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Zoe Manzanetti  |  Web Producer and Writer

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 Zoe is the web producer and a writer for Governing

THE FUTURE OF What’s Next

Which State Is the Greenest, Most Environmentally Friendly?

A new report analyzes which states have the most eco-friendly behavior, good environmental quality and contribute the most to reduce climate change. Rankings are split between blue and red states.

April 14, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

Which States Tax Their Residents the Most and Least?

A new report analyzes the states’ tax burdens as officials begin post-pandemic planning. While Democratic states typically tax their residents at greater rates, there are exceptions to the trend.

March 31, 2021
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The Nation’s Homeless Suffer Through Another Harsh Winter

Whether it is California or Texas, the homeless struggle to find emergency shelter when the temperature drops, sometimes with tragic results. But state and local governments need to move beyond short-term solutions.

March 28, 2021
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Are Republican States More Federally Dependent?

A new report reveals the great variation of federal dependency across the states. But drawing the line between federal and state responsibility is not easy.

March 23, 2021
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Local Govs Will Spend Stimulus Relief in Different Ways

Broadband and vaccine distribution will be the big winners when it comes to new relief spending by cities and counties, according to a survey. PPE purchases and IT infrastructure could see fewer dollars.

March 17, 2021
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The Nation’s Infrastructure Report Card Improves Slightly

The American Society of Civil Engineers gave our airports, roads, bridges and drinking water a C- in its latest report card, calling it a modest improvement. But the bill on progress is a long way from being paid off.

March 8, 2021
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Health-Care Exchange Special Enrollment Window Varies

With the feds leading the way, states are reopening their health-care exchanges to uninsured and eligible residents as part of the latest COVID relief plan. But not all enrollment windows are the same.

February 25, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

Local Jail Costs Keep Rising as Crime Continues to Decline

Over the past several decades, spending on jails has grown significantly. As the coronavirus pandemic reduces revenue and forces budget cuts, cutting jail expenditures could save cities and counties billions of dollars.

February 10, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

2018 Education Spending Per Student By State

Recent data shows that while overall spending has increased, there is great variation among states on public education expenditures per student. The average is $12,612, but New York spends nearly double that amount.

January 1, 2021
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2019 State Population By Race, Ethnicity Data

Newly released data shows an increasingly diverse American population. About 30 percent identify as racial or ethnic minorities, according to the latest Census Bureau estimates.

December 25, 2020
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Capturing History: Snapshots of an Unprecedented Election

Amidst the coronavirus pandemic, fraught racial tensions and record-breaking voter turnout, the 2020 election is unlike anything we have ever seen. Here’s what Election Day looked like across the country.

November 4, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Work

Governments Struggle to Create a More Engaged Workforce

A new report from Forrester finds governments lack an employee experience that fosters a productive and resilient workforce. How the public sector responds during COVID could change the worker dynamic, however.

October 8, 2020
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Black Government Workers in COVID: Concerned but Optimistic

Although they reported more debt, financial concern and greater perceived health risks, Black American state and local government employees were overall more positive about their work during COVID-19, according to a report.

October 8, 2020
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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.

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.

September 10, 2020
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Local Government Employees to Work Remotely Until 2021

State and local government workers in Washington will continue to work remotely through the end of the year. Officials hope that the advanced notice allows time for adjustment and preparation.

August 13, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Work

Government Workers Risk Their Lives, Receive No Compensation

Thousands of federal, state workers risk their lives each day by showing up to work. Legally, they should be receiving hazard pay, but many haven’t gotten anything. For those that did, the payments stopped months ago.

August 13, 2020
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Some States Quicker on Long Road to COVID Recovery: Report

A recent study of unemployment numbers ranked all U.S. states in their recovery from COVID-19. States have made progress, but the nation will need months, if not years, to fully recover from this economic crisis.

July 20, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Work

The Pandemic Has Permanently Changed the Way We Work

A report finds that the coronavirus-caused shift to remote work has altered the idea of a workspace. Some are uncomfortable with returning to an office and many hope to continue working from home even after offices reopen.

July 10, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

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.

June 30, 2020
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The Suarez Show: Living and Leading with COVID-19

Self-quarantined after testing positive for the coronavirus, Miami’s mayor kept a daily video journal on Twitter, setting a standard of transparency while creating a sense of social media intimacy in a time of social distancing.

April 13, 2020
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Regaining Control of Technology One Microchip at a Time

Revisiting a prediction about microchip implants in the brain allows society to ask questions about how much technology we need and the importance of enacting proactive regulations to restrain potential abuse.

April 7, 2020
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Legislators Face Tech-Heavy Agenda as They Confront the Future: Digital Issues to Watch

Never before have policymakers faced such daunting questions on regulating and legislating the growing impact of digital technology. We pick the most important issues they will grapple with this year.

February 27, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

County GDP Shows Growth in Past Two Decades

A Bureau of Economic Analysis report sheds light on the health of U.S. counties, but experts caution that more analysis is needed for insight into what has driven growth in some counties while others have fallen behind.

February 6, 2020
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Two Women Walk into Space, Into History

Astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir completed the first-ever all-female spacewalk on Friday morning. After a mishap scuttled the walk in March, the all-female walk set new precedents for space equity and female futures in STEM.

October 19, 2019
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Facing the Customer and Maintaining Cyberhygiene Headline NASCIO

The annual meeting of state chief technologists points to a cloud- and mobile-focused future.

October 18, 2019
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