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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Virginia’s Giant Wind Farm Will Need Lots of Technicians

With an offshore wind turbine complex under construction, the state has set up a unique training school for future technicians, who are learning their trade in an old mill town in need of revitalization.

By David Kidd, Photojournalist and Storyteller  |  February 24, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

Does Every State Really Need a Big Biden Bailout?

The president's plan would send tens of billions in unrestricted aid to states, including those holding up well. Aid from Washington should target preserving basic services and fighting the pandemic.

By Michael Hendrix, Manhattan Institute  |  February 24, 2021
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The Strange, Troubled History of Pedestrian Malls

A few of them have worked out well. Most of them have been failures. But the idea of building new ones has never died, and there are signs of still another incarnation.

By Alan Ehrenhalt, Senior Editor  |  February 23, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF Security

The Need for Increased Cybersecurity Against QR Code Abuse

QR code use is growing as a convenient input mechanism to make mobile transactions more efficient. But Qshing, or QR code abuse, is also becoming a cyberthreat.

By Dan Lohrmann, Government Technology  |  February 22, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

How State Policies Are Worsening Our Doctor Shortage

Licensing requirements preventing physicians from practicing across state borders have been relaxed during the pandemic. Utah's approach points the way to a more sensible permanent licensing regime.

By Jacob James Rich, Reason Foundation  |  February 22, 2021
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Future in Context

Gutenberg to Zuckerberg: A Tale of Two Revolutions

The printing press and social media democratized communication in their respective times. They both turned the order of things on its head — for good, for ill, and forever.

By Clay S. Jenkinson, Editor-at-Large  |  February 19, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Why Cities Have More People but Less Clout

Cities have always gotten less than their share from states. As they've become wealthier and more Democratic, they've come increasingly under attack.

By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  February 19, 2021
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The estimated number of public Confederate symbols that were removed from public spaces in 2020.

THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Government Has a Trust Problem. It Will Take Time to Restore

The route to trust in our institutions is through candor, competence and a clear sense of mission. Two examples, from Indiana and West Virginia, show how trust can be rebuilt one careful step at a time.

By Aaron Renn, Urban Analyst  |  February 19, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

Maryland’s Digital Ad Tax May Receive Legal Pushback

Maryland made history last week, becoming the first state in the country to codify a tax on digital ads. The move would have a significant financial impact on big tech, but the bill will probably face multiple legal challenges.

By Jed Pressgrove, Government Technology  |  February 19, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF Security

Despite Security Concerns, Online Voting Advances

In nine states, some jurisdictions have allowed voting via computer or app.

By Matt Vasilogambros and Lindsey Van Ness, Stateline  |  February 19, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

The Learning Agenda Every Public Agency Needs

It's an important tool for evidence-based decision-making and program management. Asking agency leaders one simple question can start the process of building it.

By Andrew Feldman of Grant Thornton and Jenni Owen of the North Carolina Office of Strategic Partnerships  |  February 18, 2021
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Gutenberg to Zuckerberg: A Tale of Two Revolutions

The printing press and social media democratized communication in their respective times. They both turned the order of things on its head — for good, for ill, and forever.

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