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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)
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Latest Federal News

Treasury Releases New FAQs for Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Today the Treasury Department published revised frequently asked questions (FAQs) for the Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) Program. The FAQs address who is eligible to receive assistance, grantee documentation, a definition of income and methods of income determination, examples of “other expenses” including internet service, and reporting/recordkeeping requirements. The FAQs further address duplication of benefits, use of subawards, and examples of housing stability services. Treasury indicates the FAQs will be supplemented by additional guidance; the ERA Program page can be found here.

 

PRAC Releases Additional CRF Data

The Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC) released an updated dataset of Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) spending by states, eligible local governments, Tribal governments, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Territories. The dataset now includes cumulative CRF funds spent March 1 through December 31, 2020 by 659 prime recipients.

 

Administration Expanding Testing, Sequencing Capacity

The administration announced a series of new actions to expand COVID-19 testing, improve availability of tests, and better track variants. The actions include: $650 million investment to expand testing for K-8 schools and underserved congregate settings; $815 million investment to increase domestic manufacturing of testing supplies and raw materials; and $200 million investment to increase virus genome sequencing to track emerging virus strains. These are separate funding amounts from what is included in the pending COVID-19 relief package.

 

House Democrats Send Letter Requesting Extension of Tax Filing Deadline

On Thursday, Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee requested that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) extend the tax return filing season beyond April 15, 2021, “given the ongoing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic.” The letter notes that due to the pandemic, “many Americans continue to face the same challenges that necessitated extending the filing season last year.” The letter also highlights closed taxpayer assistance sites and the condensed filing season and impacts on taxpayers who may be unprepared for the amount due with their return; the letter does not request or recommend how long the extension should last.

 

Census Announces Delay of Redistricting Data Until September 30

On Friday the U.S. Census Bureau announced it will deliver redistricting data to all states by September 30, 2021. According to the announcement, “COVID-19-related delays and prioritizing the delivery of the apportionment results delayed the Census Bureau’s original plan to deliver the redistricting data to the states by March 31, 2021.” Different from previous censuses, the Census Bureau will deliver the data for all states at once, instead of on a flow basis. 2020 Census resources from the National Conference of State Legislatures can be found here.

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Press Clips - Week of April 12


Press Clips Archive


National

Landlords Say Tenants Are Not Tapping Rent Relief

Stateline – 4/15/2021

As Biden shifts infrastructure focus to climate and racial justice, cities and states alter pitches for federal money

Washington Post – 4/15/2021

Mobile sports betting money tempts cash-strapped states

Republic - 4/14/2021

Tourism, Business Travel May Not Fully Recover for 4 Years, Industry Officials Say

Route Fifty - 4/14/2021

Treasury sets up office to oversee implementation of recovery programs

CNN - 4/14/2021

April 15 is still key tax deadline for some

USA Today - 4/14/2021

Schumer intends to move forward with early infrastructure bill next week

Yahoo! News - 4/14/2021

U.S. Treasury sets up new 'recovery office' to oversee relief programs

Reuters - 4/14/2021

The end of the imperial governorship

Politico - 4/14/2021

States Were Told They Cant Use Covid Aid to Cut Taxes. They Sued.

Wall Street Journal - 4/14/2021

Public Libraries Can Tap into Eligible Funds Worth Billions

Governing.com - 4/14/2021

Can Rescue Funds Give America the Broadband It Really Wants?

Governing – 4/14/2021

Pandemic Provokes City vs. State Conflicts

Stateline – 4/14/2021

Lawmakers consider creating program to tax drivers by their mileage

WJLA – 4/14/2021

Vaccinations Lag for Home Health Workers

Stateline – 4/13/2021

Cities Prepare to Spend Historic Sums of Federal Aid

Route Fifty - 4/13/2021

Rural schools face worsening teacher shortage

USA Today - 4/13/2021

Biden Meets With Bipartisan Group to Push for Infrastructure Plan

Route Fifty - 4/12/2021

Need a COVID-19 Vaccine? Visit Your Local Transit Center

Pew Trusts.org - 4/12/2021

Biden's Budget Would Up Spending on State and Local Programs

Route Fifty - 4/12/2021

No Extra Vaccines for Hot Spot States, White House Says

Route Fifty – 4/12/2021

Alternatives to Juvenile Justice Probation Growing in Many States, Report Finds

Route Fifty – 4/12/2021

States and counties look to federal stimulus cash to save public jobs

CBS News – 4/9/2021

For Economic Development Directors, Happy Days Return

Governing – 4/9/2021

States Expanding Paid Sick Leave Amid Pandemic

U.S. News and World Report – 4/9/2021

COVID Racial Disparities Loom Large in Rural Counties

Stateline – 4/9/2021

Biden budget seeks more for schools, health care and housing

Yahoo! News - 4/9/2021

HUD Prepares to Distribute $5 Billion to Help With Homelessness

Route Fifty - 4/8/2021

U.S. states project rosier revenue as economy heats up

Reuters - 4/8/2021

Will FEMA Reimburse Schools for COVID-Related Costs? Here’s What We Know

Education Week – 4/8/2021

Nation Has Georgia on Its Mind, but Many States Are Making Voting Easier

Stateline – 4/8/2021


Alabama

Alabama Senate approves lottery and casino bill

Montgomery Advertiser - 4/13/2021

Ivey says state has needs but not embracing Bidens $2 trillion plan

Birmingham News - 4/12/2021

Alabama Confederate tax could fund Black history under proposal by state sentaors

