Coronavirus Resources

Coronavirus Resources

Staff Contact

Brian Sigritz

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


Agencies Release Guidance on New Lost Wages Program

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released guidance on supplemental payments for lost wages, following the President’s memo on unemployment insurance payments. Applications must be submitted by September 10 through and must include a signed State Administrative Plan detailing the methods used to implement standard unemployment assistance, and the supplemental payments for lost wages, as applicable. The Department of Labor also released program guidance in Unemployment Insurance Program Letter No. 27-20.


Treasury Updates Coronavirus Relief Fund FAQs

The Treasury Department updated its frequently asked questions (FAQs) for the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF). The update adds four new questions (Questions 49-52); Question 49 addresses use of CRF to satisfy non-federal matching requirements under the Stafford Act, including “lost wages assistance” authorized by the Presidential Memorandum on unemployment insurance payments.


Federal Reserve Announces Revised MLF Pricing

The Federal Reserve Board announced revised pricing for the Municipal Liquidity Facility (MLF). The revised pricing reduces the interest rate spread on tax-exempt notes for each credit rating category by 50 basis points and reduces the amount by which the interest rate for taxable notes is adjusted relative to tax-exempt notes. The updated term sheet can be found here and updated frequently asked questions can be found here. The Fed also posted its update on outstanding lending facilities and MLF transaction-specific disclosures.


Administration Adjusts Title 32 Cost Share for Three States

The administration extended Title 32 authorization in response to COVID-19 for most states and territories through December 31 at a reduced federal cost share of 75 percent; Florida and Texas remained at the 100 percent cost share. Subsequently, the President signed memos granting an additional 25 percent cost share, for a total of 100 percent, through September 30 for ConnecticutCalifornia, and Arizona.

HHS Announces Details on $5 Billion Provider Relief Fund Distribution to Nursing Homes

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the details of the CARES Act-authorized nursing home Provider Relief Fund distribution. Announced in late July, the distribution will total $5 billion and be used to increase testing, staffing, and personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies. HHS expects the initial $2.5 billion distribution to occur in mid-August followed by additional performance-based distributions throughout the fall.

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Press Clips - Week of September 14

Press Clips Archive


White House shows flexibility on coronavirus aid; Pelosi holds firm

Roll Call – 9/16/2020

Pelosi, Schumer 'encouraged' by Trump call for bigger coronavirus relief package

The Hill – 9/16/2020

Reopening the Economy Under COVID-19: Tracking Containment

Governing – 9/16/2020

Businesses, states pass on Trump payroll tax deferral

The Hill – 9/16/2020

Grant Funding Will Help Bolster Financial Literacy Programs for State and Local Public Workers

Route Fifty - 9/16/2020

Will One-Year Highway Bill Hitch a Ride on Stopgap Spending Measure?

Engineering News-Record - 9/16/2020

How States Can Manage the Challenges of Paying for Natural Disasters

Pew - 9/16/2020

How long the $300 unemployment benefit lasts all depends on which state you live in

Marketwatch - 9/15/2020

House Democrats plan to stay in session until aid deal is reached

Washington Examiner - 9/15/2020

Bipartisan House group unveils $1.5 trillion coronavirus relief plan

Roll Call - 9/15/2020

Bipartisan lawmakers offer coronavirus relief solution in effort to break logjam

Fox News - 9/15/2020

Some Urban Hospitals Face Closure Or Cutbacks As The Pandemic Adds To Fiscal Woes

(NPR) National Public Radio - 9/15/2020

Trump Administration Shelves Plan to Sharpen Scrutiny of State Medicaid Arrangements

Wall Street Journal - 9/14/2020

Muni-Bond Downgrades Rare Even With Few Spared Pandemic’s Blows

Bloomberg – 9/14/2020

States try to plug gaps in Trump's $300 unemployment benefit program

CNBC - 9/14/2020

Trump administration backing off Medicaid rule that states warned would lead to cuts

The Hill - 9/14/2020

How the pandemic is upending pre-K

Politico - 9/14/2020

Coronavirus, Trump Chill International Enrollment at U.S. Colleges

Pew - 9/14/2020

The Big Question: Can States and Cities Recover from Covid?

