COVID-19 Resources

As strategies such as mask-wearing, social distancing, and vaccinating all teachers are adopted across the country, more schools are re-opening. Updated school re-opening data are available at Burbio, which actively monitors 1,200 districts, including the 200 largest school districts in the US. See Trends and Observations as well as maps showing in-person schooling percentages by state and county.

The CDC’s COVID Data Tracker ranks states by the percentage of COVID vaccine doses received that have been administered. As of this writing, 54% of doses distributed nationwide have been administered, with fewer than 3.5 million people having received both required doses. The Dakotas and New Mexico lead the nation in percent of doses administered.

The states say they're running out of vaccines and urge the federal government to give them more doses; however, data suggest that the states have only administered about half to two-thirds of their vaccines. Why the discrepancy? The answer lies in a number of factors involved in a complex distribution system, including lack of communication between the federal government and states, data lags and differing eligibility requirements, according to a report from Becker’s Hospital Review.

As the states develop plans for COVID-19 vaccine distribution, this presentation from the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) provides guidance, defining which groups should receive priority for the vaccine and describing strategies to ensure equity in vaccine allocation and distribution.

The states’ COVID-19 vaccine distribution plans are available on this searchable, interactive site from the National Academy of State Health Policy. Most plans prioritize when their workforce members and populations will receive the vaccine, with healthcare workers and emergency personnel in the first of three planned waves of vaccinations.

This interactive map tracks daily hospital capacity by county across all 50 states, with percentages shown for Total Beds and ICU Beds. As described by Carlson School of Management, tracking hospitalization data is an important component in quantifying impact on local hospital systems, forecasting future needs, and tracking the rate of change in disease severity.

This hub created by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), highlights useful resources and best practices from governmental public health, academia, think tanks, and nonprofits to support local health departments in designing, establishing, scaling up, and strengthening COVID-19 contact tracing programs.

States and several jurisdictions have shared preliminary reports outlining their COVID planning and vaccine implementation strategies based on the CDC’s published guidance. Executive summaries of the reports are available here.

The National Association of Counties reports that, while the CDC has released approximately $200 million in funding to states and local governments to date for vaccine planning, state health officials are estimating that approximately $8 billion will be needed.

This report from the Kaiser Family Foundation collects and analyzes current COVID vaccination plans from the states, focusing on common themes and concerns across the state plans in key areas: priority populations, provider networks, data collection and reporting, and communications strategy.

COVID Vaccine Facts is an educational tool to link people to third-party scientific and evidenced-based information related to the COVID vaccine. The searchable site helps answer a range of frequently asked questions, such as How will we know the vaccine is safe and effective? and How much will I have to pay?

The FDA will likely authorize emergency use of the Pfizer and BioTech vaccine after a Dec. 10 meeting of an advisory committee, followed shortly by authorization of the Moderna vaccine. Divisions are emerging among top US officials over when the country’s first COVID-19 vaccine will be authorized — and who should be at the front of the line to get vaccinated, according to this STAT news report. The conflicting views risk sending mixed signals to public health authorities at the state level. Sufficient supply is expected to vaccinate 20 million Americans in December and another 25 million in January.

This interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci covers many questions your constituents may have about COVID-19 going forward. He describes how COVID vaccines will be vetted by scientists to ensure their safety, and identifies situations when it is "Safe and important to keep open, with precautions” versus “Things that aren’t safe under any circumstances.”

Who serves in a state or local government until election results are known?What "holdover provisions” are in place when a winner cannot be determined in time to assume office on the standard date? How close does an election have to be to trigger an automatic recount?Does your state require automatic recounts? Where are the state government trifectas?In which states does one party hold the governorship plus majorities in both the senate and house? Updated with 2020 election results as they become available.

More than $12 billion in CARES Act funding has been allocated to the states to cover activities such as Epidemiology, Lab Capacity and COVID-19 Vaccine Preparedness, according to this funding update from the CDC. As a COVID vaccine appears closer to approval, the states prepare to play a key role in distribution and administration, based on the assumption that adequate federal funding will be available to implement a large-scale response. The Council of State Government’s interactive map describes each state’s current draft vaccination plan.