Birmingham News - 4/11/2021

UA Trustees consider slight tuition increase for medical, dentistry, optometry students

Birmingham News - 4/9/2021

Alabama lawmakers approve lifetime pistol permits, database of people prohibited from having guns

AL.com - 4/8/2021


Alaska

Dunleavy launches financial plan for energy independence

Fairbanks News-Miner - 4/13/2021

Senate bill proposes tuition break for front-line workers

Fairbanks News-Miner - 4/12/2021

Alaska AG sues chemical giants over PFAS contamination

Fairbanks News-Miner - 4/8/2021


Arizona

COVID-19 cases increase at ASU, NAU, UA

Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix - 4/14/2021

Widespread legalized gambling comes soon to Arizona; here's what to know

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 4/13/2021

Flush with cash, Arizona lawmakers contemplate a flat tax

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 4/13/2021

Arizona approves bill to allow sports betting

Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix - 4/12/2021

Arizona governor signs bill banning private election grants

Associated Press – 4/9/2021


Arkansas

Bill to phase out soda tax rejected again, is shelved

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 4/15/2021

Appropriation bill for Medicaid fails in House's 2nd try

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 4/15/2021

Lottery scores its best month in dozen years

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 4/14/2021

Governor signs measures for raising teachers' pay

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 4/13/2021

Median salary for Arkansas teachers to increase by $2K

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 4/12/2021

Financial outlook for state turns out rosier than feared

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 4/11/2021


California

Newsom says he wants to encourage schools to reopen but also to be flexible and sensitive to their students' needs.

San Jose Mercury News - 4/14/2021

Immigrant health care is on California Senates wish list

San Diego Union-Tribune - 4/14/2021

California targets urgent projects as wildfire season looms

San Diego Union-Tribune - 4/13/2021

California reopens health insurance exchange; federal subsidies could slash premiums for many

San Diego Union-Tribune - 4/13/2021

State Launches Covid-19 Vaccine Outreach Campaign Targeted At Black,...

SFGate - 4/10/2021

California advances bill aimed at massive unemployment fraud

SFGate - 4/8/2021

COVID relief for renters and landlords has arrived -- but some Bay Area cities and counties are taking longer to get it out the door.

San Jose Mercury News - 4/8/2021


Colorado

Colorado Democrats introduce latest portion of stimulus plan

The Center Square – 4/13/2021

Colorado raising money for disability fund by auctioning off marijuana-themed license plates

New York Daily News – 4/13/2021

This corridor is ready: Amtrak promotes Front Range passenger rail as Colorado lawmakers seize on momentum

Denver Post - 4/12/2021

Colorado bill would give children free mental health services during the pandemic

CNN – 4/11/2021

CU Regents vote to ‘buy down’ tuition increase

Boulder Daily Camera - 4/8/2021


Connecticut

Key Democrats wont support Connecticut legal weed bill unless it includes greater equity provisions for minority communities

Hartford Courant - 4/15/2021

Black lawmakers want state to increase violence prevention funding

Waterbury Republican-American - 4/14/2021

Gaming-revenue bill would be boon for municipalities, tourism, community college students

New London Day (theday.com) - 4/13/2021

UConn Health asks for $173M, 3-year bailout from state lawmakers due to unsustainable increases in pension, health care costs

Hartford Courant - 4/13/2021

CTs prison population shrunk during the pandemic. Will it last?

Danbury News-Times - 4/13/2021

New $10.7M state program targets student absenteeism

Danbury News-Times - 4/12/2021

Lamont to spend COVID funds on summer education programs

Danbury News-Times - 4/12/2021

Legal weed still uncertain in Connecticut this year, despite momentum in New York and New Jersey

Hartford Courant - 4/12/2021

Connecticut to expand access to parks, beaches and camping

Danbury News-Times - 4/9/2021

Casinos, off-track betting sites, CT Lottery would take bets under new sports betting bill

Hartford Courant - 4/8/2021


Delaware

Delaware ranked 1st in U.S. foreclosure rate, data company finds

Wilmington News Journal (Delaware Online) - 4/15/2021

Pandemic recovery in Delaware is a 'work in progress' says Fed's Harker, with tourism, hospitality still struggling

WDEL – 4/14/2021

Whats in Bidens infrastructure plan for Delaware?

