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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

A Generation of Legislative Leaders Passes from the Scene

Michael Madigan and Mike Miller are the most prominent among a host of legislators who held office for decades and have recently been ousted from leadership, retired or passed away.

By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  January 25, 2021
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When It Comes to Judges, How Old Is Too Old?

Most states set a mandatory retirement age for their judges, typically 70. Does that still make sense in this day and time? The wisdom and stability of longevity are worth something.

By Alan Ehrenhalt, Senior Editor  |  January 25, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

The Supreme Court Decision That Saved States Billions

States and localities tried for years to figure out ways to tax online sales, without success. The Supreme Court gave them a green light in 2018, which has proven key to surviving the pandemic financially.

By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  January 22, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Next

Can Public Entrepreneurship Solve Government’s Complex Problems?

A new book by a founding member of Boston’s Urban Mechanics calls for changing how government addresses its problems and provides an operating manual for generating new ideas and putting them into practice.

By Dustin Haisler, Futures and Innovation Editor  |  January 22, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Hispanics in State Legislatures: A State-by-State Map

Hispanics are almost 19 percent of the U.S. population, but account for only 6 percent of state legislators. Thirteen percent of these officials are Republicans.

By Carl Smith, Senior Staff Writer  |  January 22, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Why We Need to Strengthen Federalism from the Bottom Up

Distributed power remains critical in the face of governance crises and federal assaults on liberal democracy. States and localities provide a sturdy popular base for modeling better policy outcomes.

By Gerald Benjamin and Scott Minkoff, SUNY New Paltz  |  January 21, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

How ‘Mesofacts’ — and Their Perception — Can Make or Break a City

It can take decades for slowly changing circumstances to alter the understanding of a region's strengths or weaknesses. That can have an impact on everything from revitalization to political discourse.

By Pete Saunders, Urban Affairs Columnist  |  January 21, 2021
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The number of states in which Walmart will begin providing COVID-19 inoculations starting next week. The retailer was already providing vaccinations in New Mexico and Arkansas, but will now expand into Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey, South Carolina and Texas. Walmart will also begin distributing vaccines in Chicago and Puerto Rico.

THE FUTURE OF Community Design

Stone, Marble and American Democracy

The attacks on the U.S. Capitol building early this month are an important reminder of why great Americans, from Thomas Jefferson to Daniel Patrick Moynihan, see architecture as a crucial component of our system of government.

By Alex Marshall, Urban Affairs/Infrastructure Columnist  |  January 21, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Next

5 Domains of Government That Are Ripe for Transformation

Rapidly maturing technologies hold the key for dramatic improvements across an institution that was designed for incremental change. Governments need to act quickly, deliberately and flexibly.

By William D. Eggers, Deloitte  |  January 20, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

Say Goodbye to the World’s Greatest Indoor Miniature Village

Roadside America has been open since 1953, delighting visitors with its model of a Pennsylvania town frozen in time and full of little cars and trains. But the popular roadside attraction couldn’t survive the pandemic.

By David Kidd, Photojournalist and Storyteller  |  January 20, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Next

The Biggest Issues to Watch in 2021

State legislatures will have a lot on their plates. They’ll deal with issues in wildly differing ways. We set the context for the 2021 session with an overview of everything from abortion to redistricting.

By Alan Greenblatt, David Kidd, Carl Smith  |  January 19, 2021
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Book Recommendations from Officials Who’ve Been “In the Arena”

As 2020 comes to a close, we take a moment to reflect on the numerous books that government officials from across the nation have recommended over the past several years.

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