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Maybe you'll never go back

Big corporations are finally bringing their employees back to the office after more than two years of pandemic-induced telework, but many state governments are still allowing their people to work remotely most of the time. In Connecticut, there’s a pilot project underway to see if certain IT employees can keep working from home every day, even as other state offices lurch back to life. State CIO Mark Raymond told StateScoop yesterday that his agency is in the middle of a six-month test period with some IT staff up to 100% remote work, with those workers only coming into the office for "intentional, in-office interactions where needed." Benjamin Freed reports.

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Saved by the pen

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb on Wednesday vetoed a last-minute bill that he said would’ve threatened $154 million in funding for broadband infrastructure projects across the state. The bill have required all broadband projects receiving a grant or loan from the state to undergo additional reviews before being distributed, adding a barrier that could've slowed or completely stopped projects launched under a $500 million economic-development fund. Colin Wood has details.

North Carolina formalizes cybersecurity task force

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper this week signed an executive order formalizing the North Carolina Joint Cybersecurity Task Force. The four-year-old incident-response program draws on state, local and military personnel to react to breaches, ransomware attacks and other incidents. Cooper's order also encouraged critical-infrastructure operators in the state to work with the task force when necessary and to disclose major incidents to the state. Ben has details.

Delaware spends $56 million on broadband-for-all effort

Delaware Gov. John Carney and Chief Information Officer Jason Clarke on Thursday announced a $56 million investment that represents the first phase of a project to deliver high-speed internet to every home and business in the state. The funding, which will see major ISPs expand their coverage areas, is part of a $110 million program funded by the American Rescue Plan and the last year's infrastructure law. Read more.

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