Wilmington News Journal (Delaware Online) - 4/13/2021

Lawmakers to consider SEED program expansion

Delaware Public Media – 4/13/2021


Florida

Florida Senate eyes corporate tax cuts after reducing hospital, university funding

Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel & SouthFlorida.com - 4/14/2021

Florida Senate advances gambling bill to add new commission, reduce live racing

Tampa Bay Times - 4/12/2021

Biden spending plan for Florida: bridges, trains, veterans, broadband, healthcare and more

Orlando Sentinel - 4/12/2021

Florida lawmakers vote to raise $1 billion from online consumers to cut business taxes

Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel & SouthFlorida.com - 4/8/2021

Florida online tax plan headed to Gov. Desantis

Tallahassee Democrat - 4/8/2021

Florida leaders OK using affordable housing trust fund for sea level rise, sewage plants

Orlando Sentinel - 4/8/2021

Florida sues CDC over cruising as timeline to get cruise ships back in US waters remains unclear

Palm Beach Post – 4/8/2021

Legislation to fight sea level rise goes to Florida governor

Associated Press – 4/8/2021


Georgia

Georgia Legislature invests in support of victims of stalking, domestic violence

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 4/15/2021

Biden plan could boost roads, transit in Georgia

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 4/14/2021

Georgia Board of Regents freezes tuition and fees for 2021-22 school year

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 4/13/2021

No tuition hike for University System of Georgia

Athens Banner-Herald - 4/13/2021

Critics question impact of law banning Georgia cities from cutting police funding

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 4/12/2021

Georgias next public health crisis already unfolding, health experts fear

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 4/9/2021


Hawaii

Visiting Kauais Waimea Canyon or Kokee State Park? Non-residents soon to pay more

KHNL/KGMB-TV Hawaii News Now - 4/14/2021

Environmentalists, clean energy advocates decry efforts to slash popular solar tax credit

KHNL/KGMB-TV Hawaii News Now - 4/14/2021

State lawmakers advance bill on rise in sea level

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - 4/12/2021

State House leaders shelve bills that would help workers

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - 4/9/2021

Here’s How Hawaii’s New State Budget Is Shaping Up

Honolulu Civil Beat – 4/8/2021


Idaho

Bill would require Legislature's OK to spend COVID-19 funds

Associated Press – 4/14/2021

Idaho House kills $1.1 billion teacher pay bill on tie vote

Associated Press – 4/13/2021

Bills to defund Idaho GOP attorney general’s office are dead

Associated Press – 4/13/2021

Idaho Senate OKs federal grant for early childhood education

Associated Press – 4/12/2021

Idahos approach to school mental health was already scattered. Then COVID hit.

Twin Falls Times-News - 4/12/2021

Transportation, tax cuts advance at Idaho Statehouse

Idaho Press – 4/10/2021

House approved new version of transportation bonding bill

KIFI – 4/8/2021

Inside Politics: Idahos Transportation Future

Twin Falls Times-News - 4/8/2021


Illinois

Legislative platform aims to ensure funding for Illinois municipalities

The Center Square – 4/14/2021

Bill would tie state spending to household income growth

The Center Square – 4/14/2021

Illinois tourism, hospitality leaders seek state help amid COVID-19 recovery

Capitol News Illinois – 4/10/2021

Illinois Emergency Management Agency shares lessons learned from pandemic

Capitol News Illinois – 4/9/2021


Indiana

Indiana bill on wind, solar standards dies

Indianapolis Star - 4/15/2021

More permits for overweight trucks OK'd

Journal Gazette.net - 4/14/2021

Senate approves 2-year budget

Journal Gazette.net - 4/14/2021

Indiana Senate passes budget without cigarette tax hike

Indianapolis Star - 4/13/2021

Holcomb vetoes powers measure

Journal Gazette.net - 4/10/2021

State lawmakers pass bill increasing penalties for rioting

Indianapolis Star - 4/9/2021

Calls to Indiana child abuse hotline down during pandemic

Northwest Indiana Times (nwitimes.com) - 4/9/2021

Senate budget stresses education

Journal Gazette.net - 4/9/2021

Indiana lawmakers direct state police to prioritize monument protection

Northwest Indiana Times (nwitimes.com) - 4/8/2021

Indiana budget: Cigarette tax nixed, mental health funding increased

Indianapolis Star - 4/8/2021


Iowa

Iowa Senate proposes $6.3 million more for prisons

Des Moines Register - 4/14/2021

Iowa Legislature seeks heavy tax on glass pipes

Des Moines Register - 4/14/2021

GOP lawmakers debate budget increase for regents

Des Moines Register - 4/13/2021

Iowa House GOP wants to freeze funding for bloated universities

Sioux City Journal - 4/12/2021

Iowa caregivers not giving up on decadelong legislative effort

Quad-City Times - 4/11/2021

Iowa legislative leaders continue war of words over prison staff deaths, funding

Sioux City Journal - 4/8/2021

Iowa supreme court will aid redistricting, if necessary

Quad-City Times - 4/8/2021

March posts sports betting record: Iowans wager nearly $161.44 million in March Madness month

