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Questions Raised About Flexibility of $7B in FCC Connectivity Funds
BY ANDREA NOBLE
JUNE 17, 2021
INFRASTRUCTURE
Me-OW: One State’s Plan to Demand Justice for Run-Over Cats
A bill in New Hampshire would require residents who hit cats with their cars to report the collisions or face a $1,000 fine, similar to laws in other states.
BY KATE ELIZABETH QUERAM
4 HOURS AGO
HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
Hospitals Start Requiring Workers to Get Covid Shots
A judge rejected Houston hospital workers’ wrongful termination claims.
BY CHRISTINE VESTAL, STATELINE
5 HOURS AGO
INFRASTRUCTURE
‘Managed Retreat’ Can Reinvent Cities While Protecting Lives When Climate Change Floods, Burns or Bakes the Land
COMMENTARY | Low-lying communities near rivers and bays face increasing risk of flooding.
BY A.R. SIDERS AND KATHARINE MACH, THE CONVERSATION
5 HOURS AGO
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eBook: The State of State and Local Budgets
Route Fifty takes a look at how state and city governments are managing their finances amid the pandemic.
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MANAGEMENT
Kill the 5-Day Workweek
COMMENTARY | Reducing hours without reducing pay would reignite an essential but long-forgotten moral project: Making American life less about work.
BY JOE PINSKER, THE ATLANTIC
JUNE 17, 2021
MANAGEMENT
Looking to Boost Economic Development? Open a Hospitality Department
COMMENTARY | To reap rewards of the remote work revolution, states and cities should not just market to a limited group of corporate executives but to a much broader market of global talent.
BY LEV KUSHNER AND JON ROMANOJUNE 17, 2021
MANAGEMENT
Western States Prepare for Battle in Historic Wildfire Season
States are poised to spend hundreds of millions, even billions, in state funding while U.S. senators urged the Biden administration to provide additional relief money quickly.
BY KATE ELIZABETH QUERAM
JUNE 17, 2021
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MANAGEMENT
In a California Town, a Recreation Boom Kindles Wildfire Anxiety
COMMENTARY | As outdoor tourism returns, residents of Mammoth Lakes, still scarred by the 2020 fire season, are justifiably on edge.
BY ASTRA LINCOLN, UNDARK
JUNE 17, 2021
HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
Lowest Rates, Highest Hurdles: Southern States Tackle Vaccine Gap
"It's not a Covid vaccine thing. It's a Mississippi thing."
BY AALLYAH WRIGHT, STATELINE
JUNE 17, 2021
MANAGEMENT
Middle-income and Frontline Workers Struggle to Find Affordable Housing
The pandemic has exacerbated the crisis for these households being able to buy and rent homes, according to a report by the Urban Land Institute.
BY BRENT WOODIE
JUNE 17, 2021
FINANCE
Financial Service Providers Focused on Distressed Areas See $1.2B Influx
Community development financial institutions, which operate in low-income and underserved markets, have gained access to record levels of federal funding over the course of the pandemic.
BY BILL LUCIA
JUNE 16, 2021
MANAGEMENT
Across the US, City Buildings Begin to Reopen
Some are opening their doors fully, others are beginning with appointment hours. Multiple weddings took place at San Francisco's city hall last week.
BY KATE ELIZABETH QUERAM
JUNE 16, 2021
SPONSOR CONTENT
Sustaining Security and IT Productivity Through Telework
Lenovo recently completed a recent survey of 446 government professionals that found that the transition to teleworking has significantly strained IT departments, particularly those working in healthcare.
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FINANCE
Wish You Were Here: States to Use Federal Funds to Boost Tourism
Governments can appropriate American Rescue Plan dollars to help the travel and hospitality industries rebound from economic devastation brought by the pandemic.
BY ANDREA NOBLE
JUNE 16, 2021
INFRASTRUCTURE
A $26 Billion Plan to Save the Houston Area From Rising Seas
Lawmakers are poised to decide the fate of a massive project to protect the coast around Houston from rising sea levels.
BY ERIC BENDER, UNDARK
JUNE 16, 2021
MANAGEMENT
Rocky Mountain Forests Burning More Now Than Any Time in the Past 2,000 Years
COMMENTARY | Colorado’s East Troublesome Fire jumped the Continental Divide on Oct. 22, 2020, and eventually became Colorado’s second-largest fire on record.
BY PHILIP HIGUERA, BRYAN SHUMAN AND KYRA WOLF, THE CONVERSATION
JUNE 16, 2021
PUBLIC SAFETY
Post-Insurrection, States Balance Capitol Security, Openness
Dissatisfaction with democracy could lead to further attacks at state capitols.
BY ELAINE S. POVICH, STATELINE
JUNE 16, 2021
HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
The Top 10 States for Doctors
These states ranked high because of low malpractice payouts, physician compensation and overall health system performance, according to rankings by a medical information website.
BY BRENT WOODIE
JUNE 15, 2021
INFRASTRUCTURE
In One State, a Plan to Use $250M in Federal Aid for Park Improvements
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s plan—a one-time infusion to upgrade and repair infrastructure in the state’s 103 parks—would require approval from lawmakers.
BY KATE ELIZABETH QUERAM
JUNE 15, 2021
MANAGEMENT
How Governments Can Help Elevate the Local Workforce Post-Pandemic
As the pandemic subsides, county leaders are transitioning from reactive problem-solving to proactive planning to address the future of work.
BY BRENT WOODIE
JUNE 15, 2021
INFRASTRUCTURE
What Over 400 Local Leaders Want to See in an Infrastructure Deal
A new survey of mayors and other local elected officials reveals nearly universal support for certain types of investments. Others, including some Biden administration priorities, aren't as popular.
BY BILL LUCIA
JUNE 15, 2021
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