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America's economic crisis soon will expand to states, cities, and towns, Axios' Stef Kight and Dan Primack report.
The big picture: State and local tax revenue is falling, particularly in areas heavily reliant on sales taxes, while spending is up due to added unemployment and medical obligations.
The most critical cases may be Florida and Louisiana, both of which are in the top 10 for sales-tax dependency.
There also will be shortfalls in cities, counties, and towns — many of which haven't yet debated or approved fiscal 2021 budgets because of bylaws that didn't anticipate governance-via-Zoom. Bankruptcies are a very real possibility.
Dr. Fauci at Thursday's briefing. Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP
President Trump retweeted a tweet last night that concluded "Time to #FireFauci," which could unleash some conservatives' simmering suspicions about Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Why it matters: Trump has embarked on what he has repeatedly called the biggest decision of his life — when to urge governors to begin rolling back shutdown guidance, allowing businesses to reopen.
Administration sources tell Axios' Jonathan Swan they haven’t had the sense that Trump was ready to fire Fauci — at least that was the case before the tweet.
The most prominent conservative media figures — especially Fox News opinion stars — have so far mostly treated Fauci with kid gloves.
The bottom line: Trump’s tweet may be the green light some prominent conservatives have been seeking to unload on Fauci.
Mrs. Obama speaks at the Obama Foundation Summit, in Chicago in October. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images
Michelle Obama will throw her support today behind expanding vote-by-mail options, advisers tell Axios, with her voting rights group embracing legislation before Congress amid coronavirus fears, Axios' Stef Kight reports.
The former first lady said in a statement: "There is nothing partisan about striving to live up to the promise of our country; making the democracy we all cherish more accessible; and protecting our neighbors, friends and loved ones as they participate in this cornerstone of American life."
Between the lines: "We all saw those lines" of Wisconsin voters putting their health at risk to vote, said adviser Valerie Jarrett, who is board chair of When We All Vote.
What to watch: Michelle Obama has been testing creative ways to promote voting rights since in-person gatherings are cancelled.
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The world is short on many things we need — masks, tests, toilet paper — yet we’re too long on one thing we suddenly don’t need much: oil, Axios' Amy Harder writes in her "Harder Line" column.
By the numbers:
🛢️Breaking: "OPEC and allies led by Russia agreed ... to a record cut in output to prop up oil prices amid the coronavirus pandemic in an unprecedented deal with fellow oil nations, including the United States, that could curb global oil supply by 20%." — Reuters
Joe Biden speaks during a virtual press briefing March 25. Photo: Biden for President via AP
Joe Biden unveils "My Plan to Safely Reopen America," a New York Times op-ed:
If I were president, I would convene top experts from the private sector, industry by industry, to come up with new ideas on how to operate more safely. Perhaps offices and factories will need to space out workers and pursue other solutions to lessen risk of spread of the virus on the job. Restaurants may need new layouts, with diners farther apart.
Keep reading (subscription).
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, whose daily briefings have become appointment viewing on cable news, tells Mark Binelli for the new Rolling Stone cover story:
Bob Iger speaks at a 2018 ceremony honoring Minnie Mouse. Photo: Lionel Hahn via Reuters
N.Y. Times media columnist Ben Smith writes that Bob Iger, who in February announced his retirement as Disney CEO, has re-engaged during the coronavirus crisis as he shapes "a Disney with fewer employees, leading the new and uncertain business of how to gather people safely for entertainment":
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With tasting rooms shut down, California wineries are offering virtual experiences, often with a kit that has been delivered to the guest's home, AP's Eric Risberg writes from Sonoma.
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