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Here Comes the Covid-19 Baby Bust

The U.S. could have hundreds of thousands of fewer births next year than it would have in the absence of a pandemic.

No Bar Night Out Before Thanksgiving in Pennsylvania

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | National Guard deploys to El Paso to help with morgue crisis … Prosecutors are reviewing 800 cases possibly tainted by lab analyst … Nursing home workers strike in Illinois.

Snitches Could Get Cash for Illegal Parking Tips

The proposal, currently before the New York City Council's transportation committee, would give citizens 25% of any fines resulting from reports of certain illegally parked cars.

One State Will Use Education College Students to Plug Ongoing Teacher Shortage

Education students in Connecticut can serve as apprentice teachers in classrooms, getting paid the same rate as substitute teachers without needing to be certified.

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Eliminate Manual Processes Route and Approve Invoices from Anywhere

Today’s finance teams carry a heavy burden, supporting everything from growth strategies to long-term planning – all while continuously delivering monthly and quarterly numbers and keeping cash flowing. But even as demands on finance departments grow, many still spend excessive time using paper, spreadsheets, and e-mails to process vendor invoices, approvals, and payments.

Disasters Are Inevitable; Government’s Inadequate Response Is Not

COMMENTARY | New research analyzing the responses of hundreds of local leaders identified common obstacles and proven ways to overcome them.

California Law Banning Toxic Chemicals in Cosmetics Will Transform Industry

When the law takes effect in 2025, it will mark the first major action to remove toxic substances from beauty products in almost a century.

Biden and Congressional Democrats in ‘Lockstep Agreement’ to Push for Lame-Duck Covid Deal

Negotiations on another round of coronavirus relief stalled before the election. Now congressional leaders in both parties are taking steps to revive talks before year-end.

'Good, Honest, Capable, and Willing People:' A Take on Election Administrators Goes Viral

James Young, Louisville's former director of elections, took to Twitter to defend the integrity of election workers. Twelve thousand retweets later, he explains why.

A New Program in One State Will Help People Expunge Marijuana Convictions

A state-funded coalition of legal organizations will help Illinois residents navigate the process of criminal record expungement for pot-related offenses.

New York Court Officials Complete Rare Review of Cases Handled by Judge Forced Into Retirement by Dementia

A review of dozens of Judge ShawnDya Simpson’s cases found the decisions to be rational, a disappointment for a man whose claims of innocence had been one of the judge’s last cases.

Trump’s Lame-Duck Status Leaves Governors to Wing It on COVID

President-elect Joe Biden has promised a more unified national effort once he takes office on Jan. 20. But with record hospitalizations and new cases, many governors have decided they can’t afford to wait.

Election Disinformation Fears Came True for State Officials

False attacks on the voting process seeped into local elections.

Trump Turns to State Legislators in His Bid to Overturn Election Results

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | CDC recommends avoiding Thanksgiving travel … Biden meets with governors … Third Cincinnati council member arrested on corruption charges … Las Vegas tries to lure tech workers from Seattle and San Francisco

Texas Democratic Losses Reflect Broader Statehouse Trend

There was no blue wave to topple the red statehouse wall.

State and Local Officials Want to See Climate Policy Support—and Funding—Under Biden Administration

At a virtual event held by the NewDEAL Forum, state and local officials discussed their next steps on climate policy.

Why One Election Official Blocked Her Mother's Mail-In Ballot

Sara Knotts, elections director for North Carolina's Brunswick County, helped her mother complete her mail-in ballot. But then Anne Ashcraft died three weeks before Election Day, making her vote ineligible under state law.

Biden Names Intergovernmental Affairs Chief

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | New Orleans nixes Mardi Gras parades due to Covid … Mississippi governor calls for axing state’s income tax … Leaders in both parties urge against out-of-state political supporters moving to Georgia ahead of special election.

One City Council Tried to Dissuade Protesters from Targeting the Governor's Private Home. (It Didn't Work.)

The city council in Orem, Utah, convened an emergency meeting to pass an ordinance restricting protests that target public officials' private homes. Two days later, protesters were back at Gov. Gary Herbert's house.

State Climate Action Unlikely After Democrats Fail to Flip Statehouses

After Democratic gains failed to materialize, the prospects of sweeping climate action—at least at the state level—have dimmed.

The Lopsided Telework Revolution

COMMENTARY | The Covid-19 pandemic accelerated a transition to telework, protecting the jobs and the health of those whose work can be performed remotely. Creative policies in a post-pandemic world are needed to help more broadly distribute the benefits of increased remote work.