Bloomberg Europe - 9/13/2020

Extra $300 Unemployment Benefit Coming to End as Money Runs Out

Route Fifty - 9/13/2020

States plow forward with pot, with or without Congress

Politico - 9/13/2020

Recipients of $300 Jobless Aid Might Have to Repay It in Overlap Scenario

Newsweek - 9/12/2020

The GOP's 'skinny' coronavirus relief bill didn't pass”but these programs are still providing relief

CNBC - 9/11/2020

States Receive $4.8B in 'Bonus' Federal FY20 Highway Funds

Engineering News-Record - 9/11/2020

Strained Rural Water Utilities Buckle Under Pandemic Pressure

Pew - 9/11/2020

Lawmakers Get Tough with Mask Requirements

Governing – 9/11/2020

Trump’s $300 unemployment funding is already running out, leaving millions in crisis again

Washington Post – 9/11/2020

States Face Multiyear Revenue Decline, NASBO Says

Bond Buyer – 9/10/2020

States ask judge to reverse changes at US Postal Service

Associated Press – 9/10/2020

Preparing for the Worst, Health Agencies Mount Unprecedented Flu Shot Drives

Stateline – 9/10/2020

DeVos drops controversial rule on coronavirus aid

The Hill – 9/10/2020

Governors Plead with Congress for Help as Senate Rejects Skinny Relief Bill

Route Fifty - 9/10/2020

States in Desperate Search for Help With Record Fires

The New York Times - 9/10/2020

Trumps extra $300 jobless benefit already running dry in some states

Politico - 9/10/2020

The COVID recession has decimated some states, but barely touched others

Marketwatch - 9/10/2020


Alabama struggled to balance public health, economy

Montgomery Advertiser - 9/11/2020

State unemployment fund to get $300 million

Montgomery Advertiser - 9/11/2020

State board of education may vote on releasing MPS from intervention next month

Montgomery Advertiser - 9/10/2020

Ivey earmarks $72.3 million in aid for higher education - 9/10/2020


COVID-19 has cost the University of Alaska $15 million so far, on top of budget cuts

Alaska Dispatch News - 9/16/2020

Pitney calls for cooperation among UA campuses in first meeting with the press

Fairbanks News-Miner - 9/16/2020

Six months on, COVID still cause for worry in Alaska

Fairbanks News-Miner - 9/15/2020

UAF plans fundraising effort for sports

Fairbanks News-Miner - 9/11/2020


Furloughs, layoffs not planned at ASU, Crow says

Arizona Republic, & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix - 9/16/2020

More Arizonans were uninsured last year, report says

Arizona Republic, & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix - 9/16/2020

Early cutoff, pandemic threatens Latino census count

Arizona Republic, & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix - 9/11/2020

State land in Arizona sells at auction for $49 million

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 9/11/2020

Ducey says he'll save money on hand, won't increase unemployment pay

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 9/10/2020


State colleges report fall-off in enrollment

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 9/16/2020

Governor urges counties to help with rent, hunger

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 9/16/2020

State lottery revenue up $8.7M in August

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 9/12/2020


California Opens a Path to Professional Firefighting for Formerly Incarcerated People

Route Fifty – 9/16/2020

California judge orders school to stop in-person classes

San Diego Union-Tribune - 9/15/2020

Coronavirus: How close is the Bay Area to reopening? Here’s what the real-time data says

San Jose Mercury News - 9/15/2020

Gov. Newsom pays quick return visit to Butte County, discusses Trump visit, asks about rebuilding and evacuations

San Jose Mercury News - 9/15/2020

As California fire death toll hits 24, firefighters scramble ahead of winds

San Diego Union-Tribune - 9/14/2020

California's bullet-train project met with more uncertainty as costs climb

Los Angeles Times – 9/13/2020

Coronavirus: Frequent testing at California colleges is critical, but many campuses arent close to meeting the standard