Quad-City Times - 4/8/2021


Kansas

With $25 million addition, outlook for Kansas higher education budget looking less grim

Lawrence Journal-World - 4/14/2021

As Kansas Labor Department heads for overhaul, lawmakers approve greater oversight

Wichita Eagle & Kansas.com - 4/10/2021

Push for school choice measure falters in Kansas Senate

Lawrence Journal-World - 4/10/2021

After dramatic debate, lawmakers halt school choice expansion education

Topeka Capital-Journal - 4/10/2021

Kansas businesses hurt by COVID could get aid under state senators bipartisan deal

Wichita Eagle & Kansas.com - 4/8/2021


Kentucky

Stimulus boost helps state receipts stay above projections

Kentucky Today – 4/12/2021

Kentucky governor sets vaccine benchmark to end restrictions

The Center Square – 4/12/2021

Kentucky governor signs bipartisan early voting measure

Associated Press – 4/8/2021


Louisiana

Wealth and TOPS sparks new complaints, 'Have to change the trajectory'

Baton Rouge Advocate - 4/14/2021

New Orleans officials don't expect revenues to rebound until 2025

Nola.com - 4/13/2021

Federal aid for public schools tops $4 billion, 'A wealth of money'

Baton Rouge Advocate - 4/13/2021

Louisiana lawmakers advance sales tax collection overhaul

Associated Press – 4/13/2021

Gov. Edwards State of the State: 'Let's get our sunshine back'

WDSU – 4/12/2021

Federal aid may push aside gas tax bills

WBRZ – 4/12/2021

Minimum wage hike, teacher raises among priorities as John Bel Edwards addresses legislative session

Baton Rouge Advocate - 4/12/2021

Analysis: Louisiana lawmakers plan return to old tax debates

Associated Press – 4/11/2021

Louisiana lawmakers ready for latest session starting Monday

Associated Press – 4/10/2021

Pay raises for teachers, new sexual misconduct rules: John Bel Edwards issues legislative priorities

Baton Rouge Advocate - 4/8/2021


Maine

Lawmaker wants new state department to protect Maine kids

Central Maine - 4/14/2021

Maine teachers use lessons learned during pandemic to reimagine education

Central Maine - 4/10/2021

Finance commissioner details breakdowns in states $34 million software system

Central Maine - 4/9/2021


Maryland

Maryland lawmakers passed sweeping police reform. Now, how to implement it?

Baltimore Sun - 4/15/2021

Key legislation approved by the Maryland General Assembly

Baltimore Sun - 4/13/2021

Md. lawmakers end session by banning private ICE jails, removing governor from parole decisions

Washington Post – 4/13/2021

Maryland lawmakers enter last day of session facing final steps on sports betting, votes on dozens of other bills

Baltimore Sun – 4/12/2021

Maryland session nears end after focus on pandemic, policing

Associated Press – 4/12/2021

Maryland lawmakers pass landmark police reform package into law, overriding Gov. Hogans vetoes

Baltimore Sun - 4/10/2021

Following problematic deals for test kits and PPE, Maryland lawmakers tighten rules on emergency contracts

Baltimore Sun - 4/8/2021


Massachusetts

House lawmakers file $47.6 billion budget with no new taxes

Boston Herald - 4/14/2021

Plan being considered to eliminate gas tax in Massachusetts

Boston 25 – 4/12/2021

State budget writers seek stability as Massachusetts House prepares to release fiscal ’22 budget

Boston Herald - 4/11/2021

Top Massachusetts lawmakers vow to approve Holyoke Soldiers’ Home rebuild bill

Boston Herald - 4/10/2021

Lawmakers say they’re not ‘puppets’ signal their ready to take on greater oversight role

Boston Herald - 4/8/2021

Some Massachusetts employers still face major tax increases due to COVID-related unemployment claims

The Republican - MassLive.com - 4/8/2021

Massachusetts Dems insist on keeping municipal workers in COVID leave program

The Republican - MassLive.com - 4/8/2021


Michigan

Why Michigan is trying to take some prisoners' stimulus checks

Detroit Free Press - 4/14/2021

Detroit casinos report nearly $114 million in March revenue

Detroit News - 4/13/2021

Whitmer: Education, infrastructure priorities for state's $18B in federal COVID relief

Detroit News - 4/12/2021

Whitmer pledges to work with GOP-led Legislature on distributing new COVID-19 funds

Detroit Free Press - 4/12/2021

Thousands of Michigan students will get free WiFi hotspots and internet for remote learning

Mlive.com - 4/11/2021

Covid cases overwhelm Michigan health system, Gov. Whitmer urges residents to stay home

CNBC – 4/9/2021


Minnesota

Minnesota Democrats urge a halt to negotiations 'until the budget says Black lives matter'

Grand Forks Herald – 4/14/2021

Lawmakers disagree over infrastructure funding in Minnesota, Washington

Star Tribune – 4/14/2021

Gov. Walz says hes not considering new restrictions as COVID-19 emergency extended

