Management

State Fairs Are the Latest Casualty of Covid-19

At least 15 states have canceled their annual fairs due to public health concerns amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, while others are moving ahead with modified, pared-down events.

Management

How Local Governments Navigate Covid-19 Budget Shortfalls

COMMENTARY | Local governments can counter new budget challenges by finding sources of untapped revenue.

Public Safety

In One State Legislature, a Back-and-Forth Over Whether Police Deserve Hate Crime Protection

In Georgia, passage of a hate crimes bill was momentarily stalled over a provision added by Republicans to include police officers. But the legislature is moving forward separately with enhanced penalties for people convicted of targeting police officers.

Sponsor Content

Going Digital: State and Local Agencies Turn to Powerful Financial Reporting Tools

Modern financial reporting tools have become a key part of resiliency and continuity efforts for agencies — for good reason.

Health & Human Services

The Dudes Who Won’t Wear Masks

COMMENTARY | Face coverings are a powerful tool, but health authorities can’t simply ignore the reasons some people refuse to use them.

Finance

Black Businesses Largely Miss Out on Opportunity Zone Money

Minority investors often lack relationships with banks.

Management

Uncovering the 'Next Normal:' A Survey for Local Government Officials on the Effects of Covid-19

A new survey is asking local government workers and officials about how the pandemic has affected services, technology, team dynamics and more.

Health & Human Services

Federal Officials Detail Preparations for 'Inevitable' Coronavirus Surge This Fall

Dr. Anthony Fauci and others say their agencies are taking "financial risks" to pursue potential treatments and a vaccine, but will not compromise science.

Public Safety

Seattle Mayor Says Police Will Return to 'CHOP' Protest Zone

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Correctional officers complain about discrimination in guarding of Derek Chauvin ... A city council member is arrested in Los Angeles corruption case ... San Francisco's mayor wants to move ahead with reopening.

Finance

Cities Delay Infrastructure Projects Amid Covid-19 Budget Uncertainty

A survey by the National League of Cities Found that more than 700 cities are cancelling or delaying infrastructure projects because of budget shortfalls caused by the pandemic.

Public Safety

Calls Grow for Amazon to End Ring Partnerships with Police Departments

Footage captured on Ring, the video doorbell sold by Amazon, is available to over one thousand law enforcement agencies nationwide.

Management

Conservation Could Create Jobs After the Pandemic

COMMENTARY | When it comes to public lands, conservation and developing parks can create more jobs than oil and gas development.

Sponsor Content

4 Top Considerations for State and Local Agencies Looking to Protect Against Credential-Based Attacks

Here’s what types of attacks are on the rise — and what governments can do about it.

Health & Human Services

California Lawmakers Block Health Care Cuts

To address the estimated $54 billion deficit in the 2020-21 state budget, the deal relies partly on drawing down state cash reserves and rainy day funds.

Finance

The Second Great Depression

COMMENTARY | At least four major factors are terrifying economists and weighing on the recovery.

Health & Human Services

With Coronavirus Cases Climbing, Texas Governor Warns of Possible Restrictions—But Says They Will Be ‘The Last Option’

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Sexual abuse survivors urge change to Utah's constitution ... Philadelphia city council members push for a stimulus package for Black neighborhoods ... Tennessee passes strict abortion law.

Management

The Death of the Open-Plan Office? Not Quite, But a Revolution Is In the Air

COMMENTARY | The open-plan office will have to evolve in the coronavirus era.

Finance

Four States Have Borrowed Money to Pay Unemployment Benefits

Thirty-six states borrowed from the federal government after the Great Recession, which over time led some to restrict unemployment benefits.

Public Safety

Lawmakers Push for Special Prosecutors to Oversee Cases Involving Police Killings

Proponents say assigning special prosecutors to investigate when police officers use deadly force can eliminate a potential conflict of interest among local district attorneys who regularly work with police.

Public Safety

In Many Cities, Police Only Solve a Portion of Murder Cases. What Happens if We Defund Them?

Homicide clearance rates in cities across the country are abysmal. Experts say solving more murders would involve increased resources and improved community relations.

Infrastructure

To Avoid Integration, Americans Built Barricades in Urban Space

COMMENTARY | Urban inequality didn’t happen by accident.