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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

 

Treasury Releases Data from CRF Interim Report

The Treasury Department posted its Interim Report of Costs Incurred by State and Local Recipients through June 30 related to the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF), based on data submitted by state and local governments for the July 17 interim report deadline. The Treasury report shows a state and local accounting of the CRF payment amount, total costs incurred, and percent spent; the report does not include territories. The use of total costs incurred, instead of amounts allocated, results in a lower amount in many cases as states have committed funds for a variety of uses but have not yet incurred/expended the costs.

 

HHS Secretary Extends Public Health Emergency Determination

The Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) renewed the determination that a public health emergency exists as a result of the continued consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. The previous public health emergency was scheduled to expire on July 25 and this renewal is effective as of that date. A determination remains in effect for 90 days or until the Secretary determines that the emergency no longer exists, whichever occurs first.

 

DOD Develops State and Local Government Purchasing Program

The Department of Defense (DOD) rolled out the COVID-19 Contingency Corridor that allows state and local governments to shop for non-medical Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and similar material offered by commercial suppliers. The online corridor was created to provide state and local governments the ability to purchase non-medical PPE at or below the micro-purchase threshold of $10,000 and was designed for first responder missions. Additional program information can be found here.

 

Federal Reserve to Extend Emergency Lending Programs

The Federal Reserve Board announced an extension of several of its lending facilities, which were scheduled to expire on or around September 30, through December 31. The extensions apply to several facilities including the Main Street Lending Program, the Paycheck Protection Program Liquidity Facility, and the Secondary Market Corporate Credit Facility. The Municipal Liquidity Facility (MLF) was already set to expire on December 31.

 

Federal Reserve Expands Main Street Lending Facility to Nonprofits

The Federal Reserve Board modified the Main Street Lending Program to provide greater access to credit for nonprofit organizations such as educational institutions, hospitals, and social service organizations. The Board approved two new loan options, a Nonprofit Organization Expanded Loan Facility and Nonprofit Organization New Loan Facility. The minimum employment threshold for nonprofits was lowered from 50 employees to 10 and the limit on donation-based funding was eased.

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Press Clips - Week of August 2


Press Clips Archive


National

Acrimony and impasse: Pelosi slams GOP and Trump readies executive actions as both sides nervously wonder about next steps

Washington Post – 8/6/2020

As COVID-19 Tanks the Economy, Eviction Moratoriums Expire

Stateline – 8/6/2020

Obamas Medicaid expansion keeps gaining ground under Trump

Republic - 8/6/2020

Cuomo relays U.S. governors' demand for federal COVID-19 aid in upcoming relief package

Reuters - 8/5/2020

Blue-State Tax Break Becomes a Flashpoint in Coronavirus-Relief Bill

Wall Street Journal - 8/5/2020

Data Shows Where Government Work Has Grown, Decreased

Governing.com - 8/5/2020

Support for Housing the Homeless Continues as COVID Rages

Governing.com - 8/5/2020

Negotiators remain far apart on coronavirus deal as deadline looms

The Hill – 8/5/2020

As Sports Teams Struggle, So Do Their Hometowns

Stateline – 8/5/2020

There’s no national testing strategy for coronavirus. These states banded together to make one.

Washington Post – 8/4/2020

McConnell Says Local Budget Offices Are Hoarding Cash. They Say: Malarkey

Time – 8/4/2020

Highway work at risk as Congress considers next recovery bill

Roll Call – 8/4/2020

Census Bureau Says It Will Stop the Count A Month Early

Route Fifty – 8/4/2020

Trump spares only Texas and Florida in cutting funds for National Guard

Politico - 8/4/2020

Even COVID-19 Cant Stop Sales Tax-Free Shopping

Forbes.com (Forbes Magazine) - 8/4/2020

States Asking For More Coronavirus Aid, But Treasury Says Theyve Spent Just 25% So Far

