As Congress considers a possible second round of coronavirus relief funds, many companies are wondering about the efficiency of the Payment Protection Program if there were errors in their first round of loans.
By Danielle Chemtob, Sophie Kasakove and Zachery Eanes, The Charlotte Observer | July 24, 2020
Amid calls to reduce police funding, a recent report from the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics shows that in 2017, police spending per capita recovered to its pre-recession peak after years of steady increases.
By Ben Miller, Government Technology | July 23, 2020
The House Appropriations Committee has approved billions of dollars for the 2021 fiscal year budget. There is a wide range of expenses that cover many types of technology, including broadband and artificial intelligence.
Gov. Justice was asked to use a ‘cautious’ spending approach when it came to the $1.25 billion that the state received after he announced plans to devote $100 million of the COVID-19 funds towards highway repairs.
By Phil Kabler, The Charleston Gazette | July 16, 2020
Mitch McConnell is expected to introduce new legislation next week for another relief package that would include a second round of stimulus checks for Americans. But they might not be as generous as the first round.
By Geoff Herbert, Syracuse Media Group | July 16, 2020
Gov. Jim Justice reallocated half of the funds that were going to the Division of Highways to broadband expansion. But health officials and lawmakers are concerned that none of the money is going to health departments.
The state’s approved budget protects teachers from layoffs for now. But the state also approved a law that hopes to ensure high educational standards as many school districts consider remote learning for the fall.
By Roxana Kopetman, The Orange County Register | July 6, 2020
Despite federal scaremongering about state and local pensions, the problem for now isn't their balance sheets. It's the budget vise that is likely to tempt some public employers to cut funding corners.
By Girard Miller, Finance Columnist | July 7, 2020