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U Of I Researcher: State & Local Governments Need Relief

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UIC's Amanda Kass says state and local governments need the proposed relief funding being considered in the U.S. Senate.

CHICAGO — The U.S. Senate is considering the latest COVID-19 relief bill, which has already passed in the House. One of the larger portions of the package is $350 billion that would be allocated to state and local governments. 

Most congressional Republicans argue this money is unnecessary — that it’s a bailout for states and municipalities that were already in financial trouble — Illinois included.

Amanda Kass is the associate director of the Government Finance Research Center at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

Kass spoke with Illinois Newsroom’s Brian Moline on Thursday. She co-wrote an article on this topic in Governing magazine with Phillip Rocco of Marquette University where they argue that state and local governments do need this relief funding.

Listen to this interview here.

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Brian Moline

Brian Moline

Brian Moline is the Managing Editor of Illinois Newsroom and host of Morning Edition for Illinois Public Media/WILL. He's been with WILL since 2015, after a long stint at WDWS-AM in Champaign where he covered both news and sports for more than a decade. If you have story or interview ideas, you can reach Brian at bmoline@illinois.edu.

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