The CDC has revised its definition of “close contacts,” saying that even brief exposures that add up to 15 minutes over a 24-hour period raise the risk of coronavirus transmission. The new definition may affect local decisions about public gatherings and put workers such as waiters into a higher-risk category.

This fascinating map contrasts the wide disparity in the number of voters represented by each vote in the Electoral College. Florida has the least power with 536,000 per electoral vote, while Wyoming has 144 people per Electoral Vote.

The CDC's Vaccination Program Interim Playbook provides detailed guidance on how to successfully protect your state and prepare for the biggest vaccination effort in US history.

With most state legislatures reconvening in a few short months and COVID cases on the rise, many legislatures are determining how to meet safely (link courtesy Pew/Stateline). Options include meeting in person, moving to a new location, going virtual, and opting for a hybrid plan. At least 162 state legislators nationwide have tested positive for the virus to date, and three have died.

To answer your constituents' questions about how the safety of potential COVID-19 vaccines is being evaluated, this article from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) provides expert insights into the safety systems deployed to monitor, evaluate and communicate the safety of vaccines, including any safety issues after they are released.

Following several years of declining or flat enrollment growth, states expect Medicaid enrollment and spending each to jump by more than 8 percent in FY 2021, chiefly due to a slumping economy amid the pandemic and federal conditions to maintain coverage to access enhanced federal matching funds, according to a new Medicaid budget survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

 

The COVID-19 Q&A collection provided by JAMA provides video and audio interviews with Dr. Anthony Fauci and other medical leaders in the fight against coronavirus, including content on vaccine development, infection control, and public health preparedness.

 

As the wave of COVID-induced layoffs continues, many states are grappling with evaporating funds for unemployment benefits that could force cuts to payments or hikes in business taxes. The Pew Trust reports that 31 states already are using federal CARES Act dollars or seeking federal loans to keep unemployment coffers funded.

 

The Department of Defense’s OWS portal describes the development process, timeline and distribution strategy for a COVID-19 vaccine, with the first of 300 million doses provided by January 2021. Successful implementation of Operation Warp Speed requires precise intergovernmental coordination and the cooperation of many public and private partners..

 

Updated daily, this NCSL site provides data visualizations about state-initiated bills related to COVID-19 including budgeting and revenue, child welfare, commerce, criminal justice, education, elections, employment, finance, health access and coverage, housing and homelessness, labor and retirement, legislative operations, public health, workforce and more.

 

Johns Hopkins University is compiling a daily updated summary of COVID-19 statistics by state showing critical data from the past 24 hours on the numbers of new cases and deaths. The impact of infection control measures and re-openings undertaken by states is also tracked daily in a JHU timeline.

 

This resource from the National Governors’ Association details a range of actions taken by governors and state officials in economic development organizations to support small businesses and regional economies in the wake of COVID-19. Also accessible is the entire archive of NGA Policy Memos.

 

States and localities are being forced to balance a surge in demand for government expenditures with unprecedented funding shortfalls. McKinsey & Co.’s analysis Reimagining the Postpandemic Economic Future looks at what is required of cities, states, and the nation to come back from the pandemic even stronger by "deliberately addressing the vulnerabilities the crisis has exposed."

 

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COVID-19 Resources

As strategies such as mask-wearing, social distancing, and vaccinating all teachers are adopted across the country, more schools are re-opening. Updated school re-opening data are available at Burbio, which actively monitors 1,200 districts, including the 200 largest school districts in the US. See Trends and Observations as well as maps showing in-person schooling percentages by state and county.

 

The CDC’s COVID Data Tracker ranks states by the percentage of COVID vaccine doses received that have been administered. As of this writing, 54% of doses distributed nationwide have been administered, with fewer than 3.5 million people having received both required doses. The Dakotas and New Mexico lead the nation in percent of doses administered.

