What's in the Congressional Spending Bill for States and Localities

Several major programs -- some that the White House aimed to eliminate -- will get a significant funding boost. President Trump signed the bill hours after threatening to veto it.

Trump Wants to Execute Drug Dealers -- But Most States Won't

In the state the president previewed his new policy, a bipartisan bill to ban the death penalty just passed, representing a growing opposition to the practice.

Migration Out of Big Urban Counties Accelerates

Major urban jurisdictions, including some that had previously staved off losses, are seeing more residents move away.

Are More Strikes Coming? West Virginia Wasn't the Only State Neglecting Employee Health Care.

The issue that led West Virginia teachers to walk out may be boiling over elsewhere as states neglect workers' benefits, sometimes causing financial and medical hardship for public servants.

• Teachers Aren't Just Striking, They're Running for Office

Despite New Rules to Disclose Corporate Tax Breaks, Just Half of Local Governments Are

The regulations that took effect this year let governments decide what's worth reporting, leading many to not report anything at all.

Think Income Inequality Is Bad? Retirement Inequality May Be Worse.

The savings gap is a looming crisis, and states aren’t sure how to help.

With No Power to Pass Gun Laws, Florida Cities Prepare Plan B (and C)

Florida's failure to ban assault weapons has angered some local officials, but they have few options for recourse. Some are taking the issue to voters, while others are challenging a state law that bans cities from passing gun laws.

• Connecticut Goes to War With NRA

Both Illinois Candidates for Governor Avoid the State’s Most Pressing Issue

Neither Gov. Bruce Rauner nor his Democratic opponent, J.B. Pritzker, are keen on talking about a topic both wealthy men purportedly know a lot about: money. At least not as it relates to the state's perennial budget problems.

After Carbon Tax Fails in Washington, Focus Turns to 9 Other States

Washington state won’t be enacting the nation’s first tax on greenhouse gas emissions this year. But the idea has grown more popular in the states since President Trump pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement.

The Public Startup Charting Bold New Waters

Water utilities are struggling to lower their operation costs and simultaneously meet stricter environmental rules. Blue Drop, the brainchild of DC Water’s former leader, wants to help.

If Trump Axes Public Media Funding, Rural Areas Could Lose Government News

The president doesn't want the federal government to help fund public radio and TV stations anymore. Such cuts could exacerbate the already sharp decline in coverage of state capitols and city halls.

Where the Pay Gap Between Male and Female Doctors Is Biggest

On average, female doctors made $105,000 less than male doctors last year, and the gender pay gap actually increased.


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Municipal governments that didn't disclose any revenue lost to tax incentives on their annual financial report. A new rule requires them to reveal that information but gives governments the power to decide what's worth reporting.


What DOJ’s California Lawsuit Means for Immigrant Sanctuaries Across the Country

The White House indicated that it may sue other states with policies similar to California's. Does it have a case anywhere else?

• Trump's Leaked Immigration Rule Already Having Impacts

Why Mississippi Might Want to Be Sued Over Abortion

When the governor signs what will be the nation's strictest abortion ban, lawsuits are expected. Some say that was the point.

• Months Late, Trump Changes Family Planning Program's Priorities

The Homeless-Campus Concept Catches On

As homelessness rises nationwide, Las Vegas is taking a gamble on a new way of helping the homeless. But some say it's money that could be better spent.

Vacancies Aren't Unique to Trump. States Struggle to Fill Top Positions, Too.

When an agency head leaves, some states take years to find a permanent replacement. What takes so long?

• Unfilled Jobs Take Toll on Governments Across the Country

Trump's Tariffs Could Hurt More Local Economies Than They Help

Only a small number of regions employ many steel and aluminum workers, and economically depressed areas the proposal aims to benefit could experience hardship in other industries.

• New Tariffs May Impact Red States the Most

America’s 1,800 Licensing Boards and Their Countless Problems

Too many state licensing boards are not fulfilling their objectives, yet, more are popping up.


Why Policymakers Should Learn to Be Data Analysts

To get the most out of evidence-based governing, they need training. More and more, it's becoming available.


Hope for Car-Haters

Cities are beginning to rethink their relationship with automobiles.

Pro-Obamacare protesters outside the U.S. Capitol.

State Efforts to Bring Back Obamacare's Individual Mandate Stall

Despite early enthusiasm, even the most liberal states are struggling to get enough support to restore the health insurance requirement that Congress repealed in December.

• Idaho Tests Trump Administration's Willingness to Revoke States' Right to Regulate Obamacare