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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 5, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

The Misguided Rush to Throw the School Doors Open

With the COVID-19 pandemic raging across much of America, a return to full-scale classroom instruction poses too grave a risk to students, teachers, school staff, parents and their communities.

By Jabari Simama, Government and Education Columnist  |  August 6, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Work

Firm Gets $135M and Second Chance for State Website Overhaul

In 2013, Deloitte was paid $40 million to overhaul Florida’s unemployment system. In March, the system failed immediately. Now, the state is paying Deloitte $135 million to take on the state Medicaid system.

By Kirby Wilson and Lawrence Mower, Tampa Bay Times  |  August 5, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Tech Issues Have Hindered California’s COVID Case Counting

A technological glitch in the electronic data system used by the state’s health departments could be hampering California’s ability to track COVID-19 cases. Officials are uncertain as to when the issue will be resolved.

By Aidin Vaziri, San Francisco Chronicle  |  August 5, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Work

Oregon Now Pays Costs of Ignored Unemployment System

State officials were reminded repeatedly of the outdated unemployment system through several audits, but continued to ignore the issue. Now COVID-19 is forcing the state to deal with the antiquated system.

By Mike Rogoway and Hillary Borrud, The Oregonian  |  August 5, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Minnesota Voters Sue Governor over Polling Place Mask Mandate

A group of voters have sued Tim Walz and other officials over the governor’s mandate, requiring people to wear masks when they vote in-person for next week’s primary. This is the 11th challenge to the state’s COVID-19 rules.

By Jessie Van Berkel, Star Tribune  |  August 5, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Support for Housing the Homeless Continues as COVID Rages

Federal money and innovative housing-first programs have provided much needed support for the nation’s half-million homeless. But with the pandemic continuing, helping this vulnerable population will remain a challenge.

By Carl Smith, Senior Staff Writer  |  August 5, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Work

Data Shows Where Government Work Has Grown, Decreased

Which states have shed the most public employees? Which have added the most? And what types of jobs are leading the pack? New numbers from the Census Bureau help to illustrate the big picture.

By Ben Miller, Government Technology  |  August 5, 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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