THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Technology's Mixed Record in Responding to a Pandemic

While it's helped a lot of Americans who are displaced from their offices get their work done, it's fallen short in areas like education and disease tracking and has once again highlighted the digital divide.

By Aaron M. Renn, Urban Analyst  |  August 11, 2020
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Will Virginia Lead the U.S. to Adopt Smart Tracing Apps?

Silicon Valley was going to help America keep track of COVID-19 with badly needed technology. Yet, states never embraced the idea, and tech firms couldn’t overcome privacy concerns. But the idea is getting a reboot.

By Tod Newcombe, Managing Editor  |  August 11, 2020
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Route 66: Images of a Fading American Highway Legend

It’s the country’s most famous road, and like so many other iconic pieces of mid-century Americana, it has been nearly obliterated by progress. But a few bits remain if you know where to look.

By David Kidd, Photojournalist and Storyteller  |  August 10, 2020
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Prosecutors' Vital Role in Reforming Criminal Justice

To address racial disparities, they need to collect and analyze more data to evaluate promising policies and better inform their indictment decisions and sentencing recommendations.

By Lucy Lang, Institute for Innovation in Prosecution  |  August 10, 2020
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Why Federal Aid Remains a Tough Sell for States and Localities

President Trump remains opposed to a bailout for "poorly run states." The administration may end up agreeing to help, but warnings about dire spending cuts have not yet prompted action.

By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  August 7, 2020
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Legislative Watch: Clearing a Path for the General Election

Voting by mail may have started during the Civil War, but the template for the 2020 general election is being created in real time. Legislators are working to bring clarity to vital details.

By Carl Smith, Senior Staff Writer  |  August 7, 2020
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The Need to Institutionalize Government’s Newfound Agility

In responding to COVID-19, governments have been forced to move far more quickly and flexibly. What they've learned will prove invaluable as they prepare for the crises of the future.

By William D. Eggers, Deloitte  |  August 6, 2020
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The number of states and Washington, D.C., that enacted eviction moratoriums to assist renters during the coronavirus pandemic; 24 of those states’ moratoriums have expired. As of July 29, 43 percent of renters were unable to make rent, putting them at risk for eviction.

THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

The Misguided Rush to Throw the School Doors Open

With the COVID-19 pandemic raging across much of America, a return to full-scale classroom instruction poses too grave a risk to students, teachers, school staff, parents and their communities.

By Jabari Simama, Government and Education Columnist  |  August 6, 2020
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Support for Housing the Homeless Continues as COVID Rages

Federal money and innovative housing-first programs have provided much needed support for the nation’s half-million homeless. But with the pandemic continuing, helping this vulnerable population will remain a challenge.

By Carl Smith, Senior Staff Writer  |  August 5, 2020
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Data Shows Where Government Work Has Grown, Decreased

Which states have shed the most public employees? Which have added the most? And what types of jobs are leading the pack? New numbers from the Census Bureau help to illustrate the big picture.

By Ben Miller, Government Technology  |  August 5, 2020
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The Wildly Improbable Public Life of Jerry Brown

Over a half-century in office — and running for office — this man of paradox broke virtually every rule in the politico's rulebook. Californians loved him for it.

By Alan Ehrenhalt, Senior Editor  |  August 4, 2020
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Sharon Greenberger Fights for New York as YMCA President, CEO

As president and CEO of the New York YMCA, Sharon Greenberger is constantly working to make New York a healthier, happier community. Now she uses her decades of experience to transform The Y into a place of hope amid COVID-19.

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