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Jean Dimeo

Public Safety

Canceled Fines and Fees, $0 Cash Bail. Will Pandemic-era Criminal Justice Changes Stick?

A group that advocates for incarcerated people provides states and localities recommendations for keeping citizens who committed minor offenses out of jails and prisons.

Tech & Data

Tech Officials Urge States to Go Further Embracing Analytics

State CIOs are discovering new analytics applications for putting citizens first and improving outcomes, according to a new government association report.

Health & Human Services

Best and Worst Cities for Cat Lovers

Cities in warm climates are among the best for felines and their humans while really big cities are far less than "purr-fect" in this regard, according to a new ranking.

Management

Survey: Half of Business Travelers Leaning Toward Canceling Trips

The downturn in business travel continues to plague hotels and other businesses and could be a drag on some city economies.

Health & Human Services

Educators Want to Leave Their Jobs More Than Other Government Workers Do

Half of teachers and staff say they feel stressed and burned out and more than a third say they want to quit, according to a new survey.

Tech & Data

The Most Racially Diverse States

While the white population still is the largest racial group in most states, many places are much less white and many more people identify as multiracial, according to 2020 U.S. Census data.

Public Safety

Alcohol Consumption Falls to Near 20-Year Lows, Poll Finds

Adults who say they drink beer, wine or spirits dropped to 60%, a Gallup poll shows. However, other research suggests alcohol consumption spiked dramatically during the early months of the pandemic.

Finance

State Tax Limits Can Hamper Local Fiscal Stability

States should consider adjusting policies that tightly restrict budget flexibility for cities and counties, according to a report from The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Public Safety

How ARPA Funds Can Help Build an Equitable Recovery

A report released Tuesday provides guidance for state and local spending of the federal recovery funding on programs that focus on equity and provides examples of city and county plans.

Health & Human Services

Best and Worst Cities for Dog Lovers

Many of the most and least dog-friendly places are in the South and the West.

Infrastructure

Want More Affordable Housing? Try Building Narrower Streets

New research highlights how city streets that are too wide can take up valuable space that could be used to build more homes.

Management

The States Where Unemployment Claims Have Shrunk the Least and the Most

The biggest gainers are in the South and the Great Plains and the losers are everywhere.

Health & Human Services

Americans Less Confident They Will Avoid Covid-19—Even With a Vaccination

The percentage of adults who are "very confident" they will not catch the coronavirus has fallen to 38% after rising to 50% in May and June, according to a Gallup poll.

Tech & Data

Poll Highlights Deep Divides Over Increased Attention on Racism, History of Slavery

About 50% of U.S. adults say increased attention to these topics is a "good thing for society," but that belief is not held evenly across political parties and racial and ethnic groups, according to the Pew Research Center.

Infrastructure

Poll: Americans Increasingly View Internet as a ‘Basic Necessity’

A survey by Consumer Reports shows that 75% of U.S. residents support local governments building out public nextworks.

Finance

Best Cities for Remote Workers

A Utah city leads a list of best places for people who don't want to commute. All the top cities offer an abundance of urban amenities, scenic surroundings and affordable housing.

Tech & Data

Evictions To Impact More Black, Latino Households

Renters tend to be minorities and have lower incomes, meaning these groups will most likely be disportionately affected by evictions when the national moratorium is lifted, the Pew Research Center says.

Public Safety

Providing ‘Sense of Belonging’ to Undocumented Immigrants

Community identification cards allow immigrants and others in vulnerable populations access to IDs and help them build relationships with law enforcement, according to the Policy Executive Research Forum.

Health & Human Services

Don't Get Sick in These States

The states with the worst health care are in the South and with the best are in the North, according to a new report.

Finance

How Local Governments Can Help Minority-Owned Businesses Gain Access to Public Contracts

Procurement of goods and services by localities totals $2.5 trillion annually, but people of color struggle to gain access to lucrative public contracts, according to the National League of Cities.