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Kate Elizabeth Queram

Kate Elizabeth Queram is a staff correspondent for Government Executive’s Route Fifty. She most recently covered state and local government for the News & Record, a daily newspaper in Greensboro, N.C. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland.
Management

America is Aging and Growing More Diverse, Census Data Shows

“More than four out of every five counties were older in 2018 than in 2010," said one Census Bureau official about new population estimates.

Management

Requiring High Schools to Name Valedictorians

After three Ohio schools did away with selecting valedictorians and salutatorians, a state legislator introduced a bill to mandate high schools continue the tradition.

Management

A State Proposal to Cremate Bodies the Jedi Way

Missouri lawmakers passed a bill that would legalize open-air human cremation, similar to Darth Vader's funeral.

Management

The Fight to Recruit and Retain Paramedics

The EMT shortage is difficult to quantify, but agency officials agree it's an issue across the country.

Management

Ranking America's Small and Large Cities

Washington D.C. jumped six spots in this year's America's Best Cities rankings, which judge cities on 23 metrics sorted into six categories.

Public Safety

Using Data to Predict Coastal Flood Risk

A new online tool compiles NOAA water-level data and storm forecasts to help coastal residents prepare for floods.

Management

Cat Declawing Might Be Banned In This State

New York lawmakers passed what could be the first statewide prohibition on surgeries to remove cats' claws.

Finance

How One City Gets Residents to Actually Participate in the Budget Process

Fort Collins, Colorado uses a "budgeting for outcomes" system that officials say prioritizes initiatives that are likely to help the city achieve its overall goals.

Public Safety

A Statewide Safety System for Students

Middle and high-school students in North Carolina can anonymously report safety tips by app in the coming school year as part of a partnership between the state and nonprofit Sandy Hook Promise.

Management

Paying Homeowners to Transform Yards Into Bee-Friendly Habitats

The "Lawns to Legumes" program, approved by legislators in Minnesota, will reimburse homeowners who plant wildflowers and other pollinator-friendly plants in their yards.

Management

This State May Allow Restaurants to Accept Food Stamp Benefits

A bill awaiting the governor's signature in Illinois would give some SNAP recipients the option to use their benefits at restaurants and to purchase hot prepared food at grocery stores.

Management

Nevada Governor Vetoes Popular Vote Effort

The bill would have directed Nevada's six electoral college votes to the winner of the national popular vote in presidential elections.

Public Safety

A New Way for Firefighters to Track Their Exposure to Carcinogens

A new app allows firefighters to track in real-time their exposure to dangerous substances.

Health & Human Services

'Thinking Differently': How One County Teaches First Responders About Autism

The training program in Dutchess County, New York is part of a larger county initiative aimed at improving life for people with special needs.

Infrastructure

Planting a Habitat for Pollinators on City Streets

A pollinator protection task force in Madison, Wisconsin led to a median-planting project designed to provide a friendly environment for bees and butterflies.

Management

State Prohibits Schools From Using Native American Mascots

Maine became the first state in the country to outright ban schools from using Native American mascots and imagery, though other states have passed similar, less strict measures.

Management

Sniff, Sit, Play: Using Dogs to Detect Invasive Species

Puddles, a 2-year-old Jack Russell mix, is helping Fish and Wildlife officials in Washington state prevent the spread of invasive species of mussels.

Infrastructure

Ranking the Country's Parks

Washington, D.C. dethroned three-time defending champ Minneapolis in the latest version of the ParkScore index, released this week by the Trust for Public Land.

Health & Human Services

Proposed Immigration Changes Already Having Effects, Research Finds

A change to the "public charge" rules under consideration by the Trump Administration is discouraging immigrants from applying for benefit programs, according to research from the Urban Institute.

Management

Poll: Despite Struggles, Rural Americans Feel Connected to Communities

Civic engagement is high among rural residents, which may offset negative feelings about financial insecurity and access to health care.