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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 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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THE FUTURE OF Security

What Does A Biden Presidency Mean for Privacy Policy?

A confluence of social and political pressures is making a comprehensive federal privacy law seem inevitable. The incoming Biden administration could help ensure legislation heads in the right direction.

By Lucas Ropek, Government Technology  |  January 18, 2021
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54%

The proportion of Americans who want lawmakers to pass legislation regarding social media companies’ content moderation policies, according to a new survey. Additionally, 65 percent of respondents believed that social media platforms had too much influence over U.S. politics and society.

THE FUTURE OF Finance

Could States Cash in on the Cryptocurrency Craze?

Working together to create their own alternative to Bitcoin and its copycats could be a way to generate value, at no initial cost, for struggling pension funds. Madisons, anyone?

By Girard Miller, Finance Columnist  |  January 19, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

How California’s Budget Depends on Staggering Wealth Gap

The state’s progressive tax structure is reaping billions from the wealthiest to fund the state’s safety net. But it also reveals how the pandemic has widened the economic gulf for millions of Californians — more than the rest of the country.

By Jackie Botts, CalMatters  |  January 18, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

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

Just under 10 percent of the nearly 7,500 legislators serving in America’s state houses are Black, and only 13 are Republicans.

By Carl Smith, Senior Staff Writer  |  January 15, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

What We Need to Do for Young Victims of Sex Trafficking

Children and teenagers need particularly specialized treatment, but what residential programs that exist help only a tiny fraction of victims. Interstate cooperation could make a difference.

By Timothy Head, Faith and Freedom Coalition  |  January 15, 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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