The Future of What’s Happening Now
While the state tracks data on job loss, inflation and rising housing costs, it does not include eviction numbers, leading many officials to underestimate the number of renters who need financial aid.
The New Jersey governor declared a new public health emergency just as the previous orders were set to expire. Reinstating the emergency orders will allow current safety measures to stay in place.
The Colorado county election official must agree to the county’s election security protocols before she can resume her duties. Tina Peters has been a supporter of the conspiracy theory that the 2020 election was stolen.
The COVID-19 variant is creating a new round of safety challenges for parents and teachers. Masking can prevent transmission, but some are working to limit its use.
The successes achieved by a Denver program combining housing and supportive services demonstrate what can be achieved — and how to do it without busting city budgets.
Both higher-ranking officers and rank-and-file officers would be held accountable for improper use of force during protests, while the Justice Department would have final approval of body camera policies.
Both chambers of the state’s Legislature have passed a bill that would limit police presence and prohibit electioneering within 100 feet of ballot drop boxes on election day, in an effort to discourage voter intimidation.
Over a third of the new money for transit and other infrastructure needs will be awarded in the form of competitive grants. That means cities with the capacity to draft eye-catching proposals will get the most attention.
A newly enacted California law requires employers with 26 or more workers to pay overtime wages to farmworkers. But many worry that the law will put a financial strain on already struggling farmers, forcing them to cut labor costs.
To curb the introduction of drugs into the prison system, the state has hired a Florida-based firm to scan inmate mail, check it for contraband and then send digital copies of the mail to each prison.
The nation’s four largest cities are among those requesting more leeway to challenge undercounts.
As the market for technology companies serving government has exploded, state and local agencies have never had more options for solutions that fit their specific needs.
With farms, ranches and rural communities facing unprecedented threats, a worrying trend leads to a critical question: Who owns the water?
For populations that rely on social services, getting help has become difficult as the omicron variant spreads rapidly. But Pennsylvania’s York County officials are adjusting their services to distribute aid amid the risk.
The standoff between Chicago’s mayor and teachers’ union is raising issues ranging from the effective use of federal funding to how much we really care about our front-line workers.
A lawsuit and complaints have been filed against the Michigan redistricting commission’s new congressional and state legislative maps, alleging they would diminish Black voting power across the state.
Pennsylvania cannot suspend a person’s driver’s license for refusing to take DUI tests if there are “insurmountable” language barriers that would inhibit understanding.
A report found that the city’s police department only met its response time goal for high-priority calls 46 percent of the time. Fort Worth has the slowest response time goal of Texas’ five largest cities.
More than 300 employees are quarantining due to COVID exposure, stretching the city’s public transit and emergency response staff as they work to keep service schedules normal. The city’s 7-day new case average is 829.
The city native was sworn in on Monday, Jan. 3, 2022, and is Pittsburgh’s 61st mayor. Gainey won voters with his message that former Mayor Peduto hadn’t done enough to balance the city’s growth with inclusivity.
With K-12 bus routes and parent pickup lines getting longer due to a shortage of bus drivers, schools are turning to apps to manage dismissal and transit-related issues, and to provide parents with important updates.
More than 1 in 5 of those tested for COVID-19 last week in Los Angeles County were positive and each infected person is spreading the virus, on average, to two other people. The county had 21,200 new cases on Sunday.
Filibusters do occur in some state legislatures, but they rarely succeed in blocking legislation. Unlike the U.S. Senate, most state legislatures still operate on the Founders’ majoritarian principles.
It’s important to provide efficient services and develop sustainable-wage economies, but it’s crucial to bring residents together in a common bond.
Preliminary CDC data shows that more than 1 in 4 COVID-related deaths in the state occurred since the start of July, when vaccines were easily available. The grand majority of those deaths were of unvaccinated residents.
Election observers would receive city-provided training and a tour of the election center. Mayor Dave Bronson has criticized the proposals, claiming it would reduce election transparency.
After the murder of George Floyd last May, Democrats across the state called for immediate police reform. Now as crime rates increase, many of those same lawmakers are calling for more officers. Can the state have both?
A report from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development found that the city had 28 issues, including insufficient oversight, conflicts of interest and inaccurate documentation, in its administration of federal grants.