Jacob Fischler is a national correspondent for States Newsroom.
Pandemic strains emergency responders with more disasters on horizon
By: Jacob Fischler and Susan J. Demas - June 1, 2020
Federal officials have more money than ever to respond to disasters, but some worry their focus on the pandemic could hamstring efforts to recover from other catastrophes across the country. Michigan currently has a federal disaster declaration for Midland and Gladwin counties after storms beginning on May 16 resulted in six to eight inches of […]
Can lessons from the Great Recession help states avoid budget disasters?
By: Jacob Fischler and Susan J. Demas - May 11, 2020
As they face massive budget shortfalls due to the COVID-19 pandemic, states are looking for federal money to help stave off the kind of drastic cuts they enacted during the last economic downturn. State budget officers and economists generally agree that cuts to state spending worsened the Great Recession in the years following 2008. Layoffs, […]
Pandemic fuels state feuds over gun rights
By: Jacob Fischler - April 23, 2020
COVID-19 has ignited the debate over gun rights as states grapple with whether to allow gun sales while other retailers are forced to shutter. Stores selling guns and ammunition remain legally open in 45 states that include sellers and manufacturers as essential services that are exempted from orders shutting down most commercial activity or have […]