Forbes.com (Forbes Magazine) - 8/4/2020

Worries about 2020 census accuracy grow with cut schedule

Republic - 8/4/2020

Local governments 'overwhelmed' in race to trace U.S. COVID contacts

Reuters - 8/4/2020

COVID-19 outbreaks in agricultural communities raise harvest fears

The Hill - 8/4/2020

Missouri Expands Medicaid, Using Progressives’ New Tactic: Ballot Initiatives

The New York Times - 8/4/2020

'Tidal wave': States fear fiscal disaster as Congress slow-walks aid

Politico – 8/3/2020

Lack of Public Data Hampers COVID-19 Fight

Stateline – 8/3/2020

States Crack Down on Large Gatherings as Covid-19 Continues to Spread

Route Fifty – 8/3/2020

States Are Broke And Many Are Eyeing Massive Cuts. Here's How Yours Is Doing

(NPR) National Public Radio - 8/3/2020

States eager to expand broadband, wary of CARES Act deadline

Republic - 8/1/2020

Secretaries of state ask for additional election support funding in light of coronavirus

CNN - 7/31/2020

Virus’ Hit to Sales Tax Revenues is Coming Into Focus and It’s Not Good

Route Fifty - 7/31/2020

Teachers unions demand their say as schools debate reopening

Christian Science Monitor - 7/31/2020

Patients Fled Primary Care During COVID-19

Pew Trusts.org - 7/31/2020

Legislative Watch: Addressing America's Eviction Crisis

Governing – 7/31/2020

Containing Rising Healthcare Costs in the Wake of COVID-19

Modern Healthcare – 7/31/2020

States say they need more coronavirus aid, Treasury reports only 25% has been spent

Sinclair – 7/30/2020

The States With the Worst Public Sector Job Losses During the Coronavirus Crisis

Route Fifty – 7/30/2020

Analysis: Cities hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic face bankruptcy

PBS - 7/30/2020


Alabama

State tax revenues slowed but not enough to force cuts

AL.com - 8/4/2020

COVID test, symptom check required at Alabama colleges

AL.com - 8/3/2020

State income tax growth flat amid outbreak

Montgomery Advertiser - 8/3/2020

Alabama to offer vouchers for broadband internet for students

Montgomery Advertiser - 7/31/2020


Arizona

Arizona court to decide if sentencing reform initiative can appear on ballot

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 8/4/2020

Many Arizona jail inmates have voting rights, but few cast ballots

Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix - 8/4/2020

AZ initiative to raise taxes on wealthy for education knocked off ballot

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 8/1/2020

Arizona unemployment benefits to be restored to thousands

Arizona Republic, AZCentral.com & KPNX-TV NBC 12 Phoenix - 8/1/2020

Judge rejects measure to raise K-12 funding through tax on Arizona's wealthy

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 7/31/2020

Ducey: State not considering raising $240 weekly unemployment payments

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 7/31/2020

Gov. Ducey opposing three of four proposed ballot measures

Tucson Arizona Daily Star - 7/30/2020


Arkansas

Panel favors $100M more for broadband

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 8/6/2020

Open schools remain goal, governor says

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 8/5/2020

Arkansas: Schools must be open 5 days a week despite virus

Associated Press – 8/5/2020

Arkansas' revenue sets record for July

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - 8/5/2020


California

State legislation prompts San Diego to explore creating a city-owned public bank

San Diego Union-Tribune - 8/4/2020

Calif. lawmakers consider creating $600 unemployment benefit

SFGate - 7/31/2020

California court: public employees can't 'spike' pensions

SFGate - 7/30/2020

Anonymous tips help California counties enforce virus orders

San Diego Union-Tribune - 7/30/2020


Colorado

Colorado new business filings fall in Q2

Boulder Daily Camera - 8/5/2020

Colorado's Polis urges US to go beyond renewal of virus aid

Associated Press – 8/4/2020

Updated economic forecast shows Colorado is slowly recovering from COVID-19 pandemic