TwinCities.com - 4/14/2021

Minnesota Senate approves eviction moratorium off-ramp

TwinCities.com - 4/13/2021

House panel endorses 5-cent hike in gas tax to fund road and bridge repair

TwinCities.com - 4/9/2021

Minnesota budget battles ignite; court decision kicks lawmakers into action on rape law re-write

Grand Forks Herald – 4/9/2021

Minnesota panel green-lights 5-cent gas tax hike for road, bridge repairs

Park Rapids Enterprise – 4/8/2021


Mississippi

MS submits disaster declaration for winter storm damage

Jackson Clarion-Ledger - 4/14/2021

Bidens infrastructure plan would mean billions for MS

Jackson Clarion-Ledger - 4/14/2021

Wicker on infrastructure plan: Cant think of a worse thing to do

Hattiesburg American - 4/12/2021

Mississippi lawmakers get big budget assist from federal stimulus money

The Sun Herald - 4/12/2021

High court won't block Mississippi school disparity lawsuit

Associated Press – 4/9/2021

High court wont block Miss. school disparity lawsuit

Jackson Clarion-Ledger - 4/8/2021


Missouri

Missouri lawmakers near deal to collect taxes on online sales

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 4/14/2021

Lawmakers chastise state labor leader on benefits claw back

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 4/14/2021

Missouri gaining ground along broadband superhighway, but many more miles to go

Missouri Net - 4/14/2021

Missouri shares virus aid spending suggestions with K-12 schools

Missouri Net - 4/14/2021

Lawmakers irate over 'breach of trust' in handling of overpayment of unemployment benefits

Columbia Missourian - 4/13/2021

Lifting of tuition cap causes bipartisan concern in the House

Columbia Missourian - 4/13/2021

With billions at stake, Missouri officials lining up for federal infrastructure aid

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 4/12/2021

In fight over birth control provision, Missouri Senate leaders say budget will advance

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 4/12/2021

What were watching this week in Missouri Legislature: federal stimulus funding, state budget and workers compensation issues (AUDIO)

Missouri Net - 4/12/2021

School nurse group hopes Missouri districts will put federal aid toward hiring nurses

Missouri Net - 4/12/2021

Missouri lawmakers consider spending Medicaid expansion dollars on public defenders

Kansas City Star & KansasCity.com - 4/11/2021


Montana

Marijuana committee works through proposals

Billings Gazette - 4/15/2021

Governor bans use of vaccine passports in Montana

Bozeman Daily Chronicle - 4/13/2021

Montana House committee tables bill tightening eligibility verification on assistance programs

Missoula Missoulian - 4/13/2021

Montana Legislature overrides governor’s first veto

Associated Press – 4/12/2021

Special Senate panel sets timeline for marijuana bills

Missoula Missoulian - 4/12/2021

$2.1 billion in federal funding advances through Montana Legislature

Billings Gazette - 4/12/2021

'Triggers' tax reduction bill advances in House

Bozeman Daily Chronicle - 4/10/2021

Montana Legislature proposes reducing funds to government agencies with COVID-19 regulations stricter than the state's

Bozeman Daily Chronicle - 4/9/2021

Budget clears Senate, largely unchanged

Billings Gazette - 4/8/2021


Nebraska

Flap over child welfare committee slows debate on $9.7 billion budget for Nebraska

Omaha World-Herald - 4/14/2021

Nebraska lawmakers near final vote on $9.7 billion state budget

Omaha World-Herald - 4/13/2021

Talks on controversial committee appointment could clear way for final vote on state budget

Lincoln Journal Star - 4/13/2021

Nebraska state college students can get more money for school from COVID fund

Lincoln Journal Star - 4/13/2021

Judge orders Nebraska to transport prisoner for abortion

Omaha World-Herald - 4/12/2021

Nebraska Legislature gives first-round approval to $15 million to plan for new prison

Omaha World-Herald - 4/9/2021

Lawmakers advance bill to help NU pay for $800M in deferred maintenance needs

Omaha World-Herald - 4/8/2021


Nevada

New Senate subcommittee focused on restoring tourism industry rocked by pandemic

Las Vegas Sun - 4/14/2021

Will passenger rail service return to Las Vegas after lengthy absence?

Las vegas review journal - 4/13/2021

Beyond pension debts, Nevada owes $3.5 billion in public-employee retirement benefits

The Center Square – 4/12/2021

Nevada Democrats’ priorities emerge on bill deadline day

Associated Press – 4/9/2021

Proposed ticket tax could block pro sports expansion, Knights, Raiders say

Las vegas review journal - 4/8/2021


New Hampshire

Freedom from vaccinations bill debated before Senate panel

Nashua Telegraph - 4/15/2021

Federal deadline may have been extended, but N.H. state taxes are still due April 15

Concord Monitor - 4/14/2021

Should state legalize historic horse racing?

