AXIOS November 22, 2021
The No. 1 concern of U.S. mayors about the long-term consequences of the pandemic is their residents’ mental health, followed closely by the learning loss for children, a survey released this morning finds.
Why it matters: Last year, the top worry among the mayors polled annually in the Menino Survey of Mayors was financial ruin — budget shortfalls and service cuts. This year, thanks to cash infusions from the American Rescue Plan (ARP), their concerns have shifted pronouncedly.
Driving the news: The Menino Survey of Mayors canvassed 126 mayors from cities with more than 75,000 residents over the summer — just as the Delta variant of COVID-19 was a looming worry — and found less concern with crime, the shift...