Public Safety

America’s Pandemic Star Loses Some Luster

Vermont’s COVID-19 surge could point the way toward an uncertain endemic future.

Public Safety

How Local Governments are Attacking Crime in Their Communities

City and county leaders recently gathered to share their concerns about violent and other crimes and the successful solutions to these issues they are employing.

Infrastructure

The Country’s Most Cost-Effective Highway Systems

North Dakota’s highways are in the best condition for the least amount of money, according to an annual report released this month.

Sponsor Content

Bringing Energy Resiliency to the Forefront of Disaster Preparedness

Evacuation routes, shelters, and short-term power backups are all top of mind but there is often one area that many don’t plan for – energy resiliency.

Tech & Data

Input Needed on Emerging Tech Trends and Risks for Congressional Study

Topics of interest include artificial intelligence, blockchain, quantum computing, autonomous delivery technologies and more.

Tech & Data

White House Holiday Warning Identifies Options for Reporting Ransomware

The FBI has a prominent portal for governments and entities to report cybersecurity incidents, but Congress is considering legislation that officials fear could change the dynamic.

Smart Cities

Infrastructure Law’s Digital Equity Goals Are Key to Smart Cities that Work for Everyone

COMMENTARY | Smart cities promise a shining future, but without deliberate efforts to include underserved communities they can worsen the digital divide.

Infrastructure

Infrastructure Update: Diversity, Equity and State DOTs

The first Black president of the leading association for state transportation officials speaks with Route Fifty about race, equity and diversity issues confronting public infrastructure agencies.

Public Safety

SUV Tragedy in Wisconsin Shows How Vehicles Can Be Used as a Weapon of Mass Killing

Six people were killed and many more were injured after an SUV crashed into a Christmas parade. A terrorism expert explains how vehicles have been weaponized.

Health & Human Services

Feds Begin Distributing $7.5B to Rural Health Providers

The funding comes after the pandemic dealt a hit to rural America's already eroding health care system.

Management

A Breakdown of the Andrew Cuomo Investigations

The former New York governor is facing probes at the county, state and federal level. Here’s what's happening.

Health & Human Services

The Best and Worst States for Health Care

Massachusetts ranks as the best state for health care while Alabama ranks as the worst, according to a report.

Sponsor Content

3 Actions Organizations Can Take to Build Resilient Digital Transformation Strategies

As state and local governments begin to relax pandemic restrictions, how can they continue to build a more equitable government?

Public Safety

Should Rap Lyrics Be Used as Evidence in Criminal Trials?

A proposal in the New York State Assembly would require prosecutors to meet stricter standards to use rap lyrics as evidence, a relatively common practice that in most states has gone unregulated.

Public Safety

Evictions in Some Texas Cities Are Almost Back To Normal Levels as Tenant Help Dries Up

Evictions in major Texas cities have reached levels not seen since the pandemic began. But tenant protections and financial assistance for struggling renters are beginning to fade.

Health & Human Services

‘Am I Even Fit To Be a Mom?’ Diaper Need Is an Invisible Part of Poverty in America

Parents cannot use federal aid to pay for diapers, and are often forced to come up with other solutions, using maxi pads or towels to keep their children clean and dry. In rural America where aid is even harder to access, tiny diaper banks are the only lifeline.

Management

Living When Things Suck in Government

COMMENTARY | Things are not good right now and it's time to acknowledge it.

Public Safety

As Food Banks Struggle to Feed More Families at Thanksgiving, Localities Step Up to Help

Food shortages and soaring prices have hampered many charities' ability to collect and buy enough items. Municipal governments are investing new federal funds to boost these efforts.

Health & Human Services

More Than Two Dozen States in Limbo on Vaccine Mandate for Government Workers

A federal order requiring vaccination or weekly testing for workers in large companies also applies to state and local government employees in 26 states. But it’s under judicial review.

Infrastructure

Rural Leaders Fear They’ll Miss Out on Infrastructure Money

Small towns might not have the staff to write grants, according to state and association officials.

Health & Human Services

How the Pandemic Helped Spread Fentanyl Across the US and Drive Opioid Overdose Deaths to a Grim New High

The number of fatal drug overdoses in the US over a 12-month period has surpassed 100,000 for the first time. Fentanyl is the main driver of the spike in deaths.