Infrastructure

The Benefits and Challenges of Electric Car Policy

At an annual summit of transportation policymakers, local and state leaders discussed the future of transitioning from gasoline-fueled vehicles to electric-powered ones.

Tech & Data

As High-tax States Lose Residents, Low-Tax States Gain

About 20% of homebuyers cite lower taxes as the main reason they move to another state, but there are several other important factors, according to a recent analysis.

Tech & Data

White House Official Briefed State AGs on Private-Sector Role Battling Ransomware

The deputy national security advisor for cyber and emerging tech emphasized the responsibility of the private sector at home as President Biden prepares to work the White House strategy abroad.

Sponsor Content

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

Supreme Court Weighs Voting Rights in a Pivotal Arizona Case

COMMENTARY | But the court’s ruling will have national consequences.

Management

Gov. Greg Abbott says Texas Will Build a Border Wall, but Doesn’t Yet Give Details on Cost or Location

The governor suggested more details would be released next week. The announcement Thursday of several initiatives is the latest in an ongoing conflict between Abbott, a Republican, and Democratic President Joe Biden's administration.

Health & Human Services

Over Half of Adults Unvaccinated for Covid-19 Fear Needles – Here’s What’s Proven to Help

COMMENTARY | Though many adults report a fear of needles, most research on needle fear has focused on children.

Infrastructure

Cities Struggle With Housing Pressures As Pandemic Wanes

Local officials are highlighting affordable housing as a leading concern, according to a new National League of Cities report. “The median price for a single family unit is over $700,000, which is a 30% increase in less than a year," says one mayor.

Tech & Data

As the Pandemic Subsides, Traffic is Creeping Back

A report from StreetLight Data found the average daily number of vehicle miles traveled was down 15% overall in 2020 but as of March has started to return to normal levels.

Health & Human Services

Summer Camps Haven’t Fully Recovered. That Could Hurt Working Moms.

Without a full return of summer programs this year, working moms face months of uncertainty that could further splinter their relationship with the workforce.

Management

Parking Reform Could Reenergize Downtowns – Here’s What Happened When Buffalo Changed its Zoning Rules

COMMENTARY | Despite growing support for parking reform, there is little data showing how such changes affect urban development.

Management

Tackling Social Inequity, Some Cities May Ditch Bus, Subway Fares

Fare revenue covers on average 30% of transit agencies’ operating costs.

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Case Study: Sustainability in Alameda County

See how one county eliminated old, manual, paper-based systems, reduced paper consumption, and made significant strides toward meeting their goals

Health & Human Services

The Psychological Benefits of Commuting to Work

COMMENTARY | Many people who have been working from home are experiencing a void they can’t quite name.

Infrastructure

$5.6B in Earmarks Included in Transportation Bill

The 1,473 local projects funded in the bill range from a transportation center adjacent to the San Diego airport to a paved bike lane in New Jersey.

Tech & Data

Best and Worst States for City Manager Jobs

The median salary for the highest 10% of city manager positions is $227,000, but not all these executives nationwide fare as well when it comes to pay and opportunities, according to a recent report.

Management

This School District Normally Gets $66,000 a Year for Library Books. This Year — $500,000.

Money from the American Rescue Plan will be used to replace items that went missing when schools closed at the start of the pandemic and enhance the district’s overall collection, St. Paul officials say.

Tech & Data

Baltimore Latest City to Consider Banning Facial Recognition Technology

The Maryland city joins several other localities that have banned or are assessing the controversial technology, or are limiting its scope and use.

Tech & Data

Public School Spending Per Student Up 5%, Biggest Increase in 11 Years

A U.S. Census Bureau report shows that elementary and secondary schools received $751.7 billion total from all revenue sources and that states contributed the greatest share of funds.

Management

Restoring Land Around Abandoned Oil and Gas Wells Would Free Up Millions of Acres of Forests, Farmlands and Grasslands

COMMENTARY | Abandoned US oil and gas wells and their associated land cover more than 2 million acres, a recent study estimates – an area larger than Delaware and Rhode Island.