Denver Channel – 8/3/2020


Connecticut

Lamont is guarding reserves for recession to come. Critics say hes prioritizing austerity over COVID response

The Connecticut Mirror - 8/5/2020

Lembo to Federal Government: Send Help

CT News Junkie - 8/4/2020

Lembo lowers projected state deficit for 2020 fiscal year to $128.1M

Waterbury Republican-American - 8/3/2020

Lembo: Conn. economy improving from COVID, still needs help

Danbury News-Times - 8/3/2020

Republicans, nonprofits clash with Lamont administration over federal funding; Lamont says officials are working to resolve the issue

Hartford Courant – 7/30/2020

Delaware

State of Emergency orders extended by courts, Gov. Carney

Delaware Public Media – 8/6/2020

Delaware Built-Up Savings Over The Past Few Years. COVID-19 Wiped Much Of That Out

NPR – 8/3/2020

Lawsuit over cancer death and prison healthcare ends

Wilmington News Journal (Delaware Online) - 7/31/2020


Florida

DeSantis emphasizes Florida school sports in push for reopening

Tampa Bay Times - 8/6/2020

‘It’s clear we need the help’: Fast-dwindling federal aid pits Florida governments against each other

Washington Post – 8/5/2020

Unclaimed property could spell relief for COVID-stressed Floridians

Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel & SouthFlorida.com - 8/1/2020

Florida faces budget cuts due to COVID. One agency wants to drop $915K on PR campaign.

Tampa Bay Times - 8/1/2020


Georgia

Gov. Kemp says he will call special session over hurricane relief bill

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 8/5/2020

Georgia House speaker asks U.S. Senate for $500 billion aid package for states

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 8/5/2020

States could see years of money woes, job losses from the COVID-19...

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - 8/2/2020


Hawaii

Credit union to help Hawaii school teachers with grants to purchase classroom supplies

KHNL/KGMB-TV Hawaii News Now - 8/3/2020

Gov. David Ige vetoes additional unemployment insurance, hoping Congress acts

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - 7/31/2020


Idaho

Idaho governor to call special session due to COVID-19

Associated Press – 8/6/2020

Idahos governor continues to urge schools to reopen for in-person instruction

Twin Falls Times-News - 8/4/2020

Idaho is only state skipping COVID relief for school-lunch families

Twin Falls Times-News - 8/4/2020

Little offered Idahoans $100 million to return to work. Most of the money sat there.

Twin Falls Times-News - 8/2/2020


Illinois

State investing $40 million in hopes of making Cairo port a shipping hub

Illinois Daily Herald - 8/4/2020

State House GOP leader says Pritzker overextending his executive authority in dealing with pandemic

Chicago Tribune - 8/4/2020

July cannabis sales set record at nearly $61 million

Illinois Daily Herald - 8/3/2020

Without federal relief, state faces big budget cuts, Pritzker warns

Illinois Daily Herald - 8/3/2020

State budget cuts hit disabled services; 36 out of work at Opportunity Enterprises, 260 statewide

Chicago Tribune - 7/31/2020


Indiana

Indiana lifting eviction, utility shutoff moratoriums on Aug. 14, governor says

Northwest Indiana Times (nwitimes.com) - 8/5/2020

$1 billion ID'd for CARES spending

Journal Gazette.net - 8/5/2020

Indiana teachers might walk out if state, local leaders don't prioritize school safety

Northwest Indiana Times (nwitimes.com) - 8/4/2020

Heres how Indiana spent coronavirus cash

Indianapolis Star - 8/4/2020

Unemployment compensation still hard to get for some Hoosiers

Indianapolis Star - 8/2/2020


Iowa

Iowa governor signs order restoring felon voting rights

Associated Press – 8/6/2020

Some school districts reject Iowa in-class requirements

Quad-City Times - 8/4/2020

Gov. Reynolds warns schools not to defy law

Quad-City Times - 8/4/2020

How will Iowas 2020 sales tax holiday work?

