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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

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 4, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Work

Michigan May Not Recover 1 Million Lost Jobs Until 2023

Latest unemployment figures show the state has recovered about 500,000 jobs so far. While some industries have mostly rebounded, others, like government, travel and education, still struggle.

By Gus Burns, MLive.com  |  August 4, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

California Continues Work to Ensure Full Census Count

The focus has been on ensuring hard-to-count neighborhoods are included in the 2020 Census. But now wealthy neighborhoods aren’t responding due to COVID-19. Census workers have until Sept. 30 to get the full count.

By Sarah Parvini, Los Angeles Times  |  August 4, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Security

Maine’s Biggest City Decides to Ban Facial Recognition Tech

After months of delay, the Portland city council voted unanimously to ban use of facial recognition technology. The ordinance will begin in 30 days. The police say they have no intention of using it.

By Randy Billings, Portland Press Herald  |  August 4, 2020
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In the Arena

Sharon Greenberger Fights for New York as YMCA President, CEO

As president and CEO of the New York YMCA, Sharon Greenberger is constantly working to make New York a healthier, happier community. Now she uses her decades of experience to transform The Y into a place of hope amid COVID-19.

By Cathilea Robinett  |  August 4, 2020
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Assessments

The Wildly Improbable Public Life of Jerry Brown

Over a half-century in office — and running for office — this man of paradox broke virtually every rule in the politico's rulebook. Californians loved him for it.

By Alan Ehrenhalt, Senior Editor  |  August 4, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Navajo Nation: A Trip to the Top of Gray Mountain

Phillip Yellow makes the treacherous drive every day, carrying 500 gallons of water up the mountain to a plot of land that’s been in the family for years. “We’ve been here quite a while.”

By David Kidd, Photojournalist and Storyteller  |  August 4, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

The State and Local Stake in a Federal Digital-Commerce Tax

Europe is heading in that direction. If the idea begins to catch on here, states and localities will need to be at the federalism policymaking table to share in the revenues.

By Girard Miller, Finance Columnist  |  August 4, 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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