Concord Monitor - 4/12/2021

Some schools struggling to meet reopening mandate

Manchester Union Leader - 4/10/2021

House narrowly embraces college civics test

Manchester Union Leader - 4/8/2021

NH House keeps mandate schools have feminine hygiene products

Manchester Union Leader - 4/8/2021

New Hampshire House passes state budget on 205-178 vote with Republicans in favor

WMUR – 4/8/2021


New Jersey

Murphy considers $40M for undocumented workers. Immigrant groups call it insulting.

Jersey City Journal - 4/15/2021

How are schools readying for in-person classes this fall?

North Jersey.com (Bergen County Record & Herald News) - 4/14/2021

How will NJ prevent mass evictions, foreclosures?

North Jersey.com (Bergen County Record & Herald News) - 4/13/2021

N.J.s powerful legal weed panel gets to work Monday. Here are the big things it will do.

Jersey City Journal - 4/11/2021

Extra billions in tax revenue prompts Wall Street to give N.J. brighter credit outlook

Jersey City Journal - 4/10/2021

These vital N.J. needs would get big bucks from Bidens new proposed budget

Jersey City Journal - 4/9/2021

NJ launches housing assistance website, hotline

North Jersey.com (Bergen County Record & Herald News) - 4/9/2021


New Mexico

State business loan program revs up again, with changes

ABQJournal Online - 4/14/2021

Lujan Grisham signs $7.4B budget bill, vetoes $1B in federal spending

Santa Fe New Mexican - 4/10/2021

New Mexico governor gets request to send troops to U.S. border

Santa Fe New Mexican - 4/10/2021

Gov. signs budget, vetoes federal funding earmarks

ABQJournal Online - 4/9/2021

Governor signs NM paid sick leave legislation

ABQJournal Online - 4/9/2021

Governor signs aid in dying bill

Santa Fe New Mexican - 4/8/2021

Civil rights, economic growth bills signed

ABQJournal Online - 4/8/2021


New York

Schools see post-spring break Covid-19 surge

Buffalo News - 4/15/2021

N.Y. budget removes state from federal opportunity zone tax break for developers

New York Daily News - 4/13/2021

New York budget to fund community-based groups helping gun violence victims

Buffalo News - 4/12/2021

New Yorks $212 billion post-COVID budget shows Cuomo cant always get what he wants

New York Daily News - 4/11/2021

Penn Station expansion moving forward with $1.3B in new state budget

NewsDay.com - 4/10/2021

New York now recommends 3 feet distancing in schools

Buffalo News - 4/9/2021

90% of Police Departments Comply with Reform Directive

NewsDay.com - 4/9/2021

NYS $212 billion budget combined with new wealth taxes gets mixed reviews

New York Daily News - 4/8/2021

NY has new property tax credit. Heres how you qualify.

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle - 4/8/2021

New York City’s Wealthy Will Pay Nation’s Highest Tax Rates. How Will That Affect a Rebound?

Wall Street Journal – 4/8/2021


North Carolina

Senate Democrats push higher wages for North Carolina workers

The Center Square – 4/14/2021

NC Gov. Cooper signs into law special summer school program and teaching of phonics

Raleigh News & Observer - 4/11/2021

Unions, wages and parental leave: New NC bills could impact thousands of state employees

Raleigh News & Observer - 4/9/2021

Senators bet on sports gambling to fund NC school construction

Raleigh News & Observer - 4/9/2021


North Dakota

Advocates denounce North Dakota Legislature's efforts to punish universities for Planned Parenthood partnerships

Grand Forks Herald - 4/13/2021

Several contentious measures await Gov. Burgum's review

Bismarck Tribune - 4/12/2021

Transportation leaders react to a failed gas tax increase

KFYR – 4/10/2021

Several North Dakota airports receiving more funding relief from FAA

Grand Forks Herald - 4/9/2021

Gov. Burgum signing Legacy Fund investment bill

Bismarck Tribune - 4/8/2021


Ohio

Ohio House budget would cut income taxes, reform school funding

Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com - 4/13/2021

Ohio House proposes tax cuts, more school funding

Columbus Dispatch - 4/13/2021

Ohio infrastructure gets low grade in White House report: Capitol Letter

Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com - 4/13/2021

What Ohio could have learned about the coronavirus “ if the state had the data

Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com - 4/10/2021

Ohio Medicaid announces CareSource wins bid keep managing billions in state benefits

Dayton Daily News - 4/9/2021

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine proposes using more than $1 billion in federal relief money to balance state unemployment fund

Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com - 4/8/2021

Ohios casinos, racinos crush revenue records with big March, free of overnight curfews and return of poker rooms

Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com - 4/8/2021


Oklahoma

School choice advocate: New Oklahoma laws a victory for 'education freedom'

The Center Square – 4/15/2021

Oklahoma State Senate passes Transparency in Health Care Prices Act

KFOR – 4/13/2021

Oklahoma to Use $10 Million to Boost Investment, Innovation

Oklahoman – 4/9/2021


Oregon

Budget committee holds public comment hearings

Salem Statesman-Journal - 4/14/2021

State treasury could beef up cybersecurity practices

Salem Statesman-Journal - 4/14/2021

Oregon budget hearings start this week. Here's how to participate.