Des Moines Register - 8/3/2020


Kansas

Medicaid expansion in Kansas could hinge on down-ballot primary races

Lawrence Journal-World - 8/1/2020

Kansas allocates $254M in federal virus relief funds

Lawrence Journal-World - 7/30/2020


Kentucky

Leaders say Kentucky needs New Deal for internet access for students

Louisville Courier-Journal - 8/3/2020

How the Debate over State Aid Is Playing Out in Mitch McConnell's Backyard

States of Crisis – 7/31/2020

Kentucky faces wave of evictions if Beshears protections go away, advocates warn

Louisville Courier-Journal - 7/30/2020

It will soon cost more to smoke e-cigarettes in Kentucky. New tax starts Aug. 1.

Lexington Herald Leader – 7/28/2020


Louisiana

In first meeting, task force on police practices announces subcommittees

Baton Rouge Advocate - 8/6/2020

Louisiana contact tracing stymied as 73 percent of people who answer dont share contacts

Nola.com - 8/1/2020


Maine

Mills asks state departments to trim spending by 10 percent

Central Maine - 8/6/2020

Maine goes into austerity mode as coronavirus takes steep budget toll

Bangor Daily News - 8/6/2020

Janet Mills extends Maines state of emergency for 30 more days

Bangor Daily News - 8/5/2020

Maine cities and towns could lose $146M in revenue by 2020s end due to virus

Bangor Daily News - 8/3/2020

Maine state pension fund dodges worst of coronavirus-induced recession for now

Bangor Daily News - 8/3/2020

Facing coronavirus and an uncertain fall, some Maine families consider homeschooling

Central Maine - 8/2/2020

Families argue in appeal that Maine should pay tuition at religious schools

Central Maine - 7/30/2020

Mills investing $1 million to address racial disparities in Maine coronavirus infections

Bangor Daily News - 7/30/2020


Maryland

Cashless tolling is now permanent at all Maryland bridges, tunnels, express lanes

Baltimore Sun - 8/6/2020

Maryland casinos bring $139 million in July, first full month open since coronavirus pandemic

Baltimore Sun - 8/5/2020

Franchot calls on Gov. Hogan to tap Rainy Day fund to help small businesses survive pandemic

Baltimore Sun - 8/5/2020

Maryland Gov. Hogan ends tenure as head of nations governors

Baltimore Sun - 8/5/2020

Public defenders announce effort to join Marylands largest public-service union

Baltimore Sun - 8/4/2020


Massachusetts

Massachusetts has over $1 million sitting in census fund as communities remain undercounted, advocates say

The Republican - MassLive.com - 8/6/2020

Gov. Charlie Baker is getting a shout-out from a fiscal watchdog for taking on the state Legislature.

Boston Herald - 8/5/2020

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker signs 3-month budget, sends back provision that stipulates funding levels

The Republican - MassLive.com - 8/4/2020

As COVID-19 rate rises, American Federation of Teachers Massachusetts calls for remote start to 2020-2021 school year

The Republican - MassLive.com - 8/3/2020

Free phone calls for Massachusetts inmates would force cuts to jail programs, sheriff says

The Republican - MassLive.com - 8/2/2020

Massachusetts commits to keep local aid amounts level during fiscal 2021 amid coronavirus pandemic

MassLive – 7/30/2020


Michigan

Teachers call for remote learning during COVID-19

Detroit Free Press - 8/6/2020

$5.7 million in small business development CARES Act money is headed to Michigan

Mlive.com - 8/5/2020

Michigan National Guard to continue COVID work through years end

Detroit News - 8/4/2020

After nearly 1M jobs lost, Michigans fragile economic recovery likely to last years

Mlive.com - 8/4/2020

Protests stir Michigan lawmakers to seek lower jail arrests, but keep cash bail intact

