Public Safety

Black Lawmakers Are Getting Pepper Sprayed at Protests

A county commissioner, a city councilman and a U.S. congresswoman attended a protest in Columbus to support demonstrators and encourage peaceful tactics. Then police showed up.

Public Safety

Hundreds of New York City Staffers Write to Mayor Demanding Police Reform and Defunding

New York City municipal employees condemned Mayor Bill de Blasio’s response to recent protests and demanded changes to the city’s police department.

Finance

State and Local Public Workforce Hit With Thousands More Job Losses

The downbeat figures came as the unemployment rate overall showed signs of improvement in May after skyrocketing amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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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

Prosecutorial Discretion: The Prosecutor’s Role in Curbing Infections in Prisons

COMMENTARY | The rapid spread of Covid-19 in jails and prisons puts us all at risk. Prosecutors’ should flex their authority to reduce the chance of infection among the incarcerated population by limiting new arrests, pushing for early releases when prudent and ensuring sanitary conditions for those in custody.

Management

It’s Time to Rethink the Disrupted US Food System From the Ground Up

COMMENTARY | The soil that produces our nation’s food supply is a weakened link slowly failing under ongoing strain.

Health & Human Services

Covid-19 Can Last for Several Months

The disease’s “long-haulers” have endured relentless waves of debilitating symptoms—and disbelief from doctors and friends.

Health & Human Services

Montana’s Tribal Nations Preserve COVID Restrictions To Preserve Their Cultures

Tribal leaders across the state say reservation shutdowns and stay-at-home orders will continue for now, as widespread, proactive testing for the virus on reservations gets underway.

Public Safety

Tear Gas Is Way More Dangerous Than Police Let On—Especially During the Coronavirus Pandemic

In the middle of a respiratory pandemic, law enforcement agencies have used tear gas in especially dangerous ways. The chemical agent also seeps into homes, contaminates food, furniture, skin and surfaces, and can cause long-term lung damage.

Management

Minneapolis Parks, Schools Cut Ties With Police Department

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Racial slur uttered after Ahmaud Arbery shooting, defendant said … Las Vegas bans protesters from carrying backpacks … Hawaii warns of scams targeting sex offenders.

Finance

Virus Casts Uncertainty Over City Budget and Economic Development in a Health Care Hub

Like other localities, the coronavirus has Rochester, Minnesota facing questions about both its financial outlook and future economic growth.

Management

City Councils Across the Country Respond to George Floyd Protests

Councils have passed resolutions standing in solidarity with Floyd’s family and calling for police reform. So far, however, most haven’t taken substantive steps to change how police operate in their cities.

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Public Safety

'A Parade, Not A Protest': An Interview With Sheriff Who Took Off Riot Gear, Walked with Protesters

Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson won attention for marching in solidarity with protesters in Flint Township, Michigan. He says he knows it will take more efforts to really improve many people's perceptions of law enforcement.

Management

America’s Cities Are Under Extraordinary Pressure

Their future is threatened not only by persistent inequality and discrimination, but by the president of the United States.

Management

Ramping Up Efforts to Trace the Coronavirus

COMMENTARY | State and local officials should use the tools they have now to identify, isolate and track the localized outbreaks of Covid-19 that will likely occur in the months ahead.

Public Safety

Police Reform Is Popular. Rioting Is Not.

COMMENTARY | Once the fires are out, what is the best way to secure justice?

Management

Virginia and Richmond Leaders Plan to Move on Confederate Statue Removal

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Hawaii opens up to interisland travel this month … Tropical storm projected to be headed to Gulf Coast … Nebraska governor apologizes for saying ‘you people’ to black pastors.

Management

What States Can Learn from Tuesday’s Election Mishaps for November

Some states that tried to transition to primarily mail-in elections Tuesday saw problems, including long lines at polling places and requested absentee ballots that never made it to voters.

Finance

Fed Again Expands State and Municipal Lending Program

The latest move will ensure that at least two local governments in each state have access to the program, which is designed to help states and localities weather the coronavirus crisis.