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Sophie Quinton

Sophie Quinton

Sophie Quinton writes about fiscal and economic policy for Stateline. Previously, she wrote for National Journal, where she covered the White House and was a lead reporter for series on demographic change and the economy.

Why some small towns are rejecting federal COVID relief funds

By: - September 28, 2021

Bingham Township, Penn., is a quiet, rural place with few local businesses. “I always tell people that the cows outnumber the people over here,” said Cheryl Young, the township’s secretary. Most roads are dirt and gravel, she said, and many of the 600-some residents are Amish. Congress in March authorized $19.5 billion in aid for […]

GOP lawsuits restrain governors’ COVID-19 actions

By: - November 18, 2020

Governors of both parties are facing a deluge of lawsuits from right-wing lawmakers, conservative legal groups and Republican activists who say chief executives need legislative approval to shut down businesses, require mask-wearing or force residents to stay home to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. Judges have tossed out the lawsuits or sided with […]

Cannabis banking challenges go beyond pot

By: and - October 9, 2019

Kat Merryfield was ready to share her farm-to-home oils, chocolates and creams with the rest of the country. But banks and credit card processors weren’t ready to work with her small business. “We started out our website with PayPal, and it took about six months before they shut us down,” Merryfield said. “And then they […]