The states say they're running out of vaccines and urge the federal government to give them more doses; however, data suggest that the states have only administered about half to two-thirds of their vaccines. Why the discrepancy? The answer lies in a number of factors involved in a complex distribution system, including lack of communication between the federal government and states, data lags and differing eligibility requirements, according to a report from Becker’s Hospital Review.

 

As the states develop plans for COVID-19 vaccine distribution, this presentation from the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) provides guidance, defining which groups should receive priority for the vaccine and describing strategies to ensure equity in vaccine allocation and distribution.

 

The states’ COVID-19 vaccine distribution plans are available on this searchable, interactive site from the National Academy of State Health Policy. Most plans prioritize when their workforce members and populations will receive the vaccine, with healthcare workers and emergency personnel in the first of three planned waves of vaccinations.

 

This interactive map tracks daily hospital capacity by county across all 50 states, with percentages shown for Total Beds and ICU Beds. As described by Carlson School of Management, tracking hospitalization data is an important component in quantifying impact on local hospital systems, forecasting future needs, and tracking the rate of change in disease severity.

 

This hub created by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), highlights useful resources and best practices from governmental public health, academia, think tanks, and nonprofits to support local health departments in designing, establishing, scaling up, and strengthening COVID-19 contact tracing programs.

 

States and several jurisdictions have shared preliminary reports outlining their COVID planning and vaccine implementation strategies based on the CDC’s published guidance. Executive summaries of the reports are available here.

 

The National Association of Counties reports that, while the CDC has released approximately $200 million in funding to states and local governments to date for vaccine planning, state health officials are estimating that approximately $8 billion will be needed.

 

This report from the Kaiser Family Foundation collects and analyzes current COVID vaccination plans from the states, focusing on common themes and concerns across the state plans in key areas: priority populations, provider networks, data collection and reporting, and communications strategy.

 

COVID Vaccine Facts is an educational tool to link people to third-party scientific and evidenced-based information related to the COVID vaccine. The searchable site helps answer a range of frequently asked questions, such as How will we know the vaccine is safe and effective? and How much will I have to pay?

 

The FDA will likely authorize emergency use of the Pfizer and BioTech vaccine after a Dec. 10 meeting of an advisory committee, followed shortly by authorization of the Moderna vaccine. Divisions are emerging among top US officials over when the country’s first COVID-19 vaccine will be authorized — and who should be at the front of the line to get vaccinated, according to this STAT news report. The conflicting views risk sending mixed signals to public health authorities at the state level. Sufficient supply is expected to vaccinate 20 million Americans in December and another 25 million in January.

 

This interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci covers many questions your constituents may have about COVID-19 going forward. He describes how COVID vaccines will be vetted by scientists to ensure their safety, and identifies situations when it is "Safe and important to keep open, with precautions” versus “Things that aren’t safe under any circumstances.”

 

Who serves in a state or local government until election results are known?What "holdover provisions” are in place when a winner cannot be determined in time to assume office on the standard date? How close does an election have to be to trigger an automatic recount?Does your state require automatic recounts? Where are the state government trifectas?In which states does one party hold the governorship plus majorities in both the senate and house? Updated with 2020 election results as they become available.

 

More than $12 billion in CARES Act funding has been allocated to the states to cover activities such as Epidemiology, Lab Capacity and COVID-19 Vaccine Preparedness, according to this funding update from the CDC. As a COVID vaccine appears closer to approval, the states prepare to play a key role in distribution and administration, based on the assumption that adequate federal funding will be available to implement a large-scale response. The Council of State Government’s interactive map describes each state’s current draft vaccination plan.

 

The CDC has revised its definition of “close contacts,” saying that even brief exposures that add up to 15 minutes over a 24-hour period raise the risk of coronavirus transmission. The new definition may affect local decisions about public gatherings and put workers such as waiters into a higher-risk category.

