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.

The Pandemic's Profound Impact on Localities

Covid-19 has changed where many Americans want to live and what they think the future looks like for their communities, according to the Pew Research Center.

Travel Nurses Saw a Pay Increase During the Pandemic. They Could Lose Those Benefits

Travel nurses, who are in high demand and earning as much as twice their pre-pandemic wages, are in an uproar after legislators call for an investigation that could lead to lowering their pay.

Big City Health Departments Warn of Major Epidemiologist Shortage

“There’s been a significant loss of people leaving the workforce,” says the head of a group that represents the agencies.

Think Twice Before Scanning That QR Code

“Cybercriminals always look for disruption to cause disruption.”

States Craft Their Covid Exit Strategies

Once ardent supporters of the CDC’s mask advice, Democratic governors move on.

Covid Underscores Lack of Whistleblower Protections

It can take years for complaints to be investigated.

Why Millions on Medicaid Are at Risk of Losing Coverage

State Medicaid agencies for months have been preparing for the end of a federal mandate that has prevented states from removing people from the safety-net program during the pandemic.

Educators Warn Bills to Give Parents More Power Could Push Teachers Out

In at least 15 states, lawmakers are considering bills to give parents more school oversight.

How Cities and Counties Are Using $18B in Federal Funds

A new tracker includes information on more than 2,300 projects that 150 big cities and counties are directing American Rescue Plan Act dollars toward.

5 Strategies Employers Can Use to Address Workplace Mental Health Issues

COMMENTARY | Two years of pandemic have put a severe strain on the mental health of America’s workers. Employers with a plan in place will be best equipped to help them cope.

The Democratic States Moving to End Mask Mandates

Governors and other officials in at least five blue states took steps this week to dial back the requirements.

Retirements Cut Ranks of Scarce Frontline Workers

Many older workers fear catching Covid-19 on the job.

3 Steps for Addressing Employee Burnout

A higher salary may not satisfy workers who value their health and well-being over money, a new report says.

How Partnerships Can Lead to Emergency Rental Assistance Program Success

COMMENTARY | With most eviction moratoriums expiring, millions of renters are in dire need of assistance. Strategic partnerships can expand capacity through outreach and application intake and processing.

How the Pandemic Changed Where Americans Want to Live

Many moved out of cities. But a leading priority people look for in their communities remains the same, according to a new survey.

Why Turning Motels Into Housing Could Outlast the Pandemic

States and localities looked to motels and hotels early in the Covid-era to house the homeless and people needing to quarantine. Now some of the programs show signs of becoming more permanent.

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