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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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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, 2020
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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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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Trump's Second Impeachment and the Lessons of History

The attack on Congress has led to impeachment and increased security in Washington and state capitols. Governing spoke with historian Jonathan Earle about political violence in the nation's past.

By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  January 14, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

The Impoverished Idea of a Wealth Tax

The left loves it, and it has proponents nationally and in state legislatures around the country. But soaking the rich is a way to drive the wealthy out and curb entrepreneurship.

By Michael Hendrix, Manhattan Institute  |  January 14, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF Work

Vaccine Delays Reveal Unexpected Weak Link in Supply Chains: A Shortage of Workers

The shipment of goods to suppliers has become technologically sophisticated. Delays in getting out the COVID-19 vaccine to people show that the breakdowns come down to something more basic.

By Anna Nagurney, University of Massachusetts Amherst  |  January 14, 2021
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80%

The proportion of new U.S. electric grid capacity that will be carbon emission-free from power provided by solar, wind and batteries in 2021, according to new figures from the Energy Information Agency.

Assessments

Jaywalking and the Dilemma of ‘Victimless’ Crimes

How much authority should governments have to protect people misbehaving in ways that are, in most cases, dangerous only to themselves?

By Alan Ehrenhalt, Senior Editor  |  January 13, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

What History Tells Us about President-Elect Biden’s Cabinet

His appointments are set to break barriers and establish new precedents when it comes to diversity. A look back at past cabinets shows how norms and customs have been slow to change.

By Lindsay Chervinsky, Historian and Contributor  |  January 13, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

To Put Voters First Again, Amend the Constitution

It's the only way to undo the damage the Supreme Court did when it overturned laws regulating the raising and spending of campaign money. It has bipartisan support, and states should lead the way.

By Bill Kilmartin, Costas Panagopoulos and Jeff Clements, Massachusetts Citizens Commission  |  January 12, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

COVID Vaccine Delays Cause Resident Concern About Process

The first phase of COVID-19 vaccine distribution has been slow in some states and has resulted in confusion on the part of residents, causing concern among officials about the rest of the process.

By Jim McKay, Emergency Management  |  January 12, 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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