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THE FUTURE OF What’s Next Are We Headed for a Hoover 2.0 November Election?

THE FUTURE OF What’s Next

Are We Headed for a Hoover 2.0 November Election?






If state and local governments and their employees become pawns in a Beltway ideological battle, the voting could turn on issues of federalism. And health care could be the issue that creates a tidal wave.


By Girard Miller, Finance Columnist  |  April 30, 2020

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THE FUTURE OF Work

We Need More Investment in Government. Yes, Now.






Only public institutions can cope with an emergency like the coronavirus. Despite intensifying budget pressures, we must rebuild the capacity to respond to the needs of the future.


By Octavia Abell, Govern for America  |  April 30, 2020

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THE FUTURE OF What’s Next

Government’s Innovation Surge Shouldn’t End with the Pandemic






Service improvements that used to take years are now being accomplished in days. The coronavirus crisis has demonstrated that permanent transformation is possible.


By Brian Elms, Change and Innovation Agency  |  April 29, 2020

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THE FUTURE OF Finance

How to Sharpen Our Fiscal Tools to Fund Infrastructure






Everybody wants to rebuild it. Nobody wants to pay for it. But there are plenty of options for planning and financing infrastructure projects that don’t require deficit financing.


By Girard Miller, Finance Columnist  |  April 28, 2020

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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

How Governors, Not Congress, Emerged as Trump’s Main Opposition






During the pandemic, Democratic governors have alternately knocked the president and sought his help. For the opposition party, power in states now provides a base that Congress does not.


By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  April 28, 2020

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In the Arena

Getting Her Hands Dirty: In The Arena with Assembly Member Serena DiMaso






Whether it is a devastating hurricane or global pandemic, Serena DiMaso will be there to lend a helping hand. From the front lines and Assembly floor, DiMaso is constantly working to strengthen and uplift her community.


By Cathilea Robinett  |  April 28, 2020

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THE FUTURE OF Finance

The Governors Need Federal Support, and They Need It Quickly






The Trump administration fears that more federal fiscal aid would be a disincentive for state political leaders to reopen their economies. But they’re as eager as anyone to get people back to work.


By Jack Markell, Former Governor of Delaware  |  April 28, 2020

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300 million

The number of daily participants on Zoom meetings but not the number of daily users, which is what was previously reported by the video conferencing company. “This was genuine oversight on our part.”

THE FUTURE OF Finance

Absent Fed Help, State Budgets Will Be the Worst in Decades






Already, thousands of state and local government workers have been furloughed or laid off. Falling revenues and soaring demand could lead to budget shortfalls of up to 40 percent, making help from Congress crucial.


By Alan Greenblatt, Senior Staff Writer  |  April 27, 2020

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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Across the Nation, Cities Hurry to Get Residents Connected






Cities across the country are trying to get more of their citizens access to the Internet during the COVID-19 crisis, with essential services such as medicine and education moving online as residents stay home.


By Zack Quaintance, Government Technology  |  April 27, 2020

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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Police Are Using Drones for Coronavirus Management






A number of U.S. police departments are using drones as part of their efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19, though public safety agencies differ in the way they employ the emerging technology.


By Jed Pressgrove, Government Technology  |  April 27, 2020

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THE FUTURE OF What’s Next

Coronavirus Case Counts Are Going to Go Up – But that Doesn’t Mean Social Distancing Is a Bust






COVID-19 has a long incubation time, and testing can take days to get results. Don’t let continually rising case numbers make you give up on staying at home.


By Abram Wagner, University of Michigan  |  April 27, 2020

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