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

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

Latest Federal News

 

FEMA Releases Fact Sheet on Vaccine Planning, Including Public Assistance and Title 32 Eligibility

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released a fact sheet entitled Vaccination Planning FAQ. The fact sheet outlines how the federal government is coordinating support for COVID-19 vaccination across departments and agencies, sources of available federal funding for vaccines, eligibility of costs incurred by state, tribal and territorial governments for FEMA Public Assistance, insurance reimbursement, and requesting Direct Federal Assistance. Specifically, the fact sheet states that “vaccine distribution and administration activities are also an allowable activity under existing Title 32 Mission Assignments to Department of Defense for Title 32 National Guard Deployments in response to the COVID-19 pandemic until the President’s authorization expires.”

 

CMS Updates COVID-19 Vaccine Toolkit for Medicaid and CHIP

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released an update to the Coverage and Reimbursement of COVID-19 Vaccines, Vaccine Administration and Cost Sharing under Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and Basic Health Program vaccine toolkit. The update includes information regarding the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act authorizations related to COVID-19 vaccinations, implications for Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage and reimbursement, and authorization for pharmacies distributing and administering certain covered countermeasures (including COVID-19 vaccinations).

 

DOL Issues Updated Information on Lost Wages Assistance Program

The Department of Labor (DOL) released Unemployment Insurance Program Letter No. 27-20, Change 2 on the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program. The letter responds to additional questions received from states about the LWA program, with answers developed in coordination with FEMA.

  

Administration Announces Rule on COVID-19 Vaccine Coverage

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released an interim final rule to ensure coverage of a COVID-19 vaccine. To assist with implementation of the interim final rule, CMS provided the rule text, a fact sheet, vaccine resources for providers, health plans, and State Medicaid programs, and frequently asked questions on billing for therapeutics.

 

CMS Releases Updated Policy for Maintaining Medicaid Enrollment During the PHE

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released updated guidance on maintaining Medicaid enrollment as a condition for receiving the temporary Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) increase under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Under this updated guidance, states must maintain the Medicaid enrollment of “validly enrolled beneficiaries” in one of three tiers of coverage to receive the increased FMAP. Enrollment must be maintained, with certain exceptions, through the end of the month in which the public health emergency (PHE) for COVID-19 ends.



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Press Clips - Week of November 23


Press Clips Archive


National

Governors Announce Small Business Aid Alongside Restrictions

Pew Trusts.org - 11/25/2020

Congressional leaders call for COVID relief but are far apart on a deal

CBS - 11/24/2020

State DOT Leaders Discuss Future of Transportation

Engineering News-Record - 11/24/2020

Biden Likely to Help States Increase Health Care Access

Pew Trusts.org - 11/24/2020

Azar says states will decide who gets first Covid-19 shots

The Hill – 11/24/2020

Food Banks See Higher Demand Than Usual Before Thanksgiving

Route Fifty – 11/24/2020

State revenues declined 0.8% in fiscal 2020

Bond Buyer - 11/23/2020

County Leaders Urge Bipartisan Deal on Federal Covid Relief

Route Fifty – 11/23/2020

Biden aides dispute push for quicker, pared-down relief deal

The Hill – 11/23/2020

States May See a Lot More Money for Crime Prevention with Biden Plan

Route Fifty - 11/23/2020

Economists are calling for more stimulus checks. Here's where assistance plans stand

CNBC - 11/23/2020

Public Transit, Battered by Pandemic, Triumphs at Ballot Box

Pew Trusts.org - 11/23/2020

The Virus Surge, Once Centered in the Midwest, Is Accelerating in 45 U.S. States

The New York Times - 11/23/2020

Biden wades into coronavirus relief fight

Politico - 11/21/2020

Money 'It's a big, scary mess': 12M to lose jobless aid

USA Today - 11/21/2020

As states face the loss of federal help amid ‘the worst part of the crisis,’ Washington is at a standstill

States Newsroom – 11/20/2020

Lawmakers Deal With Latest COVID Surge

Governing – 11/20/2020

States Begin to Develop COVID Vaccine Distribution Plans

Los Angeles Times – 11/20/2020

Election Disinformation Fears Came True for State Officials

Stateline – 11/20/2020

Biden and Congressional Democrats in ‘Lockstep Agreement’ to Push for Lame-Duck Covid Deal

