Finance

It’s Raining Federal Relief Dollars. Here's How State and Local Governments Can Effectively Use Them.

COMMENTARY | Funds flowing from the American Rescue Plan will create challenges for states and municipalities. Here are considerations for successfully managing the influx.

Health & Human Services

Millennials Aren’t Just Behind. They’re All Over the Place.

COMMENTARY | Today's economic conditions are not just holding Millennials back. They are stratifying them, leading to unequal experiences within the generation as well as between it and other cohorts.

Tech & Data

How One City Improved Citizen Experiences and Cybersecurity in One Effort

COMMENTARY | Washington, D.C.’s Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs successfully adopted a single sign-on technology by following these steps.

Sponsor Content

Best Practices for IT Asset Discovery

We’ve put together a description of the eight “must-have” aspects of asset discovery that combine to make up a best-practices approach.

Tech & Data

Report: What City Officials Need to Know About Facial Recognition Technology

How local governments are deploying facial recognition systems, as well as the technology's benefits and challenges, are addressed in a report from the National League of Cities.

Health & Human Services

How Expanding Vaccine Eligibility for Kids Will Impact Mothers

The FDA authorized the Pfizer vaccine for those 12 to 15. Experts say that could help moms get back to work.

Tech & Data

Billions of Federal Dollars to Close Broadband Gaps are About to Start Flowing

The FCC has launched a program that provides $50 subsidies to help households pay internet bills and also approved rules for a $7 billion fund for libraries and schools.

Management

The Cicadas Aren’t Coming. Billions are Already Here.

The 17-year cicadas are set to emerge from their underground lairs in multiple areas, with some cities and states finding creative ways to celebrate these large, noisy, clumsy insects.

Management

Boosting Covid-19 Vaccinations with $1 million Prizes, Free Crawfish, Hunting Licenses and More

Along with businesses, state and local governments are offering a growing variety of perks to get residents hesitant about the shots to roll up their sleeves.

Infrastructure

US Approves its First Big Offshore Wind Farm, Near Martha’s Vineyard – it’s a Breakthrough for the Industry

COMMENTARY | Building a U.S. offshore wind industry will require more than just fast-tracking permits.

Management

Biden Wants to Offer More Housing Vouchers. Many Landlords Won’t Accept Them

Over 2.2 million households receive subsidies through the Housing Choice Voucher Program.

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eBook: The State of State and Local Budgets

Route Fifty takes a look at how state and city governments are managing their finances amid the pandemic.

Management

Senate Committee Clashes over Sweeping Election Reform Bill

Lawmakers failed to advance the For the People Act out of committee, but Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is expected to bring the bill to the floor anyhow.

Management

Unearthing an Origin Story for Gentrification

COMMENTARY | The growth of the medieval city of Angkor involved wealthy elites pushing people off the land they had made valuable.

Tech & Data

Online, Mug Shots Are Forever. Some States Want to Change That.

People are innocent until proven guilty, but the public release of mug shots taken at the time of arrest can become a barrier to housing, employment and personal relationships.

Management

To Budget for Equity, Cities First Must Define Equity

COMMENTARY | Without a clear and shared definition of equity, city leaders cannot understand the underlying conditions that create existing disparities in their community, let alone make informed budget decisions that foster equity.

Management

Report: How the American Rescue Plan will Affect State Taxes

Increases in the federal earned income tax credit and child tax credit will boost state tax credits in 25 states, according to the Tax Policy Center.

Health & Human Services

His Son Died by Suicide. So This City Employee Made Suicide Prevention His Job.

Rick Padilla, suicide prevention administrator for Denver, works to help kids speak—and be heard—about their struggles with mental health. His efforts have lead to city initiatives and state legislation.

Health & Human Services

Can Schools Require Covid-19 Vaccines for Students Now that Pfizer’s Shot is Authorized for Kids 12 and Up?

COMMENTARY | The Food and Drug Administration on May 10, 2021, granted the first emergency use authorization of a COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents.

Finance

Paying With Cash? Retailers Must Take Your Dollars in These States

For many, requiring the option to use cash is a race and economic equity issue.