Detroit News - 8/3/2020

Skubick: State Budget Director faces sea of red ink, tax hike talk

WLNS – 8/3/2020

Michigan Legislature cancels session after senator’s test

Associated Press – 8/3/2020

Whitmer signs bills to resolve $2.2 billion budget deficit

Associated Press – 7/31/2020

Budget bills to fill gaps caused by coronavirus signed by Whitmer

Mlive.com - 7/31/2020

Child vaccinations down across Michigan

Lansing State Journal - 7/30/2020


Minnesota

Minnesota will put $3 million of Volkswagen settlement fund in electric school buses

Associated Press – 8/6/2020

Minnesota officials adjust as Census moves count deadline up a month

TwinCities.com - 8/4/2020

With bonding bill still out of reach, Democrats pivot to 2020 election

Grand Forks Herald – 8/3/2020

Minnesota faces potential $4.7B deficit due to pandemic

Associated Press – 8/3/2020

Minnesota will close 2 prisons to prepare for budget shortfall. Other agencies face holes, too.

TwinCities.com - 8/3/2020

Coronavirus impact on Minnesota finances quantified: $7 billion deficit over next 3 years

TwinCities.com - 7/31/2020


Mississippi

MS House leaders sue governor over partial vetoes

Hattiesburg American - 8/6/2020

As Reeves tries to save program to reward teachers, critics say it intensifies inequality

The Sun Herald - 8/2/2020


Missouri

Governor calls on Missouri counties to send CARES Act funding to health departments

Missouri Net - 8/6/2020

Missouri voters approved Medicaid expansion, but roll-out talks just getting started

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 8/5/2020

Senate panel signs off on crime package pushed by Parson

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 8/5/2020

Missouri becomes 38th state to expand Medicaid

Missouri Net - 8/5/2020

Missouri voters narrowly approve Medicaid expansion

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 8/5/2020

50 Missouri health agencies have yet to receive federal aid, including in Boone County

Columbia Missourian - 8/3/2020

After years of big payouts, Missouri reduces the cost of lawsuits against the state

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 7/31/2020

Analysis: Parsons crime package will cost millions at a time when hes cutting spending

St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 7/30/2020


Montana

Montana to spend $530K in coronavirus relief money on Census

Bozeman Daily Chronicle - 8/5/2020

'Reverse this reckless decision': Montanans push back on census deadline

Missoula Missoulian - 8/4/2020

State says Montana rental assistance program largely unused

Great Falls Tribune - 8/2/2020

UM fall enrollment holds overall; freshman registration dives

Missoula Missoulian - 8/1/2020

$1M in COVID-19 relief grants to aid health care providers

Great Falls Tribune - 8/1/2020


Nebraska

New property tax reduction plan sails ahead toward enactment

Lincoln Journal Star - 8/5/2020

Nebraska property tax, incentives packages wins initial OK

Associated Press – 8/5/2020

Prison reform parole bill is filibustered, advanced amid acrimony

Lincoln Journal Star - 8/4/2020

Ricketts says new business incentives package vital for Nebraska

Lincoln Journal Star - 8/3/2020

Seeking a grand bargain, senators approach the finish line

Lincoln Journal Star - 8/2/2020

Legislature passes state budget, YRTC bills in clearing slate of 30-plus measures

Lincoln Journal Star - 7/31/2020


Nevada

School districts denied coronavirus liability protections

Las Vegas Review-Journal - 8/5/2020

Senate resolution calls racism public health crisis.

Las Vegas Review-Journal - 8/5/2020

Republicans threaten lawsuits over new mail-voting law

Las Vegas Review-Journal - 8/4/2020

Sisolak announces targeted coronavirus response

Las vegas review journal - 8/3/2020

Nevada to mail all voters ballots; Trump promises lawsuit

Las Vegas Sun - 8/3/2020

Legislature OKs major mining tax hike proposals

Reno Gazette-Journal - 8/3/2020

Nevada Democrats shift tactics, revisit mining tax battle

Las Vegas Sun - 8/2/2020

Assembly approves bill to address Nevada voters' coronavirus safety

Las Vegas Sun - 8/1/2020

Nevada Legislature begins 2nd special session of summer

Las Vegas Sun - 7/31/2020


New Hampshire

NH gets federal waiver to lower health care premiums

Manchester Union Leader - 8/5/2020

New Hampshire investigates taxation of remote workers

Associated Press – 8/5/2020

State boost in scholarship funds to private and religious schools draws Democratic criticism

