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Jacob Fischler

Jacob Fischler

Jacob Fischler is a national correspondent for States Newsroom.

Librarians, national guard recruited for states’ new contact tracing armies 

By: - May 24, 2020

As states seek to loosen wide-ranging restrictions imposed to constrain the novel coronavirus, they’re also looking to deploy a huge new fleet of workers to keep cases under control. Enter the contact tracers. With interpersonal contact certain to increase as states lift COVID-19 restrictions, tracing the individuals with whom infected people had contact — and […]

Can lessons from the Great Recession help states avoid budget disasters? 

By: - May 7, 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: - 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 […]