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THE FUTURE OF Finance

THE FUTURE OF Finance

Oklahoma Finds Buying, Storing, Updating Body Cams Is Costly

The Stillwater Police Department and the Payne County Sheriff’s Office would like to equip more of their officers with body cameras, but the costs of storing the devices and updating the software may be prohibitive.

By Ashlynd Huffman, Stillwater NewsPress  |  April 1, 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.

By Zoe Manzanetti, Staff Writer  |  March 31, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

5 Muni Market Incentives to ‘Build Back Better’

The White House is formulating a massive infrastructure package. Here are cost-cutting ways for Congress to help states and localities float the bonds to fund their share. Muni "flower bonds," anyone?

By Girard Miller, Finance Columnist  |  March 30, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

Marin County Tries a Universal Basic Income Program

The California county unanimously approved trial of a guaranteed minimum wage program. The first cohort of 125 low-income, non-white mothers will receive $1,000 monthly payments for the next two years.

By Richard Halstead, The Marin Independent  |  March 25, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

The Bitcoin Boomlet Comes to Local Government

Miami may allow Bitcoin payments for some of its operations. Other cities are thinking about it. There are advantages to doing this — and also significant risks.

By Scott Beyer, Urban Issues Columnist  |  March 24, 2021
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State and Local Tech to Receive Billions from Stimulus Package

The massive federal stimulus package signed last week by President Biden will bring billions of dollars to state and local governments. Here's what that will mean for technology modernization efforts.

By Joe Morris, Center for Digital Government  |  March 24, 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.

By Zoe Manzanetti, Staff Writer  |  March 23, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

Maine Towns and Cities Receive $500M in Federal Aid

Officials across the state eagerly await the guidelines on how the historic amount of federal aid can be spent. Funds will likely be spent on vaccine distribution, supporting the state’s economy and expanding broadband.

By Kevin Miller, Portland Press Herald  |  March 22, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

With Federal Aid, Washington State Revenue Returns to Normal

The $3 billion injection from Congress will return the state’s revenue almost back to where it was in Feb. 2020. But lawmakers across the nation are still concerned about their states’ financial health.

By Laurel Demkovich and Orion Donovan-Smith, The Spokesman-Review  |  March 19, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

How Governments Can Make the Most of Federal COVID Relief

It’s an opportunity, particularly for localities, to make long-term investments not only in infrastructure but also in the way they perform their work for the post-pandemic future.

By Stephen Goldsmith, Harvard Kennedy School, and Skip Stitt, Faegre Drinker Consulting  |  March 19, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF Work

Working From Home With Inadequate Setups Takes Physical Toll

Many companies have offered stipends to workers to establish an ergonomic home office, which has created an unexpected profit for companies that produce at-home office equipment and furniture.

By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times  |  March 18, 2021
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