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The Care States Need to Take with Contact Tracing Apps

As COVID-19 cases surge, there could be growing interest in the technology. But states planning to roll them out need to vet them rigorously for privacy protections and cybersecurity vulnerabilities.

By Kathryn Waldron, R Street Institute  |  July 2, 2020
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Here Comes the Hard Part: States, Cities Face Grim Budget Picture

The fiscal year begins in most states and cities on July 1. Without further federal aid, many will have to re-examine just-passed budgets for cuts down the road.

By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  July 1, 2020
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Why Local Governments Should Nurture the Growth of Proptech

It's transforming the worlds of real estate and development. Cities and counties can experiment with it for themselves, but their most important role is in sharing the data that drives it.

By Scott Beyer, Urban Issues Columnist  |  July 1, 2020
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Cities Open Streets and Redefine Their Purpose and Focus

Tampa, Fla.; Kansas City, Mo.; and Los Angeles are repurposing streets for business and pedestrian use during the coronavirus pandemic. So far, the programs have been well received, and may even survive past the pandemic.

By Zoe Manzanetti, Staff Writer  |  June 30, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Security

Cybersecurity and COVID Challenge Election Preparations

The week in cybersecurity includes news about proposed changes to California’s privacy law, federal aid to protect schools from cyberattacks and calls for the police to stop partnering with Amazon’s Ring surveillance service.

By Tod Newcombe, Managing Editor  |  June 30, 2020
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Mississippi’s Emblem of the Confederacy Will Fly No More

A moment captured by Governing’s David Kidd is about to become history. Over the weekend, the state Legislature passed by a large majority a bill to remove the Confederate symbol from the official flag.

By David Kidd, Photojournalist and Storyteller  |  June 29, 2020
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A Better Way to Connect People with the Benefits They Need

Designed around the user and not the bureaucracy, an innovative Philadelphia program uses data-matching so applicants won't have to fill out multiple forms for different assistance programs.

By Stephen Goldsmith and Betsy Gardner, Harvard Kennedy School  |  June 29, 2020
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$81 million

The amount that Tennessee is going to be allocating to education. The money will come from the state’s CARES Act allotment and is a part of the “first wave” of efforts to reopen schools safely.

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Legislative Watch: Pandemic Spotlights Senior Care Problems

Residents of senior care facilities are particularly vulnerable to the most damaging effects of COVID-19. Recent legislation aims to prevent lack of resources or bad practices from making things worse.

By Carl Smith, Senior Staff Writer  |  June 26, 2020
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The Route to a Safe, Accessible and Fair November Election

Governments need to move promptly to change rules and procedures to maximize eligible-voter participation while safeguarding health and protecting the election's integrity.

By Terry Gerton, President and CEO, National Academy of Public Administration, and Barry Van Lare, Former Deputy Executive Director, National Governors Association  |  June 26, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

Cities Ponder What Policy Changes Work Best to Reduce Traffic

A new examination of 100 U.S. metros during the nationwide stay-at-home orders shows that small changes to societal norms, like daily commutes, could have significant impacts for air quality.

By Skip Descant, Government Technology  |  June 26, 2020
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Legislative Leaders Are Losing in This Year's Primaries

Chamber leaders and committee chairs are losing their seats. It's not easy to face voters during a combined health and economic crisis, but many primaries also represent ideological battles.

By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  June 25, 2020
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Stockton’s New City Manager Sees an Opportunity During Troubled Times

A former Baltimore CFO and city manager for Cincinnati, Harry Black just started as Stockton’s city manager when the pandemic began, quickly followed by national protests. But with his extensive, unique career, he is ready to help the city succeed.

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