Route Fifty – 11/20/2020

Trump’s Lame-Duck Status Leaves Governors to Wing It on COVID

Kaiser Health News – 11/20/2020

States Launch Broadband Grant Programs with CARES Act Money

Route Fifty – 11/19/2020

Treasury Secretary Mnuchin cuts off several Federal Reserve emergency aid programs, sparking unusual rebuke from Fed

Washington Post – 11/19/2020

The High Cost of a Looming Eviction Wave

Route Fifty - 11/19/2020

Study: The Best—and Worst—State Highway Systems

Route Fifty - 11/19/2020

More governors issue coronavirus restrictions ahead of Thanksgiving amid calls to downsize gatherings

Fox News - 11/19/2020


Alabama

No tolls, only a vision: Mobile, Baldwin officials reassure I-10 opponents

AL.com - 11/23/2020

COVID-19 has Alabama House looking at alternative sites

Birmingham News - 11/23/2020

Ivey talks COVID plans with president-elect Biden

AL.com - 11/20/2020

Report: Alabama gets $2.17 for every $1 paid in federal taxes

AL.com - 11/19/2020


Alaska

Heavily Republican incoming class of Alaska legislators prepares for next session

Alaska Public Media – 11/24/2020

BLM advances coastal plain lease sale plans

Fairbanks News-Miner - 11/21/2020


Arizona

School accountability measures up in the air amid pandemic

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 11/21/2020

Legal challenge primed against Arizona's new, voter-approved education tax

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 11/20/2020

Attack on vendor affects website of Arizona court system

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 11/20/2020

Arizona mayors call on Ducey for state mask mandate

Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix - 11/20/2020

Arizona schools want more state leadership on COVID-19

Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix - 11/19/2020


Arkansas

Panel weighs legal-fee issue for state legislators

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 11/23/2020

State offering $50 million in grants to businesses hurt by pandemic

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 11/22/2020

Hutchinson warns Presidential transition delay could harm vaccine distribution, which launches in December

Talk Business – 11/22/2020

State will get newest nurses on job quickly; faster licensing, fee waivers in plan

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 11/21/2020

New casino doubles revenue, exec reports

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 11/21/2020

$57M is touted as savings for state

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 11/20/2020

Virus cash to aid data center gets panel nod

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 11/19/2020


California

Will California’s small businesses survive another COVID-19 surge without more help?

Los Angeles Times - 11/24/2020

California has sent COVID-19 jobless benefits to Scott Peterson, death row inmates

Los Angeles Times - 11/24/2020

How Prop. 15s defeat impacts California schools

SFGate - 11/23/2020

Regional: Uc Enrollment Remains Flat Amid Pandemic

SFGate - 11/22/2020

Closing 8 California prisons could save state more than $1 billion

San Jose Mercury News - 11/20/2020

California to Distribute Vaccine to Most Affected First

Sacramento Bee – 11/19/2020

Facing increasing criticism, California legislators defend Hawaii trip during COVID-19 surge

Los Angeles Times - 11/18/2020


Colorado

Xcel Energy wants to offer rebates on electric vehicles to get more of them on Colorado roads

Boulder Daily Camera - 11/23/2020

1 in 49 Coloradans are now contagious with COVID-19, state estimates

Denver Post - 11/20/2020

Colorado Office of Economic Development readies several business assistance programs

Denver Post – 11/20/2020

COVID-19 stimulus package will be aim of Colorado legislative special session

Boulder Daily Camera - 11/18/2020


Connecticut

Lamont’s budget dilemma: Protecting transportation makes the deficit worse

The Connecticut Mirror - 11/25/2020

While Connecticut officials urge more federal funding for COVID-19 vaccine distribution, Gov. Lamont says hes prepared to dip into the states rainy day fund

Hartford Courant - 11/25/2020

Still a close vote: Lawmakers outline two paths to recreational cannabis in Connecticut

Hartford Courant - 11/24/2020

Gov. Ned Lamont urged residents to temper their holiday gathering ” and shopping ” with caution to avoid coronavirus spread.

