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The Biggest Issues to Watch in 2021

State legislatures will have a lot on their plates. They’ll deal with issues in wildly differing ways. We set the context for the 2021 session with an overview of everything from abortion to redistricting.

By Alan Greenblatt, David Kidd, Carl Smith  |  January 19, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF Security

What Does A Biden Presidency Mean for Privacy Policy?

A confluence of social and political pressures is making a comprehensive federal privacy law seem inevitable. The incoming Biden administration could help ensure legislation heads in the right direction.

By Lucas Ropek, Government Technology  |  January 18, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Washington State Uncertain if New COVID Strain Has Arrived

Public officials are nervous about the presence of new strains of the coronavirus and the potential to have yet another spike in case contractions and deaths. But without the proper detection tools, the state can’t do much.

By Sandi Doughton, The Seattle Times  |  January 15, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF Security

SolarWinds Says It’s Closer to Finding Source of Cyberattack

The Austin-based software company at the center of the data breach that impacted hundreds of companies, including several government agencies, continues to find pieces of malware that may have led to the hack.

By Kara Carlson, Austin American-Statesman  |  January 15, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

Kansas Researchers to Help Rural Communities Thrive

Four researchers will focus on the future of food, energy and water in a new project that could help rural communities capitalize on wind energy opportunities.

By Sarah Spicer, The Wichita Eagle  |  January 15, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

Charlotte Approves Transit Expansion Without Much Support

Council members authorized the city manager to move ahead with a “transformational” transit and mobility plan. But concerns have been raised that the project will strain a community that’s already been ravaged by COVID-19.

By Allison Kuznitz, The Charlotte Observer  |  January 15, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

Biden’s $1.9T Plan Includes Billions in State and Local Aid

The stimulus package would include funding for production and distribution of COVID vaccines, $1,400 checks for Americans and expanded unemployment benefits. Many are eager for the relief, despite the large price tag.

By Janet Hook and David Lauter, Los Angeles Times  |  January 15, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

Could States Cash in on the Cryptocurrency Craze?

Working together to create their own alternative to Bitcoin and its copycats could be a way to generate value, at no initial cost, for struggling pension funds. Madisons, anyone?

By Girard Miller, Finance Columnist  |  January 19, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

How California’s Budget Depends on Staggering Wealth Gap

The state’s progressive tax structure is reaping billions from the wealthiest to fund the state’s safety net. But it also reveals how the pandemic has widened the economic gulf for millions of Californians — more than the rest of the country.

By Jackie Botts, CalMatters  |  January 18, 2021
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Blacks in State Legislatures: A State-by-State Map

Just under 10 percent of the nearly 7,500 legislators serving in America’s state houses are Black, and only 13 are Republicans.

By Carl Smith, Senior Staff Writer  |  January 15, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

What We Need to Do for Young Victims of Sex Trafficking

Children and teenagers need particularly specialized treatment, but what residential programs that exist help only a tiny fraction of victims. Interstate cooperation could make a difference.

By Timothy Head, Faith and Freedom Coalition  |  January 15, 2021
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