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THE FUTURE OF Finance

Why Federal Aid Remains a Tough Sell for States and Localities

President Trump remains opposed to a bailout for "poorly run states." The administration may end up agreeing to help, but warnings about dire spending cuts have not yet prompted action.

By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  August 7, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Next

Legislative Watch: Clearing a Path for the General Election

Voting by mail may have started during the Civil War, but the template for the 2020 general election is being created in real time. Legislators are working to bring clarity to vital details.

By Carl Smith, Senior Staff Writer  |  August 7, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Next

The Need to Institutionalize Government’s Newfound Agility

In responding to COVID-19, governments have been forced to move far more quickly and flexibly. What they've learned will prove invaluable as they prepare for the crises of the future.

By William D. Eggers, Deloitte  |  August 6, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

The Misguided Rush to Throw the School Doors Open

With the COVID-19 pandemic raging across much of America, a return to full-scale classroom instruction poses too grave a risk to students, teachers, school staff, parents and their communities.

By Jabari Simama, Government and Education Columnist  |  August 6, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Support for Housing the Homeless Continues as COVID Rages

Federal money and innovative housing-first programs have provided much needed support for the nation’s half-million homeless. But with the pandemic continuing, helping this vulnerable population will remain a challenge.

By Carl Smith, Senior Staff Writer  |  August 5, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Work

Data Shows Where Government Work Has Grown, Decreased

Which states have shed the most public employees? Which have added the most? And what types of jobs are leading the pack? New numbers from the Census Bureau help to illustrate the big picture.

By Ben Miller, Government Technology  |  August 5, 2020
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Assessments

The Wildly Improbable Public Life of Jerry Brown

Over a half-century in office — and running for office — this man of paradox broke virtually every rule in the politico's rulebook. Californians loved him for it.

By Alan Ehrenhalt, Senior Editor  |  August 4, 2020
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$2.2 billion

The amount that the U.S. Postal Service has lost from April to June as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Officials predict that the service could see a total loss of $20 billion over the next two years.

THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Navajo Nation: A Trip to the Top of Gray Mountain

Phillip Yellow makes the treacherous drive every day, carrying 500 gallons of water up the mountain to a plot of land that’s been in the family for years. “We’ve been here quite a while.”

By David Kidd, Photojournalist and Storyteller  |  August 4, 2020
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In the Arena

Sharon Greenberger Fights for New York as YMCA President, CEO

As president and CEO of the New York YMCA, Sharon Greenberger is constantly working to make New York a healthier, happier community. Now she uses her decades of experience to transform The Y into a place of hope amid COVID-19.

By Cathilea Robinett  |  August 4, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

The State and Local Stake in a Federal Digital-Commerce Tax

Europe is heading in that direction. If the idea begins to catch on here, states and localities will need to be at the federalism policymaking table to share in the revenues.

By Girard Miller, Finance Columnist  |  August 4, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

High-Speed Rail’s True Barrier Isn't Money. It’s Space.

Private investors want to build bullet trains across America, but in too many cases they're having trouble finding right-of-way. There's a lot that state and local governments could do to help them along.

By Scott Beyer, Urban Issues Columnist  |  August 3, 2020
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Sharon Greenberger Fights for New York as YMCA President, CEO

As president and CEO of the New York YMCA, Sharon Greenberger is constantly working to make New York a healthier, happier community. Now she uses her decades of experience to transform The Y into a place of hope amid COVID-19.

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