The Alarming Consequences of Police Working Overtime

Research shows long hours as well as off-duty work can negatively impact officers’ performance and even worsen their racial biases. But most departments don’t seem to care.

Will Texans Loosen Restrictions That Buffered the State From the Foreclosure Crisis?

Come November, voters will weigh in on a ballot measure that relaxes rules on home equity loans.

States' Answer to Rising Health-Care Costs for Employees? You Pay for It.

Governments in recent years have shifted more and more of the burden of health-care premiums on to employees themselves.

On the Move: The Top Counties People Are Migrating To and From

New data shows migration patterns between counties. View updated figures for your jurisdiction.

This Millennial Is Helping a Major City Go Green

At 24, Atlanta’s new sustainability director has already spent a lifetime in the field. He attributes that to cartoons and his famous family.

Is Your State Ready for the Next Recession? Chances Are, It's Not.

A new report says one-third of states will face severe fiscal stress during the next economic downturn.


The Better Deal That America’s Workers Deserve

The courts and Congress have done a lot of damage to their power to act collectively. State and local policymakers could give them a fairer shake.

Chris Gregoire on the "Bloodsport" of Politics

In a new podcast interview, the former two-term Washington governor says the lack of women in public office is her "biggest pet peeve."


The New York Marathon Grew Out of an Odd Relationship, Creativity and a Little Luck. Cities, Take Note.

The story of the iconic race offers a good lesson in how to make room for grand civic ideas.


Cities and the Lessons of the Great Amazon Hunt

They need to be nimbler than ever, looking for better ways to leverage local talent and institutions to ensure that their residents are the real winners.



The number of times Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said "invest" or a variation of the word during a budget speech. He even used it three times in one sentence: “Because Chicago has been willing to invest in our young people, invest in our future, and address our long-term fiscal challenges, businesses have shown the confidence to hire in Chicago, move to Chicago, invest in Chicago and start up in Chicago.”


Will Ohio Voters Enshrine Crime Victims' Rights in State Constitution?

Voters in three states approved similar ballot measures last year, but critics say it's unnecessary and could gum up the criminal justice system.

Despite Trump's Health-Care Changes, He's Keeping Obama's Opioid Strategy

With no end to the epidemic in sight, the feds are helping some states treat more addicts.

For Procurement Reform, Cities See Value in Learning What's Worked Elsewhere

Lots of cities want to increase their outreach to women- and minority-owned businesses. Often, that means taking a look at the best programs in other jurisdictions.

As Towns Ban Pot, States Withhold Legalization's Profits

Massachusetts is deciding whether to keep marijuana tax revenue from anti-pot municipalities, stirring a debate that some states have already settled and others may face in the future.

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Technology & Data Security in Libraries: A Playbook for Managing Today’s Imperative

St. Louis Public Library found out the hard way about the far-reaching impact of technology threats. In 2017, the library’s technology infrastructure was attacked with ransomware, wreaking havoc on all 700 of the library’s computers. The hackers rendered them useless and prevented all book borrowing.

Consolidation Makes Sense, Yet Few Cities Have the Urge to Merge

It's an issue that's playing out right now in St. Louis County.

Democrats Have Reasons to Worry About the November Elections

The party will likely gain power in New Jersey next month, but holding onto the governor's office in Virginia is proving more challenging.

New Movie Spotlights the 'Hidden Homeless' and Already Has Oscar Buzz

It's rare to see a film featuring homeless people as main characters. "The Florida Project" focuses on the ones that few people notice.

Nowhere Else to Go: Why Kids Are Sleeping in Child Welfare Offices

The rising number of placements into state care is only partially to blame.