Finance

This State Found $117,000 in Double Payments Through Data Analytics

Ohio developed a tool to review all state agencies’ payment transactions from January through September and found 56 duplicate payments worth more than $117,000.

Management

Seven Cities in a Snowy State Ban Snowballs. Now One is Poised to Reverse Course

A handful of Wisconsin cities have identically worded ordinances that ban snowball fights in public places. After going viral for their policy, officials in Wausau are ready to change it.

Management

Why One City is Prioritizing Financial Empowerment

St. Paul, Minnesota created a city office that aims to lift up residents who are struggling the most, while also addressing the ways city penalties might be keeping them down.

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State and Local Agencies Can Bolster Security by Combating Complexity

What are the takeaways from NASCIO's 2019 Annual Conference? We discuss cybersecurity, IT infrastructure, and data challenges at scale.

Finance

Turning Gray and Into the Red: The True Cost of Growing Old in America

COMMENTARY | Too many people enter retirement without financial security.

Infrastructure

Most Electric Scooter Riders Are Men. Here's Why.

Most users of micromobility devices like dockless scooters and e-bikes are young men. Fixing that gender gap may take more than just adding safety features.

Infrastructure

Trucks vs. Bridges: Dangerous and Costly

One bridge in New York state was hit 130 times in a decade.

Management

To Fill Vacancies in Government, One State Tries a Rapid-Hire Job Fair

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Utah lawmaker hopes the state will ratify the ERA … Tennessee lawmaker questions oversight at juvenile correction facility … Legislation to mandate pledge of allegiance in Arizona.

Health & Human Services

Early in the Season, Flu Widespread in 10 States

Public health officials said they hope to improve both information sharing and vaccine manufacturing to reduce the spread of flu in the near future.

Health & Human Services

The Healthiest—and Unhealthiest—States

Reduced smoking rates, not much violent crime and low reports of sexually transmitted diseases make Vermont the healthiest state in the country, according to rankings released this week.

Infrastructure

Trump’s Border Wall Threatens an Arizona Oasis

COMMENTARY | Many fear that the thirty-foot wall with nighttime floodlighting will harm wildlife, lower the water table and destroy archaeological treasures.

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Management

Rural America Sees Biggest Income Dips—and Jumps

Per capita income in the United States rose 4% last year to $54,000.

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IT Consolidation - What’s Next for Government and Education Modernization Initiatives?

IT consolidation has been a high-priority government and education initiative for many years.

Management

What the Gentrification of Baltimore's Chinatown Means

As developers turn to Baltimore’s historical Chinatown, Ethiopian residents worry about displacement while others worry about cultural commodification.

Management

A City Sues Itself to Stop a Marijuana Ballot Initiative

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | New York City debuts cargo bikes program … Ohio may ban local plastic bag ordinances … Texas representative drops reelection bid after remarks about Asian opponents.

Management

With 2020 Agenda, Mayors Stake Out Positions on Housing, Guns and Climate

The local leaders also address a range of other issues in their new platform that they want presidential candidates and other contenders for federal office to take notice of.

Public Safety

Local Law Enforcement Rejects New County Law Criminalizing Behavior that ‘Annoys’ Police

Local law enforcement leaders in Monroe County, New York said Wednesday they won't arrest people for annoying their officers, rejecting a new law signed on Monday.

Health & Human Services

Concerned About Her City's Lack of Affordable Housing, a Councilwoman Decided to Build Some

Jillian Johnson, mayor pro tem of Durham, N.C., is constructing a duplex next to her house with the goal of renting its two units to low-income families who need stable housing.

Health & Human Services

Almost 700,000 to Lose Food Stamp Benefits Under Finalized Trump Administration Rule

A new USDA rule, one of several that has been under consideration, would make it more difficult for states to obtain work requirement waivers for the federal food stamp program.

Infrastructure

Swim Classes for Truck Drivers? Utilities Adapt to Climate Change, Flooding Threats

Water and sewer utilities are on the front lines as local governments grapple with severe weather, natural disasters and other climate-related fallout.

Smart Cities

Why We Should Stop Conflating Cities With Innovation and Creativity

COMMENTARY | The language we use to discuss innovation and creativity has such a pro-urban bias that we’ve forgotten these qualities flourish outside of cities, too.