Public Pensions’ New Inflation Dilemma

Caught between the Federal Reserve's new strategy for managing inflation and historically low bond yields, the plans now need to take a fresh look at their actuarial assumptions and inflation protection.

By Girard Miller, Finance Columnist  |  September 15, 2020
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The Drowned-Out Voices for Racial Justice

Political exploitation of pain and fear has diverted our attention from the goals of the Black Lives Matter movement. Public officials need to work to bring us back to the more important issues.

By Jabari Simama, Government and Education Columnist  |  September 14, 2020
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State Election Chiefs Should Be Umpires, Not Players

Secretaries of state too often have acted in partisan ways. Especially this year, we need them to show impartiality. And longer-term, we need to re-think how we choose the people who oversee voting.

By Kevin Johnson, Election Reformers Network  |  September 14, 2020
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Lawmakers Get Tough with Mask Requirements: Legislative Watch

New Jersey and Pennsylvania would make the refusal to wear a mask a crime. It’s a sign that consensus regarding the value of mask wearing has grown, but states are still unsure on both guidelines and penalties.

By Carl Smith, Senior Staff Writer  |  September 11, 2020
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Ransomware Could Be Biggest Threat to Upcoming Elections

Of all the cyberattacks that affect state and local governments, ransomware is one of the most ubiquitous and costly. Now security researchers fear it could also become a political weapon in the upcoming election.

By Lucas Ropek, Government Technology  |  September 11, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Violence Will Likely Escalate Ahead of the Election

There have already been clashes, sometimes fatal, between protesters and self-styled militia. The public appears to be growing more tolerant of political violence, at least when perpetrated by partisans on their side.

By Alan Greenblatt  |  September 10, 2020
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New York Hopes Increased Borrowing Will Prevent Mass Layoffs

New York City has rescinded its threat to lay off 22,000 city workers as Mayor de Blasio works to find other funding sources to offset a $9 billion deficit. But some city workers worry that furloughs might happen anyway.

By Zoe Manzanetti, Staff Writer  |  September 10, 2020
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The amount that thousands of people with disabilities earn per hour for doing jobs like bagging newspapers or wrapping silverware in napkins. A 1938 labor law has made it possible for people with disabilities to earn less than minimum wage, but now many are trying to change that.


Colorado Governor Orders More Workplace Diversity

Gov. Jared Polis has signed an executive order to prioritize diversity and equity within the state workforce. The move is the first step in improving what critics have called a problem within the Polis administration.

By Zoe Manzanetti, Staff Writer  |  September 10, 2020
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The Pandemic and Satellite Internet’s Encore Performance

It may not have always received the best word of mouth, but the space technology continues to advance with big names behind it and a market that has seen significant growth during COVID-19.

By Jed Pressgrove, Government Technology  |  September 10, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

The GOP’s Deceptive Campaign Against Urban America

Cities have had a lot of problems in recent months, but the Trump campaign's focus on those short-term issues ignores the reality that over the longer term they have become safer, cleaner and richer.

By Alex Marshall, Urban Affairs/Infrastructure Columnist  |  September 9, 2020
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America and Race: When Sports Players Refuse to Play

Most Americans would prefer not to mix sports and politics. But when NBA players protested by canceling playoff games, they brought the issue of race relations to the forefront better than any politician or protest group.

By Clay Jenkinson, Editor-at-Large  |  September 8, 2020
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From Literature to Water: Heather Repenning on Impacting Change

She didn’t grow up dreaming of working in a position of power in a big city like Los Angeles, but her strong desire to help people and make the world a better place rerouted her into a career of public service.

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