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  • How 5 Words Shifted $5 Billion Dollars (ARPA Aid to Small Towns Part II)
    In Part I we showed that the decision to allocate non-entitlement unit (NEU) funding based on the non-metro population rather than the NEU population led states with large unincorporated populations (like Nevada and California) to receive more funding per NEU resident than other states with no one living in unincorporated areas (like New York and Massachusetts). In fact, the original […]
  • Civilytics’ Comments on the State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds Interim Final Rule
    We are planning to submit the following comments about the U.S. Treasury’s Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds administrative rule. Comments on administrative rules are an important part of the lawmaking process, giving the public the opportunity to be heard on important administrative details that agencies must resolve to carry out the language of an enacted law, in this […]
  • ARPA Aid to Small Towns
    Treasury divided this $19.53B evenly among states based on their non-metropolitan population, as directed by the legislation. But the aid only goes to “non-entitlement units.” In many states, a substantial share of the population lives in unincorporated areas so “non-metro population” ≠ “non-entitlement population” in many states.The seemingly small decision about how to count the population this aid is targeted toward has a big impact on how much aid towns across the country will ultimately receive.
  • Arrests in schools and what you can do
    In this edition of the Civic Pulse you’ll find: Arrests in schools and what we can do to reduce them, Urban Institute’s Education Data Explorer, updates on ARPA, our new website, and more.
  • How the Geography of Policing Affects Your Life
    In this edition of the Civic Pulse, you’ll find: ideas for effective ways to use your community’s ARPA aid, a behind-the-scenes look at our longer-term work on the geography of policing, exciting grassroots research reports on policing and safety in Oakland and Phoenix, and more.
  • 5 Impactful Ways Cities Could Spend Their ARPA Aid
    The American Rescue Plan provides large direct payments to local governments to address the fallout from the COVID-19 global pandemic and its economic ramifications. Here are five ideas for impactful ways cities could spend this aid.
  • How the American Rescue Plan Affects Your Community
    In this edition of the Civic Pulse, you’ll find: estimates for how much $ local governments will receive through the American Rescue Plan, an intro to Tableau’s new Racial Equity Data Hub, an intro to Civilytics’ first hire, and more.