 

This fascinating map contrasts the wide disparity in the number of voters represented by each vote in the Electoral College. Florida has the least power with 536,000 per electoral vote, while Wyoming has 144 people per Electoral Vote.

 

The CDC's Vaccination Program Interim Playbook provides detailed guidance on how to successfully protect your state and prepare for the biggest vaccination effort in US history.

 

With most state legislatures reconvening in a few short months and COVID cases on the rise, many legislatures are determining how to meet safely (link courtesy Pew/Stateline). Options include meeting in person, moving to a new location, going virtual, and opting for a hybrid plan. At least 162 state legislators nationwide have tested positive for the virus to date, and three have died.

 

To answer your constituents' questions about how the safety of potential COVID-19 vaccines is being evaluated, this article from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) provides expert insights into the safety systems deployed to monitor, evaluate and communicate the safety of vaccines, including any safety issues after they are released.

 

Following several years of declining or flat enrollment growth, states expect Medicaid enrollment and spending each to jump by more than 8 percent in FY 2021, chiefly due to a slumping economy amid the pandemic and federal conditions to maintain coverage to access enhanced federal matching funds, according to a new Medicaid budget survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

 

The COVID-19 Q&A collection provided by JAMA provides video and audio interviews with Dr. Anthony Fauci and other medical leaders in the fight against coronavirus, including content on vaccine development, infection control, and public health preparedness.

 

As the wave of COVID-induced layoffs continues, many states are grappling with evaporating funds for unemployment benefits that could force cuts to payments or hikes in business taxes. The Pew Trust reports that 31 states already are using federal CARES Act dollars or seeking federal loans to keep unemployment coffers funded.

 

The Department of Defense’s OWS portal describes the development process, timeline and distribution strategy for a COVID-19 vaccine, with the first of 300 million doses provided by January 2021. Successful implementation of Operation Warp Speed requires precise intergovernmental coordination and the cooperation of many public and private partners..

 

The Society of Healthcare Epidemiologists — a major US infectious diseases medical society — outlined recommendations for requiring COVID-19 vaccinations. The recommendations include all healthcare personnel, including anyone who works or volunteers in healthcare settings, and attendees and staff of childcare facilities and schools, with exceptions for those with certain conditions.

 

Updated daily, this NCSL site provides data visualizations about state-initiated bills related to COVID-19 including budgeting and revenue, child welfare, commerce, criminal justice, education, elections, employment, finance, health access and coverage, housing and homelessness, labor and retirement, legislative operations, public health, workforce and more.

 

Johns Hopkins University is compiling a daily updated summary of COVID-19 statistics by state showing critical data from the past 24 hours on the numbers of new cases and deaths. The impact of infection control measures and re-openings undertaken by states is also tracked daily in a JHU timeline.

 

State tax collections declined 5.5% in FY 2020 according to new Census data, reports the Tax Foundation. Actual losses are likely to be significantly lower after accounting for postponed tax filing deadlines. Revenues for FY 2020 were certainly not desireable, but for most states, early losses have been more manageable than previously feared.

 

RestoreYourEconomy.org provides extensive resources and best practices for state leaders regarding the restoration of local economies. The site, managed by the  International Economic Development Council (IEDC), features articles and case reports on many dimensions of post-COVID economic recovery.

 

This resource from the National Governors’ Association details a range of actions taken by governors and state officials in economic development organizations to support small businesses and regional economies in the wake of COVID-19. Also accessible is the entire archive of NGA Policy Memos.

 

States and localities are being forced to balance a surge in demand for government expenditures with unprecedented funding shortfalls. McKinsey & Co.’s analysis Reimagining the Postpandemic Economic Future looks at what is required of cities, states, and the nation to come back from the pandemic even stronger by "deliberately addressing the vulnerabilities the crisis has exposed."

