This Week in Federal Funding

In the July 13 edition we talk with Erie County, New York executive Mark Poloncarz about plans there for $124 million in recovery spending. And we have a roundup of ARPA action in Alabama, Virginia, Milwaukee and St. Louis.

Best and Worst States for Job Opportunities

South Dakota tops the list while Kentucky is No. 50 based on an analysis using 35 economic metrics.

How Local Governments Can Spend Their Federal Funds to Boost Equity

Several county leaders and others offered suggestions for helping communities most in need using American Rescue Plan Act funds at the National Association of Counties annual conference.

The Hemp Boom is Over. What Now?

Farmers facing low hemp CBD prices are storing their plants and hoping to someday sell them for a higher price.

Best and Worst States to Retire In

The top states for retired people age 60 and older have affordable homes, lower costs of living and crime rates and higher life expectancies, according to a recent analysis.

Pandemic Growth Led This State to Slash Taxes, Issue Rebates

Tax policy experts and state officials believe Idaho’s rapid economic growth will offset the tax cuts, making them feasible under federal funding rules.  

Only 2 of Top 25 Hotel Markets Have Recovered From Pandemic Revenue Crash

Total hotel revenues in urban markets are down 52% since May 2019, but Tampa and Miami are outpacing pre-Covid-19 sales, according to the American Hotel & Lodging Association.

This Week in Federal Funding

In the July 6 edition we look at how states have approached their American Rescue Plan Act allotments so far.

A 5-Step Guide to Spending the American Rescue Plan Money

States and localities have an enormous opportunity to create a better future if they spend the federal rescue funds wisely. Here’s how to do that.

Federal Rescue Funds Provide 'Critical Breathing Room' in Era of Tight Budgets

COMMENTARY | Total aid to states ranges from about 5% to more than 20% of their annual spending, but those receiving the most aren’t necessarily facing the greatest fiscal distress.

Judge Sides With Ohio in Fight Against ARPA Tax Cut Restrictions

The ruling curtails Treasury's ability to enforce the so-called "tax mandate" in the American Rescue Plan Act, but only applies to the Buckeye State. Similar legal disputes are pending in other courts.

The States With the Stiffest Liquor Taxes

Washington has the highest excise tax rate on distilled spirits ($35.31 per gallon) while New Hampshire and Wyoming have the lowest rates (less than $1), according to the Tax Foundation.

Why Managing Billions in Federal Aid for Small Towns Will be a Huge Lift

Some localities are even foregoing the cash because it's too challenging to deal with.

How to Manage Federal Funds to Ensure Sustainability

COMMENTARY | Here’s what state and local government leaders can do to effectively use the American Rescue Plan Act funding and show voters long-lasting results.

This Week in Federal Funding

In the June 29 edition we give an update on the Treasury Department guidance for the American Rescue Plan Act aid to states and localities.

Best and Worst State Economies for 2021

The 50 states and Washington, D.C., were assessed by one personal finance website across 29 key indicators of economic performance and strength. Utah had the best economy and Hawaii the worst.

How to Fix Skyrocketing Overtime

Overtime is often a necessary cost, but to deploy it effectively, officials need reliable data to track where and how it is being used and who is using it. 

Introducing Route Fifty's New Federal Funds Newsletter

A weekly update on the recovery dollars flowing from Washington, D.C. to states and local governments.

A Welcome Challenge for a Rural County: Deciding How To Spend $1.8M

In Clear Creek County, Colorado, federal relief dollars could go toward addressing long-term challenges in areas like housing and economic development.

Financial Service Providers Focused on Distressed Areas See $1.2B Influx

Community development financial institutions, which operate in low-income and underserved markets, have gained access to record levels of federal funding over the course of the pandemic.

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