Workforce

Small towns are paying remote workers to move in

With remote work apparently here to stay, rural communities are trying to attract new residents with everything from cash to potlucks, and farm-fresh eggs.

Workforce

What is generative AI? Most of the public sector workforce doesn’t know

A recent survey found that only about a third understands the technology, and that even fewer use it daily. But a few basic approaches could change that, experts say.

Infrastructure

The nation’s 911 system is on the brink of its own emergency

Federal legislation that could steer billions of dollars into modernizing the patchwork 911 system remains waylaid in Congress.

Sponsor Content

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

Adopting a digital process simplifies business license applications, enhancing user experiences, staff efficiency, and compliance rates.

Finance

School vouchers were supposed to save taxpayer money. Instead they blew a massive hole in Arizona’s budget.

Arizona, the model for voucher programs across the country, has spent so much money paying private schoolers’ tuition that it’s now facing hundreds of millions in budget cuts to critical state programs and projects.

Management

Can a candidate with ties to Trump break Democrats’ hold on N.C. governorship?

Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson has attracted controversy with his incendiary remarks, but he also has the backing of Donald Trump in a state the former president seems poised to win.

Management

At two-year mark, federal funding for 988 is running dry. Enter phone fees.

Only 10 states have identified permanent funding for the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline in their communities. Experts say a surcharge can help policymakers keep pace with the growing mental health crisis.

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Management

If a presidential nominee drops out, what happens to states’ ballots?

Experts say it’s likely the Supreme Court would settle the resulting mess.

Workforce

Skills-based hiring smashes through ‘paper ceiling’

Multiple states have embraced a movement to drop degree requirements for certain jobs. But the change is not as simple as a stroke of a pen.

Digital Government

States are enacting school cellphone bans. Here’s what that looks like.

Virginia became the latest state to take action against smartphone usage in public schools. The policy approaches differ.

Infrastructure

In an era of dam removal, California is building more

Project boosters claim the dams will be the most environmentally focused dams in California’s history, with water earmarked for environmental purposes and minimum flow requirements for the Sacramento River.

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Unleashing the power of data analytics: Winning the war on fraud in state benefit programs

An industry expert discusses the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the fraud landscape and how to bolster program integrity.

Management

If you’re in the military, voting this year could be tricky

Military families move often and have to navigate varying state laws, administrative hurdles and a lack of resources for access to the ballot.

Digital Government

Mapping clean air centers to protect residents against wildfire risks

As wildfire smoke or poor air quality descends upon California residents, officials hope a data map will help them find pockets of fresh air across the state.

Finance

States, cities consider ‘mansion taxes’ to fund affordable housing

From sales taxes to real estate transfer taxes, governments are desperately trying to identify dedicated funding tracts for homelessness and housing initiatives.

Infrastructure

Splash pads make waves across communities, replacing public pools

Observers say public pools are necessary community infrastructure and save lives. Splash pads have become a more affordable option.

Management

New report: School cops double student arrest rates and race, gender key factors

Government watchdog reveals students twice as likely to be arrested when officers are present and their race, gender and disability play pivotal role.

Infrastructure

Rough ride? Data bikes chart the condition of bike paths in more cities

The tools that transportation agencies use to record the condition of pavement on roadways don’t work for biking and walking paths, so several communities are rolling out bikes that can get the job done.

Workforce

Stackable certificates could be a lifeline for governments facing an IT talent crisis

COMMENTARY | In an era of breakneck digital transformation, this incremental and cumulative approach to upskilling could be the answer to states and localities' hiring woes.

Management

A nonprofit’s abrupt closure puts access to public benefits at risk

The Benefits Data Trust said it would close after a ‘careful review’ of its operations and finances. The closure leaves in question the status of its work with numerous state governments.