 

States face a significant loss of tax revenue in FY 2021 and beyond due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but estimates of the scope of those losses continue to evolve. A new analysis by the Tax Foundation of 12 states’ revenue forecasts indicates $121 billion two-year tax revenue losses compared to FY 2019. While these losses are substantial, they are not as draconian as current worst-case scenarios. Understanding the scope of revenue losses can help bring into focus the view from the statehouses as a federal relief package is considered.

 

PREVIOUS Topics

Economic Recovery

States Beat Revenue Expectations in FY 2020

Restoring Your State's Economy

COVID-19 Impact: $121 Billion Loss in State Revenues

Repurposing Incentives for Small Business Recovery

Evaluation Tax Incentives

COVID-19 Impact: $121 Billion Loss in State Revenues

COVID-19 Infection and Testing

Epidemiologists Endorse Requiring COVID-19 Vaccinations

PhRMA Tracks COVID-19 Trials

Children and COVID-19 Risk

Nursing Homes at Risk

COVID-19 Projections

White House Issues Warning to 11 Cities

COVID-19 Cases May Be Drastically Under-Reported

Troubling Trends for COVID-19 Infection Rates

How Risky Is Opening the Mail? Going to a Bar?

Worldwide Tracker

Federal Issues

Additional Aid to the States?

Access to Federal Funds

Re-opening Schools

Safely Reopening the Schools

General

COVID-19 Disproportionately Affects Minorities

Women's Equality, State-by-State

Interstate Travel Restrictions

Mask Mandates, State by State

Social Bubble FAQ

Re-opening Status of the States

COVID-19 Policy Tracker

2020 Legislative Session Dates

PREVIOUS Topics

Economic Recovery

COVID-19 Infection
and Testing

Federal Issues

Re-opening Schools

General

CONTACT US

Senate Presidents’ Forum

579 Broadway

Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706

 

Tel: 914-693-1818

Copyright © 2020 Senate Presidents' Forum. All rights reserved.

COVID-19 Resources

As strategies such as mask-wearing, social distancing, and vaccinating all teachers are adopted across the country, more schools are re-opening. Updated school re-opening data are available at Burbio, which actively monitors 1,200 districts, including the 200 largest school districts in the US. See Trends and Observations as well as maps showing in-person schooling percentages by state and county.

 

The CDC’s COVID Data Tracker ranks states by the percentage of COVID vaccine doses received that have been administered. As of this writing, 54% of doses distributed nationwide have been administered, with fewer than 3.5 million people having received both required doses. The Dakotas and New Mexico lead the nation in percent of doses administered.

The states say they're running out of vaccines and urge the federal government to give them more doses; however, data suggest that the states have only administered about half to two-thirds of their vaccines. Why the discrepancy? The answer lies in a number of factors involved in a complex distribution system, including lack of communication between the federal government and states, data lags and differing eligibility requirements, according to a report from Becker’s Hospital Review.

As the states develop plans for COVID-19 vaccine distribution, this presentation from the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) provides guidance, defining which groups should receive priority for the vaccine and describing strategies to ensure equity in vaccine allocation and distribution.

 

The states’ COVID-19 vaccine distribution plans are available on this searchable, interactive site from the National Academy of State Health Policy. Most plans prioritize when their workforce members and populations will receive the vaccine, with healthcare workers and emergency personnel in the first of three planned waves of vaccinations.

 

This interactive map tracks daily hospital capacity by county across all 50 states, with percentages shown for Total Beds and ICU Beds. As described by Carlson School of Management, tracking hospitalization data is an important component in quantifying impact on local hospital systems, forecasting future needs, and tracking the rate of change in disease severity.

 

This hub created by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), highlights useful resources and best practices from governmental public health, academia, think tanks, and nonprofits to support local health departments in designing, establishing, scaling up, and strengthening COVID-19 contact tracing programs.

 

States and several jurisdictions have shared preliminary reports outlining their COVID planning and vaccine implementation strategies based on the CDC’s published guidance. Executive summaries of the reports are available here.

 

 

The National Association of Counties reports that, while the CDC has released approximately $200 million in funding to states and local governments to date for vaccine planning, state health officials are estimating that approximately $8 billion will be needed.

