Nation May 25States give few details on billions spent on virus supplies
More than two months into the medical supplies buying binge, many states aren't sharing details about how much they’re spending, what they’re getting for their money or which companies they’re paying.
Politics May 09US governors aim to boost production of medical supplies
The efforts come as states have been competing against each other, the federal government, hospitals, emergency responders and even other countries to get items such as N95 masks, gloves, medical gowns and hand sanitizer — often paying higher-than-usual prices because…
Economy Apr 29Unemployment surge pushing state funds toward insolvency
A surge in unemployment caused by the coronavirus shutdown has started to take a financial toll on state jobless funds. At least six states already have asked to borrow money from the federal government to pay unemployment claims because their…
Politics Apr 26Census delay could put off new voting districts, primaries
The U.S. Census Bureau wants more time to wrap up the once-a-decade count because of the coronavirus, and that could delay the divisive process of drawing new legislative districts.
Economy Mar 25New unemployment benefit claims rise to levels unseen in recent U.S. history
U.S. Department of Labor figures to be released Thursday are expected to shatter the old record for the greatest number of new unemployment claims filed in a single week.
Economy Mar 20States still reporting surge in virus-related jobless claims
The U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday had reported a 25% increase in new unemployment claims during the week that ended last Saturday.
Nation Mar 18Coronavirus layoffs spark surge in state jobless claims
In Ohio, more than 48,000 people applied for jobless benefits during the first two days of this week. The tally during the same period the prior week: just 1,825.
Politics Mar 12Virus concerns disrupt work at U.S. state capitols
Several chambers have canceled sessions for next week, including those in Delaware, Illinois and Missouri. Officials at other state capitols are urging the public to stay away while they work.
Nation Feb 21Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan would rely on federal spending
Trump has outlined a new $1 trillion plan for spending on roads, rails, water systems and other infrastructure. He is proposing to rely fully on federal spending.
Politics Nov 18Democrats’ Southern victories could affect redistricting
In Louisiana, Republicans who already controlled the state House and Senate had hoped to consolidate power by defeating Edwards, or else obtain a two-thirds majority in both legislative chambers that would allow them to override his vetoes. Neither occurred.