forecasting efforts

Central Maine - 10/19/2020

Maine begins distributing more than $100M in small business grants

Bangor Daily News - 10/15/2020


Maryland

Who controls Maryland's budget? Voters can weigh in with amendment on ballot

Capital News Service – 10/19/2020

Beltway, I-270 toll lanes could cost more than $1.50 and $2 per mile, study says

Washington Post – 10/16/2020


Massachusetts

Baker trying to avoid layoffs in budget talks

Boston Herald - 10/21/2020

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker announces over $150 million for affordable housing across the state

The Republican - MassLive.com - 10/21/2020

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker files interim $5.4 billion budget to cover costs in November

The Republican - MassLive.com - 10/21/2020

Critics renew call for Charlie Baker to decline TCI

Boston Herald - 10/20/2020

Medical workers, older and high-risk people to get first coronavirus vaccines, says Charlie Baker

Boston Herald - 10/20/2020

Morning rush hour on Massachusetts highways unlikely to return to pre-COVID levels until at least 2024

The Republican - MassLive.com - 10/20/2020

Massachusetts STEM education touted: Charlie Baker applauds area’s key role in creating coronavirus vaccines

Boston Herald - 10/19/2020

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu says hell sue Massachusetts for taxing remote, out-of-state workers

The Republican - MassLive.com - 10/16/2020

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Bakers new $45.5 billion fiscal 2021 budget to undergo legislative hearing

The Republican - MassLive.com - 10/15/2020

Economy will hurt for some time, legislators tell West Springfield, Agawam business leaders

The Republican - MassLive.com - 10/15/2020

MGM Springfield gambling revenue falters under COVID-19 restrictions

The Republican - MassLive.com - 10/15/2020


Michigan

Michigan has best performance in census since 1990

Detroit Free Press - 10/19/2020

Ballot Proposition 1 would change park funding

Detroit Free Press - 10/19/2020

Prisoners need to act fast for stimulus checks

Detroit Free Press - 10/19/2020

Coronavirus is surging in Michigan. Whitmers authority has been gutted. Now what?

Mlive.com - 10/16/2020

MSU faces $54 million drop in revenue with enrollment decline

Lansing State Journal - 10/15/2020


Minnesota

Gov. Tim Walz approves $1.9 billion bonding measure

TwinCities.com - 10/21/2020

6 percent enrollment drop expected at Minnesota State colleges, universities

TwinCities.com - 10/21/2020

Minnesota Senate passes $1.9 billion infrastructure bill loaded with local projects

TwinCities.com - 10/15/2020

Minnesota Senate easily passes long-delayed bonding bill

Associated Press – 10/15/2020


Mississippi

Mississippi gov. orders mask use in 9 counties

Associated Press – 10/19/2020


Missouri

Missouri governor calls lawmakers back to work on virus aid

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 10/21/2020

Parson calls special session to access additional federal aid

Missouri Net - 10/21/2020

Missouri steps up its pre-K efforts

Missouri Net - 10/21/2020

Some Missouri Counties Haven’t Yet Received Any COVID Aid

Kansas City Star – 10/21/2020

Missouri budget bouncing back from COVID, but experts warn economic weakness remains
Associated Press – 10/20/2020

In Missouri, cost of Medicaid expansion remains a mystery

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 10/15/2020


Montana

Anti-pot group asks Supreme Court to toss ballot initiative

Missoula Missoulian - 10/20/2020

Montana State receives funding to study faster COVID-19 tests

Bozeman Daily Chronicle - 10/17/2020

State prison locked down as inmates, staff contract COVID

Billings Gazette - 10/17/2020

Montana health care workers stretched thin, governor says

Missoula Missoulian - 10/15/2020


Nebraska

Nebraska offers more grants for businesses hit by pandemic

Lincoln Journal Star - 10/19/2020

Ricketts announces changes to DHMs

Rapid City Journal – 10/19/2020

Nebraska's surge in COVID-19 cases spurs debate over how best to fight pandemic

World Herald – 10/18/2020


Nevada

Marijuana company with unlicensed employees could lose its license

Las Vegas Review-Journal - 10/20/2020

DMV sees backlog in processing vehicle registration renewals

Las Vegas Review-Journal - 10/19/2020

Economic experts fret about Nevada’s fiscal future

Las Vegas Review-Journal - 10/15/2020

Governor's staff returns to work after virus quarantines

Associated Press – 10/15/2020


New Hampshire

State surplus equipment auction is going online

Concord Monitor - 10/20/2020

NH sues Massachusetts over taxation of Granite State commuters

Manchester Union Leader - 10/19/2020

New Hampshire to challenge Massachusetts decision to tax Granite Staters working from home

Concord Monitor - 10/16/2020

More state aid headed to schools to help with COVID

Concord Monitor - 10/16/2020

$200 million in grants for schools, businesses, to cut jobless taxes

Manchester Union Leader - 10/15/2020


New Jersey

Coronavirus cost NJ Transit big bucks. But, you wont see a fare hike this year.

