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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 6, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Work

California Bill Would Notify Workers of COVID Exposure

The bill would require employers to promptly notify employees and health officials if one of their workers is exposed to COVID-19. Some believe the existing law does not have clear enough requirements for employers’ reporting.

By Ethan Baron, The Mercury News  |  August 7, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

St. Louis Health Officials Need Contact Tracing Transparency

Many officials are urging greater openness in contact tracing to help combat COVID-19. But as case numbers keep rising, contact tracers are outnumbered, making the data even more difficult to track.

By Bryce Gray, St. Louis Post-Dispatch  |  August 7, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

Thousands of Marylanders Still in ‘Urgent Need’ of Internet

There are approximately 325,000 rural Marylanders and 40 percent of households in Baltimore that can’t access high-speed Internet. While digital equity isn’t a new issue, it’s now urgent as many work and learn from home.

By Alison Knezevich, Lillian Reed and Wilborn P. Nobles III, The Baltimore Sun  |  August 7, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

Why Federal Aid Remains a Tough Sell for States and Localities

President Trump remains opposed to a bailout for "poorly run states." The administration may end up agreeing to help, but warnings about dire spending cuts have not yet prompted action.

By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  August 7, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Next

Legislative Watch: Clearing a Path for the General Election

Voting by mail may have started during the Civil War, but the template for the 2020 general election is being created in real time. Legislators are working to bring clarity to vital details.

By Carl Smith, Senior Staff Writer  |  August 7, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

New Mexico Governor Defends Pandemic Spending to Legislature

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham defended her executive orders allowing up to $30 million in coronavirus response spending after a legislative inquiry questioned her authority to do so. Only $1.1 million has been spent so far.

By Dan Boyd, Albuquerque Journal  |  August 6, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Black, Latino Californians Most Impacted by COVID-19

Two-thirds of Black and Latino voters reported that the virus was a major health threat while less than half of white voters reported the same. And 69 percent of voters agreed that COVID-19 is increasing inequality.

By David Lauter, Los Angeles Times  |  August 6, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

New Orleans Will Pilot Citywide Internet Access Program

While the city’s Wi-Fi service will not be available ahead of this school year, officials hope that it will be ready before next year’s academic schedule. “We are getting closer to closing the digital divide.”

By Jeff Adelson, The Times-Picayune  |  August 6, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

Advocates Want Massachusetts’ Extra $1M for Census Count

The state’s Census fund has more than $1.3 million that hasn’t been spent. Advocates want the money to be spent to encourage hard-to-count communities to participate in the 2020 Census as the Sept. 30 deadline draws near.

By Steph Solis, MassLive.com  |  August 6, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Next

The Need to Institutionalize Government’s Newfound Agility

In responding to COVID-19, governments have been forced to move far more quickly and flexibly. What they've learned will prove invaluable as they prepare for the crises of the future.

By William D. Eggers, Deloitte  |  August 6, 2020
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