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Centering on Coronavirus: Finding the Center on State and Local Aid

By Julia Baumel

In this issue brief, published June 1, 2020, The New Center suggests the outlines of an urgent and common-sense bipartisan compromise that would keep states and localities afloat and keep frontline workers on the job now, while developing a more sustainable framework for state and local aid for future crises.

Numbers At-A-Glance

  • $765 billion

    in state budget shortfalls are predicted over the next three years

  • 40.8 million people

    filed for unemployment in the first ten weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic

  • 7.7% of general fund expenditures

    is how much the median state has saved in its "rainy day" fund

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