Tech & Data

Urban Heat Map Reveals Priority Spots for Cooling Efforts

Citizen scientists in Milwaukee collected air temperature and humidity data to help state officials focus where heat prevention efforts are most needed.

Infrastructure

City Planners Are Questioning the Point of Parking Garages

COMMENTARY | As many cities grapple with the housing crisis, some places are rewriting regulations and finding creative ways to repurpose these hulking masses of concrete that suck up valuable real estate.

Health & Human Services

End Nears for Covid Public Health Emergency

But expansions of key safety net programs that involve states are no longer tied to the directive and are already set to wind down.

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State CIOs Report Greater Workforce Challenges, Evolving Responsibilities Post-Pandemic

The rapidly changing work environment is demanding more of the CIO while complicating efforts to staff a highly skilled workforce.

Infrastructure

Nine ‘Mega’ Projects Score Grants Totaling Over $1 Billion

Nearly $300 million of the federal funding will go to a high-profile rail tunnel project linking New York City and New Jersey.

Management

Report: 14% of Young Adults Want to Work for Government

They preferred businesses of any size to government or nonprofit work.

Public Safety

Texas Governor Hires 'Border Czar' to Accelerate Wall Construction

Mike Banks, a recently retired Border Patrol agent, will work with the Texas National Guard and state troopers to find ways to deter people from crossing the border illegally.

Management

A New Bill in Washington State Seeks to Reduce Unneeded Packaging

Laws requiring companies to cover the costs of recycling services are gaining momentum in the U.S. Washington is one of the latest states to consider a strategy that is popular in Europe.

Finance

How the Debt Ceiling Debate Puts State and Local Dollars at Risk

With a battle over federal spending brewing between Republicans and Democrats in Washington, counties and low-income housing advocates are warning of potentially damaging cuts.

Infrastructure

White House Launches New Push to Help States Remove Lead Pipes That Carry Drinking Water

Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin will be part of the Lead Service Replacement Accelerators program.

Public Safety

Pain of Police Killings Traumatizes Black People and Communities Across US

COMMENTARY | Evidence shows that many Black Americans experience police killings of other Black people as traumatic events, and that this trauma diminishes the ability of Black communities to thrive.

Infrastructure

Over $1 Billion Now Available to Convert Bus Fleets to Cleaner Fuels

Purchases of electric and hydrogen-powered buses are among the projects eligible for a new round of federal grants.

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Case Study: Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services

Discover how The Work Number helped Los Angeles County provide rapid relief amid a heightened need during COVID-19.

Management

The Industries Most Affected by America’s Labor Shortage

COMMENTARY | Lawmakers and government officials need to seek out solutions now and build their workforce development strategies around them. 

Infrastructure

Another City Expands Fare-Free Transit

The Seattle program will provide no-cost bus passes for public housing residents.

Finance

State & Local Roundup: Wealth Tax Proposals on the Rise

While some states debate the so-called millionaires taxes, others are weighting cuts to levies on income and property. Plus: News you can use from across the country.

Infrastructure

New Boil Water Notices Are Being Issued Every Other Day in Jackson

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves lifted the citywide boil water advisory on Sept. 15, 2022. Since then, 70 new boil water notices, or more than one every other day, have been issued.

Public Safety

Michigan to Automatically Expunge Some Criminal Records Under ‘Clean Slate’ Program

State officials will automatically allow for certain convictions to be expunged in an effort to remove hurdles to jobs and housing.

Finance

Are Mayors Open to Federal Budget Cuts? It Depends Who You Ask

Route Fifty caught up with mayors from around the country to get their views on Republican threats to chop federal spending.

Finance

Critics Take Aim at State and Local ARPA Spending on Prisons and Jails

The American Civil Liberties Union is among those raising questions about federal Covid aid from the American Rescue Plan Act going to corrections projects.

Finance

A New Initiative Seeks to Help Small Cities Access Infrastructure Funding

The program will work with communities to assemble strong grant applications that can win some of the billions of dollars available.