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Billion-Dollar Blows to U.S. States Crater Spending Plans

  • Economic shutdown slashes revenue as budget deadlines loom
  • New York to lose $10 billion to $15 billion of revenue: Cuomo
Boarded up restaurants along Bourbon Street in New Orleans on March 30, 2020.
Boarded up restaurants along Bourbon Street in New Orleans on March 30, 2020.Photographer: Emily Kask/Bloomberg

The coronavirus is threatening to blow a massive hole in U.S. state and city budgets as millions of people stay home, workers are idled and the stock market flounders.

New York, the epicenter of the U.S. outbreak, is projected to lose between $10 billion and $15 billion of revenue in the fiscal year that starts Wednesday. Ohio state agencies are looking to cut 20% in spending, and Cincinnati is furloughing 1,700 city workers. Georgia may have to renege on a $1,000 pay raise for teachers that state House lawmakers had budgeted for in the coming year. California is already dipping into reserves and has warned state agencies not to expect full funding next year.