State and Local Government

Protests Could Lead to Surge of Coronavirus Cases, Officials Say

Public health officials and lawmakers worried that mass gatherings protesting the death of George Floyd could lead to a future increase of new coronavirus cases.

Keep Calm and Tweet On: Using Social Media Effectively in a Pandemic

COMMENTARY | In the social media era, government has never faced a crisis like the Covid-19 pandemic. Here are the principles that communication officials should consider in order to effectively communicate via social during a crisis.

Building Your Own Contact Tracing Program

COMMENTARY | Here’s how to create a qualified contact tracing workforce in your community.

NOAA Predicts Active Hurricane Season

The federal agency's annual forecast projects a likelihood of at least 13 named storms and six hurricanes.

Weddings Move Online in the Age of Coronavirus

Cities and states across the country are allowing couples to obtain marriage licenses online and, in some places, get married via video conference.

Cutbacks in a Crisis: Seven Ways to Do It Right

COMMENTARY | Strategic cutback management is an approach that can help address the Covid-19 budgetary impact and lay the groundwork for more effective government.

Two Coasts. One Virus. How New York Suffered Nearly 10 Times the Number of Deaths as California.

California’s governor and San Francisco’s mayor worked together to act early in confronting the COVID threat. For Andrew Cuomo and Bill de Blasio, it was a different story, and 27,000 New Yorkers have died so far.

Virus Downturn Will Further Strain Troubled Public Pension Funds

New research warns that the nation’s worst-off retirement plans for state and local government workers “face the risk of running out of assets in the foreseeable future" if there's a slow recovery.

School Districts Deploy WiFi-Equipped Buses to Expand Broadband Access for Students

School districts across the country are sending buses with WiFi to neighborhoods with limited broadband access to help students connect for full-time distance learning.

Government Telework Was Already on the Rise. Then Covid-19 Happened.

Increasing numbers of state and local government employees were teleworking last year, a trend that seems likely to continue after the coronavirus pandemic, according to new research.

Coastal Towns Weigh Reopening Beaches Before Memorial Day

Towns with economies that rely on summer tourism are anxious to reopen, but leaders don’t know when it will be safe to do so.

Saving Main Street: Why State and Local Governments Are Vital for Its Survival

COMMENTARY | Main Street America is facing its toughest crisis ever as people stay at home to slow the spread of coronavirus. State and local governments need to step up to help businesses stay alive.

Coronavirus Restrictions on Religious Services Come Under DOJ Scrutiny

The Justice Department lays out its plan to proactively monitor state and local ordinances and take action to correct those prosecutors believe are unconstitutional.

Canceled Fundraisers, Fewer Volunteers: Small Fire Departments Face Their Own Coronavirus Challenges

Staffing shortages, fundraising difficulties and a lack of personal protective equipment have forced rural and volunteer-driven fire departments to adapt quickly.

Some Local Officials Lash Out At State Restrictions to Combat Virus

Sheriffs and some Republican local officials in a few Democratic-led states are saying they won’t enforce governors’ orders, and at least one is vowing a challenge in court.

Travelers Ignoring Mandatory Quarantine Orders? One Mayor Thinks You're a 'Covidiot.'

Kauai Mayor Derek Kawakami debuted the term after three people disregarded Hawaii's mandatory 14-day self-quarantine for travelers. Two more people have been arrested since.

Need Help With Covid-19 Tech? This Nonprofit Connects Volunteers with Governments

The U.S. Digital Response, a new nonprofit, dispatches tech-sector volunteers to assist governments with coronavirus-related projects.

The Pandemic Response Measures State and Local Governments Should Move On Now

COMMENTARY | State and local officials have initiated many measures to mitigate the consequences of the coronavirus. However, there is still much more for them to do.

Stay-At-Home Orders Can Be Dangerous for Victims of Domestic Violence. But Help Is Still Available.

Roughly half of agencies providing help to victims of domestic violence are closed during the coronavirus outbreak, but many have transitioned to virtual or phone services.

Fixing Backlogs: An Essential Skill for Leaders in a Crisis

COMMENTARY | As demand for public services skyrockets in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, public officials need to work now to eliminate the bottlenecks and expand capacity and efficiency.