A Tribute to Justice Ginsburg from a State and Local Government Perspective

History will remember Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as a glass ceiling smasher, a feminist, a liberal, a dissenter, and an icon. States and local governments will also remember something subtler about her, which was more visible in the Court’s lower profile cases. And that was her pragmatism. Perhaps the most important case for states and

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Engaging Leaders Voices: New Visions of Public Safety

By Clarence Anthony The last few months have been challenging in many ways. From the devastating impact of COVID to wildfires, hurricanes, and social uprisings. Since the murder of George Floyd, more than 2,000 cities have erupted in protests and uprisings to draw attention to the brutal killings of Black individuals at the hands of

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Q&A with HELO President David Luna

This week marks the beginning of Hispanic/Latinx History Month, a month that celebrates the independence of many Latin American countries and the history, culture and achievements of Latinos and Afro-Latinos. In this unprecedented year, many communities including Latinos are being disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 with grave economic and health outcomes. As cities and towns face

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How Miami-Dade Catered to Older Adults Needs During COVID-19

Miami-Dade County, Florida, is home to 2.7 million people, 17 percent of whom are 65 or older. A member of the  AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities  since 2016, the county’s age-friendly effort is called the  Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Initiative.  The Challenge  “Early on, we recognized the importance of addressing the rising social isolation and food insecurity

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Cities Face $14 Billion Funding Gap for Spending on Housing

Long before the COVID-19 pandemic, America’s cities were experiencing a crisis in housing, with residents increasingly having to pay more for insufficient housing while wages remain largely stagnant. The COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated America’s housing problem. Now cities are having to fund immediate needs, including shelters, mortgage and rental assistance, and eviction diversion programs

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Ensuring Food for Everyone in Boston

A city of nearly 700,000 people (about 11 percent of whom are 65 or older), Boston, Massachusetts, joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities in 2014. Its age-friendly effort is led by two groups, and The city’s Age Strong Commission, through it’s Age-Friendly Boston leads Boston’s age-friendly effort.   The Challenge  “The most pressing concern for Boston has

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How Cities Can Support a Safer Return to Vital Instructional Aquatics

The COVID-19 pandemic has created unimaginable challenges for public health professionals and policymakers in states and municipalities across the country. Their continued efforts and sacrifices are commendable as they navigate difficult decisions regarding if and when various businesses can reopen to the public. The aquatics community is respectfully imploring decision makers to prioritize opening publicly-owned

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The Impact of the Looming Eviction Cliff on School-age Youth

With the school year beginning in cities, towns and villages across the country, the recent eviction moratorium order from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers a cautious moment of relief for vulnerable households at risk of eviction. Roughly 14.3 million renter households contain children under the age of 18, and the looming eviction

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Federal Aid for Local Government Operations is Necessary to Safeguard Health, Security, and Mobility

Senate Majority Emergency Aid Proposal Was Out of Step with Economists, Local Leaders, and Public Opinion On Thursday, the Senate defeated Majority Leader McConnell’s (R-KY) proposed $500 billion emergency aid package. Regrettably, NLC could not support the emergency aid proposal because it fell far short of providing the resources that states and localities need to stabilize budgets, manage cases of COVID-19, and restore economic activity. By failing to provide any indication of what the Senate Leader would consider an acceptable

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