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THE FUTURE OF What’s Next

Money to Keep Small Businesses Alive: Legislative Watch

Hundreds of thousands of small businesses have closed because of the pandemic. A surge in new cases and unresolved election results are casting shadows on their year-end prospects, but recent bills offer help.

By Carl Smith, Senior Staff Writer  |  November 13, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Work

The Financial Wellness Programs Public Employees Need

State and local government workers were worried about their finances even before the pandemic. Helping them and their families navigate the impacts of the economy is more important than ever.

By Joshua Franzel, Center for State & Local Government Excellence; Shaun Snyder, National Association of State Treasurers; and Cara Woodson Welch, International Public Management Association for Human Resources  |  November 12, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

Digital Cities 2020: IT Foundation Key to COVID Response

The winners in this year’s Digital Cities survey have long been following well-laid plans for modernizing infrastructure, cybersecurity and citizen services, meaning they were prepared to stand up to the pandemic.

By Government Technology  |  November 12, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

How Civil Rights Shaped — and Can Still Shape — Our Elections

The way things worked out in Georgia reflected not only changes in demographics in a one-time citadel of the Confederacy but also the evolution of political beliefs and social attitudes.

By Jabari Simama, Government and Education Columnist  |  November 11, 2020
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In the Arena

Service Before Self: Karen Baker’s Career in Public Service

The career public servant has served a president and in the cabinets of three governors, and is not afraid of tackling big, complicated jobs that help the disenfranchised while building better communities.

By Cathilea Robinett  |  November 10, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

State and Local Reforms to Unlock Congressional Stimulus

To resolve the stalemate on COVID-19 relief for states and localities, Congress should require a contractual commitment to robust rainy-day funds and promote serious efforts to fix pension underfunding.

By Girard Miller, Finance Columnist  |  November 10, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

The Big Federalism Challenges Facing a Biden Administration

He'll have his hands full from the start with issues that are likely to bring a rethinking of federal-state-local relations.

By Donald F. Kettl, Federalism Columnist  |  November 9, 2020
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The number of seconds between COVID-related deaths last Tuesday as the U.S. death toll reached 2,157 deaths in a single day, the highest since May.

THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Five Reasons Donald Trump Lost the Presidency

The coronavirus harmed Trump’s re-election chances, but he had political weaknesses that were apparent even during good times. He lacked the political instincts to overcome them.

By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  November 9, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Republicans Hold Their Edge in State-Level Politics

Republicans scored a net gain of one governorship, adding to their lead. The GOP gave up little ground at the legislative level, with Democrats failing to flip nearly all their targeted chambers.

By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  November 3, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

States and Localities Shouldn't Count on More Federal Aid

Mitch McConnell and other Republicans are opposed to further aid for states and localities. It looks like the Senate will stay in GOP hands, so prospects for relief next year have dimmed.

By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  November 9, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

The Voting Line Continues. Let Us Hope It Always Does.

This election year, in New York City and elsewhere, early and mail-in voting have altered the voting landscape. Still, making a sacrifice to cast a ballot is one reminder of our continuing commitment to democracy.

By Alex Marshall, Urban Affairs/Infrastructure Columnist  |  November 9, 2020
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