Management

Know a Teen who Needs a Summer Job? Covid-19 Response is Hiring.

Officials in several states are expanding existing seasonal job programs to include new opportunities to help with government-led coronavirus response efforts.

Public Safety

When Cities Replace Police with Social Workers

City leaders across the country are considering how to rethink police departments. They have many examples to look to—from brand new pilots to programs decades in the making.

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In the 5G Era, Productivity Tools Help Manage Government Spend from Home or on the Go

Now, as remote work looks likely to become a more permanent shift for many in the public sector, underlying technology could help to bring an even larger boom, experts say.

Public Safety

Police with Lots of Military Gear Kill Civilians More Often than Less-Militarized Officers

COMMENTARY | The gear can lead police to emphasize the use of force to solve problems they encounter in the community.

Health & Human Services

Oklahoma Voters Narrowly Approve Medicaid Expansion that Republican Lawmakers Rejected

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Oregon voters might decide on psychedelic mushrooms … Kansas City mayor says he received a death threat over mask requirements … Florida’s governor says state is not “going back, closing things.”

Finance

The Fight Continues Over Paying Enhanced Jobless Benefits Beyond July

Senate Democrats introduced legislation that would extend the $600-per-week unemployment supplement, but Republicans say the size of the extra payment discourages people from returning to work.

Public Safety

State AG Recommends Data Reporting Mandate for Police Deadly Force Incidents

As it stands, most police agencies in Washington state are not reporting this type of information through a program the FBI launched last year.

Health & Human Services

Hollowed-Out Public Health System Faces More Cuts Amid Virus

Public health agencies at every level of government received budget cut after cut over recent decades. Now, facing a global pandemic, they are getting cut again.

Finance

Court Strikes Down Restrictions on Pandemic Aid for Small Business Owners with Criminal Records

The Small Business Administration has changed the rules following a lawsuit from small business owners with criminal records.

Health & Human Services

It's Time for Governors to Get Tough with Coronavirus Again

COMMENTARY | The recent surge of coronavirus cases has brought us back to square one of our response due to the premature end of statewide stay at home orders.

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Guide to Efficiency Tools for Local Governments

State and local government challenges, coupled with today’s economic environment mean it is now more important than ever to work smarter, not harder.

Health & Human Services

Just Because You Can Doesn’t Mean You Should

As states and cities waffle on pandemic restrictions, public health has become individuals’ responsibility.

Management

How North Carolina Transformed Itself Into the Worst State to Be Unemployed

Across the country, unemployment systems are collapsing under an unprecedented number of claims. But some state systems, like North Carolina’s, have long made it harder to receive unemployment benefits.

Management

Group of Mayors Pledge to Push for Universal Basic Income Programs

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Virginia governor extends emergency declaration in Richmond ... Arizona town continues on with the Fourth of July ... Texas bar owners file lawsuit.

Public Safety

Three More States Say Yes to Hands-Free Laws for Drivers

New laws aimed at reducing distracted driving are going into effect in Idaho, Indiana and South Dakota.

Public Safety

Despite Mitigation Efforts, Watchdog Finds Rise in Repeatedly Flooded Properties

The Government Accountability Office says steps like acquiring and demolishing flood-prone homes won't be enough to shore up the finances of the National Flood Insurance Program.

Public Safety

Fire Departments Anticipate Busy Fourth of July as Fireworks Sales Skyrocket

In a normal year, fire safety officials encourage people to attend public fireworks displays instead of attempting to create them at home. But most fireworks shows are canceled this year because of coronavirus.