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Elaine S. Povich

Staff Writer, Stateline

Elaine S. Povich is an award-winning reporter who covers tax and budget issues for Stateline. Povich has reported from Washington for Newsday, the Chicago Tribune and UPI. She also covered taxes and government finances as a freelancer for The Fiscal Times, Governing, AOLGovernment, Kiplinger and AARP Bulletin. She has written three books and is an adjunct professor of journalism at Maryland.

The need for daily access to computers and the Internet during the COVID-19 pandemic is fueling a push by some lawmakers to reduce the barriers that stand between consumers and computer repairs.
“We vaccinated people on snow machines, on four wheelers, in trucks, in airplanes, standing on tarmacs in -20 windchill, in clinics, in houses — basically anywhere we could to get as many people vaccinated as quickly as possible.”
New Hampshire says Massachusetts may not collect income taxes from employees working at home in another state.
Millions of Americans are working remotely and experts predict that many will continue to do so after the pandemic ebbs. That could lead tax departments in more states to examine the feasibility of taxing remote workers.
The achievement gap is going to get worse.
Governors’ actions have transcended party. Republicans like Charlie Baker in Massachusetts and Larry Hogan in Maryland, as well as Democrats like Andrew Cuomo in New York and Gavin Newsom in California, have taken the lead.
Emergency declarations have activated state price-gouging laws.
The measures would require manufacturers to supply parts to independent repair shops.
Some states are shifting resources to fix problems, finding they must hire more personnel and spend more money to comply by the deadline. The Department of Homeland Security says it has no plans to extend the 2020 deadline.
State police may take driver’s licenses mistakenly deemed to be Real ID compliant.