Concord Monitor - 8/4/2020

Housing Assistance Program slow to give tenants aid

Concord Monitor - 8/2/2020

Survey shows slight preference for bringing students back to class

Manchester Union Leader - 8/1/2020

Nursing home workers to lose $300 stipend starting today

Manchester Union Leader - 8/1/2020


New Jersey

Murphys coronavirus borrowing defies law, GOP argues

Asbury Park Press - 8/5/2020

Borrowing $9.9B needed to confront a disaster of historic proportions, Murphy officials tell court

Jersey City Journal - 8/5/2020

Murphy partially vetoes bill allowing towns, counties to borrow money amid pandemic

Jersey City Journal - 8/3/2020

NJ's Virus Expenses Nearly Triple to $573M Since May

NBC New York – 8/3/2020

N.J. lottery profits drop, and that could be bad news for public worker pension system

Jersey City Journal - 7/31/2020

If N.J. legalizes recreational weed, feds couldnt stop it under House-passed measure

Jersey City Journal - 7/30/2020

N.J. lawmakers OK bill allowing towns, counties to borrow to avoid layoffs, cuts during pandemic

Jersey City Journal - 7/30/2020


New Mexico

Tax holiday is this weekend in chaos of 2020

ABQJournal Online - 8/6/2020

New Mexico launches loan fund for small businesses

Santa Fe New Mexican - 8/5/2020

Governor rejects legislators' criticisms on pandemic spending

Santa Fe New Mexican - 8/4/2020

Experts paint grim picture of New Mexico's economy

Santa Fe New Mexican - 8/4/2020

Gov.: State's pandemic restrictions will remain in place another month

Santa Fe New Mexican - 7/30/2020

New York

State health, education officials speak of hurdles to reopening schools

NewsDay.com - 8/6/2020

Cuomo takes over as chair of National Governors Association

Albany Times-Union - 8/5/2020

NY rolls back legal immunity for hospitals, nursing homes

Syracuse Post-Standard & Syracuse.com - 8/4/2020

New York lawmakers call on Cuomo to embrace wealth tax as governor warns of billionaire exodus

New York Daily News - 8/3/2020

Reopening colleges will be university by university decision, Cuomo says

Syracuse Post-Standard & Syracuse.com - 8/1/2020

Cuomo: New York casinos are nonessential

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle - 8/1/2020

NY spent millions on medical equipment that was never used

Syracuse Post-Standard & Syracuse.com - 7/31/2020

DiNapoli: State pension fund value drops $16B because of virus

NewsDay.com - 7/31/2020

Cuomo postpones planned environmental bond act

NewsDay.com - 7/31/2020

As state funds Covid-19 contact tracing, Cuomo warns of upcoming flu season

Buffalo News - 7/30/2020

Tax the rich? Lawmakers say yes, Cuomo says no

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle - 7/30/2020

Cuomo pledges $30 million to N.Y. counties for coronavirus tracing

New York Daily News - 7/30/2020


North Carolina

Bracing for budget cuts: Slashing expected at NC Department of Environmental Quality

Carolina Public Press – 8/3/2020

Housekeepers at NC universities worry about safety as students move back into dorms

