Editorial: Is Washington really going to stiff state and local governments?

Conspicuously missing from the latest coronavirus relief bill that was approved by the U.S. Senate Tuesday, a $484 billion boost to small businesses and hospitals as well as to expand COVID-19 testing, was the much-needed help for state and local governments who, exactly like the federal government, are watching tax revenues suddenly fall off a cliff. But unlike the feds, governors and mayors don’t have the authority to print money. That makes their situation far more dire than what’s facing Washington, where deficit spending under the Trump administration is just another day at the office. House Democrats initially objected but eventually caved, promising instead that local aid will be included in the next stimulus bill.