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Is Houston the American City of the Future?

A scholar who's been studying the place for half a century thinks so, and it does seem to be ahead of other cities in some respects. But there also are some ways it's behind the curve.

By Alan Ehrenhalt, Senior Editor  |  July 8, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Kids and the Link Between Exercise and Racial Justice

We need to invest more in physical education and access to youth sports. For children of color, it's a way to tackle obesity and other health disparities while building their self-esteem.

By Tarik Kitson, Active Plus  |  July 8, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

The Opportunity States Have to Attack Income Inequality

As they rebuild their education, health-care and tax systems after the devastation of COVID-19, they can take important steps that can significantly narrow income and wealth disparities.

By Raymond Scheppach, Former National Governors Association Executive Director  |  July 7, 2020
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In the Arena

Stockton’s New City Manager Sees an Opportunity During Troubled Times

A former Baltimore CFO and city manager for Cincinnati, Harry Black just started as Stockton’s city manager when the pandemic began, quickly followed by national protests. But with his extensive, unique career, he is ready to help the city succeed.

By Cathilea Robinett  |  July 7, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

Public Pensions and the COVID-19 Fiscal Dilemma

Despite federal scaremongering about state and local pensions, the problem for now isn't their balance sheets. It's the budget vise that is likely to tempt some public employers to cut funding corners.

By Girard Miller, Finance Columnist  |  July 7, 2020
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After Ironing Out Kinks, States Renew COVID-19 Contracts

A collaboration between tech companies and several states got off the ground early in the pandemic using emergency contracts for testing. After a rocky start, the programs have entered their next phase.

By Lucas Ropek, Government Technology  |  July 6, 2020
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Future in Context

The Very First Fourth of July

Thomas Jefferson was not the first choice to write the Declaration of Independence. He accepted the assignment reluctantly, but he brought genius to the project, including the 35 most important words in the English language.

By Clay Jenkinson, Editor-at-Large  |  July 3, 2020
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91,000

The number of fraud reports that the Federal Trade Commission has received as of June 8 as the coronavirus has increased numbers of fraudulent unemployment claims. The reports amount to $59.2 million.

THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

When the Disenfranchised Use Counter-Narratives for Justice

Allissa Richardson, a pioneer in mobile journalism, discusses the emergence of smartphones and social media as tools to fight back against the mistreatment of marginalized citizens by law enforcement.

By Carl Smith, Senior Staff Writer  |  July 2, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

The Care States Need to Take with Contact Tracing Apps

As COVID-19 cases surge, there could be growing interest in the technology. But states planning to roll them out need to vet them rigorously for privacy protections and cybersecurity vulnerabilities.

By Kathryn Waldron, R Street Institute  |  July 2, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

Here Comes the Hard Part: States, Cities Face Grim Budget Picture

The fiscal year begins in most states and cities on July 1. Without further federal aid, many will have to re-examine just-passed budgets for cuts down the road.

By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  July 1, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

Why Local Governments Should Nurture the Growth of Proptech

It's transforming the worlds of real estate and development. Cities and counties can experiment with it for themselves, but their most important role is in sharing the data that drives it.

By Scott Beyer, Urban Issues Columnist  |  July 1, 2020
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