Tech & Data

The States Where Vaccination Rates are Highest

Northeastern states lead the nation with at least 65% of residents receiving one vaccine shot, CDC figures show. Several western states also have high numbers.

Public Safety

South Carolina Brings Back the Firing Squad for Executions

Amid a lethal injection drug shortage, the state has put no inmates to death in a decade. Those on death row must now choose between the electric chair and firing squad if drugs are unavailable.

Management

Texas Moves to Ban Police From Participating in Reality Shows

The legislation came after a Black man died in police custody in 2019 while being filmed for a documentary TV series. The footage was destroyed, and details of his death emerged only after local news outlets pushed for answers.

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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.

Public Safety

As a Black Woman Mayor, I Paid the Price for Police Reform. And I Am Not Going to Stop.

COMMENTARY | Implementing meaningful reforms to curb police violence remains an uphill battle for many mayors and can come at great personal cost.

Health & Human Services

Parents Are Vaccinated, Kids Can’t Be. That Complicates the New Masks-off Guidance

‘He won’t wear one if I don’t wear one’: Some parents may keep masking and taking precautions until a Covid-19 vaccine is approved for children under the age of 12.

Management

Can Civics Save America?

Teaching civics could restore health to American democracy, or inflame our mutual antagonisms.

Management

Cities Are Looking to Get Better Community Engagement By Paying for It

Compensating community members is just a part of what is called the co-design process, where project managers get to know the people, their lived experiences, and their values, to devise solutions.

Management

Not All Jobs Are Coming Back Post Covid: How States Can Help Retrain Workers

Rhode Island’s Back to Work program focuses reskilling workers through partnerships with local industries for in-demand jobs.

Finance

What it Takes to Feel 'Financially Comfortable' in Major US Cities

A survey asked residents in 12 metro regions about the net worth people need to feel financially comfortable or wealthy. It's a lot.

Management

Analysis: How Governments Can Effectively Spend American Rescue Plan Funds

If they spend wisely, states and localities can put their budgets and economies in a better position—now and in the future, according to The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Management

A Dangerous Fire Season Looms as the Drought-stricken Western US Heads for a Water Crisis

COMMENTARY | Dry conditions across the West follow a hot, dry year of record-setting wildfires in 2020.

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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

There Has Never Been a Black Woman Governor. Will Virginia Change That?

Former state delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy is picking up high-profile endorsements from groups that support women and people of color, including Higher Heights. But the Democratic primary hasn’t been easy.

Tech & Data

Hackers Threaten to Release Police Records, Knock 911 Offline

Prosecutors have dropped criminal cases because hackers cut off access to evidence.

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.

Tech & Data

State, Local Governments Could Get $500M to Expand Cybersecurity

A bipartisan group of House lawmakers introduced a bill this week that would create a grant program to bolster cyber defenses across the U.S.

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.

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.