Finance

Small Cities Worry Cybersecurity Money Won't Reach Them

Ransomware attacks have wreaked havoc on state and local governments. There are new federal cybersecurity grants to help but small places may lack the staff resources to get them.

Management

How Republicans Are Using Preemption to Advance Voter Suppression

COMMENTARY | Expect Republican-led states to continue restricting voting rights in 2022.

Infrastructure

GOP Governors Resist Biden’s Attempts to Restrict Infrastructure Spending

They’re cautioning the White House against pushing “a social agenda” under the public works law.

Sponsor Content

Bringing Energy Resiliency to the Forefront of Disaster Preparedness

As the former Mayor of Hoboken, NJ, author Dawn Zimmer led her City through Superstorm Sandy, learning firsthand the importance of energy resiliency to keep her community safe.

Management

5 Unusual State Laws Across the US

There is a wide range of unlikely state laws nationwide, including ones prohibiting biting a person's arm (or leg) off to swearing at kids' sports events.

Management

Can a Christian Flag Fly at City Hall? Supreme Court Will Decide

Shurtleff v. Boston raises important questions about free speech and religion in public spaces.

Public Safety

Does Being a Victim of a Crime Shift a Politician’s Views?

Representative Mary Gay Scanlon speaks about having her car stolen from her at gunpoint.

Finance

Biden Aide Urges Mayors to Direct ARPA Spending Towards Workforce

Given flexibility in using American Rescue Plan Act dollars, cities are asked to focus on recruiting and retaining essential workers.

Tech & Data

Can AI-powered Congestion Pricing Improve Transportation Equity?

New research suggests big data and machine learning can create an equitable approach to tolling and improve traffic congestion.

Tech & Data

Detroit Tests Cloud-enabled Pavement Monitoring

In-vehicle sensors collect and analyze data and send it to the cloud where the city can access it as a GIS layer to see road surface ratings.

Public Safety

Feds Unveil New Plan to Combat Wildfire Dangers

The strategy emphasizes preventative measures, like thinning and controlled burns, on lands that pose high risks.

Sponsor Content

Route Fifty Ebook: Infrastructure at a Turning Point

Route Fifty looks at the latest trends with infrastructure investment, following the passage of a major federal law that will funnel over a trillion dollars towards public works.

Health & Human Services

Officials Struggle to Regulate Pop-up Covid Testing Sites—and Warn Patients to Beware

High demand for Covid screening and scarce supply have opened the door to bad actors. State officials are sounding the alarm about dubious street testing operators that could put people’s personal data, their health or wallets at risk.

Finance

Cities and States Find New Ways to Tax Streaming Services

Governments are desperate to recoup lost revenue as people cut the cable cord.

Management

6 Steps to Writing More Effective Government Job Posts

COMMENTARY | Public sector job posts are in dire need of a makeover. Here are the things to consider.

Management

Governors Join Forces to Press White House for Work-based Visas

The labor shortage has threatened the viability of many local economies and businesses, Republican and Democratic governors said in a letter to President Biden.

Infrastructure

Infrastructure Update: $6B Federal Bridge Funding Boost Arrives for Small Localities

With thousands of city and county bridges in “poor condition,” local leaders say “It’s about time.”

Management

The Public Sector Turnover Crisis

Rising turnover in state and local government has compounded problems of staff shortages that lead to mandatory overtime, employee burnout and compromised service delivery.

Infrastructure

The Difficult Push to Build More Housing Near Transit

Some states and cities are adopting policies to promote dense development near bus and rail lines. But it can be a hard sell politically and sometimes has unintended consequences.

Health & Human Services

One State's 'Moral Responsibility' to Make Apparel More Sustainable

New York lawmakers introduced the first "fashion sustainability" bill in the U.S. It would require global brands to disclose their climate and social impacts.