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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  |  August 3, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

COVID’s Economic Crisis Has Many Looking to Stockton for Ideas

Last February, Stockton, Calif., began providing 125 of its residents with a monthly payment of $500 as an economic experiment. Now the idea is gaining national traction as lawmakers see the benefits of stimulus payments.

By Laurence du Sault, CalMatters  |  August 3, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

Michigan Prepares for Increased Primary Work with COVID

As voters stay home to avoid COVID-19 risks, the amount of absentee ballots has greatly increased. But election clerks must also prepare in-person precautions for the Tuesday primary. “You have to be prepared for the unknown.”

By Beth LeBlanc, The Detroit News  |  August 3, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

Ohio Courts Technology Upgrades Will Stay Post-Pandemic

Courts across the state made major hardware and software upgrades as the pandemic forced people to stay home and socially distance. After seeing the benefits, many courts will keep the improvements after the pandemic.

By Stephanie Warsmith, Akron Beacon Journal  |  August 3, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

Massachusetts Lawmakers Send $1.8B Tech Bill to Gov. Baker

The Legislature has approved an IT bond bill that aims to improve cybersecurity and technology use in several sectors. The bill includes $50 million for remote learning technology and $20 million for police body cameras.

By Steph Solis, MassLive.com  |  August 3, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Security

Kentucky Officials Slow to Respond to System Data Breach

The fired former director of the unemployment office told lawmakers officials did nothing about a data breach that allowed some people who logged onto the system to see other people’s sensitive information for at least a day.

By Daniel Desrochers, Lexington Herald-Leader  |  July 31, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Maine Police Pull Back Curtain on Secret Intelligence Unit

Following a whistleblower lawsuit alleging illegal spying on citizens and a data breach that exposed thousands of confidential intelligence reports, state police showcased to the media how the center provides assistance.

By Matt Byrne, Portland Press Herald  |  July 31, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Work

Hawaii’s Governor Vetoes Additional Unemployment Insurance

Gov. David Ige vetoed a spending plan that would have added $100 in state weekly unemployment benefits, and hopes Congress comes up with a compromise to continue the $600-a-week federal benefit or something close to it.

By Dan Nakaso, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser  |  July 31, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Next

Legislative Watch: Addressing America's Eviction Crisis

COVID-19 cases are on the rise, and citizens can't shelter in place if they're evicted. Legislators in some states are proposing moratoriums on evictions for as long as a year after the end of the health emergency.

By Carl Smith, Senior Staff Writer  |  July 31, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Why the Police Shouldn’t Be Armed Debt Collectors

Reforms that address police violence against communities of color won't be effective unless we reduce governments' over-reliance on revenue from fines and court fees for minor offenses.

By Ariel Nelson, National Consumer Law Center; Wingo Smith, Southern Poverty Law Center; and Leah Nelson, Alabama Appleseed  |  July 31, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Mr. Speaker: You Have Too Much Power

It shouldn't be surprising to see legislative leaders being accused of corruption. The iron-fisted control many of them have over the legislative process makes for a system ripe for ethical abuse.

By John Tillman, Illinois Policy Institute  |  July 31, 2020
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