The Connecticut Mirror - 11/23/2020

Teacher pension fund presents challenge in balancing state budget

Waterbury Republican-American - 11/22/2020

Analysts: Lamont faces $4.3 billion gap in next two-year budget

New Haven Register - 11/22/2020

Connecticut Leaders Hoping For Influx of Transportation Funding From Biden Administration

CT News Junkie - 11/22/2020

States next budget plan projected $4.3B in the red

Waterbury Republican-American - 11/20/2020

A COVID-19 vaccine is possibly weeks away, but Connecticut doesnt have enough money to properly plan, state official says

Hartford Courant - 11/19/2020

Consistently long lines at Connecticuts COVID-19 test sites, as cases surge across state and nation

Hartford Courant - 11/19/2020


Delaware

State uses $45 million in CARES funding for higher education relief

Wilmington News Journal (Delaware Online) - 11/24/2020

DSU seeks additional state funding in FY2022

Delaware Public Media – 11/24/2020

Education leaders call for more student well-being support in state budget

Delaware Public Media – 11/22/2020


Florida

COVID-19 shields for businesses, protest crackdown lead the agenda for new Florida leaders

Orlando Sentinel – 11/25/2020

DeSantis says no to mandatory vaccines but law allows it

Tallahassee Democrat - 11/23/2020

As COVID-19 shreds Floridas finances, new estimate says clamping down on corporate tax avoidance could raise nearly $500 million

Orlando Sentinel - 11/23/2020

Tourist visits in Florida plunge by 32% but show improvement from spring

Orlando Sentinel - 11/19/2020


Georgia

Early action applications to University of Georgia set record

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 11/24/2020

Low nursing home staffing puts residents at risk

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 11/24/2020

Georgia senators call for special session to address voting issues

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 11/24/2020

Rural hospitals fear funding will dry up

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 11/23/2020


Hawaii

Unspent funds won’t need to be returned, Case assures

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - 11/24/2020

Hawaii island group distributes $7.5M in housing aid, with more on the way

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - 11/22/2020


Idaho

Idaho's rainy day funds at $600 million: 'It's the most we've had since its creation'

Idaho News – 11/23/2020

Property tax panel recommends restricting, overseeing local government spending

Idaho Press – 11/23/2020


Illinois

Pritzker makes another plea for federal jobless aid before benefits end

The Center Square – 11/24/2020

State initiative launched to help Illinoisans expunge marijuana arrests, convictions

Capitol News Illinois – 11/23/2020

Workers go on strike at 11 nursing homes in Illinois, demanding higher wages and COVID-19 pandemic hazard pay

Chicago Tribune - 11/23/2020

CLC's free tuition program receives $1.2 million from the state

Illinois Daily Herald - 11/21/2020


Indiana

Indiana lawmaker resigns, blames governor's COVID-19 business restrictions

Northwest Indiana Times (nwitimes.com) - 11/24/2020

More than 3,300 COVID-19 cases reported in schools

Indianapolis Star - 11/23/2020

Lawsuit liability protections, cigarette tax hike top Indiana Chamber of Commerce agenda

Northwest Indiana Times (nwitimes.com) - 11/22/2020

Hill defends using Indiana taxpayer resources to challenge Pennsylvania mail-in ballots

Northwest Indiana Times (nwitimes.com) - 11/20/2020


Iowa

Travel in Iowa is down 11%, impacting hotels, gas tax revenue for the state

KCRG – 11/23/2020

Long-term care facilities face staff, equipment shortages amid pandemic

Quad-City Times - 11/21/2020

State reports 1st COVID death of prison staff member

Sioux City Journal - 11/20/2020


Kansas

Nearly $38M reallocated to businesses and public health

Topeka Capital-Journal - 11/20/2020

Movie theaters among businesses to get Kansas relief funds

Associated Press – 11/20/2020

COVID-19 spurs Kansas Legislature to plan $3M tech upgrade

Associated Press – 11/20/2020

Kansas aims to boost virus testing, but strategy unfinished

Associated Press – 11/19/2020


Kentucky

Federal Extended Unemployment Aid to End for Kentuckians

Associated Press – 11/24/2020

Kentucky Department of Education clears JCPS to operate on its own

Louisville Courier-Journal - 11/24/2020


Louisiana

New gas tax plan faces familiar roadblocks, 'Will fail once again'

Baton Rouge Advocate - 11/24/2020

Louisiana, Texas can end Planned Parenthood funding, federal appeals court rules

Baton Rouge Advocate - 11/23/2020

Resilient Louisiana task forces look to overhaul economic development with social justice bent

Baton Rouge Advocate - 11/23/2020

Louisiana Spotlight: John Bel Edwards used his veto pen freely after GOP's special session

Baton Rouge Advocate - 11/22/2020

Louisiana virus aid programs run dry with requests pending

Associated Press – 11/20/2020

$1 million in RESTORE Act money to fund Louisiana coastal research, like carbon capture

