Cities Can Apply for Free Monitoring of Sewage for Signs of Monkeypox

The National League of Cities is accepting applications for the new program and will select 50 localities to participate. The initiative will build on efforts to track Covid-19 in wastewater.

With Prices Rising, States and Cities Must Raise Their Minimum Wages

COMMENTARY | Some states and localities have already pegged minimum wage hikes to inflation. But with the federal pay floor stuck at $7.25 for over a decade, it's time for more to take action.

Support Slips for Phase Out of Gas-Powered Cars and Trucks

A slight but rising majority of Americans are against a transition towards manufacturing only zero-emission vehicles, a new survey finds.

The Best and Worst States for Business

One southern state tops a new set of rankings, while another one came in last. Where does your state score among the 50?

Ratings Tool Helps Counties Assess Security Risks

Available through the National Association of Counties, SecurityScorecard collects and analyzes global threat indicators so governments can gauge their threats and the vulnerability of their supply chain.

Mayors' Initiative to Harness Data to Improve Government Functions, Constituent Services

The new effort, funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, has 22 members in the initial cohort and is expected to grow to 100 mayors during the next two years.

More Young Voters Could Come Out to Vote in November, Sparked by Abortion and Other Hot Political Issues

One survey taken shortly after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade shows that 78% of young people favor legal abortion.

How State and Local Leaders Can Use Data to Ensure Broadband Access for All

COMMENTARY | To maximize the $65 billion in federal funds available to expand high-speed internet, governments must first identify the biggest barriers to access in their communities.

The States That Saw a Rise in People Moving In (or Out) During the Pandemic

Overall state-to-state migration in the U.S. decreased after Covid hit. But new research shows the states that saw notable upticks with inbound and outbound movers.

How Cities and States are Gathering Data as They Spend Federal Aid

A watchdog agency responsible for monitoring the historic infusion of pandemic relief dollars is promoting data collection to encourage transparency and uncover fraud and abuse.

What's the Best Place For an Electric Vehicle Charging Station?

With the help of a computational model, experts can strategically place EV charging facilities without putting undue pressure on local power grids.

States Where the Most Postal Workers Are Attacked by Dogs

More than 5,400 mail carriers nationwide were injured by canines last year, with California leading the nation in bites, according to a new report.

15 US Cities Have Housing Markets Overvalued by More Than 50%

Four of those markets are overvalued by more than 60%, with Boise, Idaho leading the pack at 73%, according to a recent report.

Drive-by Property Appraisals Streamline Data Collection

A Kansas county is using vehicles outfitted with rooftop cameras and LiDAR units to quickly and inexpensively capture property images that are integrated into its cloud-based appraisal system.

Cybersecurity Agency Points to Water Sector in Seeking $80M More for FEMA Grants

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and FEMA are rolling out the first of $1 billion the Homeland Security agencies got to help state and local entities improve cybersecurity.

A City Government Begins Mining for Bitcoin

Fort Worth, Texas, has installed three bitcoin mining machines in its data center as part of a six-month pilot to assess the implications and opportunities of minting cryptocurrency.

A City Turns to an Algorithm to Prioritize Streetlight Repairs

Rather than repairing thousands of streetlights in the order outages are reported, San Diego weighs data on residential density, the presence of schools or parks, traffic collisions and other factors in deciding which ones to fix first.

How Data-driven Policies Can Help States and Localities

Officials say that following the numbers and looking at evidence has proven useful in tackling a range of equity issues and with steering clear of partisan fights.

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