Treasury Releasing $13B More in Rental Aid to Successful Programs

At least 50 state and local government grantees have met funding distribution benchmarks that would make them eligible for additional money.

The Key to Stronger Local Democracy: Equitable Engagement

COMMENTARY | Federal stimulus funds provide an opportunity for cities to authentically connect with their residents and regain their trust.

Voters Have No Clue How Much Money State Lawmakers Make

Registered voters overshot their lawmakers’ annual pay by large margins in a recent survey. When given the correct salaries, respondents were more likely to support pay increases for legislators.

How New York is subsidizing Amazon

Local agencies across the state lure the retail giant to town using generous tax incentives.

10 States Didn’t Pay Off Unemployment Loans Ahead of Interest Deadline

States that borrowed money from the federal government to cover unemployment benefits began to accrue interest Monday. Together they have more than $45 billion in loans outstanding.

New Economic Development Chief Pledges to Ramp Up Outreach

Alejandra Castillo last month took the helm of the U.S. Economic Development Administration, which has seen its budget swell with over $4 billion in pandemic-era grant funding.

The States With the Strongest Personal Income Growth

Pandemic relief spending by the federal government contributed to historic gains in the amount of money Americans collected during the first quarter of the year.

Fleecing the States: Fraud in State-Administered Pandemic Programs

COMMENTARY | Since the pandemic began, billions of dollars have been stolen from state unemployment benefit systems—systems that weren’t designed to identify or stop this type of cybercrime. 

This Week in Federal Funding

In the latest edition, we take stock of the themes that have emerged so far during the rollout of the American Rescue Plan Act's state and local aid programs.

A Transparent Look at How Governments Are Spending the $350B in ARPA Funds

On Aug. 31, states and large localities had to provide reports on how they are allocating their federal funds. They also have to post them on transparency websites, which can help them learn from one another and coordinate spending plans.

States Borrowed Billions to Pay Unemployment Benefits. Soon Interest is Due.

Fourteen states owe $54 billion to the federal government for loans to keep unemployment trust funds solvent during the pandemic.

State Tax Limits Can Hamper Local Fiscal Stability

States should consider adjusting policies that tightly restrict budget flexibility for cities and counties, according to a report from The Pew Charitable Trusts.

This Week in Federal Funding

In the Aug. 24 edition, we hear from California State Auditor Elaine Howle. Plus, the outlook for transit agencies, ARPA funding for unemployment benefits, updates from Atlantic City and Missouri.

People Liked Malls

COMMENTARY | Amazon appears to have discovered that the fastest, freest shipping is picking stuff up in person.

States Can Pay Enhanced Unemployment Beyond Cut Off with ARPA Funds

Extra federal benefits end Sept. 6, but Biden administration officials said using some of the federal relief dollars will allow for a more gradual wind down.

This Week in Federal Funding

In the Aug. 17 edition, we talk with Shamiah Kerney, director of Baltimore's new Office of Recovery Programs. Also, updates from St. Louis, Hoboken, N.J., and Memphis.

Pandemic Relief Aid Highlights Gaps Reaching Underserved Americans

Lessons learned so far could inform how states and localities design new programs funded with an influx of federal dollars.

What Works? Evidence and Evaluation Key as States and Localities Spend Aid

The federal government is urging states and localities to study the results of their American Rescue Plan Act spending and to adopt programs with proven track records.

Best Cities for Remote Workers

A Utah city leads a list of best places for people who don't want to commute. All the top cities offer an abundance of urban amenities, scenic surroundings and affordable housing.

Challenges Ahead for $3.5T Budget Bill After Senate Approval

Disagreements over the cost of the budget bill among Senate Democrats could slow progress on a separate infrastructure package headed to the House.

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