Partnership for the Future of Learning: Fund Education Instead Game

Partnership for the Future of Learning: Fund Education Instead Game. “It’s time to tell a new story about education funding in the U.S. And we’re excited to share that story in the form of an interactive shopping cart game called Fund Education Instead (#FundEdInstead). The Partnership for the Future of Learning—with immense support from National Education Policy Center, Root + All, and Voqal—created the game to emphasize where the focus of our elected officials should be when it comes to education.”

The Conversation: Nigeria needs innovation and science investment to help control COVID-19

The Conversation: Nigeria needs innovation and science investment to help control COVID-19. “To control this pandemic and prevent a future one, Nigeria needs to start investing heavily in science research. Nigeria was one of the 10 African heads of state and government that endorsed a target to allocate 1% of gross domestic product to research and development in 2002. But progress towards this target has been slow.”

Politico: White House looks at cutting Covid funds, newborn screenings in ‘anarchist’ cities

Politico: White House looks at cutting Covid funds, newborn screenings in ‘anarchist’ cities. “New York, Portland, Ore., Washington, D.C., and Seattle could lose funding for a wide swath of programs that serve their poorest, sickest residents after the president moved last month to restrict funding, escalating his political battle against liberal cities he’s sought to use as a campaign foil.”

Australasia Leisure Management: Australia’s National Cultural Institutions Receive Funding Boost

Australasia Leisure Management: Australia’s National Cultural Institutions Receive Funding Boost . “The Federal Government has announced that Australia’s national cultural institutions will be receiving an additional $22.9 million in the Federal Budget to assist in their recovery from the impact of COVID-19 shutdowns. Like many others in the cultural and creative sector, these major institutions have lost revenue from visitors, exhibitions and donations during the pandemic.”

Route Fifty: Local Officials Say They Need More Time to Spend CARES Act Money, as Future Aid Remains in Doubt

Route Fifty: Local Officials Say They Need More Time to Spend CARES Act Money, as Future Aid Remains in Doubt. “Local officials say a looming end-of-year deadline for their governments to use hundreds of millions of dollars in federal coronavirus aid could force them to unnecessarily rush spending over the coming three months and will limit them from spreading the money into next year when the virus is likely to still be a threat. It would be immensely helpful, they say, if the federal government pushed the cutoff date to use the money from Dec. 30, out into 2021.”

Route Fifty: Tennessee Using Federal Coronavirus Funds for Police Training

Route Fifty: Tennessee Using Federal Coronavirus Funds for Police Training. “Tennessee will use $300,000 in federal coronavirus funding to pay for training of new police recruits. The money will pay for 90 cadet scholarships for the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy, covering the portion that local departments would normally have to fund, Gov. Bill Lee recently announced.”

New York Times: Billions in Hospital Virus Aid Rested on Compliance With Private Vendor

New York Times: Billions in Hospital Virus Aid Rested on Compliance With Private Vendor. “The Trump administration tied billions of dollars in badly needed coronavirus medical funding this spring to hospitals’ cooperation with a private vendor collecting data for a new Covid-19 database that bypassed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The highly unusual demand, aimed at hospitals in coronavirus hot spots using funds passed by Congress with no preconditions, alarmed some hospital administrators and even some federal health officials.”

Scoop: Open Technology Fund sues administration for $20M in missing funds (Axios)

Axios: Scoop: Open Technology Fund sues administration for $20M in missing funds. “The Open Technology Fund (OTF) is suing the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM) over roughly $20 million in congressionally appropriated funds it says the government is refusing to provide, Axios has learned.”

Stars and Stripes: Senate passes defense bill without funding for Stars and Stripes

Stars and Stripes: Senate passes defense bill without funding for Stars and Stripes. “Funding for Stars and Stripes was not included in the Senate’s version of the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act passed Thursday, setting up deliberations with House members about the future of the news organization. The Senate’s version of the NDAA, which passed 86-14, contains no language reversing the Pentagon’s February request to strip the roughly $15.5 million annual subsidy that the editorially independent news organization receives.”

New York Times: Special Interests Mobilize to Get Piece of Next Virus Relief Package

New York Times: Special Interests Mobilize to Get Piece of Next Virus Relief Package. “The House has already signaled that it wants $3 trillion in aid, the Senate appears to want something in the range of $1 trillion, and the White House is now involved in negotiations. The main components on the table for debate are additional payments to individuals, money for state and local governments, extended unemployment insurance and liability protections for companies and other institutions that are trying to reopen. But the package is also likely to be the last opportunity before the election in November for a wide range of industries and interests to push for narrower provisions that would benefit them, setting off intensive lobbying.”

Washington Post: GOP coronavirus bill likely to include payroll tax cut and tie school money to reopening plans

Washington Post: GOP coronavirus bill likely to include payroll tax cut and tie school money to reopening plans. “The emerging GOP coronavirus relief bill appears likely to embrace some of President Trump’s key priorities, despite opposition from within his own party, including a payroll tax cut, very little aid to state and local governments, and measures tying school funding to the reopening of classrooms. Some of these provisions are already sparking pushback from key Senate Republicans, and an even bigger showdown with Democrats appears inevitable.”

US Department of Health & Human Services: HHS To Begin Distributing $10 Billion in Additional Funding to Hospitals in High Impact COVID-19 Areas

US Department of Health & Human Services: HHS To Begin Distributing $10 Billion in Additional Funding to Hospitals in High Impact COVID-19 Areas. “… the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), is announcing it will begin distributing $10 billion in a second round of high impact COVID-19 area funding to hospitals starting [this] week. As parts of the nation confront a recent surge in positive COVID-19 cases and hospitals elsewhere continue to recover and grapple with the financial hardships caused by the pandemic, HHS recognizes the need to quickly get these funds to frontline health care providers.”

Washington Post: Trump administration, congressional Republicans eye tying school aid to reopening in next funding bill

Washington Post: Trump administration, congressional Republicans eye tying school aid to reopening in next funding bill. “The White House and Senate Republicans are developing plans to prod schools to reopen by attaching incentives or conditions to tens of billions of dollars of new aid as part of the next coronavirus relief bill, people involved in the talks said Wednesday. The deliberations come as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) prepares to unveil legislation next week that would serve as the GOP’s opening offer for negotiations on what could be Congress’s last major coronavirus spending bill before the November elections.”

Wisconsin Budget Project: New online database shows law enforcement spending in individual communities (WisBusiness) (PRESS RELEASE)

WisBusiness: Wisconsin Budget Project: New online database shows law enforcement spending in individual communities (PRESS RELEASE). “Local governments in Wisconsin — including cities, villages, towns, and counties — spend more than $2 billion a year on law enforcement and related costs like jails. Black community leaders have called on policymakers to put that money to better use, shifting resources away from law enforcement and towards mental health services, housing, job assistance, and other services that strengthen communities. Now, a new online database from the Wisconsin Budget Project allows residents to look up spending on law enforcement and related costs for Wisconsin’s largest 100 cities and all 72 counties, and see how that amount compares to public spending for other other purposes.”