Emerging Tech

It’s time to take a serious look at esports gaming

The growing popularity of competitive video games is creating opportunities for governments at all levels. It builds skills, fosters community at local rec centers and schools and even boosts tourism.

Digital Government

No shortcuts: Only well-managed AI will deliver on its promise

COMMENTARY | Artificial intelligence opens new opportunities for policymaking and service delivery, but success still depends on understanding residents’ needs and on the thoughtful handling of their data.

Finance

How local government fraud has—and hasn’t—changed since the pandemic

We spoke to a leading state auditor about how remote work and artificial intelligence are ushering in new kinds of fraud in state and local governments.

Sponsor Content

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Zoom One for Zoom for Government (ZfG) helps government agencies and contractors save time, reduce costs, increase productivity, and make teamwork more meaningful with a secure, all-in-one collaboration platform.

Management

Indiana weighs hospital monopoly as officials elsewhere scrutinize similar deals

Some states are enacting laws that require merged hospitals to agree to conditions imposed by regulators, but the Federal Trade Commission says those agreements increase prices and diminish care.

Infrastructure

After Amtrak’s ‘best revenue month ever,’ House GOP focuses on railroad’s bonuses

Congressional Republicans called for more information about executive compensation and more board transparency for the passenger rail company, citing ridership drops after the pandemic.

Infrastructure

What makes a city ideal for office-to-housing conversions?

It’s the state and local leaders who can work creatively with restrictive building codes and tax incentives, one expert says.

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Digital Government

Bills restricting social media advance amid continued legal battles

New York lawmakers just passed legislation to ban the use of algorithm-driven feeds for minors without their parents’ permission, while Utah’s law is facing more legal action over its age verification requirements.

Finance

Big districts like Philadelphia ‘gamble’ on higher spending as enrollment falls, study finds

End of federal relief funds means 'all of the big districts at once' face decisions about layoffs and school closures, says Manhattan Institute.

Digital Government

These wrongly arrested black men say a California bill would let police misuse face recognition

Three men falsely arrested based on face recognition technology have joined the fight against a California bill that aims to place guardrails around police use of the technology. They say it will still allow abuses and misguided arrests.

Workforce

Feds invest $60M to boost local climate resilience, workforce development

The Climate-Ready Workforce initiative looks to place individuals in good-paying jobs that help advance coastal communities’ climate resilience.

Digital Government

For equal access, consider both physical and digital accessibility

COMMENTARY | Features such as clear navigation, readable text and multimedia alternatives improve the customer experience for everyone, leading to higher levels of satisfaction, engagement and trust.

Sponsor Content

‘Easy to Do Business With’: Why Simplifying Business Licensing & Registration Is a Best Practice

Many business license applications cannot be completed online, leading to poor user experiences and low compliance rates. Adopting a digital process simplifies the steps for staff and makes it easier for businesses to comply.

Digital Government

Mayoral candidate pledges ‘digital by default’ city services

In his bid to become the next mayor of San Francisco, Mark Farrell promised to digitize government services within two years.

Infrastructure

MBTA is ‘barely treading water'

If Boston's public transit agency can't close a $700 million funding gap for the T in the next 13 months, it may have to consider massive service cuts.

Finance

States struggle to help patients navigate insurance hurdle known as ‘step therapy’

Insurers often refuse to cover a specific drug until after the patient has tried cheaper alternatives.

Infrastructure

Midwest states launch new rail service, 12 years in the making

The new Borealis Amtrak service between Chicago and St. Paul has given rail advocates something to cheer about. But they hope other new projects can come online quicker.

Workforce

Work permits: A readily-implemented lever for reducing illegal child labor

COMMENTARY | New research shows that the work permits process plays a vital role in preventing child labor violations because it educates children, parents and employers about the law.

Emerging Tech

AI in law enforcement is risky, but holds promise

Leaders should not be reluctant to use AI in controversial applications, even if they risk blowback, one city’s CIO advises.

Infrastructure

Nursing homes are left in the dark as more utilities cut power to prevent wildfires

As preemptive power cuts become more widespread, nursing homes are being forced to evaluate their preparedness.

Management

3 more states could see marijuana legalization on November ballots

In some states, lawmakers don’t want legalization, so advocates turn to ballot measures.