How a Federal Agency Excluded Thousands of Viable Businesses From Pandemic Relief

The Small Business Administration refuses to give pandemic relief loans to people who have filed for bankruptcy, even if their businesses can survive.

When State and Local Governments Can Expect to Receive Stimulus Funds

The Treasury Department is still working on guidance that will better inform states of how they can use the money. But aid for cities and counties must be distributed within 60 days of the law’s passage.

Republican State Officials Bristle Over Tax Cut Prohibition in Covid Relief Bill

Ohio’s Attorney General has sued the Biden administration over the provision, which is embedded in the $350 billion direct aid program for states and localities. A coalition of 21 other AGs are asking for more guidance on the mandate.

Why Cash Payments Aren’t Always the Best Tool to Help Poor People

COMMENTARY | There seem to be a growing consensus that cash is the best option in the fight against poverty. But is it?

Oil-Friendly States Fight Back Against Sustainable Investment Trend

New bills would force states to stop investing in companies that use sustainable strategies.

Federal Support Has Shored up Nonprofits During the Coronavirus Pandemic, But Many Groups Are Still Struggling

COMMENTARY | Organizations that work in areas ranging from social services to arts and culture have had to scale back their operations and cut staff because of inadequate funding.

The Overshadowed Plight of City Budgets

New federal aid offers welcome relief for many local governments, which have seen their financial difficulties upstaged at times by better-than-expected state revenues.

The Cities Where Americans Paid Off the Most Credit Card Debt Last Year

As the pandemic put a damper on many activities, people reduced balances by a record sum, a new study finds.

Covid Relief Bill Will Infuse Billions into Local Economies

From $1,400 stimulus payments to $300-a-week unemployment benefits, the $1.9 trillion aid package gets cash to residents that can translate to stronger state and local tax revenues.

How the Pandemic Economy Could Wipe Out a Generation of Black-Owned Businesses

Danette Wilder spent years building up her company. Now it has to survive an existential threat to Black entrepreneurs.

Additional State and Local Perks Make it Into Senate Covid Relief Bill

Extra money for counties with untaxable public land and provisions that allow localities to spend federal dollars on hazard pay for workers are included in the version approved over the weekend.

Economists: Biden’s $1,400 Covid-19 Checks May be Great Politics, but it’s Questionable Economics

COMMENTARY | The checks aren't well targeted to those hurting the most financially and it's not clear they will be an effective economic stimulus.

States Look to Forgive Unemployment Overpayments

Missouri lawmakers advanced a bill that would waive the federal but not state portion of any mistakenly paid unemployment benefits.

Cities Bet on Risky Borrowing Option to Bolster Pensions

With the cost to issue debt at record lows, there’s been an upswing in local governments turning to pension obligation bonds.

Senate Covid Bill Adds Restrictions on State and Local Aid

The legislation would impose requirements on how states can use the money, and also redirect $10 billion that had been bound for cities and counties.

State Lawmakers Split Over Need for Federal Aid

Despite dire budget projections earlier on in the pandemic, many states are now anticipating surpluses this year.

House Passes $1.9 Trillion Covid Response Bill

The legislation includes $350 billion in direct aid for state, local, and tribal and territorial governments.

Equity Budgeting in Cities: Directing Dollars Where They’re Needed Most

A growing number of cities are turning to their budget offices to help treat historically underserved communities more fairly.

Carefully Targeted Cuts Can Help With Managing Covid-19’s Hit to Budgets

COMMENTARY | Cities, counties and states are in some cases making broad spending reductions to manage the financial impacts of the pandemic. That might not be the best approach.

For Cities, Less Traffic Means Lost Revenue

Cities have seen parking fee and traffic fine collections drop during the pandemic as commuters and tourists stay home and enforcement is relaxed.

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