State safety nets falter in the pandemic crisis

State programs to help residents in times of difficulty are being tested as never before in the coronavirus pandemic and they are breaking under the strain. A project of the Ravitch Fiscal Reporting Program at the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism is following the crisis in New York with the nonprofit news site The City, in Texas with the nonprofit news site the Texas Tribune, in Georgia with public radio station WABE and in Michigan with Crain’s Detroit Business.

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