The Most ‘Dynamic’ American Cities

Despite the pandemic, these places remain resilient because of a mix of tech jobs, outdoor activities, the presence of a state capital and more, according to a recent report.

Losing Sleep Over the Pandemic? Work Flexibility May Be a Boon for Night Owls’ Health

Many sleep scientists maintain that people who prefer to stay up late could improve their mental and physical health by synchronizing their natural sleep cycles with workday demands. The flexible work schedules that came with COVID's work-from-home trend, according to one new study, backs up this idea.

Even After Lockdowns Eased, Pandemic Depression Persisted Across Social Classes

A new study finds that adults in the U.S. reported the same levels of depression a year into the pandemic as they did at the outset.

How to Reduce Inflation-induced Costs for Low-income Families

Policymakers at all levels can implement solutions that help families in the short term while battling the long-term problems, according to the Urban Institute.

The Subtle Psychology of ‘Nudging’ During a Pandemic

For years, the U.S. and U.K. governments embraced the concept of nudges to change social behavior. Then came Covid-19.

6 Steps Public Employers Can Take to Retain Workers

COMMENTARY | State and local governments are teetering on the brink of a workforce crisis. But there are actions leaders can employ to prevent workers from walking out the door.

There’s No Final Number Yet for Pandemic Fraud, Oversight Leaders Tell Congress

Total fraud levels in pandemic relief programs are upwards of $100 billion, but getting a clear estimate is made difficult by data gaps and ongoing fraud recovery efforts, officials said at a Senate hearing.

Arizona’s Statehouse Lifted Covid Precautions. Two Lawmakers Worry About What It Means for Their Family.

They’re navigating decisions familiar to many parents with children too young to be vaccinated, worrying about risk as guidance on how to deal with the pandemic changes.

Pandemic Ushering in Rental Housing Crisis

A recent analysis shows landlords are tightening screening criteria, using alternative eviction practices and increasing rent rates. The housing shortage is only making things worse.

As Nurses Quit, States Seek to Train More

A sense of crisis powered efforts to increase nurse training and licensure this year.

Lacking Mental Health Support, First Responders Turn to Peers

Covid-19 revealed a mental health crisis among health care workers. A peer support group in Colorado is trying to help.

McConnell Signals That Debate on State ARPA Aid Clawbacks Isn’t Over

As Democrats and the Biden administration seek $15 billion in new funding for the pandemic response, the Senate's top Republican calls them out for sending American Rescue Plan Act dollars to states “so flush with cash they don’t know how to spend it all.”

36% of Government Workers Are Considering Quitting Their Jobs

State and local employees say their colleagues are resigning at higher rates since the pandemic began, leaving the rest of the staff stressed, fatigued and anxious, according to a new report.

Redistricting Delays Scramble State Elections

The confusion is creating difficult decisions for candidates.

House Passes Spending Bill, After Ditching Plan to Claw Back State Aid

A proposal that emerged on Wednesday could have involved rescinding around $7 billion in American Rescue Plan Act funding from 30 states. But it was cast aside amid objections from Democratic lawmakers and state officials.

Key Steps for Retaining Employees

Leaders should communicate clearly, set managers up for success and focus on employee well-being, among other things, research by Gallup shows.

Key Trends That Will Shape Infrastructure Decisions and Projects

The massive federal funds infusion and the pandemic are ushering in a greater need for cybersecurity precautions and broadband expansion, among other things, a new report details.

Affordable Housing: In Pandemic Times, What Works and What Doesn’t?

COMMENTARY | Housing affordability has been an important public policy issue since the onset of the coronavirus. An economist explains the research on some popular affordable housing policies.

To Republicans, State Surpluses and ‘Liberal Spending’ Illustrate ARPA Was ‘Reckless’

Mayors and county officials, though, tell House lawmakers that the funds provided much-needed pandemic relief for businesses and individuals.

Pandemic Led to More Black-owned Businesses but Exacerbated Their Challenges

A new report says that state and local governments must commit to creating more opportunities for Black-run firms, including through the infrastructure act.

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