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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

A Generation of Legislative Leaders Passes from the Scene

Michael Madigan and Mike Miller are the most prominent among a host of legislators who held office for decades and have recently been ousted from leadership, retired or passed away.

By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  January 25, 2021
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Assessments

When It Comes to Judges, How Old Is Too Old?

Most states set a mandatory retirement age for their judges, typically 70. Does that still make sense in this day and time? The wisdom and stability of longevity are worth something.

By Alan Ehrenhalt, Senior Editor  |  January 25, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF Security

Michigan Police Messages Avoid FOIA Through Encryption

Top state police officials have downloaded encryption applications on their state-issued phones which keep no record of deleted text messages. Some are concerned that these practices break the Freedom of Information Act.

By Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press  |  January 22, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF Security

Staten Island D.A. Uses Controversial Facial Recognition Tool

The Legal Aid Society has denounced the district attorney’s use of Clearview AI, the surveillance database, and has demanded the D.A. disclose how his office has used and is using the technology.

By Frank Donnelly, Staten Island Advance  |  January 22, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

N.Y.C. to Upgrade Bus Terminal for Space, Electric Chargers

The current bus terminal will be replaced with a commuter hub that will hold 40 percent more passengers and charging stations for an all-electric bus fleet. The project could cost up to $10 billion and will be completed by 2030.

By Clayton Guse, New York Daily News  |  January 22, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

The Supreme Court Decision That Saved States Billions

States and localities tried for years to figure out ways to tax online sales, without success. The Supreme Court gave them a green light in 2018, which has proven key to surviving the pandemic financially.

By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  January 22, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Hispanics in State Legislatures: A State-by-State Map

Hispanics are almost 19 percent of the U.S. population, but account for only 6 percent of state legislators. Thirteen percent of these officials are Republicans.

By Carl Smith, Senior Staff Writer  |  January 22, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Next

Can Public Entrepreneurship Solve Government’s Complex Problems?

A new book by a founding member of Boston’s Urban Mechanics calls for changing how government addresses its problems and provides an operating manual for generating new ideas and putting them into practice.

By Dustin Haisler, Futures and Innovation Editor  |  January 22, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

San Diego Plans Budget Cuts as Deficit Estimate Doubles

In November, officials estimated a budget shortfall of $86 million, but it turns out the actual numbers are much worse. Now the city must find areas to cut spending to adjust for the 10 percent gap.

By David Garrick, The San Diego Union-Tribune  |  January 21, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Washington Software Delay Hinders Vaccine Distribution

Vaccines arrived more than a month before the state’s immunization system was ready, forcing health-care providers to create makeshift systems to record patient data that required hours of administrative work.

By Mike Reicher, The Seattle Times  |  January 21, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Why We Need to Strengthen Federalism from the Bottom Up

Distributed power remains critical in the face of governance crises and federal assaults on liberal democracy. States and localities provide a sturdy popular base for modeling better policy outcomes.

By Gerald Benjamin and Scott Minkoff, SUNY New Paltz  |  January 21, 2021
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