June 20, 2011 By Wayne Hanson from News Reports
Missouri Gov. Vetos Voter-ID and Early-Voting
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Friday vetoed legislation that would have required voters to show photo identification at the polls and allowed some ballots to be cast before Election Day. Kansas City Star
New Green Women's Jail
Solar panels on the white rooftop of Nashville’s newest jail — a hulking concrete building on Harding Place — face south to consume as much sun as they can. The new Metro building is Tennessee’s first LEED-certified, green detention center, slated to house female inmates for the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office in September. Corrections Corporation of America will run it. Tennessean
How Many Households Are Like Yours?
Interactive graphics of different kinds of American households, from census data. New York Times
County Reduced Homelessness by 16 Percent During Recession
Fairfax County, Va.-- along with the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church -- doesn’t want to just manage homelessness by assisting families and individuals as they fall on hard times. They want to end homelessness. And since 2008, when homelessness numbers were on the rise and the economy was sinking, Fairfax has actually reduced its overall homeless population by nearly 16 percent and its homeless families by 19 percent. Washington Post
County Loses Thousands in Tax-Refund Scam
The Harris County Tax Office may have lost more than $350,000 to a fraud scam in which tax overpayment refunds were claimed by people not entitled to the money. Assessor-Collector Don Sumners reported that the potential loss to his office is $356,629 from issuing as many as 17 checks from December 2009 through October 2010. The claims were made for tax years 2006, 2007 and 2008. Houston Chronicle
This Digital Communities white paper highlights discussions with IT officials in four counties that have adopted shared services models. Our aim was to learn about the obstacles these governments have faced when it comes to shared services and what it takes to overcome those roadblocks. We also spoke with several members of the IT industry who have thought long and hard about these issues. The paper offers some best practices for shared government-to-government services, but also points out challenges that government and industry still must overcome before this model gains widespread adoption.