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Our American States

podcast Congress approved more than $5.2 trillion in relief and stimulus funding since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. States were given spending authority over a great deal of that money.

The three guests on this podcast, all NCSL experts, discuss the size and complexity of the different pieces of legislation, the push to give states flexibility in how they spend the money and why most of the federal education funding was given directly to school districts.  They also got into the nuts and bolts of how different states are using different approaches to dealing with the money.

The guests on the podcast include:

  • Erlinda Doherty, director of the budget and revenue committee at NCSL’s Washington, D.C., office.
  • Austin Reid, senior legislative director for education policy at NCSL in the D.C. office.
  • Emily Maher, a senior policy specialist in NCSL’s Fiscal Affairs Program in Denver.

Emily Maher, NCSLAustin Reid, NCSL





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