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Coronavirus’s painful side effect is deep budget cuts for state and local government services

<span class="caption">Washington state cut both merit raises and instituted furloughs as it faced a projected $8.8 billion budget deficit because of the coronavirus.</span> <span class="attribution"><a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/washington-state-olympia-state-capitol-building-with-spring-news-photo/452908636?adppopup=true" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket via Getty Images">Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket via Getty Images</a></span>
Washington state cut both merit raises and instituted furloughs as it faced a projected $8.8 billion budget deficit because of the coronavirus. Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket via Getty Images

Nationwide, state and local government leaders are warning of major budget cuts as a result of the pandemic. One state – New York – even referred to the magnitude of its cuts as having “no precedent in modern times.”

Declining revenue combined with unexpected expenditures and requirements to balance budgets means state and local governments need to cut spending and possibly raise taxes or dip into reserve funds to cover the hundreds of billions of dollars lost by state and local government over the next two to three years because of the pandemic.

Without more federal aid or access to other sources of money (like reserve funds or borrowing), government officials have made it clear: Budget cuts will be happening in the coming

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Senate also delays return + Bill calls for a state public bank + Survivors want report confidential

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SENATE DELAYS RETURN

Via Mackenzie Hawkins…

With 700 bills to process before the end of August, both the Senate and Assembly have indefinitely delayed lawmakers’ return to the chambers — originally scheduled for July 13 — as COVID-19 cases mount in the Capitol. Six individuals have tested positive in the Assembly as of Tuesday.

Assemblyman Tom Lackey has been hospitalized since Sunday for COVID-19 complications, his chief of staff George Andrews said in a statement Wednesday. “He is receiving excellent treatment at Palmdale Regional Medical Center and anticipates a full recovery,” Andrews said.

The Assembly’s decision to close “until further notice” came on the heels of Assemblywoman Autumn Burke, D-Inglewood’s Monday announcement that she contracted COVID-19 via “mask to mask” exposure in the Capitol and remains in quarantine with her daughter. The Senate followed suit on Wednesday, closing its chambers through

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