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Sophie Quinton

Health & Human Services

As Nurses Quit, States Seek to Train More

A sense of crisis powered efforts to increase nurse training and licensure this year.

Finance

Why State Leaders From Both Parties Are Cutting Taxes

Republicans favor bigger, broader cuts while Democrats favor more targeted tax cuts and credits.

Health & Human Services

With Too Few Nurses, It Won’t Take Much to Overwhelm Hospitals This Winter

Even as a new COVID-19 variant starts to spread in the United States, staff shortages have made it impossible for many hospitals to operate at full capacity.

Public Safety

State Lawmakers' Anti-Vaccine Efforts May Prove Mostly Symbolic

Since September, at least 14 GOP-controlled legislatures have debated vaccine mandates.

Finance

Massive Cash Flow Sparks State Spending Sprees

Thanks to federal aid and rising revenue, state policymakers can afford big investments.

Finance

Why Some Small Towns Are Rejecting Federal Covid Relief Funds

At least 171 communities have declined the federal aid so far.

Public Safety

Lack of Federal Firefighters Hurts California Wildfire Response

Roughly a third of all federal firefighters work in California, where more than 142,447 acres have burned this year.

Finance

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.

Management

Relaxed Rules Attract Entrepreneurs to State 'Sandboxes'

‘We’re really concerned about predatory lending to low-income families.’

Management

Pandemic Hasn’t Changed Partisan Divide on Paid Time Off

Three Democratic-led states have passed paid leave laws since March 2020.

Management

California Lacks Federal Firefighters as Dangerous Season Looms

A third of Forest Service fire engines in California likely can’t run every day.

Finance

Paying With Cash? Retailers Must Take Your Dollars in These States

For many, requiring the option to use cash is a race and economic equity issue.

Management

GOP Works to Override Voters on Medicaid, Higher Wages, Pot

Minimum wage, marijuana and Medicaid initiatives could be undercut.

Health & Human Services

Vaccinations Lag for Home Health Workers

They’re less likely to have had a shot than hospital and nursing home workers.

Management

This Time, Lawmakers Want Control Over Covid-19 Aid

In Kentucky and at least three other states, lawmakers are trying to gain control over funds allocated under the latest federal Covid-19 relief package.

Management

States Debate Improvements to Unemployment Systems

Tech upgrades are bipartisan. Increased benefits are not.

Finance

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.

Health & Human Services

Bills to Block Mandatory Worker Vaccines Falter in the States

The proposals have emerged in at least 23 states. Despite lobbying from anti-vaccine groups, experts say they are unlikely to pass.