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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

Florida Lawmakers Look to Make Ex-Felons Pay Fines Before They Can Vote

The legislation comes months after voters overwhelmingly approved a measure restoring the voting rights of people convicted of felonies who have completed their sentences.

Management

Gentrification is Most Concentrated in Large Cities

Seven cities account for almost half the gentrification in America, according to research from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition.

Management

States Could See 'Unprecedented' Flooding

NOAA's spring outlook, issued Thursday, predicts a heightened flood risk, even as states in the Midwest are dealing with historic flooding.

Tech & Data

How a School District Did Away with Snow Days

In Anderson, South Carolina, school officials traded inclement weather closures for remote learning.

Intergovernmental Relations

State Fuel Tax Doesn't Apply to Tribe, Supreme Court Rules

The Yakama Nation's treaty with the United States exempts a tribal company from the tax, according to the high court's decision.

Management

The Cities Where Residents Are Most Eager to Leave

An analysis by real-estate website Redfin.com examined places where more people were searching for homes elsewhere compared to people looking to move in.

Health & Human Services

Cracking Down on Fake Service Dogs

Twenty-eight states have passed laws penalizing people for misrepresenting their pets as service dogs, with two more considering legislation this spring.

Health & Human Services

Low-Income Renters Face Massive Affordable Housing Shortage

The country's poorest renters face the largest shortage of available and affordable housing compared to other renters, according to a new report.

Management

The Gig Economy is Actually Pretty Tiny

An analysis from the Economic Policy Institute found that workers who sourced jobs through apps like Uber and Lyft comprised just a minuscule fraction of the overall workforce.

Health & Human Services

A Health Department Tackles Recidivism

Two community health workers from the Oklahoma City-County Health Department are working to link high-need defendants with community services.

Tech & Data

State AGs Call Out Congress on Robocalls

Attorneys general are urging Congress to pass legislation cracking down on spam calls.

Management

Talking Border Security with a Border-Town Mayor

Dee Margo is the mayor of El Paso, Texas, who's sparred publicly with President Donald Trump on border security.

Management

A Push to Rework How Buildings Are Declared Historic

The legislation, proposed in Oregon, would implement a public process for historic designation and provide tax credits for rehab work.

Tech & Data

How a Library Embraced New Technology and Helped Build a Prosthetic Hand

The public library in a small Texas town used an assessment tool that helped officials eventually upgrade equipment—including buying a 3D printer. One community member used it to make a prosthesis.

Health & Human Services

New Mexico Boosts Cap for Medical Marijuana Growers

The increase is temporary as state officials determine a permanent cap that will keep pace with growing patient enrollment.

Health & Human Services

One in Eight NYC Students is Homeless by Fifth Grade

New research found that homelessness among students in New York City varied widely depending on geography and ethnicity.

Infrastructure

A Light-Rail Project Hits a Higher-Ed Roadblock

Duke University declined to sign a collaborative agreement necessary to secure federal funding for the North Carolina project.

Management

The Persistent Employment Gap Among Disabled Americans

Employment levels for Americans with disabilities lag behind those of people without disabilities, research shows.

Management

New York's Online Voter Registration Will Become Accessible to Blind Voters

Websites for the board of elections and DMV must be accessible by the end of the year under the terms of a lawsuit settlement.

Management

The Gap Between Workers and Jobs

Workers live far away from available jobs in metropolitan areas across the country, researchers found.