The $1.5 trillion plan aims to fix roads and bridges, upgrade transit systems and expand railways and ports. The bill will also give $100 billion to broadband expansion and $25 billion to the U.S. Postal Service.
By Gene Harbrecht, The Orange County Register | July 2, 2020
In April, Gov. Newsom launched an initiative to increase COVID-19 testing accessibility for rural towns and disadvantaged neighborhoods. The state will no longer fund new testing sites, even as infections increase.
By Angela Hart and Rachel Bluth, Los Angeles Times | July 1, 2020
Nearly half a million residents currently live without high-speed Internet. As people work and learn from home, there is an urgency for connectivity. “Education cannot be effective or available without broadband.”
As Wyoming faces its largest revenue decline in state history, Gov. Gordon asks departments to plan for a 20 percent cut to budgets while some lawmakers are worried the stimulus money isn’t being used fast enough.
By Tom Coulter, Wyoming Tribune-Eagle | June 23, 2020
Trump wants to cut $127 million from the Biological Threat Reduction Program and redirect the funding toward “more pressing defense initiatives.” Bipartisan concerns have been raised about the proposal.
The city council has approved a slimmer budget as the city expects a $103 million revenue loss for the upcoming fiscal year. Notably, the proposal cuts $23 million that typically goes to law enforcement.
By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | June 16, 2020
The Baltimore City Council must review the $3 billion budget amid the coronavirus-induced recession, a recent ransomware attack, and protests over police brutality. Many foresee budget cuts and reallocations.
By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | June 9, 2020