San Jose Mercury News - 9/12/2020


Judge promptly dismisses lawsuit over Gallagher Amendment repeal

Denver Post - 9/11/2020

One in five Coloradans worry about affording food, rent during COVID-19 pandemic, survey finds

Boulder Daily Camera - 9/10/2020


Pandemic deals another blow to CT nursing homes: Plummeting occupancy

New Haven Register - 9/16/2020

Study: Legal marijuana in Connecticut would raise between $784M and $952M in state taxes in first five years

Hartford Courant - 9/16/2020

Advocates worry the state's hands-off approach could harm Connecticut's most vulnerable students, who struggle to learn remotely.

The Connecticut Mirror - 9/15/2020

Casinos report declines in August slot revenues

New London Day ( - 9/15/2020

Heres how much extra state aid your school district is getting to open during COVID

Hartford Courant - 9/15/2020

First of 82,000 devices purchased by Connecticut for needy students learning from home will begin arriving this month

Hartford Courant - 9/15/2020

State funding hinges on approval of school referendum Nov. 3

Waterbury Republican-American - 9/14/2020

Lamont orders fines for those who flout rules on mask-wearing and large party limits

The Connecticut Mirror - 9/14/2020


Have you been exposed to COVID-19? This app may help you find out

Wilmington News Journal (Delaware Online) - 9/15/2020


First Florida Cabinet meeting in 7 months doesnt have coronavirus spending on the agenda

Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel & - 9/15/2020

Florida: We can’t afford Trump’s jobless aid anymore

Politico – 9/15/2020

Florida expects $5.4B revenue shortfall over next 2 years

Associated Press – 9/11/2020

Florida tourism will take up to three years to recover from COVID-19, state economist predicts

Orlando Sentinel - 9/10/2020


Georgia Tech making pretty significant budget cuts

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 9/16/2020

Georgia tries to tackle truck parking shortage

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 9/15/2020

This year state agencies cut: next year they say they need $700 million more

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 9/13/2020

Georgia trims application window for students’ one-time food benefit

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 9/11/2020

State tax revenue up $134 million in August

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 9/10/2020

Georgia: $300-a-week jobless boost to be paid next week

Associated Press – 9/10/2020


More than 6K Hawaii residents apply for housing assistance

Associated Press – 9/16/2020

Honolulu has allocated about 60% of CARES Act funds, but December deadline looms

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - 9/13/2020


Idaho committee OKs $150 million for education funding

Twin Falls Times-News - 9/15/2020

Idaho to make up school budget cuts from CARES Act funds, plus provide new aid to families of school kids

Idaho Press – 9/11/2020

Idaho's Rosey Tax Collections Make It One Of The Fastest-Recovering States So Far

Boise State Public Radio – 9/10/2020


State’s top lawmakers remind residents of census deadline in two weeks

Chicago Sun-Times - 9/16/2020

The Spin: Signs that sin taxes may be pandemic-proof

Chicago Tribune - 9/16/2020

Murphy encourages small businesses to apply for second round of BIG funding starting Thursday

Illinois Daily Herald - 9/16/2020

Pritzker nixes fall youth sports, urges COVID-19 sacrifice

Associated Press – 9/16/2020

Senate committee focuses on criminal sentencing reforms

Associated Press – 9/15/2020

Illinois sports bets top $52 million in July; online wagering gains traction as NFL season kicks off

Chicago Tribune - 9/15/2020

With no help forthcoming from Washington, Gov. J.B. Pritzker asks state agencies to prepare for nightmare scenario of budget cuts

Chicago Tribune - 9/15/2020

Pritzker warns of ‘nightmare scenario’ of cuts in policing, schools — and thousands of layoffs — without federal funds

Chicago Sun-Times - 9/15/2020


Indiana requests $300M for jobless benefits

Indianapolis Star - 9/17/2020

Democrats want state to disperse federal aid

Journal - 9/16/2020

State again ranks high in responding to census

Journal - 9/16/2020

Indiana still sitting on $1.3 billion in COVID-19-relief money

Journal - 9/15/2020

Indiana using one-time payment to distribute Trump's $300 a week in unemployment relief

