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COVID-19 Response Sapped by Rural Population Loss?
Overall population has grown in most states since 2010 (black line above), but there is a sizable difference between urban counties (orange lines) and rural counties (blue lines). These losses can weaken a region's fiscal health.
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QUOTE OF NOTE
"The rural communities that have a smaller tax base and a shrinking economy will find it more difficult to bounce back after the economy restarts."
Alexandria Zhang, The Pew Charitable Trusts, on
KCBS (San Francisco)
Another 'Lost Decade' Dawning?
The Great Recession spurred a decade of missed growth for states. On a new episode of Pew's "After the Fact" podcast, we find out if officials are better prepared for the new downturn.
Sales Tax Woes: Why State Officials Are Worried
Sales taxes have provided relatively stable revenue for states in previous recessions. This time, that looks unlikely.
FACT OF THE MATTER
Decline in U.S. retail sales from February to March (seasonally adjusted)—the largest monthly decline on record
Why Medicaid Stimulus Dollars Matter for States
The recent federal stimulus package included an estimated $50 billion extra for states to help address an expected surge in state Medicaid costs—which have grown since 2000.
MORE PANDEMIC TRENDS
Rural U.S. Less Vulnerable to Initial Fallout, but Faces Tougher Recovery
States Take Early Steps to Manage COVID-19 Budget Fallout
Outbreak Has Made the Need for Broadband Expansion Clear
IN THE MEDIA
The U.S. Economy Has Wiped Out All the Job Gains Since the Great Recession
State, City Workers Could Be Next Wave of Layoffs as Tax Revenue Dries Up Amid COVID-19
With States Running Out of Money, a Fiscal Crisis Will Likely Follow the Pandemic | Opinion
Cities and States That Lean on Sales and Income Tax to Operate Have Taken a Hit
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