4 Strategies States Can Use to Confront the Child Care Crisis

COMMENTARY | The Urban Institute released two reports about the urgency of challenges facing the early childhood workforce and offers evidence-based approaches to address the issues.

4 Things to Know About Local Government Fiscal Conditions

Despite fiscal challenges over the past 18 months, cities have demonstrated greater resilience than expected through the pandemic, according to a report.

You’re Boosted! Now What?

No one knows exactly what the rules are for post-booster behavior.

It’s Time to Contemplate the End of the Crisis

COMMENTARY | Immunity is rising, and the approval of shots for young children is one of the last thresholds before a return to greater normalcy.

The American Workplace Isn’t Prepared for This Much Grief

COMMENTARY | The pandemic has highlighted the fact that without a federal bereavement policy, many people are subject to the whims of state legislatures and individual companies.

Thousands of City Workers Suspended Without Pay Over Vaccine Noncompliance

About 91% of New York City’s municipal workforce is vaccinated, but the police and fire departments are getting vaccinated at lower rates.

State Lawmaker Accepts $15,000 Fine for Legislating from Operating Room

A Maryland delegate who is also a plastic surgeon participated in two legislative meetings while operating, an oversight board found.

States With the Most and Least Cybercrime

Alaska has the highest amount of cyber fraud per person every year while West Virginia has the least, according to a recent report.

Pandemic Prompts Officials to Relax Rules on Home Businesses

Americans filed more than 4.3 million new business applications in 2020.

'An Absolutely Fascinating' Local Government Job

Coroners operate "in the shadows of local government" and their profession is misunderstood. Longtime coroner Dotti Owens explains why "this is my thing."

How Texas Republicans Moved Beyond a Bathroom Bill to Ban Transgender Athletes From School Sports

In 2017, conservative lawmakers failed to pass legislation targeting transgender Texans. Things were different this year.

Some States Are Cloaking Prison Covid Data

A half-dozen corrections agencies provide less detail than they did a year ago.

Where Unemployment Rates Are Bouncing Back the Most and Least

Nebraska tops the list of states where the unemployment rates are bouncing back the most. New Jersey comes in last.

OSHA to States: Protect Workers from Covid-19 or Forfeit Authority

The federal government put states on notice ahead of the vaccine mandate, saying it will take any defiance seriously.

The Future of Work Is Hybrid – Here’s an Expert’s Recommendations for Success

COMMENTARY | Even when the pandemic ends, the vast majority of US companies are expected to let many employees continue to work at least part time from home.

Restaurants Urge Mayors to Extend Outdoor Dining Through Winter

The National Restaurant Association sent a letter to the U.S. Conference of Mayors warning that thousands more restaurants could close without support to keep outdoor dining going. 

Illegal Evictions Rising, but Landlords Rarely Face Consequences

Some landlords are changing locks and shutting off utilities to get tenants out without going to court, tenant organizers say.

Cities Crack Down on Unvaccinated Municipal Workers

New York City expanded its vaccine mandate to all employees Wednesday while Chicago began to place police officers who refused to disclose vaccine status on unpaid leave.

The Simplest Fix to America’s Rent Problem

COMMENTARY | The country’s voucher-focused help for American renters is mired in red tape, and many landlords opt out. Would cash work better?

Public Health Workers Request Federal Aid to Combat Threats

After the Justice Department said it would intervene to assist school boards and educators who have become the target of harassment during the pandemic, a public health association wants the same resources.

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