Nola.com - 11/19/2020


Maine

Maines massive pandemic budget gap may not be as bad as thought

Bangor Daily News - 11/25/2020

Lack of federal stimulus could slow Maines economic recovery, panel warns

Central Maine - 11/24/2020

Worsening pandemic has increased demand for mental health services in Maine

Central Maine - 11/23/2020

Maine is racking up new COVID-19 cases faster than authorities can trace them

Bangor Daily News - 11/23/2020

Maine to give out another $54M in small business grants

Bangor Daily News - 11/20/2020

Janet Mills economic recovery panel divided on 2 major issues as it faces December deadline

Bangor Daily News - 11/20/2020

Janet Mills puts $5.6M toward bringing broadband to rural areas

Bangor Daily News - 11/20/2020

Stimulus kept Maines budget afloat, but winter could bring more stress

Bangor Daily News - 11/20/2020

State revenues exceed four-month target by $146 million

Central Maine - 11/20/2020

Maine revenue better than expected for 3rd straight month, but unsustainable without new stimulus

Bangor Daily News - 11/19/2020

What Maines congressional delegation wants in a stalled virus aid package

Bangor Daily News - 11/19/2020

Maine restaurants wary of more COVID shutdowns

Central Maine - 11/19/2020

Families optimistic Supreme Court will overturn Maines ban on religious school funding

Bangor Daily News - 11/19/2020

Lawmakers eye overhaul of Maines stressed unemployment system, but money is tight

Bangor Daily News - 11/19/2020


Maryland

Maryland hotel association petitions Hogan administration for more funds amid worsening pandemic

Baltimore Sun – 11/25/2020

Maryland to pay $250 million to settle Purple Line disputes, replace construction contractor

Baltimore Sun - 11/24/2020

Maryland lawmakers say it's time to close the digital divide

Associated Press – 11/24/2020

Maryland Gov. Hogan urges vigilance against covid-19 as region heads into Thanksgiving holiday

Washington Post – 11/22/2020


Massachusetts

Massachusetts issues grants to faith and community groups to help neighborhoods reduce COVID-19 spread

The Republican - MassLive.com - 11/23/2020

Proponents of sports betting call on Massachusetts Legislature to pass bill before end of 2020

The Republican - MassLive.com - 11/20/2020

Massachusetts grants inject $68M in economic development to towns hit hard by coronavirus

Boston Herald - 11/19/2020

State Senate passes $1.4 million in budget increases for Holyoke Soldiers Home

The Republican - MassLive.com - 11/19/2020

From abortion protection to sports betting flop: 5 takeaways from the Mass. Senates $46B budget

The Republican - MassLive.com - 11/19/2020

Senate unanimously passes $46B budget

Boston Herald - 11/19/2020


Michigan

Questions remain regarding distribution of potential coronavirus vaccines in Michigan

Mlive.com - 11/24/2020

Coronavirus on campus: How Michigan colleges handled it and what the winter semester holds

Mlive.com - 11/22/2020

Michigan could spend more than $1B over time to finance Flint water crisis settlement

Mlive.com - 11/20/2020

House Speaker open to addressing Michigan COVID surge through mandates, but wants Whitmers buy-in

Mlive.com - 11/19/2020


Minnesota

Tim Walz, state Republicans push for quick aid to hard-hit businesses

TwinCities.com - 11/24/2020

Gov. Walz wants special session for coronavirus relief over latest restrictions

TwinCities.com - 11/23/2020

Millions in 'sin taxes' flowing into Minnesota's coffers during COVID-19 pandemic

Star Tribune – 11/19/2020

Lawmakers look for ways to help businesses, workers

Minnesota Public Radio - 11/19/2020


Mississippi

How will the COVID-19 vaccine be distributed in Mississippi? Heres the states plan.