Raleigh News & Observer - 7/31/2020


North Dakota

Higher ed coronavirus testing costs may reach $20M, covered by CARES Act dollars

Grand Forks Herald - 8/4/2020

North Dakota Emergency Commission commits remaining federal coronavirus aid

Bismarck Tribune - 8/3/2020

ND Supreme Court sides with state in $200M mineral rights case

Grand Forks Herald - 7/31/2020


Ohio

Parents, students protest virtual back-to-school plans

Cleveland Plain Dealer & Cleveland.com - 8/4/2020

DeWine proposes rule stopping alcohol sales at 10 p.m. in bars, restaurants

Dayton Daily News - 7/30/2020


Oklahoma

When Oil Prices Plummeted, So Did Oklahoma's State Budget

NPR – 8/3/2020


Oregon

Oregon PERS: Oregon Supreme Court upholds lawmakers changes to public pension benefits

Portland Oregonian, Hillsboro Argus, Oregon Live.com - 8/6/2020

Legislature distributes millions in COVID-19 relief

Salem Statesman-Journal - 8/6/2020

No agreement on policy bills for special session

Salem Statesman-Journal - 8/3/2020

Oregon consumer spending rebounds “ but not in travel and entertainment

Portland Oregonian, Hillsboro Argus, Oregon Live.com - 8/2/2020

Oregon PERS: Lawmakers successfully stanch pension cost increases but leave systems funded status at risk

Portland Oregonian, Hillsboro Argus, Oregon Live.com - 8/1/2020

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown calls mid-August special session to cut state budget

Portland Oregonian, Hillsboro Argus, Oregon Live.com - 7/31/2020

Oregon says it will offer quicker benefits to tens of thousands of unemployed workers

Portland Oregonian, Hillsboro Argus, Oregon Live.com - 7/31/2020


Pennsylvania

Pa. lawmakers propose 1st dog license fee increase in 24 years

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - 8/5/2020

Pennsylvania nonprofits get a green light for more endowment spending

The Philadelphia Inquirer - 8/4/2020

Pennsylvania schools being set up to fail, witnesses tell Senate Democrats on first of three days of education hearings

Allentown Morning Call - 8/3/2020

Tax collections in Pa. rebound on pent-up shopper demand, but state still faces huge budget deficit

The Philadelphia Inquirer - 8/3/2020

Pennsylvania says it will pay postage for voters who use mail-in, absentee ballots in November

Allentown Morning Call - 7/31/2020

There’s not enough money to fix all of the state’s deteriorating roads and bridges, PennDOT says

PennLive – 7/30/2020


South Carolina

Many SC schools may be dealing with coronavirus pandemic without a full-time nurse

Charleston Post & Courier - 8/6/2020

COVID-19 upended SC schools. $15 million in new federal aid aims to help.

Charleston Post & Courier - 8/4/2020

Lawyers want SC Supreme Court to take up case over Gov. McMaster's private school grants

Charleston Post & Courier - 8/4/2020

Three years later: The fallout from SC's $9B nuclear fiasco continues

Charleston Post & Courier - 7/31/2020


South Dakota

South Dakotans have received $267 million in unemployment benefits

Sioux Falls Argus Leader - 8/6/2020

South Dakota Is Asking Congress For Flexibility In Spending Relief Aid

NPR – 8/3/2020


Tennessee

Appeals court hears arguments over Lees voucher program

Memphis Commercial Appeal - 8/5/2020

Tennessee officials offer $100K teacher program grants

Associated Press – 8/4/2020

Gov. Lee calls special legislative session on COVID-19 bills

Knoxville News-Sentinel - 8/3/2020

Tennessee may forfeit $60M in federal food aid

Knoxville News-Sentinel - 7/30/2020


Texas

Texas, Florida spared from Trumps cuts to National Guard funding for COVID-19 response

Dallas Morning News - 8/5/2020

Agonizing choices, flawed guidance: State recommendations on school reopening fall short of public health advice

Dallas Morning News - 8/4/2020

Out of 99 state and local plans, 68 are underfunded by a collective $86 billion. Who will cover that shortfall?

