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Reopening the Economy Under COVID-19: Tracking Containment

All states have begun phased reopening. An updated version of an earlier Governing resource page provides new maps that offer instant insight into progress toward COVID-19 containment in each state.

By Carl Smith and Ben Miller  |  September 25, 2020
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Michigan Avoids Major Cuts, Approves $62.8 Billion Budget

Due to federal funding, the state avoided the severe budget cuts that many feared at the height of the pandemic several months ago. The budget allocates nearly $18 billion for education and awaits Gov. Whitmer’s signature.

By Lauren Gibbons, MLive.com  |  September 24, 2020
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Last-Minute $5 Million Relieves State’s Election Pressures

Gov. McMaster approved purchasing electronic poll books after South Carolina officials spent days looking for alternative ways to streamline voter check-in. Now, election clerks can begin distribution and training for November.

By Caitlin Byrd, The State  |  September 24, 2020
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Florida Considers Law Changes to Prevent ‘Violent Assemblies’

Legislation has been proposed that would implement nearly a dozen changes to state laws regarding protests, including charging protesters with a third degree felony if they obstruct traffic during an unpermitted protest.

By Zac Anderson, Sarasota Herald-Tribune  |  September 24, 2020
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On the Front Lines with the Sioux Falls Public Health Director

It’s the biggest city in South Dakota and when COVID-19 hit a local meat packing plant, Jill Franken had her hands full with a major public health crisis and the stress that goes with it.

By David Kidd, Photojournalist and Storyteller  |  September 24, 2020
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Washington State Lawmakers Grapple with Policing Changes

Legislators are talking with researchers in policing policy to develop new ideas, but finding answers on what to do is difficult because there is little data available. One initiative, decertification, is quite rare.

By Laurel Demkovich, The Spokesman-Review  |  September 23, 2020
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Pennsylvania: Add Phones to the Fight and Download COVID App

Gov. Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Levine announced the launch of the contact tracing app COVID Alert PA earlier this week and hope residents will work towards a common good of stopping the spread of COVID-19.

By Brian Myszkowski, Pocono Record  |  September 23, 2020
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The Future of Farming Relies on Internet Connectivity

During a recent National Telecommunications and Information Administration webinar, experts dissected the economic potential of and roadblocks to precision agriculture technology in rural America.

By Jed Pressgrove, Government Technology  |  September 24, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Work

Uber, Lyft Face Uphill Struggle for Gig-Worker Votes

A recent poll showed that only 39 percent of likely voters would approve California’s Proposition 22, which aims to keep gig workers as independent contractors instead of full-time employees.

By Taryn Luna, Los Angeles Times  |  September 23, 2020
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Counting Michigan’s Mail-In Ballots Could Take a Week

As absentee ballot numbers increase and laws prohibit the early opening and processing of mail-in ballots, election officials are suggesting it could take up to a week after Election Day to reveal the winners.

By Zahra Ahmad, MLive.com  |  September 23, 2020
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The Forgotten Meaning of ‘We the People’

Our democratic experiment in self-governing is on trial. In government at all levels, we need to get back to the place envisioned by our Constitution's fathers, however flawed they might have been.

By Jabari Simama, Government and Education Columnist  |  September 23, 2020
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