 

This report from the Kaiser Family Foundation collects and analyzes current COVID vaccination plans from the states, focusing on common themes and concerns across the state plans in key areas: priority populations, provider networks, data collection and reporting, and communications strategy.

 

COVID Vaccine Facts is an educational tool to link people to third-party scientific and evidenced-based information related to the COVID vaccine. The searchable site helps answer a range of frequently asked questions, such as How will we know the vaccine is safe and effective? and How much will I have to pay?

 

The FDA will likely authorize emergency use of the Pfizer and BioTech vaccine after a Dec. 10 meeting of an advisory committee, followed shortly by authorization of the Moderna vaccine. Divisions are emerging among top US officials over when the country’s first COVID-19 vaccine will be authorized — and who should be at the front of the line to get vaccinated, according to this STAT news report. The conflicting views risk sending mixed signals to public health authorities at the state level. Sufficient supply is expected to vaccinate 20 million Americans in December and another 25 million in January.

 

This interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci covers many questions your constituents may have about COVID-19 going forward. He describes how COVID vaccines will be vetted by scientists to ensure their safety, and identifies situations when it is "Safe and important to keep open, with precautions” versus “Things that aren’t safe under any circumstances.”

 

Who serves in a state or local government until election results are known?What "holdover provisions” are in place when a winner cannot be determined in time to assume office on the standard date? How close does an election have to be to trigger an automatic recount?Does your state require automatic recounts? Where are the state government trifectas?In which states does one party hold the governorship plus majorities in both the senate and house? Updated with 2020 election results as they become available.

 

More than $12 billion in CARES Act funding has been allocated to the states to cover activities such as Epidemiology, Lab Capacity and COVID-19 Vaccine Preparedness, according to this funding update from the CDC. As a COVID vaccine appears closer to approval, the states prepare to play a key role in distribution and administration, based on the assumption that adequate federal funding will be available to implement a large-scale response. The Council of State Government’s interactive map describes each state’s current draft vaccination plan.

 

The CDC has revised its definition of “close contacts,” saying that even brief exposures that add up to 15 minutes over a 24-hour period raise the risk of coronavirus transmission. The new definition may affect local decisions about public gatherings and put workers such as waiters into a higher-risk category.

 

This fascinating map contrasts the wide disparity in the number of voters represented by each vote in the Electoral College. Florida has the least power with 536,000 per electoral vote, while Wyoming has 144 people per Electoral Vote.

 

The CDC's Vaccination Program Interim Playbook provides detailed guidance on how to successfully protect your state and prepare for the biggest vaccination effort in US history.

 

With most state legislatures reconvening in a few short months and COVID cases on the rise, many legislatures are determining how to meet safely (link courtesy Pew/Stateline). Options include meeting in person, moving to a new location, going virtual, and opting for a hybrid plan. At least 162 state legislators nationwide have tested positive for the virus to date, and three have died.

 

To answer your constituents' questions about how the safety of potential COVID-19 vaccines is being evaluated, this article from the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) provides expert insights into the safety systems deployed to monitor, evaluate and communicate the safety of vaccines, including any safety issues after they are released.

 

Following several years of declining or flat enrollment growth, states expect Medicaid enrollment and spending each to jump by more than 8 percent in FY 2021, chiefly due to a slumping economy amid the pandemic and federal conditions to maintain coverage to access enhanced federal matching funds, according to a new Medicaid budget survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

 

The COVID-19 Q&A collection provided by JAMA provides video and audio interviews with Dr. Anthony Fauci and other medical leaders in the fight against coronavirus, including content on vaccine development, infection control, and public health preparedness.

 

As the wave of COVID-induced layoffs continues, many states are grappling with evaporating funds for unemployment benefits that could force cuts to payments or hikes in business taxes. The Pew Trust reports that 31 states already are using federal CARES Act dollars or seeking federal loans to keep unemployment coffers funded.

