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The next several years will likely see an unprecedented level of spending in many of Justice40’s covered areas. Ensuring these investments advance racial equity will require concerted efforts from federal, state, and local leaders.
Amid High Inflation and Rising Interest Rates, the Federal Government Will Soon Spend More on Interest Payments than KidsHigh inflation, rising interest rates, and falling investments in children mean the federal government is projected to spend more on interest payments on the national debt than children by 2024. What Are the Promises and Pitfalls of Blockchain for Local Governments?As more local and state governments experiment with blockchain technologies, policymakers should consider both the potential benefits and risks when it comes to equity. Three Ways Congress Can Ensure a Little-Known CHIPS Act Program Benefits Rural CommunitiesA small program buried in over a thousand pages of legislation offers rural communities the opportunity for economic development. Policymakers have a few options to ensure it actually benefits rural areas. Four Ways Local Leaders Can Simultaneously Advance Racial Equity and Address the Climate CrisisThe next several years will likely see an unprecedented level of spending in many of Justice40’s covered areas. Ensuring these investments advance racial equity will require concerted efforts from federal, state, and local leaders. Five Lessons from the Aftermath of Hurricane Maria for Communities Preparing for Climate MigrationFive years on from Hurricane Maria’s devastation in Puerto Rico, new research indicates five lessons for municipalities to prepare for an influx of climate migrants because of ever-worsening environmental disasters. What the Inflation Reduction Act Did, and Didn’t Do, for Sustainable TransportationBuilding an environmentally sustainable transportation system requires policies that reduce dependence on automobiles—even electric ones.