Northwest Indiana Times ( - 9/14/2020

COVID-19 tax payment delays muddy Indiana's revenue picture

Northwest Indiana Times ( - 9/11/2020


Reynolds defends using coronavirus funds for staff pay

Muscatine Journal - 9/17/2020

DNR budget calls for increases for lake restoration, water trails

Des Moines Register - 9/12/2020

Iowa hospitals drew almost $1B in Medicare advances to deal with COVID-19

Des Moines Register - 9/11/2020


Governing board for KU Athletics approves requests to refinance debt, apply for emergency line of credit; department forecasting 14% less revenue for current budget year

Lawrence Journal-World - 9/16/2020

Remaining state CARES money to go toward testing, housing stability, child care

Topeka Capital-Journal - 9/16/2020

Gov. Kelly: Kansas faces deep cuts without more federal funds

Lawrence Journal-World - 9/10/2020

Issues surrounding bail bonds a major focus of Kansas task force on pretrial justice

Lawrence Journal-World - 9/10/2020


Kentucky Reports Higher General Fund Revenues in August

Associated Press – 9/11/2020

A ‘$33 million problem.’ University of Kentucky officials anticipate more budget woes

Lexington Herald Leader – 9/11/2020


State Cabinet Member Outlines Efforts to Strengthen Louisiana’s Economy During COVID – 9/16/2020

LSU has budget shortfall

Baton Rouge Advocate - 9/11/2020


Unpaid utility bills, lower usage threaten to push rates higher in Maine

Central Maine - 9/15/2020

Reopening politics play differently in Maine and NH, but early recoveries are similar

Bangor Daily News - 9/14/2020

More Mainers struggle to feed their families as agencies fear worst to come

Central Maine - 9/13/2020

$300 boost to unemployment benefits will start tonight

Bangor Daily News - 9/11/2020


Sports gambling is on the Maryland ballot this fall

Washington Post – 9/15/2020

In a potential boon for those uninsured during the pandemic, Maryland insurance rates to drop

Baltimore Sun - 9/15/2020

DraftKings is funding ad campaign to legalize Maryland sports betting on November ballot

Baltimore Sun - 9/15/2020

Maryland ends enhanced coronavirus pay for thousands of front-line state employees

Baltimore Sun - 9/11/2020

Purple Line builders may quit mid-project over cost disputes, Maryland judge rules

Baltimore Sun - 9/10/2020


Massachusetts had lowest uninsured rate in U.S. in 2019, but rate of uninsured residents increased before COVID-19 pandemic hit, census report shows

The Republican - - 9/15/2020

Operating at reduced capacity, MGM Springfield, Encore Boston Harbor and Plainridge Park saw year-over-year decrease in gaming revenue in first full month since COVID-19 shutdowns

The Republican - - 9/15/2020

In Mass., wealthiest school districts would get nearly $500M in funding regardless of need, report says

The Republican - - 9/14/2020

Massachusetts university presidents weigh in against betting on college sports

Boston Herald - 9/13/2020

Federal judge says he likely wont block Massachusetts eviction moratorium

The Republican - - 9/10/2020

Massachusetts higher education system receives $1.2 million in grant funding to make transformation toward racial justice and equity

The Republican - - 9/10/2020


Bills would exempt Michigan businesses from paying state taxes on PPE - 9/15/2020

Whitmer administration, Michigan lawmakers agree to state budget framework - 9/14/2020

Governor and GOP lawmakers reach budget deal

Detroit Free Press - 9/14/2020

MichMash: Michigans cities are worried about under count as census deadline looms - 9/14/2020

MSU enrollment nearly steady despite pandemic

Detroit News - 9/11/2020

State borrows first $800M of $3.5B in bonds for road repairs

Detroit News - 9/10/2020

Michigan dedicates $24M to front-line workers seeking secondary education

Detroit News - 9/10/2020

Over 13,000 applied for jobless aid; extra $300 payments begin

Detroit News - 9/10/2020

Michigan's essential workers can get free college: Here's how

Detroit Free Press - 9/10/2020


Gov. Tim Walz is Minnesotas pointman on coronavirus. He looks back on 6 months of deaths, economic turmoil and questions. - 9/13/2020