 

The Department of Defense’s OWS portal describes the development process, timeline and distribution strategy for a COVID-19 vaccine, with the first of 300 million doses provided by January 2021. Successful implementation of Operation Warp Speed requires precise intergovernmental coordination and the cooperation of many public and private partners..

 

The Society of Healthcare Epidemiologists — a major US infectious diseases medical society — outlined recommendations for requiring COVID-19 vaccinations. The recommendations include all healthcare personnel, including anyone who works or volunteers in healthcare settings, and attendees and staff of childcare facilities and schools, with exceptions for those with certain conditions.

 

Updated daily, this NCSL site provides data visualizations about state-initiated bills related to COVID-19 including budgeting and revenue, child welfare, commerce, criminal justice, education, elections, employment, finance, health access and coverage, housing and homelessness, labor and retirement, legislative operations, public health, workforce and more.

 

Johns Hopkins University is compiling a daily updated summary of COVID-19 statistics by state showing critical data from the past 24 hours on the numbers of new cases and deaths. The impact of infection control measures and re-openings undertaken by states is also tracked daily in a JHU timeline.

 

State tax collections declined 5.5% in FY 2020 according to new Census data, reports the Tax Foundation. Actual losses are likely to be significantly lower after accounting for postponed tax filing deadlines. Revenues for FY 2020 were certainly not desireable, but for most states, early losses have been more manageable than previously feared.

 

RestoreYourEconomy.org provides extensive resources and best practices for state leaders regarding the restoration of local economies. The site, managed by the  International Economic Development Council (IEDC), features articles and case reports on many dimensions of post-COVID economic recovery.

 

This resource from the National Governors’ Association details a range of actions taken by governors and state officials in economic development organizations to support small businesses and regional economies in the wake of COVID-19. Also accessible is the entire archive of NGA Policy Memos.

 

States and localities are being forced to balance a surge in demand for government expenditures with unprecedented funding shortfalls. McKinsey & Co.’s analysis Reimagining the Postpandemic Economic Future looks at what is required of cities, states, and the nation to come back from the pandemic even stronger by "deliberately addressing the vulnerabilities the crisis has exposed."

 

States face a significant loss of tax revenue in FY 2021 and beyond due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but estimates of the scope of those losses continue to evolve. A new analysis by the Tax Foundation of 12 states’ revenue forecasts indicates $121 billion two-year tax revenue losses compared to FY 2019. While these losses are substantial, they are not as draconian as current worst-case scenarios. Understanding the scope of revenue losses can help bring into focus the view from the statehouses as a federal relief package is considered.

 

 

PREVIOUS Topics

Economic Recovery

States Beat Revenue Expectations in FY 2020

Restoring Your State's Economy

COVID-19 Impact: $121 Billion Loss in State Revenues

Repurposing Incentives for Small Business Recovery

Evaluation Tax Incentives

COVID-19 Impact: $121 Billion Loss in State Revenues

COVID-19 Infection and Testing

Epidemiologists Endorse Requiring COVID-19 Vaccinations

PhRMA Tracks COVID-19 Trials

Children and COVID-19 Risk

Nursing Homes at Risk

COVID-19 Projections

White House Issues Warning to 11 Cities

COVID-19 Cases May Be Drastically Under-Reported

Troubling Trends for COVID-19 Infection Rates

How Risky Is Opening the Mail? Going to a Bar?

Worldwide Tracker

Federal Issues

Additional Aid to the States?

Access to Federal Funds

Re-opening Schools

Safely Reopening the Schools

General

COVID-19 Disproportionately Affects Minorities

Women's Equality, State-by-State

Interstate Travel Restrictions

Mask Mandates, State by State

Social Bubble FAQ

Re-opening Status of the States

COVID-19 Policy Tracker

2020 Legislative Session Dates

CONTACT US

Senate Presidents’ Forum

579 Broadway

Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706

Tel: 914-693-1818

Copyright © 2020 Senate Presidents' Forum. All rights reserved.