Corvallis Gazette-Times - 4/13/2021

Oregon Legislature lurches into second half of 2021 session

Corvallis Gazette-Times - 4/13/2021

Oregon senate creates crime of intimidation for display of a noose

Corvallis Gazette-Times - 4/12/2021

Oregon Legislature considering 10 police reform bills

The Center Square – 4/8/2021


Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania lawmakers to Wolf administration: ‘hold your horses’ on diverting trust fund dollars

The Center Square – 4/14/2021

Power struggle in Pennsylvania government to be decided by voters in May referendum

Allentown Morning Call - 4/13/2021

Pennsylvania earned a C- on its Infrastructure Report Card, with White House noting a systemic lack of investment in the Commonwealth

Allentown Morning Call - 4/13/2021

Small rainy day fund may complicate Pennsylvania’s economic recovery from coronavirus, analyst says

The Center Square – 4/13/2021


Rhode Island

When is a tax actually tax relief? McKee explains his proposal to tax a portion of forgiven PPP loans

Boston Globe – 4/13/2021

New $20M grant program for RI small biz opens Thursday

Providence Journal – 4/12/2021


South Carolina

Catholic, private-school leaders sue to lift SC's block on public funds to private schools

Charleston Post & Courier - 4/14/2021

SC Gov. McMaster would rather pay up front than borrow for Charleston port improvements

Charleston Post & Courier - 4/14/2021

SC buying 235 propane-powered school buses, reducing emissions by 96%

Charleston Post & Courier - 4/13/2021

SC has $346M to help with overdue rent and utility bills; here's how to get it.

Charleston Post & Courier - 4/11/2021

Corruption series sparked calls for change at SC Statehouse, but progress has been slow

Charleston Post & Courier - 4/10/2021

5 weeks remain in SC's regular legislative session. Here's a look at some bills' chances.

Charleston Post & Courier - 4/10/2021

SC legislators can add $1.7B to their negotiations for the state's budget

Charleston Post & Courier - 4/8/2021


South Dakota

Road construction begins at state park

Rapid City Journal - 4/14/2021

Educators, historians raise concerns about civics initiative

Rapid City Journal - 4/10/2021

New civics and history curriculum will take two years to develop

Capital Journal (Pierre) - 4/8/2021

South Dakota public schools can apply for civics education grants

Sioux Falls Argus Leader - 4/8/2021

Lawmakers say they won't address trans sports legislation in special session

Rapid City Journal - 4/8/2021


Tennessee

Lee budget amendment includes sales tax holiday on groceries, restaurant purchases

The Center Square – 4/13/2021

Tennessee eyes 2-week tax holiday for restaurants, groceries

Associated Press – 4/13/2021

Tennessee lawmakers to consider reducing eligibility time for unemployment benefits

The Center Square – 4/13/2021


Texas

The fight over who will pay for Texas blackouts gears up

Houston Chronicle - 4/14/2021

Texas education commissioner apologizes for STAAR glitch, says schools could soon have clarity on billions in federal money

Dallas Morning News - 4/14/2021

Voters would have to approve police budget cuts under bill approved by Texas Senate

Texas Tribune - 4/13/2021

Texas infrastructure gets C grade from Biden Texas infrastructure gets C grade from Biden

Austin American-Statesman - 4/13/2021

Texas needs billions to winterize power plants, gas lines. The Biden plan dangles hope but lacks details or promises.

Dallas Morning News - 4/13/2021

GOP push to overhaul Texas appeals courts districts on back burner for now in face of opposition

Dallas Morning News - 4/9/2021

Texas lawmakers want state to find a way to halt evictions until backlogged rental relief is sent

Dallas Morning News - 4/9/2021

Texas Senate OKs sweeping protections against COVID-19 lawsuits for businesses, health care providers

Dallas Morning News - 4/8/2021

Democrats on Thursday urged Texas' Republican leaders to quickly distribute federal COVID relief funds.

Dallas Morning News - 4/8/2021


Utah

Some Utah families are not getting help paying for child care, which advocates say violates federal rules

Salt Lake Tribune - 4/12/2021

Here s how millions in federal funds will benefit Utah s rural counties after the pandemic ends.