The Sun Herald - 11/24/2020

Reeves hopes tax cut plan makes him the hammer, not the nail in 2021

The Sun Herald - 11/23/2020

Analysis: Politics infuse Mississippi governors budget plan

The Sun Herald - 11/23/2020

Justices lacking some facts during oral arguments on governors partial veto

The Sun Herald - 11/19/2020


Missouri

Schatz: Missouri Senate to return next week; two senators who tested positive for COVID have recovered

Missouri Net – 11/24/2020


Montana

Alme named new budget director with eye on identifying waste

Bozeman Daily Chronicle - 11/24/2020

Kurt Alme tapped as Gianforte's budget director

Missoula Missoulian - 11/24/2020

Montana trust land revenue dips in last fiscal year

Billings Gazette - 11/23/2020

Montana medical marijuana providers cautiously optimistic about legalization

Bozeman Daily Chronicle - 11/22/2020

Montana University System weighs in on proposed budget

Bozeman Daily Chronicle - 11/21/2020

Legislature OKs revenue estimate

Billings Gazette - 11/19/2020


Nebraska

Nebraska passport tourism program sets record

Lincoln Journal Star - 11/24/2020


Nevada

Sisolak tightens restrictions on casinos, restaurants as virus surges

Las Vegas Sun - 11/22/2020

Earnings reports show some casino companies handling crisis

Las vegas review journal - 11/21/2020

COVID investigation tool is data ‘nightmare’ for some Nevada counties

Las Vegas Review-Journal - 11/19/2020


New Hampshire

U.S. education secretary says states have unspent COVID money, but NH has spent far more than reported

Manchester Union Leader - 11/24/2020

Calls for more CARES Act funding for schools, food stamps told its too late

Concord Monitor - 11/24/2020

Hassan, Shaheen urge robust funding for state and local governments to distribute COVID-19 vaccines

Nashua Telegraph - 11/24/2020

With decade-long wait for subsidized housing, solutions to homelessness elusive

Concord Monitor - 11/23/2020

NH secures waiver for afterschool programs

Manchester Union Leader - 11/23/2020

New State House majorities could accept $46M charter school grant

Manchester Union Leader - 11/23/2020

N.H. Legislatures meeting plans for 2021 unclear as COVID cases rise

Concord Monitor - 11/21/2020

N.Hs nursing homes are among the hardest hit in U.S., but received little federal aid

Concord Monitor - 11/19/2020

Group wants Sununu to impose mask rule, expand tracing

Manchester Union Leader - 11/19/2020


New Jersey

Murphy requires police body cams, but no money

North Jersey.com (Bergen County Record & Herald News) - 11/24/2020

Lawmakers planned to pass a legal weed bill Monday. Here are the disputes that stopped it from happening.

Jersey City Journal - 11/23/2020

Most NJ students have computer access, but that won't close divide, advocates say

North Jersey.com (Bergen County Record & Herald News) - 11/22/2020

All N.J. prison officers would have to wear body cameras under new bill

Jersey City Journal - 11/20/2020

N.J. legal weed bills final votes stalled again because of last-minute changes

Jersey City Journal - 11/19/2020

N.J. moves on $4B in borrowing to balance budget amid pandemics economic unrest

Jersey City Journal - 11/19/2020


New Mexico

Legislature passes COVID relief in 1-day session

ABQJournal Online - 11/25/2020

Legislature passes $330M pandemic relief package

Santa Fe New Mexican - 11/25/2020

New Mexico lawmakers consider $1,200 payment to unemployed

Associated Press – 11/23/2020

Pandemic relief bill hits snag as Democrats, GOP bicker

Santa Fe New Mexican - 11/23/2020

Hospital officials urge New Mexicans to avoid holiday gatherings

Santa Fe New Mexican - 11/23/2020

Both houses will introduce relief bill in special session

Santa Fe New Mexican - 11/23/2020

Local businesses running out of time to access CARES Act money

Santa Fe New Mexican - 11/20/2020

Legislative report says Medicaid costing more, delivering less in New Mexico

Santa Fe New Mexican - 11/19/2020


New York

Cuomo announces new restrictions in Upper Manhattan, Staten Island and other hot spots.

The New York Times - 11/23/2020

Cuomo defends LaGuardia AirTrain project amid 'doomsday' budget crisis

New York Post - 11/22/2020

Cuomo tells Biden $500 billion in stimulus funds needed to bail out states

New York Daily News - 11/20/2020

Disability service providers warn of cuts without restored state funding

Albany Times-Union - 11/19/2020

Cuomo to forgo his $25,000 raise through executive order

New York Post - 11/19/2020


North Carolina

Arrests are down, NC jails are less full. Will the changes outlast the pandemic?

Raleigh News & Observer - 11/24/2020

Can North Carolina Spend $30M on Broadband Before Year End?

