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A Growing Response to School Shootings: Panic Buttons -- on Phones

Washington, D.C., is the latest school district to adopt the technology in an effort to improve emergency response times.


With Revenues Soaring, States Are Spending More. But on What?

The bulk of the funding boosts are going toward education and rainy day savings.

Not Just Power Grabs: Lame-Duck Lawmakers Are Rushing Many Controversial Bills

In the states holding post-election, pre-inauguration sessions this year, Republican legislators are passing sweeping bills on a wide range of issues -- some that weaken laws just approved by voters.

• Lame-Duck Power Grabs Aren't New, But Republicans in Wisconsin and Michigan Are ‘More Aggressive’

Pension Politics: Should States Be Investing in Controversial Companies?

It’s an increasingly divisive question. If the goal is to affect change -- from gun control to climate change -- some argue that to divest is the best, while others believe pensions would have more power keeping their financial stake.

A realistic model of a safe injection site.

Feds Threaten Jail for Opening a Supervised Injection Site in America

The response from city officials: So what? They are pushing forward to open the controversial facilities that exist in other countries as a way to reduce drug overdoses.


Protester holding sign that says "I'm Sticking With thw Union."

Defying Predictions, Union Membership Isn't Dropping Post-Janus

The Supreme Court’s ruling was expected to diminish union membership. But so far, many unions have actually increased their numbers since the verdict. Conservative groups are working to reverse that trend in the long run.

• ALEC Outlines 2019 Agenda to Erode Union Power

Citing Racial Disparities, Cities Rethink Punishment for Transit Fare Evasion

Should jumping the turnstile be treated as a crime or a civil violation akin to missing a toll?


Lauren Matsumoto

A Cautionary Tale for the Newly Elected

By the end of her first term, Hawaii state Rep. Lauren Matsumoto was hospitalized for exhaustion from trying to "do it all."


Nurse walking child through hospital hallway.

Trump's New Immigration Rule Could Threaten Health Care for 6.8 Million Children Who Are U.S. Citizens

There is less than one week left of the public comment period for the proposed "public charge" rule.


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What GPS Has Taken Away

Paper maps help us know a place better.

COMMENTARY

Accounting for Oysters: The Importance of Fiscal Notes in Policymaking

As Maryland has learned, it’s crucial to know the costs of proposed legislation.

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How a Smart Mayor Can Harness the Strength of a Nonprofit

The turnaround of Central Park is more than an urban success story. It's about shared responsibility and trading power for results.

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24 years old

Age of Brandon Wentz when he fatally overdosed on heroin and fentanyl last year. He was the mayor of the small Pennsylvania town called Mount Carbon.

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Recycled plastic.

Under China's New Rules, U.S. Recycling Suffers

Some cities are closing recycling plants. Others are ending curbside pickup. For recycling to be sustainable, consumers must learn to sort their trash better.


Why More and More Cities Aren't Prioritizing Your Parking Troubles

Cities are eliminating requirements for new buildings to have parking.

Newly Elected Democratic Socialists Bring New Ideas on Affordable Housing

The fresh crop of progressives taking state office next year could shake up the conversations about how to lower the cost of living.

1 State and 1 County Now Accept Bitcoin. Will Others Follow?

Governments in the U.S. are starting to accept cryptocurrencies, a controversial method of payment that got its start on the dark web.

Trump Administration Gives States New Ways to Rewrite Obamacare

Who gets health insurance subsidies, and how they're used, could drastically change if states take the federal government's guidance released on Thursday.

• During Obamacare Enrollment in the Trump Era, States Face Greater Challenges

Who Needs the State? New York City Goes Rogue to Reform Bail

While state lawmakers have been locked in a stalemate on the issue, the city has implemented new rules and programs that have helped it achieve the lowest incarceration rate of any big U.S. city.

Meet the 2018 Public Officials of the Year

These honorees didn’t just set goals; they set ambitious, attention-grabbing goals that they're accomplishing.

Why States Hoping for Online Holiday Sales to Boost Budgets May Not Get Their Wish

This is the first holiday season since the U.S. Supreme Court allowed states to tax online shopping.

A couple, center, who were living under a bridge carry their possessions out as police move in to clear a homeless encampment in Philadelphia.

A Potential Turning Point in How Cities Treat the Homeless

A recent federal ruling is driving cities to revisit their local ordinances and methods of reducing homelessness.