Coronavirus will cost states hundreds of billions in lost revenue in the upcoming fiscal year

More than 30 states are projecting losses of hundreds of billions of dollars in revenue in the upcoming fiscal year as a result of the pandemic, according to an NBC News survey. These estimates — from large states and small, some red and others blue — spell imminent, severe budget cuts that would drastically affect health care and education funding, among others.

Governors and budget officials across the country are calling on Congress to pass additional funding for state relief, but lawmakers remain divided along partisan lines. President Donald Trump has claimed all the states that need help are run by Democrats, while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell initially suggested he’d prefer states go bankrupt.

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