Management

How a Powerful Company Convinced Georgia to Let It Bury Toxic Waste in Groundwater

Documents reveal Georgia Power went to great lengths to advocate for risky waste storage. After a ProPublica investigation exposed this practice, the EPA is trying to block the move.

Health & Human Services

About 1 in 3 Child Care Workers Are Going Hungry

Child care workers are at the center of the food insecurity crisis in America. In 2020, nearly one-third of them were food insecure.

Tech & Data

Georgia Moves Voter Registration to the Cloud

The Georgia Registered Voter Information System will be housed on servers that give election officials a more secure and user-friendly system.

Sponsor Content

Bringing Energy Resiliency to the Forefront of Disaster Preparedness

As the former Mayor of Hoboken, NJ, author Dawn Zimmer led her City through Superstorm Sandy, learning firsthand the importance of energy resiliency to keep her community safe.

Infrastructure

Biden's Infrastructure Czar Offers Tips for Cities Seeking Grants

Mitch Landrieu, a former mayor, suggested that local governments can act now to prepare for competitive funding programs available under the new $1.2 trillion public works law.

Health & Human Services

How Governments Can Boost Workplace Safety After Supreme Court Wrongly Halts Vaccine Mandate

COMMENTARY | Although the Supreme Court struck down the federal government’s Covid-19 vaccine or test mandate, states, localities and businesses still can protect workers from the virus.

Health & Human Services

Mayors Struggle With How to Push Vaccination Rates Higher

Incentive programs remain on the table, along with requirements for showing proof of vaccine to enter indoor spaces.

Tech & Data

Silicon Valley’s New Obsession

A group of tech founders, crypto billionaires, and star scientists is launching a fleet of science labs.

Public Safety

3 US Cities Win Bloomberg Global Mayors Challenge

Cities in New Jersey, Arizona and Minnesota were selected for their unique programs to help residents get jobs and to accelerate opioid treatment.

Finance

Small Cities Worry Cybersecurity Money Won't Reach Them

Ransomware attacks have wreaked havoc on state and local governments. There are new federal cybersecurity grants to help but small places may lack the staff resources to get them.

Management

How Republicans Are Using Preemption to Advance Voter Suppression

COMMENTARY | Expect GOP-led states to continue restricting voting rights in 2022.

Infrastructure

GOP Governors Resist Biden’s Attempts to Restrict Infrastructure Spending

They’re cautioning the White House against pushing “a social agenda” under the public works law.

Sponsor Content

Route Fifty Ebook: Infrastructure at a Turning Point

Route Fifty looks at the latest trends with infrastructure investment, following the passage of a major federal law that will funnel over a trillion dollars towards public works.

Finance

Federal Policies Help Spur Municipal Bond Market, but Headwinds Remain

Analysts are generally optimistic about the stability of government finances, but lingering issues—Covid, inflation and supply chain bottlenecks—pose economic and fiscal risks in the short term.

Management

5 Unusual State Laws Across the US

There is a wide range of unlikely state laws nationwide, including ones prohibiting biting a person's arm (or leg) off to swearing at kids' sports events.

Management

Can a Christian Flag Fly at City Hall? Supreme Court Will Decide

Shurtleff v. Boston raises important questions about free speech and religion in public spaces.

Public Safety

Does Being a Victim of a Crime Shift a Politician’s Views?

Representative Mary Gay Scanlon speaks about having her car stolen from her at gunpoint.

Finance

Biden Aide Urges Mayors to Direct ARPA Spending Towards Workforce

Given flexibility in using American Rescue Plan Act dollars, cities are asked to focus on recruiting and retaining essential workers.

Tech & Data

Can AI-powered Congestion Pricing Improve Transportation Equity?

New research suggests big data and machine learning can create an equitable approach to tolling and improve traffic congestion.

Tech & Data

Detroit Tests Cloud-enabled Pavement Monitoring

In-vehicle sensors collect and analyze data and send it to the cloud where the city can access it as a GIS layer to see road surface ratings.