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Reopening the Economy Under COVID-19: States Plot a Way Back

(UPDATED DAILY) Governing is building a 50-state map to visualize the changes underway to declare states “Open for Business” even as the coronavirus remains at large across the country.

By Carl Smith, Ben Miller and Paul W. Taylor  |  May 22, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

Alaska Finally Connects to Lower 48 with Overland Cable

The first overland fiber-optic cable is finally completed, connecting Alaska to the lower 48 states. The 480-mile, international cable is expected to provide more dependable high-speed Internet and phone service.

By James Brooks, Alaska Dispatch News  |  May 27, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

Nevada’s Lady Justice Has Been Keeping Watch for 143 Years

The figure personifies the moral force of our judicial systems and has been represented as blind since the 16th century. But that’s not the case with the Storey County Courthouse, located in Virginia City.

By David Kidd, Photojournalist and Storyteller  |  May 28, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

3 Arguments for Federal Aid to State and Local Governments

Without funding to offset plunging revenues and exploding health-care spending, the downturn will be deeper and recovery will take longer. Now is the time for state and local leaders to make their case.

By Raymond Scheppach, former National Governors Association Executive Director  |  May 28, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

DeKalb Admits Error, Says No Interference with Decision

DeKalb, Ga., officials acknowledged an error in the documents that were related to a $61 million sewer contract, but said the mistake had no impact on the final decision. This wasn’t the first mishap with the contract.

By Tyler Estep, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution  |  May 27, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

Miami Prepares for $19M Shortfall, Stops Hiring and Repairs

Miami, Fla., will undergo a citywide hiring freeze and will postpone stadium repairs in anticipation of the budget shortfall created by the COVID-19 crisis. The city hopes the budget cuts are enough to avoid furloughs.

By Joey Flechas, Miami Herald  |  May 27, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Work

State Workers: Volunteer or Be Reassigned to Virus Response

California needs 10,000 workers to act as contact tracers, but it has only trained about 950. Gov. Newsom has said if state workers don’t volunteer to be contact tracers, they might be temporarily reassigned to the job.

By Wes Venteicher, The Sacramento Bee  |  May 27, 2020
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Assessments

Will COVID-19 End the Downtown Comeback? Don't Bet on It.

The factors that led to the revival of our city centers will still be there in the aftermath of the coronavirus shutdown: low crime, a craving for entertainment and the desire for physical proximity.

By Alan Ehrenhalt, Senior Editor  |  May 27, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Work

Staffing Issues Complicate Unemployment Agency Tech Woes

Because some unemployment insurance cases require human intervention, even states with updated technology can barely keep up with the surge of unemployment insurance claims caused by COVID-19.

By Jed Pressgrove, Government Technology  |  May 27, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

Texas Governor Criticized Over $295M Contact Tracing Deal

Gov. Abbott awarded a multimillion-dollar contract to a little-known technology company without much legislative oversight. Legislators on both sides are concerned about transparency and citizen protection.

By Jay Root and Jeremy Blackman, Houston Chronicle  |  May 26, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Community Design

Texas County Tests Remote Jury Trials, with Some Hesitations

Collin County used a mundane civil case to test the feasibility of video conferencing future trials where the jury worked entirely from home. However, lawyers are concerned that a video wouldn’t yield a fair trial.

By Charles Scudder, The Dallas Morning News  |  May 26, 2020
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