Management

How hot weather can tamper with your words

As a heat wave continues to impact many parts of the Midwest and Northeast, a new study finds that politicians tend to use shorter words in speeches on hot days.

Digital Government

As mobile IDs proliferate, concerns about cybersecurity and data privacy mount

New York is the latest state to adopt a mobile driver’s license. But while the technology holds promise and is convenient for users, there remain concerns.

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Results for America’s Evaluation Policy Guide

Big Goals? Short on Time? No Problem – Find the Nation's Top Evaluation Policies Here.

Infrastructure

Teachers demand climate solutions in their next contract

From California to Massachusetts, teachers unions have started to get loud about climate justice demands. In Chicago, the teachers union wants their new contract to address the rising cost of climate change on students and the community.

Digital Government

¿Cómo Se Dice? California loops in AI to translate health care information

State health policy officials hope to save money and make critical health care forms, applications, websites and other information available to more people in what they call the nation’s most linguistically diverse state.

Management

An overlooked tool for chipping away at the opioid crisis

Too few states are assessing residents for substance use disorders, a practice that one expert says could get drug users into treatment earlier.

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Finance

The great Salt Lake City tax tradeoff

In a few weeks, the city council will be voting on a 0.5% sales tax to support economic development downtown. But it’s not the money that is drawing all the attention, it’s what the city is giving up.

Workforce

Burnout among government workers is decreasing but still high, according to new pulse survey data

Nearly half of government workers experiencing burnout said the main cause is their workload, followed by staff shortages and managing personal and professional life, both at 44%.

Infrastructure

Communities step up their resilience and climate planning

COMMENTARY | A county in Florida is leveraging federal funding to reduce carbon emissions, improve energy efficiency in public buildings and invest in renewable energy infrastructure.

Emerging Tech

3D visualization predicts hurricane damage before it happens

By applying this technology to coastal communities or community buildings, such as schools and stores, researchers can help residents and officials create a plan for hurricane season.

Management

Why the fight over abortion pills isn’t over yet

The Supreme Court dismissed a challenge from anti-abortion groups attempting to restrict access to mifepristone, but conservative states are acting on their own to block access to the increasingly popular medicine.

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‘Easy to Do Business With’: Why Simplifying Business Licensing & Registration Is a Best Practice

Adopting a digital process simplifies business license applications, enhancing user experiences, staff efficiency, and compliance rates.

Emerging Tech

It’s time to take a serious look at esports gaming

The growing popularity of competitive video games is creating opportunities for governments at all levels. It builds skills, fosters community at local rec centers and schools and even boosts tourism.

Digital Government

No shortcuts: Only well-managed AI will deliver on its promise

COMMENTARY | Artificial intelligence opens new opportunities for policymaking and service delivery, but success still depends on understanding residents’ needs and on the thoughtful handling of their data.

Finance

How local government fraud has—and hasn’t—changed since the pandemic

We spoke to a leading state auditor about how remote work and artificial intelligence are ushering in new kinds of fraud in state and local governments.

Management

Indiana weighs hospital monopoly as officials elsewhere scrutinize similar deals

Some states are enacting laws that require merged hospitals to agree to conditions imposed by regulators, but the Federal Trade Commission says those agreements increase prices and diminish care.

Infrastructure

After Amtrak’s ‘best revenue month ever,’ House GOP focuses on railroad’s bonuses

Congressional Republicans called for more information about executive compensation and more board transparency for the passenger rail company, citing ridership drops after the pandemic.

Infrastructure

What makes a city ideal for office-to-housing conversions?

It’s the state and local leaders who can work creatively with restrictive building codes and tax incentives, one expert says.

Digital Government

Bills restricting social media advance amid continued legal battles

New York lawmakers just passed legislation to ban the use of algorithm-driven feeds for minors without their parents’ permission, while Utah’s law is facing more legal action over its age verification requirements.

Finance

Big districts like Philadelphia ‘gamble’ on higher spending as enrollment falls, study finds

End of federal relief funds means 'all of the big districts at once' face decisions about layoffs and school closures, says Manhattan Institute.