State Government

Michigan Residents Urged to Stay Indoors to Avoid Deadly Mosquito-Borne Illness

Eastern Equine Encephalitis has been confirmed in 22 horses and is suspected in at least one human in Michigan. The disease, transmitted by mosquito bite, kills a third of people it sickens.

Concerned About Mail-In Voting? Maybe a Virtual Assistant Can Help.

Idaho is using IBM's virtual assistant platform to answer common questions about mail-in voting, a technology available for free in the lead-up to the presidential election.

One-Night Stays at Short-Term Rentals Won't Be Allowed on Vrbo in Arizona

Vrbo announced that the new policy to discourage parties, a month after Airbnb announced its own global pan on parties at its rental properties.

States Sue EPA Over Chesapeake Bay Pollution Reduction Plans

A group of states say New York and Pennsylvania are not doing enough to reduce water pollution and arguing the federal government is letting them get away with it.

Governors Plead with Congress for Help as Senate Rejects Skinny Relief Bill

As Democratic governors testified before the House Committee on Financial Services, the Senate rejected a pared-back coronavirus relief proposal.

Michigan Mulls Eliminating License Plate Registration Tags

The proposal would save the state roughly $500,000 in postage and printing costs, but the measure might require expensive technology investments.

Altered Mindsets: Marijuana Is Making Its Mark on Ballots in Red States

Five of the six states where voters this fall will consider whether to legalize recreational or medical marijuana lean conservative.

Lawmakers Consider Staffing Mandates to Reduce Stress and Burnout for Nurses

More than two-thirds of state lawmakers in New York have signed onto a bill that would require nurse-to-patient ratios, which supporters say would reduce burnout and improve medical outcomes for patients.

Roadkill Dropped During Coronavirus Shutdowns, Study Found

The study, which found a 58% decrease in mountain lions killed by cars, examined crash reports involving large animals and traffic patterns in three states.

Cuomo, Union Leaders Call on Congress to Provide New York $59 Billion in Aid

They say the state and its local governments are in an “impossible financial situation” because of the financial fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.

States and Counties Mandate Covid-19 Testing for Farm Workers

A handful of states and counties are requiring Covid-19 testing for farm and food-processing workers after several clusters of positive cases were traced back to agricultural facilities.

Fearing Delays and Chaos, Swing States Weigh Early Counting of Mail-In Ballots

Some states, including Michigan and Pennsylvania, prohibit processing absentee ballots until Election Day. Right now, leaders are considering changing that to avoid long delays about the results of the November election.

Fight Against Fraud Slows Payments to Unemployed

Generous states that acted quickly are juicy targets for fraudsters.

New Unemployment Benefits Could Take Weeks to Distribute

Thirty-two states have been approved for the federal unemployment program, but only four states have begun issuing the $300-a-week benefits.

State Lawmakers Advance Bills to Protect Workers and Residents at Nursing Homes

Lawmakers in New Jersey last week moved legislation meant to curb Covid-19's spread in nursing homes and care facilities, including proposals to prioritize PPE and require increased wages for health workers.

Revenue Shortfalls, Low Morale and New Technology: A Survey of Government Leaders in the Age of Covid-19

Facing reduced tax revenues and dealing with new challenges, local government officials in a new survey by ELGL, the Atlas and SeeClickFix reflect on staff morale and potential government cutbacks, as well as the technology that is helping them navigate this time.

In New Jersey, a Proposal for $1,000 ‘Baby Bonds’

Gov. Phil Murphy, who proposed the program on Tuesday, said it would be the first statewide initiative of its kind. But the added spending would come at a time when the state’s budget is strained.

Pennsylvania Governor Suggests Selling Marijuana Through State-Run Stores

Gov. Tom Wolf isn’t the first governor to recently float state-operated marijuana retail. Pennsylvania currently runs hundreds of wine and liquor shops.

Second Night of Unrest in Wisconsin City After Police Shooting of Black Man

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Minnesota Lawsuit is Latest to Challenge a Face Mask Mandate

Across the country, state and local directives imposing face mask requirements have been met with repeated court challenges.