“In every recession, it’s true that you’re losing revenue at the same time as you want to be able to spend more money,” Hinkley says. “Counties and cities have to be spending more on public health, on housing people, on emergency equipment, on ensuring that people are staying at home. It’s difficult to manage spending in the short term when you know that there is additional spending that you have to deal with. I don’t know what other options local governments really have at this point.”

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