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If Shutdown Persists, Can States Fund Food Stamps and Welfare on Their Own?

States are scrambling to figure out how to fund the $4-billion-a-month food stamps program -- and whether to keep cash welfare going. Some say it's "probably not possible."

• How the Shutdown Affects Federal Employment in Each State A woman enters a Michigan Department of Health and Human Services office.

As Shutdown Stretches On, Transportation Officials Worry About Long-Term Effects

Local transit agencies are being hit harder than state highway departments. But the shutdown is only part of the problem for transportation funding.

• The Shutdown's Impact on States and Localities

Why the L.A. Teacher Strike Is Different From Last Year's Protests

Educators in the nation's second-largest school district are set to strike on Monday. The dispute could impact education policy across the country.

#MeToo Elicits More Harassment Conversations, But Not Necessarily Complaints

To address sexual harassment, it needs to be reported. State employees have been hesitant to do that.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio holding a piece of paper up while giving a speech.

Can California and NYC Afford Their Near-Universal Health-Care Plans?

Gov. Gavin Newsom and Mayor Bill de Blasio initiated ambitious plans this week to cover drastically more residents, including undocumented immigrants who are not currently eligible for subsidized insurance.


The 10 States That Give More to the Feds Than They Get Back

Connecticut tops the list of states whose taxpayers receive the least bang for their buck from the feds.


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Why Don't Alaska Governors Last Longer Than One Term?

Incoming Gov. Mike Dunleavy is the sixth person to win the office in as many elections. The constant turnover has made it difficult for the state to solve its biggest problems.


Lead in School Water: Less Than Half the States Test for It, and Fewer Require It

Federal regulations neither require schools to test their water nor have a single health standard for drinking water. The resulting patchwork of state policies can have a big impact on how -- and whether -- they respond to lead found in water.


Car speeding down the road at night.

Nighttime Traffic Deaths on the Rise

From 2010 to 2017, nighttime pedestrian and cyclist fatalities rose 46 percent while daytime deaths rose 15 percent.

• What's the 'Dutch Reach'? 2 U.S. States Adopt It to Save Cyclists' Lives

COMMENTARY

The Rise of Do-Gooder Corporations

Doing good pays dividends for both corporations and governments. Just ask Philadelphia.

COMMENTARY

The Challenging Transition From Business to Government

As new leaders from the private sector take over state agencies, they are going to find that their new jobs require a unique dual competence.

COMMENTARY

Why Some Cities Can’t Seem to Clean Up Skid Row

If cities don't find a way soon, they risk homelessness, crime and drug abuse spreading beyond a single neighborhood.

NEWS IN NUMBERS

5 parts per billion

Lead allowed in bottled water under FDA regulations. Meanwhile, the EPA only requires municipal water systems to alert customers if samples exceed 15 ppb, and the agency recommended a threshold of only 20 ppb for its voluntary school testing program.

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All or Nothing: How State Politics Became a Winner-Take-All World

In practically every state, one party now holds all the legislative power. And once they get it, they’re keeping it.


The Federal Shutdown's Impact on States and Localities

Programs that help the most vulnerable populations -- including food stamps, cash welfare and child care -- are most affected.

Young People Power Into Statehouses and City Halls

This year will see the largest class yet of millennials entering legislatures. How will they shape politics and policies?

The Biggest Issues for States to Watch in 2019

18 of the policies and proposals that will dominate state legislatures this year.

How the Shutdown Affects Federal Employment in Each State

About 800,000 federal employees are working without pay or will be furloughed. As the shutdown drags on, the number is expected to rise.


Are Cops 'Off the Hook'? How Police Reform Has Changed Under Trump

The Trump administration has shifted away from overseeing police in favor of tackling violent crime.

Master of the Middle: How America’s Longest-Serving Senate Leader Stays in Power

Maryland’s Mike Miller has been in charge for more than 30 years.

To Reduce Fatal Pregnancies, Some States Look to Doulas

New York is set to become the third state Medicaid program to cover pregnancy and birth coaches for low-income women as a way of lowering the maternal mortality rate.

SWAT team members surround people outside of a bus.

U.S. Police Under Pressure to End Their Relationship With Israel

Police departments have been sending their leaders to Israel to learn about the country's counterterrorism strategies since the 1990s. But growing opposition is pushing some to rethink these exchange programs.