Management

Becoming a Future City

Route Fifty’s third annual Future Cities summit is Sept. 27-29. Join us to hear from local leaders across the country about how they're preparing for the opportunities and challenges of tomorrow.

Public Safety

Mayors and Law Enforcement React to Police Funding Package

The U.S. House-passed legislation would provide new federal dollars for hiring officers and other initiatives. But it faces an uncertain path in the Senate.

Sponsor Content

Multi-Cloud Capabilities for Government

How can government organizations gain flexibility, scalability and enhanced security from multiple cloud providers?

Tech & Data

‘Robo-lawyers’ are Coming. Are States Ready?

Automated legal services are becoming more widely available for routine proceedings, offering possible cost savings and other benefits. But for the emerging tech to thrive, experts say regulations need to be updated.

Management

Texas AG Says Counties Can Spend Covid Relief Funds on Extra Pay for Elected Officials Without Public Notice

The nonbinding legal opinion states local elected and appointed officials can receive up to $25,000 for work done during the Covid-19 pandemic on top of their regular salaries. Unlike other pay raises, these “premium pay” bonuses don’t need to be declared to the public ahead of time.

Management

The Corn Belt will Get Hotter. Farmers Will Have to Adapt.

The nation's largest corn producing region could soon be known as the Extreme Heat Belt.

Finance

Former State Lawmakers Fail in Fight to Clawback Pay They Voted to Cut

The Illinois legislators boasted that they slashed their salaries during the Great Recession. But they later went to court to get back raises they missed out on.

Health & Human Services

A Campaign to Counter Christian Nationalism in State Politics

At a time when many Republicans appear increasingly willing to blur the lines between church and state, the Freedom From Religion Foundation wants to convince politicians that secular voters constitute a large and growing bloc.

Management

When a Low-Income Neighborhood Rebound Doesn't Displace Residents

Often when poverty rates drop, it means existing members of a community are pushed out. New research looks at unique factors in places where this wasn’t the case.

Infrastructure

Preventing the Next Jackson-Like Water Crisis

COMMENTARY | There’s federal funding available to make badly needed water infrastructure upgrades in communities of color harmed by years of disinvestment. But the onus is on state lawmakers to direct the money to places that need it most.

Management

A Land Deal Benefiting a Billionaire’s Soccer Team Is Muscled Through Despite Objections

A zoning committee initially rejected the mayor’s plan to lease public housing property to the Chicago Fire. Less than 24 hours later, a new vote reversed a rare mayoral defeat.

Sponsor Content

Securing Government Networks

With the expanded attack surfaces that come with remote work, and increasing migration to the cloud, cybersecurity is getting more complicated.

Public Safety

Democrats Strike Deal to Boost Funding for Police

The package would provide new federal dollars for hiring officers, as well as violence prevention initiatives and job training.

Tech & Data

A Plan to Connect Public Housing Residents to Free Broadband

New York City's “Big Apple Connect” calls for more than 200 developments owned by the city’s housing authority to connect 300,000 residents to high-speed internet by the end of 2023.

Health & Human Services

California Legalizes Human Composting

Starting in 2027, the state will allow human composting, a green-burial option that is also legal in Colorado, Oregon, Vermont and Washington.

Infrastructure

The Emerging Concerns Over the Infrastructure Law Rollout

State and local leaders are happy to have the money. But state transportation officials are flagging issues they’re worried about, as Republican lawmakers chafe over Biden administration rules.

Management

One County’s Solution to Controversial Confederate Road Names: Switch to Numbers

But dissenters argue it’s all part of a plot to erase their Confederate heroes from history.

Infrastructure

Why the Permitting Reform Debate Isn’t Going Away Anytime Soon

Even if Sen. Joe Manchin succeeds in getting his proposed overhaul of environmental regulations for infrastructure attached to a critical spending bill, Republicans plan to push for further changes, including restoring Trump-era policies.

Management

One City's Proposed E-Scooter Ultimatum: No Sidewalks or No Scooting

The new plan under consideration in San Francisco would require all of the transportation devices to have anti-sidewalk technology or to stop operation.