Jersey City Journal - 10/21/2020

Rutgers called for help to fill a huge revenue loss. Heres how Scarlet Knights fans responded

Jersey City Journal - 10/20/2020

Murphy vetos reimbursement for indoor dining false start

North Jersey.com (Bergen County Record & Herald News) - 10/20/2020

Murphy vetoes bodycam bill over funding worries

Asbury Park Press - 10/19/2020

Federal $300 unemployment to go out this week

Asbury Park Press - 10/19/2020

N.J. tax collections down from last year and less than pandemic projections

Jersey City Journal - 10/16/2020

NJ shatters its own sports betting record: $748M bet last month

Jersey City Journal - 10/15/2020

N.J. extends moratorium banning utilities from shutting off power, gas and water to residences

Jersey City Journal - 10/15/2020


New Mexico

New Mexico lawmakers might look more closely at tapping oil fund for early education

Santa Fe New Mexican - 10/16/2020

Bonds for senior centers, libraries, schools, trails on New Mexico ballot

Santa Fe New Mexican - 10/15/2020


New York

Nonprofits across New York demand Cuomo release remaining CARES aid

Albany Times-Union - 10/21/2020

Cuomo to renew push for legal marijuana (and CBD in food), aide says

Syracuse Post-Standard & Syracuse.com - 10/20/2020

New York Faces $59 Billion Revenue Shortfall

Wall Street Journal – 10/20/2020

Cuomo deficit gamble carries risks for local governments, analysts say

NewsDay.com - 10/19/2020

Gov. Cuomo urges feds to prepare for COVID vaccine distribution

New York Daily News - 10/18/2020

Anticipating up to $40 million drop in state aid, UB freezes hiring, cuts spending

Buffalo News - 10/16/2020


North Carolina

East Carolina University announces more furloughs, pay cuts

Associated Press – 10/20/2020

North Carolina’s COVID-19 hospitalizations jump to second-highest number since March

Charlotte Observer – 10/20/2020

North Carolina economy recovering at uneven pace

WRAL – 10/19/2020


North Dakota

Burgum outlines political group's focus on Measure 1, North Dakota K-12 chief

Bismarck Tribune - 10/21/2020

Poll shows Legacy Fund investment in North Dakota has bipartisan support

Grand Forks Herald - 10/21/2020

North Dakota state agencies eye lease savings in office footprints amid pandemic teleworking

Bismarck Tribune - 10/17/2020


Ohio

Ohio Education Association calls for Gov. Mike DeWine to release money for school safety from rainy day fund

Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com - 10/21/2020

As coronavirus surge continues, Ohio posts record number of hospitalizations

Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com - 10/20/2020

Ohio inmates to receive COVID stimulus payments state

Columbus Dispatch - 10/19/2020

Pandemic pushes up liquor, cigarette sales

Columbus Dispatch - 10/18/2020

State appeals $23M court ruling in favor of Dayton Public Schools

Dayton Daily News - 10/17/2020


Oklahoma

Complaints aired about state's unemployment vendor

NewsOK.com - 10/21/2020

‘Long time coming,’ Expert says pandemic sheds spotlight on the need for more counselors in Oklahoma schools

KFOR – 10/20/2020


Oregon

Oregon auditors: most local governments correctly spending coronavirus relief money, a couple high-risk expenditures

Portland Oregonian, Hillsboro Argus, Oregon Live.com - 10/21/2020

Corrections employees say department misled lawmkers

Salem Statesman-Journal - 10/21/2020

Oregon Measure 108 would ratchet up cigarette taxes and create new tax on vape products

Portland Oregonian, Hillsboro Argus, Oregon Live.com - 10/20/2020

Oregon was among the slowest at paying jobless benefits after pandemic hit

Portland Oregonian, Hillsboro Argus, Oregon Live.com - 10/18/2020

What you should know about Ballot Measure 110

Salem Statesman-Journal - 10/16/2020


Pennsylvania

Senate GOP halts fixes for Pa.s troubled rent relief program, surprising even their own

The Philadelphia Inquirer - 10/22/2020

Pennsylvania nursing homes brace for more covid outbreaks amid supply shortages

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - 10/18/2020

Deadline looms to defuse Pennsylvania's budget time bomb

Associated Press – 10/16/2020

Unpaid Pa. utility bills soar 67% in the pandemic, and thousands face shutoffs next month

The Philadelphia Inquirer - 10/16/2020


Rhode Island

Half of R.I.s hotels will close by mid-2021 without help, hospitality leader says

The Providence Journal - 10/20/2020

Public college funding crisis worsens amid pandemic

NBC 10 – 10/19/2020


South Carolina

Gov. McMaster says new SC small business grants may be 'final chance' for COVID-19 relief

Charleston Post & Courier - 10/21/2020

PTSD, mental health services for SC first responders disrupted by state budget cuts