Gov. Tim Walz’s COVID Emergency Powers Extended During 4th Special Session

WCCO – 9/11/2020

University of Minnesota to ask Legislature for budget increase and more than $300 million in bonding funds

Star-Tribune – 9/10/2020

Gov. Walz takes case for new pandemic relief to US House

Grand Forks Herald – 9/10/2020


CARES Act cited as a factor in soaring revenue collections early in fiscal year

Mississippi Today – 9/16/2020

Telemental health: How well is it working in Mississippi?

Jackson Clarion-Ledger - 9/14/2020

Mississippi subpoenas AT&T for records on $300M project

Associated Press – 9/12/2020

Mississippi ranks No. 51 in new health care report

Hattiesburg American - 9/11/2020


Lawmakers abruptly end session without approving several crime bills

Columbia Missourian - 9/16/2020

Lawmakers give Parson win on vetoes, loss on legislation targeting Gardner

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 9/16/2020

Missouri to get rapid COVID-19 tests for long term care centers and schools

Missouri Net - 9/16/2020

Missouri Education Department proposes $8.5 billion FY2022 budget

Missouri Net - 9/15/2020

Missouri getting less welcoming as budget cuts close three visitor centers

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 9/15/2020

Missouri becomes latest red state to reject Trumps payroll tax deferral offer

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 9/14/2020

Missouri burns through $1.3 million in veterans money in effort to limit marijuana businesses

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 9/13/2020

Missouri meat processors line up for slice of federal pandemic aid

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 9/11/2020


Regents OK $1.5 billion budget, say Montana campuses in strong position

Bozeman Daily Chronicle - 9/16/2020

Bullock unveils report on economic impact of Medicaid expansion

Bozeman Daily Chronicle - 9/15/2020

Montana State enrollment dips, but still fifth highest on record

Bozeman Daily Chronicle - 9/15/2020

Report: Montana to lose millions in census undercount

Great Falls Tribune - 9/11/2020

Organized opposition to weed legalization in Montana emerges

Bozeman Daily Chronicle - 9/11/2020

Extra benefits ending with Montana's unemployment rising

Billings Gazette - 9/10/2020


Contraband, racial disparities, lack of job training among state prison concerns

Lincoln Journal Star - 9/16/2020

Nebraska's property tax credit drops slightly due to increase in valuations

Lincoln Journal Star - 9/16/2020

State of Nebraska, NU won't take part in temporary payroll tax cut

Lincoln Journal Star - 9/16/2020

Sales tax revenues drive Nebraska's tax collections higher than expected for August

Lincoln Journal Star - 9/15/2020

Child welfare caseloads still too high, YRTC system too unstable in Nebraska, report finds

Lincoln Journal Star - 9/15/2020

Two Lincoln prisons are up to 185 COVID-19 cases

Lincoln Journal Star - 9/14/2020

With coronavirus restrictions easing across state, Ricketts says it's time to return to a more normal life

Lincoln Journal Star - 9/14/2020

State approved for extra $300 federal unemployment benefit

Lincoln Journal Star - 9/11/2020

Court orders casino gambling be placed on ballot

Lincoln Journal Star - 9/10/2020


Sisolak: Douglas Co. could lose funds after OKing Trump rally

Reno Gazette-Journal - 9/16/2020

Nevada lawmakers fund teacher testing plan as schools reopen

Las Vegas Sun - 9/15/2020

State announces free COVID-19 tests for all public school employees

Las Vegas Review-Journal - 9/14/2020

Medicaid rolls swell amid the pandemic’s historic job losses, straining state budgets

Washington Post – 9/14/2020

Sisolak: Trump not concerned about health of rally attendees

Las Vegas Sun - 9/14/2020

New Nevada university chief focusing on transparency, trust

Las Vegas Sun - 9/13/2020

More money on the way to jobless; Nevada approved for Lost Wages Assistance program

