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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

DeKalb Admits Error, Says No Interference with Decision

DeKalb, Ga., officials acknowledged an error in the documents that were related to a $61 million sewer contract, but said the mistake had no impact on the final decision. This wasn’t the first mishap with the contract.

By Tyler Estep, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution  |  May 27, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

Miami Prepares for $19M Shortfall, Stops Hiring and Repairs

Miami, Fla., will undergo a citywide hiring freeze and will postpone stadium repairs in anticipation of the budget shortfall created by the COVID-19 crisis. The city hopes the budget cuts are enough to avoid furloughs.

By Joey Flechas, Miami Herald  |  May 27, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Work

State Workers: Volunteer or Be Reassigned to Virus Response

California needs 10,000 workers to act as contact tracers, but it has only trained about 950. Gov. Newsom has said if state workers don’t volunteer to be contact tracers, they might be temporarily reassigned to the job.

By Wes Venteicher, The Sacramento Bee  |  May 27, 2020
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Assessments

Will COVID-19 End the Downtown Comeback? Don't Bet on It.

The factors that led to the revival of our city centers will still be there in the aftermath of the coronavirus shutdown: low crime, a craving for entertainment and the desire for physical proximity.

By Alan Ehrenhalt, Senior Editor  |  May 27, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Work

Staffing Issues Complicate Unemployment Agency Tech Woes

Because some unemployment insurance cases require human intervention, even states with updated technology can barely keep up with the surge of unemployment insurance claims caused by COVID-19.

By Jed Pressgrove, Government Technology  |  May 27, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

Texas Governor Criticized Over $295M Contact Tracing Deal

Gov. Abbott awarded a multimillion-dollar contract to a little-known technology company without much legislative oversight. Legislators on both sides are concerned about transparency and citizen protection.

By Jay Root and Jeremy Blackman, Houston Chronicle  |  May 26, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

Texas County Tests Remote Jury Trials, with Some Hesitations

Collin County used a mundane civil case to test the feasibility of video conferencing future trials where the jury worked entirely from home. However, lawyers are concerned that a video wouldn’t yield a fair trial.

By Charles Scudder, The Dallas Morning News  |  May 26, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Work

Fed Workers Raise Concerns as Trump Pushes to Reopen for Work

Federal workers are worried that they will be forced to return to work before health precautions have been implemented. Government agencies are using different approaches to reopening their offices.

By Nick Wadhams, Bloomberg News  |  May 26, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Next

Pandemic Shifts Focus for Autonomous Vehicle Companies

As COVID-19 has discouraged ride- and car-sharing, companies have shifted their focus to driverless delivery of goods instead of people. Car manufacturers also are increasing their efforts for all-electric vehicles.

By Kalea Hall, The Detroit News  |  May 26, 2020
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Future in Context

Why We Should Be Reading Albert Camus During the Pandemic

The author’s masterpiece, The Plague, will make you think, ask all sorts of Socratic questions of yourself and form resolutions about how you intend to measure your life after getting through this global catastrophe.

By Clay Jenkinson, Editor-at-Large  |  May 26, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

States and Cities Continue Plunge into Financial Black Hole

States face revenue shortfalls exceeding 20 percent. Cities and counties have furloughed hundreds of thousands of workers. Already, public employment has fallen more than during the Great Recession.

By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  May 26, 2020
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