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THE FUTURE OF What’s Next

Legislators Battle Whether to Restrict or Expand Voting

In the aftermath of the 2020 election, voting rights are on the minds of legislators who have introduced hundreds of bills that either restrict or expand how voters can cast their ballots.

By Carl Smith, Senior Staff Writer  |  March 3, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

The Year of Governors Living Dangerously

They’ve been in the spotlight over the last 12 months as Washington bucked responsibility to the states. Now many of them are facing harsh critics and challenges to their power.

By Donald F. Kettl, Federalism Columnist  |  March 3, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

The Myth of ‘Unnecessary’ Federal Aid to State and Local Governments

It's premised on a highly selective interpretation of lagging data, along with narrow assumptions of need.

By Amanda Kass, Government Finance Research Center, and Philip Rocco, Marquette University  |  March 3, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

The Blind Struggle to Access Some COVID Vaccine Websites

Many COVID vaccine websites across the nation violate disability rights laws, blocking blind people from signing up or receiving information. In at least seven states, blind residents were unable to register without assistance.

By Lauren Weber and Hannah Recht, Kaiser Health News  |  March 2, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

Colorado Pushes Shift to EVs to Counteract Climate Change

While officials hope to see 940,000 EVs on roads by 2030, it is estimated that 1 million drivers will need to switch to EVs to achieve the state’s greenhouse reduction goals. Currently there are 33,654 EVs on Colorado’s roads.

By Bruce Finley, The Denver Post  |  March 2, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Florida Filters Public COVID Data While Virus Takes a Toll

Gov. Ron DeSantis and his administration continue to claim complete transparency when it comes to the state’s COVID data and response, but many researchers are unable to get any kind of robust look at the state’s numbers.

By Mary Ellen Klas, The Miami Herald  |  March 1, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

National Funding Helps Bankroll Effort to Recall Gov. Newsom

What began locally a year ago, has grabbed the attention and support of the national Republican Party, national conservative leaders, and according to state records, more than 240 people from outside California.

By Lara Korte and Sophia Bollag, The Sacramento Bee  |  March 1, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

Pandemic Reinforces Washington’s Need for Public Health Funding

For years, the state’s Department of Health had urged lawmakers and Gov. Inslee to increase funding for public health programs. Now, the coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the need for better fiscal support.

By Joseph O'Sullivan, The Seattle Times  |  March 1, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF Security

States Increase Cybersecurity After Hackers Exploit Pandemic

Cybercriminals have stolen billions in fraudulent unemployment benefit claims, have crashed websites and stolen personal data. Now, states are fighting back with greater protections.

By Jenni Bergal, Stateline.org  |  March 1, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

Kansas Lawmakers Already Have Plans for COVID Relief Funds

GOP lawmakers want to use the estimated $1.6 billion that the state will receive from the federal relief package to fund $500 million in tax cuts, the unemployment insurance fund and teacher bonuses.

By Katie Bernard, The Kansas City Star  |  March 1, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

Why Infrastructure Needs a Bottom-Up Bipartisan Push Now

It’s the only way to get a bill out of Congress before the fall, given the imperative to get COVID relief done first. Governors and mayors need to understand that it’s a game of chess, not checkers.

By Girard Miller, Finance Columnist  |  March 2, 2021
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