Las vegas review journal - 9/11/2020

Sisolak says National Guard funding request denied by Trump

Las Vegas Sun - 9/11/2020

Sisolak slams Trump drawdown of federal funds

Reno Gazette-Journal - 9/11/2020

New Hampshire

Returning to class comes with high costs

Concord Monitor - 9/15/2020

State lawmakers float one proposal to fill COVID-19 budget gaps: marijuana sales

Concord Monitor - 9/15/2020

Clock is ticking on projects as homelessness risk rises

Concord Monitor - 9/15/2020

$300-a-week added benefits headed to jobless residents

Concord Monitor - 9/10/2020

New Jersey

Murphy, N.J. Dems agree to raise millionaires tax, give $500 rebates to middle-class families, sources say

Jersey City Journal - 9/16/2020

NJ nursing home reforms include higher pay for staff

North (Bergen County Record & Herald News) - 9/16/2020

N.J. sales tax revenue rebounds for 1st time since pandemic hit. Other taxes? Not so good.

Jersey City Journal - 9/16/2020

High unemployment could force big tax increase for N.J. businesses

Jersey City Journal - 9/16/2020

Will N.J. face a state shutdown over new budget? Murphy doesnt think so.

Jersey City Journal - 9/15/2020

Trump administration sending 2.4M masks to N.J. schools but Congress members fear cuts for other equipment

Jersey City Journal - 9/15/2020

Were just trying to survive. N.J.'s undocumented workers left out of coronavirus relief rally for aid.

Jersey City Journal - 9/14/2020

Reps call on FEMA to continue funding masks, PPE for schools

North (Bergen County Record & Herald News) - 9/14/2020

NJ voters weigh putting pot legalization in constitution

Associated Press – 9/12/2020

NYSE ready to leaveN.J. if state imposes tax on stock trades, report says

Jersey City Journal - 9/11/2020

How many kids started school without laptops? N.J. doesnt know and thats a big problem, lawmaker says.

Jersey City Journal - 9/11/2020

Lawmakers criticize N.J. prison leader for number of coronavirus deaths behind bars

Jersey City Journal - 9/11/2020

Taxes and more debt? The undesirable NJ budget choices on the table

North (Bergen County Record & Herald News) - 9/11/2020

New Mexico

As rest of state trims, New Mexico courts ask for more money

Santa Fe New Mexican - 9/12/2020

Prisons virus outbreak brings fear to rural area

Santa Fe New Mexican - 9/12/2020

Lujan Grisham calls for more federal aid for states

Santa Fe New Mexican - 9/10/2020

Governor touts drop in COVID-19 cases as schools prepare to reopen classrooms

Santa Fe New Mexican - 9/10/2020

New Mexico governor, congressional delegates sound alarm over census

Santa Fe New Mexican - 9/10/2020

New York

Cuomo aide: NY state wont consider slashing budget until election

Syracuse Post-Standard & - 9/16/2020

Bloated Apple: Cuomo tells de Blasio to cut the fat

New York Post - 9/16/2020

Teachers union sues Cuomo over school aid cuts, claim governors spending power is unconstitutional

New York Daily News - 9/16/2020

New York budget director: School districts 'premature' in making cuts

Albany Times-Union - 9/16/2020

New York extends special uninsured enrollment through 2020

New York Daily News - 9/16/2020

New York lawmakers call on Cuomo to release $4 billion in federal coronavirus funds

New York Daily News - 9/15/2020

New York Tax On Opioid Drug Makers Revived By Federal Appeals Court

Route Fifty – 9/15/2020

Take a hike: Cuomo walks back threat of tax increases

New York Post - 9/15/2020

Board of Regents leader: NY, feds cant expect schools do to more with less funding

Syracuse Post-Standard & - 9/15/2020

State-imposed mandates pile up on localities in Covid era: 'Next year is even worse'

