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

By Julia Baumel — June 1, 2020

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.

Facts 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

  • The median U.S. state has 7.7% of general fund expenditures saved in its "rainy day" fund.

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