Management

This Billionaire Governor Keeps Firing Top Officials When He Has a Crisis

Similar to President Donald Trump, West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has been particularly aggressive at forcing out top officials, including most recently the state’s top public health officer, faulting others when things go wrong.

Health & Human Services

Nurses and Doctors Sick With COVID Feel Pressured to Get Back to Work

Hospital employees say they must choose between their paychecks and their health or that of their families. Returning to work with symptoms also risks infection among the patients they are meant to heal.

Public Safety

Seattle Police Chief Announces Retirement As City Council Cuts Department Budget

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | A federal review finds racist practices at an Alabama public housing authority … Oregon legislature cuts state budget in one-day session … California vows to replace archaic technology that led to Covid undercounts.

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How Better Invoice and Expense Processes Can Boost Productivity

In a world where recruitment and retention remain highly competitive, government agencies can’t afford outdated processes.

Public Safety

In Missouri, a Rift Over Local Murder Prosecutions

Missouri’s governor wants the state attorney general to take over prosecutions for uncharged homicides in St. Louis.

Health & Human Services

Establishing Covid-19 Testing Sites for All

COMMENTARY | Racial and socioeconomic inequities continue to be exacerbated during the Covid-19 pandemic. Community leaders must engage residents who are most vulnerable to identify equitable response measures.

Management

Feds Will Reopen Schools on Native American Reservations

Despite the outsize toll the pandemic has taken on Native American communities, the federal government said that schools on reservations should reopen in September.

Health & Human Services

Local Officials Say a Nursing Home Dumped Residents to Die at Hospitals

The deaths of 18 residents of a New York nursing home highlight the continuing controversy over the Cuomo administration’s decision not to count deaths in hospitals as nursing home deaths. The home denies the allegations.

Management

How the Pandemic Defeated America

A virus has brought the world’s most powerful country to its knees.

Health & Human Services

Public Health Officials Are Quitting or Getting Fired in Throes of Pandemic

At least 49 state and local public health leaders have resigned, retired or been fired since April across 23 states.

Finance

A Lawsuit Seeks to Restore Local Power to Tax Sugary Drinks

California enacted a law in 2018 that creates a huge roadblock for cities that want to tax soda and other sugary beverages. That statute now faces a challenge in court.

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Top IT Considerations for Agencies Moving to Remote Work

Amid a major move to remote work, cloud-based solutions can help state and local governments accommodate their newly remote workforces while accelerating digital transformation.

Public Safety

Chicago Leaders Condemn Looting As ‘Brazen and Extensive Criminal Destruction’

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | A judge sides with California in lawsuit about new gig worker law … New York lawmakers to probe storm power outages … Texas AG says state legislature likely needs to decide about moving a statue of a former Texas A&M University president and Confederate general.

Tech & Data

U.S., International Lawmakers Push Facebook to Stop Online Hate Targeting Women

The social media giant must more aggressively enforce rules that it already has in place, they said.

Finance

Governors Raise Concerns About Trump’s Unemployment Benefits Order

Asking states to chip in to cover 25% of the enhanced unemployment benefits at a time they are facing significant budget shortfalls is “laughable,” said New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Management

Robot Chicken Butchers and Other Job Automation Brought to You By Covid

The coronavirus could accelerate adoption of automation technologies as businesses look to minimize human contact.

Management

Cancel College

COMMENTARY | Reopening universities will accomplish little and endanger many.

Management

As Crisis Grows, Farms Try to Balance Health of Field Workers and Food Supply

Skeptics say the lack of enforceable federal safety standards geared toward the coronavirus allows these employers to prioritize the harvest over worker safety.

Management

What It Takes to Build a Nonpartisan Pipeline for Women Candidates

In a space dominated by Democratic groups, the LBJ Women’s Campaign School highlights its nonpartisan approach in trying to help more women get elected to office. It’s not that simple.