Buffalo News - 9/13/2020

Cuomo dedicates $88M to aid child care

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle - 9/11/2020

New York to pay out new $300 in federal unemployment benefits starting next week

New York Daily News - 9/10/2020

Groups ask Cuomo for pre-paid absentee ballot postage

Albany Times-Union - 9/10/2020

North Dakota

North Dakota's coronavirus education campaign delayed

Bismarck Tribune - 9/15/2020

Higher ed administrators ask legislators to consider effects of budget cuts to North Dakota universities

Grand Forks Herald - 9/15/2020

North Dakota oil patch exodus hinders Census Bureau efforts

Bismarck Tribune - 9/12/2020

Spiking coronavirus cases and falling oil prices deliver dual blow to North Dakota

Washington Post – 9/11/2020


Standoff over Ohio ballot drop boxes keeps heating up: Capitol Letter

Cleveland Plain Dealer & - 9/17/2020

Kent State budget assumes 6.5% drop in enrollment, $28 million loss associated with on-campus classes, activities

Cleveland Plain Dealer & - 9/16/2020

Theres a lot of important stuff in Ohio House Bill 6 besides the nuclear bailout

Cleveland Plain Dealer & - 9/15/2020

Gov. Mike DeWine signs bill giving Ohio schools, employers legal immunity from coronavirus lawsuits

Cleveland Plain Dealer & - 9/14/2020

DeWine takes wait-and-see approach to fixing virus-cratered state budget

Columbus Dispatch – 9/12/2020

Lt. Gov. Jon Husted pushes for Ohioans to complete their census forms

Cleveland Plain Dealer & - 9/10/2020


August Collections for Oklahoma's Main Fund Exceed Estimate

Public Radio Tulsa – 9/16/2020

Oklahoma Democrats seek legal opinion on using federal funds

Associated Press – 9/14/2020


Oregon unemployment falls to 7.7%, below the national rate

Portland Oregonian, Hillsboro Argus, Oregon - 9/15/2020

Oregon officials hopeful as more than 5,600 firefighters tackle wildfires around the state, but winds and lightning loom

Portland Oregonian, Hillsboro Argus, Oregon - 9/15/2020

Gov. Kate Brown, citing Oregon wildfire emergency, plans to veto budget line items

Portland Oregonian, Hillsboro Argus, Oregon - 9/14/2020

Brown vetos parts of budget to preserve fire funds

Salem Statesman-Journal - 9/14/2020

Oregon picks a vendor to replace states rickety unemployment benefits system

Portland Oregonian, Hillsboro Argus, Oregon - 9/10/2020


After the coronavirus forced a delay, PennDOT begins issuing Real IDs again

Allentown Morning Call - 9/16/2020

$20 million in state money awarded to PA museums and cultural organizations for COVID-19 relief

The Philadelphia Inquirer - 9/15/2020

Transit agencies push for more federal help to get through pandemic

Post-Gazette – 9/15/2020

Pa. warns jobless: Apply for $1,800 checks before money runs out

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - 9/14/2020

3 Pa. state universities look to form partnership without closing a campus

Allentown Morning Call - 9/14/2020

Federal court: Gov. Wolfs COVID restrictions on businesses and gatherings are unconstitutional

Allentown Morning Call - 9/14/2020

Pa. could lose manufacturing jobs because of public transportations funding crisis

The Philadelphia Inquirer - 9/14/2020

Huge budget cuts could hurt people with mental illness, disabilities most, Pa. providers fear

The Philadelphia Inquirer - 9/10/2020

Rhode Island

Governor and Legislative Democratic Leaders Delay Budget, House GOP Call Decision Irresponsible

GoLocalProv – 9/12/2020

RI leaders punt budget votes until after November election

WPRI – 9/11/2020

South Carolina

Teachers, state workers will get pay boost if economy doesn't free-fall, House leader says

Charleston Post & Courier - 9/16/2020

SC lawmakers seek oversight on gov's emergency declarations

Associated Press – 9/16/2020

SC House approves spending $748M in COVID-19 aid, rejects hazard pay for state employees

