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Carl Smith  |  Senior Staff Writer

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THE FUTURE OF Work

Government Falls into a Recession and Job Cuts Soar

The last recession pummeled the government workforce. Now, the pandemic has hit and once again, layoffs have become a fact of life. But not every state and local government is cutting jobs to stanch revenue losses.

June 3, k彩平台
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Legislative Watch: The Cannabis Industry in the Age of COVID

Whether used for medical reasons or recreation, cannabis is a multibillion-dollar industry that could play a role in a post-pandemic recovery. Legislators have been addressing regulatory details.

May 29, k彩平台
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Legislative Watch: Can Tracing Help Health and Privacy?

Bills that address contact tracing take aim at the costs related to testing and tracking COVID-19 infections as states reopen. Others tackle privacy concerns and ensuring tracer workers reflect community diversity.

May 22, k彩平台
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Legislative Watch: New School Year Is a Tough Assignment

Public schools face a litany of problems relating to COVID-19 that include significant drops in funding, distribution issues for school lunch programs, lack of broadband access and bus driver protection.

May 15, k彩平台
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States Need to Hire More COVID-19 Contact Tracers

Currently, the country has hired just a fraction of the contact tracers needed to contain the spread of the coronavirus and help the economy return to life. Experts say a national workforce is needed.

May 12, k彩平台
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Legislative Watch: Pandemic Fuels Growth of Telemedicine

COVID-19 has accelerated demand for telemedicine services. Recently, state legislatures have introduced bills that provide remedies for issues such as reimbursement and credentialing that have slowed implementation.

May 8, k彩平台
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Legislative Watch: Reducing the Tax Burden for Everyone

Despite a huge drop in revenues, states are taking some measures to relieve pressure on taxpayers and have introduced bills that extend filing deadlines, remove penalties and limit certain liabilities for now.

May 1, k彩平台
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Legislative Watch: Green Power, Firearms, John Prine

Despite widespread disruption to session calendars, state legislators still find time to address matters other than the pandemic, an illustration of how the wheels of democracy keep turning.

April 24, k彩平台
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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.

May 22, k彩平台
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Leaders from special districts in California, Illinois and New Jersey, with widely varied responsibilities, talk about maintaining operations, as well as functioning remotely, during the pandemic.

April 23, k彩平台

THE FUTURE OF What’s Next

The k彩平台 Elections: Is America Ready to Vote by Mail?

The pandemic has raised concerns about keeping this year’s voting process healthy and safe. Allowing voters to send in their ballots by mail could be the answer, but it will be costly and some worry about potential fraud.

April 20, k彩平台
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Legislative Watch: Rethinking the Limits on Absentee Ballots

The need to protect public health in the remaining primary elections, and uncertainty about the state of the coronavirus pandemic in November, are forcing legislators to consider changes to voting guidelines.

April 17, k彩平台
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America’s Largest Municipal Utility Invests in Move from Coal to Hydrogen Power

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is pursuing a goal of 100 percent renewable energy by including the world’s first utility-scale hydrogen power plant in its energy mix.

April 15, k彩平台
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Legislative Watch: Extending Relief During the Pandemic

State lawmakers continue to address wide-ranging consequences of the pandemic with bills that focus on various remedies to the financial burden on workers and their families placed by government work restrictions.

April 10, k彩平台
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Legislative Watch: The Rise of Drones During the Pandemic

The range of applications for unmanned aerial vehicles has grown in recent years and, with COVID-19, their purpose could cross into more sensitive areas, such as security and surveillance, according to research.

April 3, k彩平台
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How a County Is Managing a Marijuana Green Rush from Space

Using satellite imagery, California's Humboldt County has found an effective way to deal with unpermitted and illegal cannabis-cultivation operations and reduce their environmental impact.

March 30, k彩平台
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Legislative Watch: Responding to the Coronavirus Pandemic

State legislatures have introduced more than 200 bills relating to COVID-19 since the beginning of the year to address public health issues only government can handle. Here’s our rundown.

March 27, k彩平台
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Legislative Watch: Paper Files, Bots and Deepfakes

State lawmakers are tackling new digital threats to elections and public trust by banning voting bots and criminalizing deepfakes; meanwhile, in New Jersey, a legislator wants to bring an end to paper records.

March 20, k彩平台
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Election Meltdown: How to Ensure Voting Integrity in k彩平台

Richard L. Hasen, one of the nation’s leading experts on election law and campaign finance regulation, talks about what state and local officials can do to reduce potential abuses and disruptions during the k彩平台 election.

March 19, k彩平台
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California’s 'Salad Bowl' Recharges Depleted Aquifer

A multi-partner water recycling project is helping Monterey, Calif., stabilize and replenish its dwindling groundwater supply. The project could serve as a model for shrinking aquifers in other regions of the country.

March 9, k彩平台
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What States Can Do to Improve Broadband Access

New research from Pew Charitable Trusts points to the need for involvement from all levels of government to help close a digital divide that has left 21 million Americans without broadband access.

March 5, k彩平台
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5G Explained: What Government Leaders Should Know

The newest generation in wireless networking represents a major boost in both capacity and speed, opening the door to transformative public services. But the technology is both costly and controversial even as states and localities begin to legislate and regulate around 5G.

February 14, k彩平台
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Will EV Adoption Become California’s Next Economic Engine?

A new study details dramatic economic benefits and large cuts in carbon emissions for California from the impact of electric vehicles over the next 10 years. Other states can profit from the lessons learned.

February 12, k彩平台
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Lack of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations a Growing Concern

High costs, driven by permitting, building code and regulatory red tape, could hamper growth of stations needed to power the EV market, but some states and localities are starting to change the status quo.

January 30, k彩平台
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The Battle Over Technology and Energy Consumption

Insatiable demands for data have triggered startling projections on how much electricity is consumed to power the Internet. But technology itself — along with strategic regulations — could keep our energy needs in check.

January 28, k彩平台
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California Farms Launch Nation’s Largest Dairy Biogas Project

Farms from the state's Central Valley have teamed up with Southern California Gas to convert cow manure into renewable natural gas, in response to a 2016 state law to reduce dairy greenhouse emissions by 30 percent.

January 21, k彩平台
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