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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Public Transit Gets Fiscal Shot from the American Rescue Plan

Even with $30.5 billion to help it dig out of a huge financial hole, public transit's future remains unsettled as commuters and workers change their work patterns. Will ridership return to normal?

By David Kidd, Photojournalist and Storyteller  |  April 7, 2021
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San Francisco May Ban City-Paid Travel to Georgia

The California city has proposed a ban on paid travel for city employees to states with restrictive voting laws. The city already prohibits paid travel to states that restrict LGBTQ rights and abortion access.

By Mallory Moench, San Francisco Chronicle  |  April 6, 2021
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Nevada Proposes Technology Taskforce to Diversify Business

State Sen. Pat Spearman’s proposed legislation would create an Emerging Technologies Task Force that would focus on bringing new blockchain technology, robotics and artificial intelligence businesses to the state.

By John Sadler, Las Vegas Sun  |  April 6, 2021
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California Proposes Plan for an Extensive Fracking Ban

Legislators have proposed a ban on a series of oil extraction methods, including hydraulic fracking, as well as a well-operation buffer zone. But with Gavin Newsom facing recall, some worry the bill may get shut down.

By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times  |  April 5, 2021
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The Continuing Perversity of Civil Asset Forfeiture

In too many places, law enforcement can still seize cash or property without proving a crime. States have begun to enact protections, but there's more that policymakers can do to rein in policing for profit.

By David Safavian, American Conservative Union  |  April 5, 2021
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Many Texans Frustrated as Officials Make Voting Harder

Several bills have been proposed by the state Legislature that would restrict voting times, discourage absentee voting and may deter poll workers from volunteering, which could significantly impact voter participation.

By Eleanor Dearman, Fort Worth Star-Telegram  |  April 2, 2021
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Biden’s Spending Plan Requires Increased Government Role

The multitrillion-dollar plan addresses infrastructure, education and health care and could reduce poverty rates and income inequality. But many expect it will face heavy challenges in Congress.

By Don Lee, Los Angeles Times  |  April 1, 2021
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California Expands Vaccine Eligibility; Can Supply Keep Up?

Californians aged 50 years and older are now eligible to receive the COVID vaccine, and in two weeks the eligibility will expand again to everyone 16 years and older. Officials worry the demand will outpace the supply.

By Colleen Shalby, Hayley Smith and Laura J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times  |  April 1, 2021
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An Essential Ingredient for Getting Infrastructure Done: Pork

It's been a decade since earmarks in congressional appropriations were mostly ended. A little pork-barrel spending could get Congress' wheels turning again.

By Donald F. Kettl, Federalism Columnist  |  April 1, 2021
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California Continues Reopening in Face of Fourth Surge

The CDC recently warned of an impending fourth wave of coronavirus cases; the next day California announced further reopenings. Some are worried that the state will slide backward while others are cautiously optimistic.

By Hayley Smith and Luke Money, Los Angeles Times  |  March 31, 2021
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Will States Resist Fresh Billions for Medicaid Expansion?

The stimulus increases the federal matching rate and offers other incentives to encourage holdout states to expand Medicaid. Most of the holdouts will still take a pass.

By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  March 31, 2021
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