News & Observer – 11/24/2020

North Carolina public schools see drop in students amid COVID-19 pandemic

WTVD – 11/23/2020

Gov. Cooper issues stricter mask mandate that includes in-home restrictions

The Center Square – 11/23/2020

Republicans push Cooper to release COVID-19 relief funding for broadband access

The Center Square – 11/20/2020


North Dakota

North Dakota Industrial Commission awards more than $11.6 million in Outdoor Heritage Fund grants

Grand Forks Herald - 11/24/2020

North Dakota reports 6 more COVID-19 deaths, urges small Thanksgiving gatherings

Grand Forks Herald - 11/24/2020

North Dakota commission OKs pandemic funding for short-staffed hospitals

Grand Forks Herald - 11/24/2020

Study: Pandemic exacerbates housing challenges in North Dakota

Bismarck Tribune - 11/23/2020

North Dakota schools may be sanctioned for violating statewide mask mandate

Grand Forks Herald - 11/20/2020

A strained state budget could complicate legislative session

KFYR – 11/19/2020


Ohio

Coronavirus aid a boon to some businesses news

Columbus Dispatch - 11/22/2020

Ohio Medicaid system could be losing hundreds of millions of dollars from ineligible claims, state audit says

Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com - 11/20/2020

Ohio lawmakers start lame-duck session by passing bills on school vouchers, coronavirus orders

Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com - 11/19/2020


Oklahoma

Stitt: Next course of action halting elective surgeries, not mask mandate

Oklahoman – 11/20/2020


Oregon

Oregon becomes final state to pay waiting week

Salem Statesman-Journal - 11/23/2020

Oregon lawmakers working on proposal to extend eviction moratorium through June

Portland Oregonian, Hillsboro Argus, Oregon Live.com - 11/20/2020

Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association sues governor, seeks court order halting her 2-week freeze restrictions

Portland Oregonian, Hillsboro Argus, Oregon Live.com - 11/20/2020

Oregon begins recouping rental and utility assistance from counties struggling to meet end-of-year deadline

Portland Oregonian, Hillsboro Argus, Oregon Live.com - 11/19/2020


Pennsylvania

PennDOTs $600 million funding shortfall threatens thousands of jobs; Pennsylvania lawmakers look for solution

Allentown Morning Call - 11/24/2020

Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf signs no-new-tax budget bills to get state government operations through the rest of the fiscal year

Penn Live – 11/23/2020

Gov. Tom Wolf Signs $35.5B Budget To Fund Pennsylvania Through June 2021

KDKA – 11/23/2020

New Pennsylvania coronavirus mitigation steps include one-night stoppage of alcohol sales, stay-at-home advisory

Allentown Morning Call - 11/23/2020

Financially distressed Pa. towns faring better than expected, while others in pain

The Philadelphia Inquirer - 11/23/2020

PennDOT seeks public-private partnership to address major bridges 

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - 11/22/2020

Pa. budget doesnt raise taxes or bail out industries hit by the coronavirus

The Philadelphia Inquirer - 11/21/2020

$11B budget package passes Pennsylvania Legislature

Associated Press – 11/20/2020

Pennsylvania lawmakers struggle to accept spending $1.3 billion of federal coronavirus emergency money on state budget

Allentown Morning Call - 11/20/2020

Pa. lawmakers to use remaining $1.3 billion in coronavirus aid to prop up state budget

The Philadelphia Inquirer - 11/19/2020

Pennsylvania lawmakers prepare to vote on $10 billion budget package with no new taxes

Allentown Morning Call - 11/19/2020

With $1.3 billion in coronavirus cash left to spend, the Pa. government might be the big winner

The Philadelphia Inquirer - 11/19/2020

Pennsylvania gaming revenue rebounds in October, but a new COVID-19 slowdown looms

The Philadelphia Inquirer - 11/19/2020


Rhode Island

No deal yet in RI budget talks No deal yet in RI budget talks

The Providence Journal - 11/23/2020

1 in 4 in RI can't afford food, report says 1 in 4 in RI can't afford food, report says

The Providence Journal - 11/23/2020

Advocates of a tax hike for RI's top earners rally at the State House Advocates of a tax hike for RI's top earners rally at the State House

The Providence Journal - 11/22/2020


South Carolina

5 of SC's largest hospital chains took in 75% of relief funds

Charleston Post & Courier - 11/22/2020

SC state parks revenue up 30% since July. You can visit for free on Nov. 27.

