States Build on Covid Lessons for Monkeypox Tracking

As case levels rise, states are reporting more demographic data.

New Index Ranks Best and Worst States for Workers

Researchers looked at over two dozen types of policies in all 50 states as part of their analysis.

Lack of Equitable Data Is Harming Underserved Communities

Enhanced data collection efforts and outreach are needed to improve outcomes for underrepresented communities across the country, according to the U.S. chief data scientist.

Best US Cities to Rent an Apartment

Five of the top 10 cities are small, including No. 1 Round Rock, Texas, near Austin.

Home Sale Prices Fall Swiftly in Pandemic Boomtowns

Many homes for sale in July nationwide experienced price drops, especially those in cities that saw an influx of residents during the pandemic. Boise, Idaho, led the pack with nearly 70% of houses on the market falling in price.

Interstate Cyber Command Center Expands to 10 States

Fhe Joint-Cybersecurity Operations Command Center aims to include 30% of states by year’s end.

Housing Affordability Falls to Lowest Level Since Great Recession

Inflation, low inventory and rising mortgage rates are hampering housing availability for families nationwide, according to a report. But there are a few cities in the Midwest and Pennsylvania where housing is still reasonable.

Forget Politics. Science-based Policymaking Is Critical to Combat Climate Change

COMMENTARY | Climate change policy has become collateral damage amid partisan discord. Until government leaders leave their political biases at the door and follow the scientific facts, climate change will worsen.

Nearly 40% of Americans Are Tired of the Two-Party Political System

The sentiment is even stronger among those 18 to 49 years old, with nearly half of people in that age group saying they wish they had alternatives to Democrats and Republicans.

Bipartisan Senators Want Commodity Regulations For Cryptocurrency

A new bill would task the Commodity Futures Trading Commission with imposing more consumer protections and other oversight regulations on digital asset trading.

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.

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