Salt Lake Tribune - 4/11/2021


Vermont

Final Reading: Budget back-and-forth

VT Digger.org - 4/14/2021

Library broadband network can avoid collapse with Covid funds, officials say

VT Digger.org - 4/13/2021

Free school meals for all? Senators temper their ambitions

VT Digger.org - 4/13/2021

Vermont businesses slam plan to tax federal Covid loans

VT Digger.org - 4/13/2021

Legislators want new data system to understand where racial disparities begin

VT Digger.org - 4/8/2021


Virginia

State to spend more than $4 million for Medicaid expansion to more legal immigrants

The Center Square – 4/14/2021

Virginia March revenue up from last year from payroll withholding timing, increase in sales tax revenue

The Center Square – 4/14/2021

Virginia expands Medicaid access for legal immigrants

Norfolk Virginian-Pilot/HamptonRoads.com - 4/13/2021

Lawmakers push Biden for federal money to help Virginia avoid delays as it digs deeper shipping channels

Norfolk Virginian-Pilot/HamptonRoads.com - 4/11/2021


Washington

Washington state governor OKs bill banning for-profit jails

Associated Press – 4/14/2021

Gas taxes, food delivery fees and more: Washington lawmakers eye 33 fees, taxes to pay for transportation

Seattle Times – 4/12/2021

Senate approves expansion of low-income tax credit

seattlepi.com - 4/11/2021

Public employees pensions to remain whole despite pandemic furloughs

Olympian - 4/11/2021

Clean fuel standard, cap-and-trade proposals pass state Senate late Thursday

Spokane Spokesman-Review - 4/9/2021

Gov. Inslee signs bill to restore voting rights to parolees

Associated Press – 4/9/2021

House passes $11 billion transportation budget

WNPA – 4/9/2021


West Virginia

West Virginia legislature passes budget, fails to pass income tax reduction at session’s end

The Center Square – 4/14/2021

West Virginia offering remote workers $12,000 to relocate

UPI – 4/13/2021

Lawmakers reflect on good, bad of a legislative session during a worldwide pandemic

Charleston Gazette - 4/12/2021

Proposal to give Legislature final say on state K-12 education policies dies in Senate

Charleston Gazette - 4/11/2021

WVa lawmakers pass $4.5 billion budget with cuts to colleges

Associated Press – 4/11/2021

Legislature passes 2021 broadband bill with stern words from lawmaker about industry maneuvering

Charleston Gazette - 4/10/2021

Legislature passes 2021-22 budget bill, over criticism of cuts to WVU, Marshall

Charleston Gazette - 4/10/2021

Zero to 100: House unanimous in rebuke of governor's plan to cut state income tax

Charleston Gazette - 4/9/2021

West Virginia Pins Population Growth Hopes on Income Tax Cut

Associated Press – 4/9/2021


Wisconsin

Senate to take up bills to spend federal funds, alter election laws

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - 4/14/2021

Assembly Republicans pass bills seeking control over federal stimulus funds, Tony Evers likely to veto

Lacrosse Tribune - 4/13/2021

Gov. Evers announces $100M for small businesses, equity programs

WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison - 4/13/2021

Gov. Evers reaches deal with federal government to preserve $70 million per month in food benefits

WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison - 4/13/2021

Assembly Republicans set to pass bills to control federal relief funds, may violate federal requirements

WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison - 4/13/2021

Biden administration touts American Jobs Plan's benefits for Wisconsin

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - 4/12/2021

Wisconsin Supreme Court rules voters who may have moved don't need to be purged from rolls

Lacrosse Tribune - 4/10/2021

Evers authorizes emergency work after concrete slabs fall at UW-Madison

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - 4/9/2021

Lawmakers hear from public as they prepare state budget

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - 4/9/2021


Wyoming

Wyoming elected leaders largely oppossed to Biden infrastructure plan

Cheyenne Wyoming Tribune-Eagle - 4/14/2021

Gov. Gordon takes action on 10 bills on Monday

Cheyenne Wyoming Tribune-Eagle - 4/14/2021

Wyoming emerges from session with no long-term budget, ed solutions

Cheyenne Wyoming Tribune-Eagle - 4/14/2021

$2.5 Million CARES Act Grant Will Help Marketing Tourism For The State

Wyoming Public Radio - 4/14/2021

University of Wyoming announces a phased return to normal over Summer session

Casper Star-Tribune - 4/14/2021

GORDON SIGNS BILL RAISING WYOMING LICENSE FEES TO HELP PAY FOR $80M WYDOT SYSTEM INTO LAW

Oil City News – 4/12/2021

Crime and justice bills: What passed and what didn't during this year's legislative session

Casper Star-Tribune - 4/11/2021

School leaders grapple with impasse on K-12 spending bill

Cheyenne Wyoming Tribune-Eagle - 4/11/2021

$3 million in cuts to state public defender's office puts agency back on edge of crisis

Cheyenne Wyoming Tribune-Eagle - 4/11/2021

Gov. Gordon Reflects On The 2021 Legislative Session

Wyoming Public Radio - 4/9/2021

Key takeaways from Wyoming's 66th legislative session

Casper Star-Tribune - 4/9/2021

With no plan from lawmakers, Gordon announces new effort to address school funding deficit

Cheyenne Wyoming Tribune-Eagle - 4/9/2021

Gordon disappointed by K-12 funding impasse, says Wyoming still has "serious financial difficulties ahead of us"

Cheyenne Wyoming Tribune-Eagle - 4/8/2021

Gordon charges group to develop plans for federal American Rescue funds

Cheyenne Wyoming Tribune-Eagle - 4/8/2021