More Help Is Likely on the Way for States and Localities and the Coronavirus-caused Recession – including an Obscure Source of Federal Aid for Muni Bonds

Plus, drafting a fourth stimulus bill before the $2 trillion package is sorted out, considering recession scenarios, state positioning as economy shudders, and credit ratings could be more vulnerable than budgets.

By Paul W. Taylor, Editor with Girard Miller, Columnist  |  March 31, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Easing Access to the Safety Net, and Why We Need to Do It Now

The economic devastation of the coronavirus pandemic is making benefit programs more important than ever. It's critical to get information to people who need it and simplify application processes.

By Amy Finkelstein of MIT and Matthew Notowidigdo of Northwestern University  |  March 31, 2020
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Coronavirus Forces Legislators to Keep Their Distance

Nearly half the nation's legislatures have adjourned or canceled sessions. Where they're still meeting, lawmakers are improvising to keep a safe distance from one another.

By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  March 30, 2020
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How a County Is Managing a Marijuana Green Rush from Space

Using satellite imagery, California's Humboldt County has found an effective way to deal with unpermitted and illegal cannabis-cultivation operations and reduce their environmental impact.

By Carl Smith, Senior Staff Writer  |  March 30, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

Social Equity Considerations: An Imperative in a Time of Pandemic

The decisions governments are making to cope with the spread of the coronavirus will disproportionately impact low-income communities. These decisions need to be made through an equity lens.

By Michael Jacobson, Deputy Director, King County Office of Performance, Strategy and Budget  |  March 30, 2020
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Community Inspires Mayor to Serve with Integrity

His passion for authentic relationships helps Bryan Barnett to excel as mayor of Rochester Hills and as president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Even in a time when the nation is without strategy, he continues to lead with integrity.


The number of electronic devices that Chicago Public Schools will distribute to students to use at home during this period of remote learning. The school district has already distributed 65,000 laptops and tablets to students in need.

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