Charleston Post & Courier - 10/19/2020

SC renters no longer need to pay thousands to appeal evictions, chief justice says

Charleston Post & Courier - 10/17/2020

SC pumps $20M from COVID-19 fund into tourism marketing

Charleston Post & Courier - 10/16/2020

COVID-19 uncertainty continues throughout SC economy

Charleston Post & Courier - 10/15/2020


South Dakota

South Dakota house speaker recovering from COVID-19

Rapid City Journal - 10/20/2020

Mental health care remains an issue for South Dakota

Capital Journal (Pierre) - 10/19/2020

Noem asks Supreme Court if lawmakers businesses eligible for COVID-19 relief

Sioux Falls Argus Leader - 10/19/2020

Federal grants given for three S.D. railroad projects

Capital Journal (Pierre) - 10/17/2020


Tennessee

Tennessee organizes free COVID-19 testing events in 3 rural counties

The Center Square – 10/21/2020

US Supreme Court declines to hear TNs refugee resettlement suit

Memphis Commercial Appeal - 10/16/2020


Texas

Texas launches funding initiative for students with disabilities

Austin American-Statesman - 10/21/2020

“They are hurting them”: Advocacy groups ask feds to investigate sexual assaults, gang violence in Texas youth lockups

Texas Tribune - 10/21/2020


Utah

Utah voters to decide on proposed change to school funding in balloting, other amendments

Daily Herald - 10/22/2020

Thousands of Utah state employees are still working from home

Salt Lake Tribune - 10/21/2020

Despite Utah leaders dire warnings, sales tax revenue has shot up

Salt Lake Tribune - 10/21/2020

Amendment G would expand uses of income tax for programs for kids, disabled

Salt Lake City Deseret Morning News - 10/21/2020

Have Utah students just disappeared from school rolls amid COVID-19 pandemic?

Salt Lake City Deseret Morning News - 10/19/2020

Report: Utahs criminal justice reform falls short without access to good treatment

Salt Lake City Deseret Morning News - 10/19/2020

Utah s coronavirus scoreboard tells the story of an insufficient health response, but a recovering economy

Salt Lake Tribune - 10/17/2020

What Utah renters should know about coronavirus aid

Salt Lake Tribune - 10/16/2020

Utah has 7 amendments on the ballot. Heres a rundown.

Salt Lake Tribune - 10/16/2020


Vermont

Funding cutoff looms for those living on hotel vouchers during Covid-19

VT Digger.org - 10/20/2020

Vermont unemployed workers to get more money

Burlington Free Press - 10/20/2020

Federal judge says IRS can t withhold stimulus checks from Vermont inmates

VT Digger.org - 10/19/2020


Virginia

General Assembly passes jury sentencing reform

Norfolk Virginian-Pilot/HamptonRoads.com - 10/21/2020

One state budget done, another one looms just ahead

Richmond.com – 10/19/2020

School enrollment is down across Virginia, threatening $155 million in cuts

Norfolk Virginian-Pilot/HamptonRoads.com - 10/16/2020

Virginia lawmakers pass new budget amid coronavirus pandemic

Washington Post – 10/16/2020

Northam to send $73 million in hazard pay to home health workers

Richmond.com – 10/15/2020


Washington

Relief fund opens for immigrants who miss work from COVID-19

Spokane Spokesman-Review - 10/21/2020

Washington wants to declare burned bridge 'major disaster'

Associated Press – 10/20/2020

State Commerce Department doles out grants for mental and behavioral health care

Olympian - 10/18/2020

Washington State Supreme Court rules in car tabs case

Olympian - 10/17/2020

Washington Supreme Court says $30 tab initiative is unconstitutional

Spokane Spokesman-Review - 10/16/2020


West Virginia

WV now showing county-by-county school spending online

Charleston Gazette - 10/22/2020

After 6-month wait, Justice unveils program to pay delinquent utility bills

Charleston Gazette - 10/21/2020


Wisconsin

State: Foxconn facility 'may be better suited for demonstration' than as a factory

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - 10/21/2020

More than $250 million in out-of-state sales taxes to save average taxpayer about $137

Lacrosse Tribune - 10/20/2020

Foxconn’s Terry Gou Says Big Wisconsin Project Hinges on State Aid

Wall Street Journal – 10/20/2020

Less traffic on Wisconsin roads hasn't lowered fatalities

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - 10/19/2020

State gets federal funds to help restore vandalized Capitol statues

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - 10/16/2020

Wisconsin public school enrollments drop in first count since COVID-19, adding to budget challenges

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - 10/15/2020


Wyoming

Cities, counties wait for CARES Act funding as spending deadline approaches

Cheyenne Wyoming Tribune-Eagle - 10/18/2020

Federal Reserve economists: Energy industry lags as state economy stabilizes

Cheyenne Wyoming Tribune-Eagle - 10/15/2020