September 4, 2020

September 4, 2020

Top News

  • McConnell Raises Doubts on Congress Getting New Stimulus Done. Bloomberg News
  • Marijuana, discrimination bills on House’s September agenda, CR expected to avert shutdown. Roll Call
  • Trump’s still losing big — and four other takeaways from post-convention polls. Politico
  • When is the first presidential debate? September 29. Vox
  • Biden meets Blake family in visit to Kenosha; Trump holds rally in Pennsylvania. Washington Post
  • The nation’s cartoonists on the week in politics. Politico

Energy & Natural Resources

  • Trump Will Roll Back More Regulations if Re-Elected, EPA Chief Says. Wall Street Journal
  • Electric Grid Investment on Track to Fall $208 Billion Short Over Next Decade, Civil Engineers Say. Route Fifty
  • A greenway is more than just a pretty park — it’s a catalyst for change. SmartCitiesDive

Indian Affairs

  • The erasure of Indigenous people in U.S. COVID-19 data. High Country News
  • IN BRIEF: Sierra Club, tribes grow number of lawsuits over CWA rollback. Reuters
  • To Manage Wildfire, California Looks To What Tribes Have Known All Along. NPR


  • U.S. Unemployment Rate Fell to 8.4% in August as Hiring Continued. Wall Street Journal
  • Initial jobless claims fall 130,000 to 881,000, but drop tied to change in statistical method. MarketWatch
  • Wages and GDP lost due to COVID-19 school closures. Brookings Institution
  • For music industry and magic shows, new exemptions from California’s AB 5. LA Times
  • How Local Governments Navigate Covid-19 Budget Shortfalls. Route Fifty

Taxation & Trade

  • The Payroll Tax Delay Is Here, But So Is Confusion About It. NPR
  • Can the Fed Help Ease State and Local Fiscal Distress? Governing
  • White House orders review aimed at blocking federal funding from places administration labels ‘anarchist jurisdictions.’ Washington Post
  • U.S. Trade Deficit Widest Since 2008 in July as Imports Outpaced Exports. Wall Street Journal
  • Fed policymakers signal comfort with higher inflation. Reuters


  • U.S. Scooter Ridership Surged in 2019. Now What? Bloomberg CityLab
  • Digital County Winners Invested Long Before Pandemic. Governing
  • Daimler takes deliberate approach to driverless trucks. FreightWaves
  • Pandemic has expedited digitization of government services: survey. SmartCitiesDive
  • Facebook to limit last-minute political ads before U.S. elections, label premature victory claims. Reuters

Transportation & Infrastructure

  • Critical deadlines loom for highways, airlines and transit. Roll Call
  • Public Transit and the Postal Service Have the Same Problem. Bloomberg CityLab
  • States Eyeing Gas Tax Hikes Due to COVID-19. ForConstructionPros
  • New Federal Eviction Moratorium Covers Most Renters Through the End of the Year. Route Fifty

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