It is apparent that the leftovers from the coronavirus pandemic will continue to cause us pain and suffering in various ways other than our health. Every state in America is going to have to meet the challenge head on.

As states begin to shave the number of patients felled by coronavirus, and the decline in death rates, state governments are looking at deep cuts in their budgets. And when states have financial woes, so do municipalities across the country. Here’s why.

A sharp drop in sales tax revenue and other tax revenues that states depend on to finance their long list of public services won’t have the funds to continue these programs without cutting back on the funds they earmark to all of the municipalities and agencies that provide these services. Think education, health and welfare agencies, roads and bridges in the transportation system, law enforcement, parks and recreation and a host of other services that benefit all citizens.

While Wisconsin and Michigan are certain to see less state revenue for distribution, several states already are talking about budget shortfalls. For instance, Georgia showing a decline of more than $100 million in sales tax, fuel tax and other tax revenues compared with the same period a year ago. Tennessee’s tax revenue is down more than $129 million. Pennsylvania’s is off by more than $760 million and Texas, which already has been hammered by the collapse in oil prices, has seen tax collections plummet by nearly $1 billion, according to a newspaper report in USA TODAY.

The total declines compared with last year would be even larger if personal and corporate income tax collections were included. But much of the drop in those categories was the result of postponement of income tax filing dates until July 15, the newspaper reported.

Georgia, Tennessee, Pennsylvania and Texas are among the first states whose coronavirus-impacted tax revenue numbers have been reported. But no state is expected to show year-over-year increases in tax collections, the newspaper noted.

Republicans and Democrats are locked in yet another partisan battle on how to go about helping the states with their problems. Political leaders say the economy will start to improve as the country opens up. But their optimistic outlook is guarded by concerns of a second wave of coronavirus in the fall.

It’s clear we need to brace ourselves for more brutal punishment from the COVID-19 pandemic.