Charleston Post & Courier - 9/16/2020

SC Senate passes $9 billion budget with pay bumps for teachers, state employees

Charleston Post & Courier - 9/15/2020

After months of debate, education bills likely dead in SC

Associated Press – 9/14/2020

South Carolina lawmakers return for budget special session

Associated Press – 9/12/2020

How SC teacher raises, poll worker stipends, state employee hazard pay could evaporate

Charleston Post & Courier - 9/12/2020

South Dakota

Education groups say containing coronavirus a 'nightmare'

Rapid City Journal - 9/16/2020

Lawmakers question Noem's use of $1.25 billion in coronavirus funds

Rapid City Journal - 9/11/2020

Heres how South Dakota is spending federal COVID-19 relief dollars

Sioux Falls Argus Leader - 9/10/2020


Tennessee approved for final two $300 weekly unemployment grant payments

Knoxville News-Sentinel - 9/16/2020

Tennessee August Are Revenues More Than Expected

Chattanoogan – 9/14/2020

FEMA: $300 weekly payments will stop after covering six weeks

Knoxville News-Sentinel - 9/10/2020


Texas proposes fewer budget cuts to women’s programs but would freeze hiring eligibility workers

Dallas Morning News - 9/15/2020

Texas reverses planned $15 million cuts to health programs

Austin American-Statesman - 9/15/2020

Abbott unveils new plan to punish cities that cut police spending

Austin American-Statesman - 9/10/2020


Utah wildfire costs projected to reach record-setting $28 million

Daily Herald - 9/16/2020

Preliminary report on no-bid government contracts finds poor communication between state officials

Salt Lake Tribune - 9/15/2020

U.S. jobless claims remained high last week, while Utah s numbers continued to stabilize

Salt Lake Tribune - 9/10/2020


House and Senate reach deal to establish retail marijuana market

VT - 9/16/2020

What Did Vermont Get Right in Coronavirus Fight? Fauci Hails State With Lowest Cases in Continental US

Newsweek – 9/16/2020

Scott vetoes climate change requirements

Burlington Free Press - 9/16/2020

Milne releases platform featuring tax incentives, education finance reform

VT - 9/15/2020

Families challenge Vermont s ban against using vouchers at religious schools

VT - 9/11/2020

House approves $7.15 billion state budget

VT - 9/10/2020


Virginias electronic gaming machines face ban next year

Norfolk Virginian-Pilot/ - 9/16/2020

Virginia Senate panel kills paid sick leave COVID-19 bill

Norfolk Virginian-Pilot/ - 9/16/2020

Virginia General Assembly continues to work through state budget during special session

WSET – 9/16/2020

A special session triggered by the Virginia state budget has yet to deal with it

Richmond Times Dispatch – 9/14/2020

Virginia prison has 407 COVID-19 cases, two new deaths

Associated Press – 9/12/2020

Virginia high school students required to learn about managing money

Norfolk Virginian-Pilot/ - 9/10/2020

West Virginia

Latest tweak to state COVID-19 risk map affects colleges

Charleston Gazette - 9/17/2020

West Virginia to fund childcare program as federal funds end

Associated Press – 9/16/2020

WVU currently facing budget shortfall of $10 million to $15 million because of COVID-19

Dominion Post – 9/15/2020


Gov. Evers announces $36 M in funding for 42 infrastructure projects

WISC-TV Channel Madison - 9/16/2020

As COVID-19 cases surge, Gov. Tony Evers doesn't rule out extending mask order, other actions

Lacrosse Tribune - 9/15/2020

Grant program to help Wisconsin's tourism industry

WISC-TV Channel Madison - 9/14/2020

Wisconsin wants $300 jobless checks back if Congress

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - 9/12/2020


Wyoming lawmakers eye end to tax break for new wind projects

Associated Press – 9/16/2020

Oil and gas firms in Wyoming received overwhelming majority of royalty rate reductions

Casper Star-Tribune - 9/13/2020

Will Wyoming's budget cuts cost the state more than they'll save? It's tough to say.

Casper Star-Tribune - 9/13/2020

Health officials praise schools after 'sporadic' cases confirmed in first weeks

Casper Star-Tribune - 9/11/2020