Dallas Morning News - 8/1/2020

Texas Supreme Court lets coronavirus orders stand, despite outcry by conservatives

Dallas Morning News - 7/31/2020

Abbott: local health authorities can't shutter schools to prevent covid spread

Austin American-Statesman - 7/31/2020

The heat is on: Texas inmates say they are battling COVID-19 in prisons with no A/C

Dallas Morning News - 7/31/2020

TxDOT asks for slim cuts to budget despite grim predictions

Austin American-Statesman - 7/30/2020


Utah

State opens rental aid program to Utahns receiving jobless benefits

Salt Lake Tribune - 8/5/2020

Health Clinics of Utah to close due to COVID-19 budget cuts

Daily Herald - 8/5/2020

Utah Board of Higher Education: In a post-pandemic future, Utah needs higher education more than ever

Salt Lake Tribune - 8/1/2020


Vermont

Court: VT religious students merit state funds

Burlington Free Press - 8/6/2020

As schools announce reopening plans, many parents opt to homeschool

VT Digger.org - 8/3/2020

Amid Covids uncertainties, Vermonts free clinics are ready for whatever comes

VT Digger.org - 8/2/2020

VT educators explain school reopening worries

Burlington Free Press - 7/30/2020

Vermont sees unexpected revenue boost after July tax filings

VT Digger.org - 7/30/2020


Virginia

Fewer Virginians filed new unemployment claims last week

Norfolk Virginian-Pilot/HamptonRoads.com - 8/6/2020

"Speed limit enforced by aircraft" no more because of budget woes, but signs remain

Norfolk Virginian-Pilot/HamptonRoads.com - 8/6/2020

State budget freeze poses challenge in public safety, behavioral health

Richmond Times Dispatch – 8/5/2020

Hospitals, physicians sue Virginia over budget cuts to Medicaid rates for ER visits

Richmond Times Dispatch – 8/3/2020

In Virginia, Democratic Leaders Pressed Pause On Budget Priorities Due to COVID-19

NPR – 8/3/2020


Washington

Inslee: Most schools should go online-only, cancel sports

seattlepi.com - 8/5/2020

WA to put $100 million toward rental assistance amid pandemic

seattlepi.com - 8/3/2020


West Virginia

Justice says yet-undetermined metric could force school closings; announces effort to provide internet to students opting for online-only

Charleston Gazette - 8/6/2020

Deferred income tax payments means Christmas in July for WV tax collection

Charleston Gazette - 8/3/2020


Wisconsin

Gov. Tony Evers activates National Guard to assist as poll workers for next week's primary

Lacrosse Tribune - 8/5/2020

Popular SF bakery and sister brewery close due to COVID exposure

Associated Press – 8/5/2020

Evers: No plan to close schools, will let locals decide

Lacrosse Tribune - 8/4/2020

Wisconsin to pick up portion of cost for National Guard mission following federal cut to spending

Lacrosse Tribune - 8/4/2020

Teachers unions continue calls for Evers to order all-virtual start to school year

WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison - 8/3/2020

Senate Republicans to try to strike down Gov. Tony Evers' state mask order

Lacrosse Tribune - 7/31/2020


Wyoming

Hospitals frustrated by slow distribution of state stimulus money

Casper Star-Tribune - 8/6/2020

Wyoming oil and natural gas producers contribute $1.67 billion to government in 2019

Cheyenne Wyoming Tribune-Eagle - 8/6/2020

Gordon announces new scholarship program for workers impacted by COVID-19

Cheyenne Wyoming Tribune-Eagle - 8/5/2020

Twenty years later, Tax Reform 2000 finds new relevance in Wyoming in light of state's fiscal woes

Casper Star-Tribune - 8/2/2020

Rules, timing complicate state's temporary eviction relief program

Cheyenne Wyoming Tribune-Eagle - 8/2/2020

Legislative task force recommends payments to University of Wyoming, community college students

Casper Star-Tribune - 7/31/2020

Wyoming lawmakers advance pair of business relief bills

Casper Star-Tribune - 7/30/2020

Despite small improvement in state revenue, Gordon says budget situation still "dire"

Cheyenne Wyoming Tribune-Eagle - 7/30/2020