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Do Supermajorities Really Stop Tax Hikes?

Republican lawmakers in Florida want voters to approve a ballot measure that theoretically would make it harder to raise taxes. But it's debatable whether supermajority requirements actually do.


The Winners and Losers in Retail's Growing Divide

As more shopping moves online, most places are suffering job losses. But not everywhere.

Facing One Troubling Russia Revelation After Another, Election Officials Work to Prevent a 'Digital Watergate'

States are stepping up their election security but face many challenges: a president still skeptical of Russian interference, a lack of money, and reliance on private vendors for voting equipment and software, to name a few.

As November Nears, More Governors’ Races Become Tossups

They have become more competitive in three states -- all where Republicans are currently in power.

• Ratings & Analysis for 2018's State Elections
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4 States Just Sued Over the Federal Tax Law. Here's Why They Might Lose.

Connecticut, Maryland, New York and New Jersey argue that new GOP tax policies violate states' rights and unduly punish their populations.


'People Are Literally Being Poisoned': How Sewage Problems in Alabama Got So Bad -- and Why Other States Should Worry

The state and county have failed to fix the unsanitary conditions for years, and at times threatened to arrest citizens over them. An outbreak of a once-eradicated disease has prompted the United Nations to get involved.


Embrace Your Limitations -- in Life and Public Policy

That's the advice of Kristen Cox, who lost her sight in her 20s and became a client of public services. Now, her job is to oversee them.


A New Twist on an Old Health Care Idea

All-payer health care, the idea of paying hospitals a flat rate, is making a comeback.


How States Are Making It Harder to Leave Unions

Just over two weeks since the Janus ruling, about a third of the affected states have taken actions meant to soften its impact on unions' membership and revenue.

• Why the Janus Ruling Is Especially Bad for Black Women

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What Employers Want From Cities

Is talent the most important factor? Taxes? Crime? It's a long list.

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Think Your Election System Is Secure? Think Again.

User training and the latest cybersecurity tools are worthwhile, but there is no panacea.

COMMENTARY

How Cities Can Get Strategic About Procurement

Louisville is pioneering an approach that aims to make purchasing and contracting a key ingredient in successfully delivering services.

NEWS IN NUMBERS

1963

Year that Republican Bobby Wilson, an Arizona state Senate candidate, shot and killed his mother, which he revealed at a gun control event where he advocated against gun control legislation and for arming more "good guys."

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The New Gold Rush for Green Bonds

Investors are lining up to buy them to fund environmental projects.

• Are Green Bonds a Better Deal for Governments?

With an NBA Assist, All-Star Host City Aims to Help Minority-Owned Businesses

Charlotte, N.C., is using the sporting event as an opportunity to close the investment gaps between businesses owned by white women and people of color.

In Rural America, Violent Crime Reaches Highest Level in a Decade

The loss of jobs and the opioid epidemic are two of the biggest reasons.

After Medicaid Ruling, Most States Hit Pause But Some Proceed

Work requirements failed their first court test, in Kentucky. The case leaves the legality of other states' policies uncertain, but some of them are moving forward with business as usual anyway.

• The Limits to Trump's Medicaid Freedom for States

Voter Turnout Is Up, Especially Among Democrats. What Does That Mean for November?

More people are casting primary ballots than four years ago. But that year, turnout was the lowest since World War II.


Voting Rights Debate Moves From Statehouses to Ballot Boxes

Voters will weigh in this fall on voter registration, campaign finance and redistricting.

Black, Female and Serving the Public: A Conversation With the Lawmaker Fighting Statehouse Discrimination

Ohio Rep. Emilia Sykes gets stopped by security trying to enter her place of work. She wants others to share their stories of prejudice.

A New Use for Food Trucks: Feeding Hungry Students in the Summer

Instead of making low-income kids travel for meals when school is out, Minneapolis is bringing the food to them.

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Thousands of Unfilled Jail Jobs, Millions in Overtime, 'Zero Room for Error'

States across the country are struggling to staff their prisons and jails. The shortages are costing them in overtime -- and lives lost when inmates riot against conditions likely worsened by overworked guards.