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.

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.

Officials Struggle to Regulate Pop-up Covid Testing Sites—and Warn Patients to Beware

High demand for Covid screening and scarce supply have opened the door to bad actors. State officials are sounding the alarm about dubious street testing operators that could put people’s personal data, their health or wallets at risk.

One State's 'Moral Responsibility' to Make Apparel More Sustainable

New York lawmakers introduced the first "fashion sustainability" bill in the U.S. It would require global brands to disclose their climate and social impacts.

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New Tools Help State and Local Governments Battle Ransomware, Other Big Disasters

When governments find themselves being ransomed, their choices are typically to pay, which will undercut their ability to deliver key services to their communities due to budget restrictions, or not pay, resulting in the immediate inability to serve their communities and the loss of key data that will inevitably plague them for years afterwards.

Interacting With Nature in Cities Can Reduce Loneliness

Local officials should improve access to existing green spaces, among other things, to help lessen loneliness, one study shows.

California’s Drought Reckoning Could Offer Lessons for the West

State officials and experts argue strongly for water-saving measures.

Why a Majority of White Americans Oppose Reparations For Black Citizens

A new report shows that white people believe that it would be difficult to determine financial payments, among other reasons.

Kids Who Lost Parents to Covid Deserve Help, Advocates Say

Last year, 14 states passed 36 bills that aim to improve children’s mental health.

America’s Covid Rules Are a Dumpster Fire

COMMENTARY | If you’re confused by the CDC’s new isolation guidelines, you’re not the only one.

Should I Just Get Omicron Over With?

If you’re vaccinated, an infection might not make you super sick, but don’t count on it making you super immune, either.

Natural Gas Bans Are New Front in Effort to Curb Emissions

“We can’t stay here forever in a fossil fuel world.”

Governor Declares State of Emergency Due to Covid Surge

Coronavirus hospitalizations in Maryland are headed towards a record peak, said Gov. Larry Hogan, who is activating state National Guard members to help with response efforts.

Stop Wasting Covid Tests, People

COMMENTARY | With the surge in cases, tests should be reserved for those who need them most.

What Is Pay-As-You-Throw? A Waste

COMMENTARY | When governments want people to do less of something, one way to make that happen is to charge them for doing it. That’s the idea behind pay-as-you-throw waste policies, an academic explains.

States Are Hoarding $5.2B in Welfare Funds Even as the Need for Aid Grows

Bonnie Bridgforth supported five children with an $8.50-an-hour job when she was told she no longer qualified for welfare in Maine. But the state—like so many others—was sitting on a huge stockpile of funds.

Our Relationship With Covid Vaccines Is Just Getting Started

We probably will need additional shots. But just how many depends on our immune systems, the virus and how often they collide.

More Cities Move to Adopt Vaccine Requirements for Indoor Spaces

The added mandates come as the omicron variant of the coronavirus is surging.

Where the Standard of Living Is Highest and Lowest

A new working paper finds that geographical differences in the standard of living are economically large.

US Army Creates Single Vaccine Against All COVID & SARS Variants, Researchers Say

Within weeks, Walter Reed researchers expect to announce that human trials show success against Omicron—and even future strains.

Omicron Will Overwhelm America’s Emergency Rooms

COMMENTARY | Hospitals are already strained, and many health-care workers have little left to give.