Finance

Treasury Releases Highly Anticipated Rules for ‘Opportunity Zones’

Secretary Steve Mnuchin has said he expects that $100 billion of private investment in economically distressed areas could occur under the program.

Finance

Marijuana Retail Sales See Biggest Month to Date in Colorado

But experts caution pot tax revenue doesn’t necessarily solve state budget problems.

Health & Human Services

Feeling Heat From Anti-Vaccine Parents, State Pulls Immunization Education Program

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | N.Y. Gov. Cuomo heads into deteriorating tunnel … San Francisco accounting errors … and ACLU sues judge over countywide homeless camp ban.

Sponsor Content

Critical Infrastructure: Securing Election Systems

As state governments ramp up to secure voting infrastructure for the 2018 midterm elections and the 2020 elections, many government officials are faced with the challenge of securing a breadth of systems and process, such as voting registration, voter capture devices, and tabulation of results. To help secure elections infrastructure, Grant Thorton’s Dave Simprini explains what resources are available to state governments tasked with this challenge.

Management

FEMA Wants a New Way to Verify Survivors After Disasters

The new system will need to handle up to 750,000 cases at the same time to ensure survivors get what they need while fraudsters get shut out.

Public Safety

Ohio Town Debuts Smart Intersection Technology

The technology, a pilot project, debuted in Marysville, Ohio earlier this month.

Management

3 Data Snapshots That Take the Pulse of the ‘Heartland’ States

Looking at indicators of the economy, health and human capital across 19 states in the middle of America.

Tech & Data

Digital Record Deluge Threatens to Swamp States

States allocate less than one-hundredth of one percent of their budget on archives despite exponential data growth.

Smart Cities

Local Energy Storage Is a Clever Infrastructure Innovation

Projects are already appearing in Massachusetts independent of the state’s grant program.

Management

Where Job Prospects Improve for Those With a College Degree

There are more college-educated Americans than jobs requiring that level of education, according to the Urban Institute.

Finance

Study Shows Why State Pension Plans May Want to Avoid External Asset Management

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Rare polio-like disease spreads to 22 states … Tornado Alley’s eastward shift … and disaster unemployment insurance in Florida.

Management

DHS Downplays Report That Data Thieves Are Selling Millions of Voters’ Data

But personal data from voting rolls is more public than many people likely realize.

Health & Human Services

How Fentanyl Changes the Opioid Equation

Fentanyl can cause rashes of overdoses and deaths when it is slipped into the local heroin supply.

Tech & Data

Most Big Cities Are Planning for Autonomous Vehicles

The National League of Cities has seven recommendations for those looking to launch pilots.

Finance

Signs of Strong Interest in ‘Opportunity Zones,’ as Investors Await Regulations

“The number of dollars that are flooding to the space right now, far outpace the pace that we can actually deploy that capital responsibly,” says an executive at one investment firm.

Tech & Data

Algorithms Can’t Fix Societal Problems—And Often Amplify Them

Activists and researchers argue that artificial-intelligence tools, including those used by governments, reflect the problems already present in the systems they're automating.

Management

Alaska Lt. Governor Abruptly Resigns After ‘Inappropriate’ Comments

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Hurricane Michael’s death toll rises … ransomware attack for N.C. water utility … and a pleasant budget surprise in California.

Infrastructure

Nevada and Arizona Ballot Measures Would Require Utilities to Use More Renewable Energy Sources

While Nevada’s effort to update its renewable portfolio standard has seen little opposition, the largest utility in Arizona is resisting the same measure.