Infrastructure

With a Big Surge in Transportation Funding, a State Decides Its Spending Priorities

Michigan expects its annual cut of federal highway dollars to rise by a third in the coming years. Here’s how the state is thinking about putting the extra cash to use.

Infrastructure

Bill Would Offer Grants to Boost Use of Drones to Inspect Infrastructure

One of the U.S. senators backing the legislation says it would "help local governments invest in drones and skilled workers to ensure America’s existing infrastructure remains safe.” 

Management

Key Parts of US Laws are Hard for the Public to Find and Read

Oblique or missing references to standards and codes specified by law make it difficult for judges, lawyers and the general public to comply with regulations.

Sponsor Content

More Than Half of States Provide Patients Full and Direct Access to Nurse Practitioners

Here’s why your state should be among those with Full Practice Authority.

Management

How 3 States Are Trying to Help Their Farmers Deal With Drought

Swaths of the country have baked this summer under hot and dry conditions, making it tougher to keep crops growing and livestock healthy. In some cases, state governments are stepping up work with their agriculture sectors in response.

Tech & Data

Mobile Threats Prompt Operational Changes for Governments

More than 80% of public sector respondents to a recent survey said they have been forced to re-evaluate workplace practices as attacks on mobile devices grow.

Health & Human Services

The Plan to Turn Blighted Houses into a New Source of Green Power for the Grid

A California nonprofit is retrofitting homes to make a "virtual power plant" — and fighting gentrification at the same time.

Health & Human Services

A Uranium Ghost Town in the Making

Time and again, mining company Homestake and government agencies promised to clean up waste from decades of uranium processing. It didn’t happen. Now they’re trying a new tactic: buying out homeowners to avoid finishing the job.

Infrastructure

Feds Offer Greater Flexibility to Use ARPA Money for Housing

Counties welcomed the updated American Rescue Plan Act guidance. With rents and home prices high, the Biden administration is urging states and localities to put some of their federal pandemic aid towards housing programs.

Infrastructure

The Nation’s Most Ambitious Train Station Renovation Projects

New York City is looking at a major rail station makeover. But around the country, other noteworthy projects were completed in recent years or are now in the works.

Management

Could Apprenticeships Fix the Teacher Shortage?

COMMENTARY | Several states are pioneering "earn and learn" models as a potential long-term solution to address persistent educator shortages.

Finance

Senate Approves Democrats' Sweeping Climate and Health Bill

The legislation would unlock billions in new grants for states and local governments. But some lament its lack of help on housing and other issues. It will next go to the House.

Sponsor Content

How Empathetic Service at Scale Can Rebuild Trust in Government

The Executive Order on Transforming the Federal Customer Experience underscores the importance of technology.

Health & Human Services

Texas Governor Escalates Feud with NYC Mayor by Sending Buses of Migrants to City

The move follows New York City Mayor Eric Adams' refusal to accept Gov. Greg Abbott’s invitation to visit the Texas border towns where migrants are crossing into the U.S.

Health & Human Services

Cities Can Apply for Free Monitoring of Sewage for Signs of Monkeypox

The National League of Cities is accepting applications for the new program and will select 50 localities to participate. The initiative will build on efforts to track Covid-19 in wastewater.

Management

A Legislative Staff Unionization Wave is Hitting Blue State Capitols

Statehouse employees in at least four states are pushing to organize and Oregon staffers formed a union last year.

Infrastructure

Senate Package Has $3B for Communities Cut Apart by Highways

The “neighborhood access and equity grants” would supplement earlier funding in the infrastructure law and could go towards a range of projects. About a third of the money is earmarked for lower-income areas.

Tech & Data

Civic Engagement in One City Takes Off With a Digital Survey and Respect for Feedback

An easily accessible cloud-based questionnaire and analytics tool helped Corona, California, get more than five times more responses from residents than previous efforts.

Infrastructure

Senate Approves Rollback of Biden’s Infrastructure Permitting Rules

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin joined Republicans in voting for the plan, which has the backing of business and labor groups. It still faces a vote in the House and a likely veto. Even so, supporters see hope for permitting changes on the horizon.

Management

Republican Election Deniers Rack Up State Level Primary Wins

Former President Trump's clout in state elections was on display this week. In Arizona, his picks for governor and five seats in the legislature won their primaries. In Michigan, five of 10 Trump-endorsed legislative candidates on the ballot prevailed.

Health & Human Services

A California Man’s ‘Painful and Terrifying’ Road to a Monkeypox Diagnosis

As monkeypox cases rise, some patients are struggling to find the resources and treatment they need to effectively address their condition.