Public Health Departments Need 80,000 New Employees. But That's Not Enough for Another Pandemic.

A recent analysis found that state and local health agencies should increase staffing levels by 80% just to deliver basic services. Federal Covid-19 relief money can pay for some positions, but stability requires permanent funding.

The Best and Worst States for LGBTQ+ People

Nevada ranks as the best state for LGBTQ+ residents while Alabama comes in last, according to a report.

States Move Towards Embracing Artificial Intelligence Technology

Processes that are labor intensive, and that involve high volumes of information are among the areas where it could prove useful.

State and Local Government Job Growth Lags Behind Private Sector

City and county payrolls are down more than 5% from pre-pandemic totals, excluding education positions, according to a report.

Snip Snip: One Plan to Mandate Vasectomies to Prevent Pregnancies

A Pennsylvania lawmaker said his “parody legislation,” outlined in a sponsorship memo, is meant to garner discussion about reproductive rights.

Biden Signs School Cybersecurity Bill

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency will study the cyber risks facing elementary and secondary schools and develop recommendations to assist schools in facing those challenges.

Drought-Stricken Western Towns Say No to Developers

“We need to protect the people who live here before we let more people come in.”

Why Aren’t We Even Talking About Easing Covid Restrictions?

COMMENTARY | Yes, it’s too soon to lift restrictions. But it’s odd that there are no clear benchmarks for getting there.

The Top Issues for State Government Tech Leaders

A new survey sheds light on priorities and concerns for state chief information officers, over a year after their work was radically affected by the pandemic.

First Major Second Amendment Case Before the Supreme Court in Over a Decade Could Topple Gun Restrictions

COMMENTARY | At issue is the right to carry handguns in public, not just keep them at home.

September Saw One of the Biggest Drops in Women’s Jobs Since Pandemic Began

More than 300,000 women left the labor force last month, the second time in the pandemic that the start of a new school year and loss of child care has caused a major drop-off of women from the workforce.

Lack of Diversity in the Government Workforce Can Lead to Retention and Trust Issues

African Americans and Hispanics are underrepresented among managers and professionals, and women are underrepresented among chief administrative officers, according to a report.

How Public Health Officials Overcame Vaccine Barriers in Minority Communities

A series of reports issued by the Communivax Coalition explores resistance to Covid-19 vaccinations in four states and strategies to improve immunization rates.

Why Mail-in Voting Became a Partisan Issue

Prior to 2020, mail-in voting was largely noncontroversial across the United States. Former President Donald Trump changed that.

Tesla to Move Headquarters From California to Texas

CEO Elon Musk cited housing affordability and commute times in announcing the relocation, which follows a clash between the billionaire and California officials last year.

Reducing the Staggering Backlog of Court Cases

COMMENTARY | State and local leaders can tackle the massive backlog of criminal cases by expanding pretrial services, transforming indigent defense and embracing restorative justice processes.

The Complicated Art of Getting Community Engagement Right

It's not always easy for cities to collect feedback from residents. Officials are looking at fresh ways to get the job done, while trying to avoid pitfalls like “engagement fatigue.”

Museums, Cultural Institutions Cut Jobs Despite PPP Loans, Report Finds

More than 14,400 employees were laid off from 288 institutions that received federal loans meant to help preserve jobs, according to a public service employees union.

America Is Running Out of Everything

COMMENTARY | The global supply chain is slowing down at the very moment when Americans are demanding that it go into overdrive.

Afghans Steered to States with ‘Help Wanted’ Signs, Pro-Immigrant Bent

A steel mill and a chocolate factory are among the businesses desperate to hire Afghans.

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