Jacob Fischler is a national correspondent for States Newsroom.
National parks struggling with maintenance would get a boost under Biden budget request
By: Jacob Fischler - June 4, 2021
Basic needs at the largest U.S. national parks top the Biden administration’s first proposed lists of projects to receive funding through public lands trust funds, showing how much maintenance is needed even as parks brace for record numbers of visitors this summer. The projects likely wouldn’t be visible to the usual tourist, but they are […]
‘I just don’t trust the system any more’: Voters on edge as election nears
By: Allison Stevens, Jacob Fischler and Jane Norman - October 5, 2020
WASHINGTON—Widespread anxiety and confusion around voting, compounded by the pandemic that has spread to millions of Americans, including President Donald Trump. A vastly underfunded and decentralized electoral system that could take days and possibly weeks to certify results. Attempts to suppress voting, interfere with elections and cast doubt on the integrity of mail-in ballots — […]
Trump’s $400 a week jobless aid could be just $300. It depends on where you live.
By: Jacob Fischler - August 11, 2020
Governors, lawmakers and state unemployment agencies on Monday wrestled with confusion created by President Donald Trump’s executive action extending unemployment benefits, and it appeared some states could settle for $300 a week in benefits instead of the $400 that the president touted. State leaders from both political parties remained unsure how much they’d have to […]
House passes bipartisan public lands bill; next stop president’s desk
By: Jacob Fischler and Allison Stevens - July 24, 2020
WASHINGTON — Major environmental legislation sailed through Congress Wednesday while the nation’s political leaders were stuck in intense negotiations over the contours of a fifth coronavirus relief package. The bill would provide $9.5 billion over five years to pay down the National Park Service’s maintenance backlog and provide permanent funding at $900 million per year […]
Librarians, national guard recruited for states’ new contact tracing armies
By: Jacob Fischler - May 26, 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 who infected people had contact with — and then […]