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Future in Context

The American Ethos and the Betrayal of Expertise

History provides us with numerous examples of how knowledge and, most importantly, leadership either withstood the strain of a crisis, or unraveled. We are in one of those periods right now.

By Clay Jenkinson, Editor-at-Large  |  June 4, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Work

Government Falls into a Recession and Job Cuts Soar

The last recession pummeled the government workforce. Now, the pandemic has hit and once again, layoffs have become a fact of life. But not every state and local government is cutting jobs to stanch revenue losses.

By Carl Smith, Senior Staff Writer  |  June 3, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

The Need for Equitable Health Care Amid COVID-19

The pandemic is hitting African American communities hardest. Black mayors are taking the lead in narrowing racial disparities and working for policies that help protect everyone.

By McKinley L. Price, Mayor, Newport News, Va.  |  June 3, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Next

Coronavirus and the Courts: What Changes Will Stay?

Tech experts who work with county court systems have implemented a number of digital changes to help justice continue to function in the time of COVID-19, and some of those changes may become permanent.

By Zack Quaintance, Government Technology  |  June 3, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

A Shattered Complacency: When Silence Equals Violence

The haunting images of the murder of George Floyd by a police officer have triggered widespread protests and unrest. Will it be enough to change how America, its police force and the black community live together?

By Clay Jenkinson, Editor-at-Large  |  June 2, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Security

Web Defacement, Tracing Disinformation, CIO Talks Security

The world of government cybersecurity remains volatile as cybercriminals practice digital graffiti and public officials struggle to overcome disinformation about the purpose of contact tracing.

By Tod Newcombe, Managing Editor  |  June 2, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Multiple Events Creating 'The Perfect Path to Divisions in Our Society'

Protests and violence around the country were triggered by a police-involved killing in Minneapolis, but are taking place against a backdrop of pandemic and economic collapse.

By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  June 1, 2020
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60%

The proportion of American workers who were working remotely in May due to concerns over COVID-19, according to a Gallup poll.

THE FUTURE OF Finance

Pandemic Will Mean a Worse Retirement for Millions of Workers

In a typical recession, not many older workers lose their jobs. That's not the case this time. They face not only unemployment but the prospect of poverty, with pressures on 401(k)s and other retirement accounts.

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

A Leg Up in the Search for Prosperity: Economic Freedom

Despite their very different attitudes toward the role of government, California and Texas have both found success. But the Lone Star State's small-government/low-tax model gives it an edge.

By Scott Beyer, Urban Issues Columnist  |  June 1, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

Fortress Charleston: Can a Wall Hold Back the Waters?

The city has endorsed a $2 billion plan to wall off the historic downtown from rising seas and surging storms. It is the latest in a growing number of expensive seawalls and barriers being proposed to defend U.S. coastal cities.

By Gilbert M. Gaul, Yale Environment 360  |  June 1, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Why Trump Attacked the Internet's First Amendment

The president wants social media sites to be investigated for political bias. His new executive order is the strongest attack yet on a key free speech protection for online platforms, but it's not the only one.

By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  May 29, 2020
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County Commissioner Helps Others with Resources, Compassion

Whether it’s a small county or a national stage, Mary Ann Borgeson leads Douglas County, Neb., and the National Association of Counties with compassion and the understanding of the impacts her decisions can make.

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