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Does Colorado's Latest Crypto Decision Matter? — ICYMI

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis announced last week his state would accept cryptocurrency for tax payments by this summer. We discuss whether the move is all hype, or if there's something more to it.

Last week, we discussed how states are competing with the private sector, and each other, for high-paying tech jobs.

This week, we discuss states competing with each other to be the most cryptocurrency-friendly state in the country.

Gov. Jared Polis recently announced his plans for Colorado to accept cryptocurrency for tax payments by summer. Other states, such as Arizona and California, have introduced legislation to accept cryptocurrencies as legal tender.

More than 20 states currently have bills in the works related to crypto.

According to Pew Research, 16 percent of Americans say they've invested in, traded or used cryptocurrency.

So, is Colorado's move hype or is there something more here?

Also this week, we take a look at a New York pilot program that seeks to cut back on noise pollution by deploying microphones, in addition to cameras, at some intersections. One driver recently posted to Facebook a summons he received that directed him to the New York City Department of Environmental Protection for noise testing.

Is this good use of tech, or bad use of tech? The "In Case You Missed It" crew breaks it down.


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Dustin Haisler is the Chief Innovation Officer of Government Technology's parent company e.Republic. Previously the finance director and later CIO for Manor, Texas, a small city outside Austin, Haisler quickly built a track record and reputation as an early innovator in civic tech. As Chief Innovation Officer, Haisler has a strategic role to help shape the company’s products, services and future direction. Primarily, he leads e.Republic Labs, a market connector created as an ecosystem to educate, accelerate and ultimately scale technology innovation within the public sector. Read his full bio.
Jed Pressgrove has been a writer and editor for about 15 years. He received a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in sociology from Mississippi State University.
Joseph Morris is the Deputy Chief Innovation Officer of Government Technology's parent company e.Republic and a national keynote speaker on issues, trends and drivers impacting state and local government and education. He has authored publications and reports on funding streams, technology investment areas and public-sector priorities, and has led roundtables, projects and initiatives focused on issues within the public sector. Joe has conducted state and local government research with e.Republic since 2007 and knows the ins and outs of government on all levels. He received his Bachelor of Arts in government and international relations from the California State University, Sacramento.