Monthly Archives: August 2021

Around the States: Budget Updates Part 2

2021-08-31T08:53:51-04:00

As discussed in our previous budget update, many states are passing record high spending in their FY 22 state budgets.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent public health and economic crises, spending on education, healthcare resources, tax cuts, and spending federal stimulus dollars are major priorities.  Helping to ensure that businesses can reopen [...]

Around the States: Budget Updates Part 22021-08-31T08:53:51-04:00

August 27th Edition of the DMGS State Capital Weekly Recap: Wisconsin Giving $100 Gift Cards to the Vaccinated

2021-08-27T16:17:45-04:00

Digital image by Ryan Stevens Lawmakers and governors across the country were busy this week on various issues including marijuana, COVID vaccines, mask mandates, election reform, and more. Arizona Arizona Governor Doug Ducey announced this week he is investing $5 million to launch the Back to Work Small Business Rehiring and Retention Program to help [...]

August 27th Edition of the DMGS State Capital Weekly Recap: Wisconsin Giving $100 Gift Cards to the Vaccinated2021-08-27T16:17:45-04:00

COVID Vaccine Mandates & Testing Requirements

2021-08-24T20:28:00-04:00

Digital collage by Ryan Stevens; image source by torstensimon from Pixabay  On August 23rd, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration fully approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for those 16 years and older.  In announcing the vaccine’s approval, Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock noted that they hope the full FDA approval will instill additional confidence for people to [...]

COVID Vaccine Mandates & Testing Requirements2021-08-24T20:28:00-04:00

EDA American Rescue Plan Programs: How DMGS Can Help

2021-08-23T11:47:27-04:00

Digital Collage by Ryan Stevens; image sources by Clker-Free-Vector-Images & Gerd Altmann from Pixabay  The American Rescue Plan provides the Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) with $3 billion in supplemental funding to accelerate the economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and build resilient local economies. This flexible funding enables EDA to provide transformational investments across the nation to [...]

EDA American Rescue Plan Programs: How DMGS Can Help2021-08-23T11:47:27-04:00

August 20th Edition of the DMGS State Capital Weekly Recap: Mask Mandate Rules Dominate

2021-08-20T09:40:43-04:00

Digital image by Ryan Stevens This week, a lot of focus was spent in various states to address mask mandates, particularly in schools, which is something DMGS specifically covered earlier this week. Outside of mask mandates, states were busy addressing firearm legislation, COVID vaccine mandates, marijuana, and the Texas House finally reached a quorum this [...]

August 20th Edition of the DMGS State Capital Weekly Recap: Mask Mandate Rules Dominate2021-08-20T09:40:43-04:00

Mask Mandates in Schools: Where Does Your State Stand?

2021-08-18T20:36:00-04:00

Digital collage by Ryan Stevens; image source by Muhammad Rizwan & Thanks for your Like • donations welcome from Pixabay  Many states began dialing back their COVID restrictions earlier this spring and summer, including mask wearing.  However, with the Delta variant of COVID-19 becoming more prevalent and the CDC issuing new guidance, more states and localities have begun [...]

Mask Mandates in Schools: Where Does Your State Stand?2021-08-18T20:36:00-04:00

2021 Opioid Related Legislation

2021-08-17T21:19:31-04:00

Digital collage by Ryan Stevens; image sources by Bob Williams & Steve Buissinne from Pixabay  The opioid epidemic is not a new problem in the United States. In fact, the amount of drug overdose deaths has quadrupled since 1999, including a 5% increase from 2018 to 2019 alone. Additionally, in just 2019, over 10 million people over the [...]

2021 Opioid Related Legislation2021-08-17T21:19:31-04:00

August 13th Edition of the DMGS State Capital Weekly Recap: Census Data Released Spurs Redistricting Efforts

2021-08-13T10:31:48-04:00

Digital image by Ryan Stevens This week saw activity in state capitols across the country on a multitude of issues ranging from redistricting to mask mandates, marijuana, special sessions, and more. Notably, the Census Bureau released data on Thursday that is used to draw both congressional and state legislative district lines, prompting state lawmakers to [...]

August 13th Edition of the DMGS State Capital Weekly Recap: Census Data Released Spurs Redistricting Efforts2021-08-13T10:31:48-04:00

Around the States: Budget Update

2021-08-12T12:40:38-04:00

Digital image by Ryan Stevens; image source by fancycrave1 & PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay  As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many workers became unemployed, businesses closed, and tax revenue declined.  To fight the pandemic, states had to increase their spending on public health and economic stimulus.  This drastic rise in spending to fight the economic and public health [...]

Around the States: Budget Update2021-08-12T12:40:38-04:00

Critical Race Theory Bans: 2021 Legislative Update

2021-08-09T19:31:00-04:00

Digital image by Ryan Stevens; image sources by Gerd Altmann & OpenClipart-Vectors from Pixabay  In an attempt to suppress the teaching of critical race theory and other racial and legal concepts, many states have passed or are considering legislation banning teachers’ from discussing aspects of race, justice, history, and the American legal system.  Critical race theory, or CRT, [...]

Critical Race Theory Bans: 2021 Legislative Update2021-08-09T19:31:00-04:00
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