Charleston Post & Courier - 11/20/2020

SC schools to receive COVID tests after Thanksgiving, no plans for holiday restrictions

Charleston Post & Courier - 11/19/2020


South Dakota

Lawmakers See Significant One-Time Money To Budget In Upcoming Legislative Session

WNAX – 11/24/2020

‘Thousands’ of S.D. businesses seeking COVID aid haven’t answered state email on finance data

KELO – 11/18/2020


Tennessee

Lawmakers prepare to discuss what Tennessee should do with $741M welfare windfall

The Center Square – 11/21/2020


Texas

Who’ll get Texas’ first COVID-19 shots? Hospital, nursing home, EMS, home health workers top the list

Dallas Morning News - 11/23/2020

Texas announces COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan

The Center Square – 11/23/2020

Texas Comptroller Discusses State Budget Outlook as COVID Cases Surge

Spectrum News – 11/20/2020

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott touts arrival of new coronavirus treatment at Lubbock hospital

Dallas Morning News - 11/19/2020


Utah

Utah inmates are dying from coronavirus, as advocates call for an investigation

Salt Lake Tribune – 11/20/2020


Vermont

Vermont State Police rolls out body cameras

Burlington Free Press - 11/23/2020

State leaders hope for another round of federal Covid-19 relief funding

VT Digger.org - 11/22/2020

Joint Fiscal Committee approves $8.5 million for more Covid testing

VT Digger.org - 11/20/2020

Vermonts Covid pandemic expected to surge 50% in next six weeks

VT Digger.org - 11/19/2020

Scott administration relaunches electric vehicle incentive program with nearly $1 million in new funding

VT Digger.org - 11/19/2020

Administration seeks $8.5M for expanded Covid-19 testing

VT Digger.org - 11/19/2020


Virginia

Virginia Democrats see ways around GOP plan to shrink legislative session

Washington Post – 11/21/2020

For the first time, Virginia is setting aside capital funds to restore its oyster population

Norfolk Virginian-Pilot/HamptonRoads.com - 11/21/2020

Revised Virginia state budget restricts evictions, stops utility shutoffs

WSLS – 11/19/2020


Washington

Washington lawmakers voice support for struggling hospitality industry

Spokane Spokesman-Review - 11/23/2020

Inland Northwest tribes call for Congress to extend deadline for coronavirus emergency spending

Spokane Spokesman-Review - 11/23/2020

Inslee announces $135 million in economic relief for businesses affected by COVID-19 closures

Spokane Spokesman-Review - 11/21/2020


West Virginia

West Virginia weighs-in on more COVID-19 aid from Congress

WOWK – 11/25/2020

Renewables, GOP supermajority loom large over energy and environmental groups' 2021 state legislative priorities

Charleston Gazette - 11/21/2020


Wisconsin

Wisconsin National Guard making history with COVID-19 deployment

Lacrosse Tribune - 11/23/2020

Meeting on COVID-19 measures between Gov. Tony Evers and GOP leaders deemed 'productive'

Lacrosse Tribune - 11/20/2020

Teacher union recertification challenged by COVID-19 pandemic, but participation hasn't dropped

Lacrosse Tribune - 11/20/2020


Wyoming

Wyoming lawmakers to delay start of 2021 session due to COVID-19

Casper Star-Tribune - 11/24/2020

Revenue committee weighs hiking Wyoming's wind energy tax

Casper Star-Tribune - 11/24/2020

Wyoming School Boards Association supports raising 1% sales tax to fund education

Cheyenne Wyoming Tribune-Eagle - 11/22/2020

Revenue committee advances 9 cent fuel tax increase, weighs potential tobacco tax hike

Casper Star-Tribune - 11/21/2020

Revenue Committee rejects state income tax on high-end earners

Cheyenne Wyoming Tribune-Eagle - 11/21/2020

Wyoming Hospitals Face Rising Demand, Staff Shortages As Pandemic Rages

Wyoming Public Radio - 11/20/2020

Legislative Committee Approves Fuel Tax Hike

Wyoming Public Radio - 11/20/2020

Economic recovery slow but steady in Wyoming

Cheyenne Wyoming Tribune-Eagle - 11/20/2020

Governor unveils plan to ease hospital staffing shortages

Cheyenne Wyoming Tribune-Eagle - 11/20/2020

Governor's college grant programs report success in boosting enrollment at UW, community colleges

Cheyenne Wyoming Tribune-Eagle - 11/19/2020

Lawmakers defeat effort to address state's aging irrigation infrastructure

Casper Star-Tribune - 11/19/2020