In the wake of the last recession, government spending dried up, dragging out the recovery. Policymakers warn against letting it happen again.
Local officials are slashing funding for everything from education and health care to orchestra subsidies.
Some patients are still receiving staggering bills. Others don’t qualify because conditions other than Covid-19 were their primary diagnosis.
Those with budgets that rely heavily on tourism, sales taxes or direct state assistance will face particular distress.
More owners are permanently shutting their doors after new lockdown orders, realizing that there may be no end in sight to the crisis.
Reviving subway and bus services helped bring back cities before. It can do so again.
With governors and mayors pressing for more federal help to deal with the effects of the pandemic, a divide among Republicans is being driven by the political bent of the states that stand to benefit.
Representative Kay Granger is in an expensive primary battle while facing accusations that she has not done enough for President Trump, who endorsed her.
It’s impossible, and yet the bootstraps narrative drives out good policy.