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Post-Parkland, Some Unlikely States Embrace Gun Control

The mass shooting at a Florida high school may be turning the tide of gun politics as some Republicans, including President Trump, embrace the idea of gun control.


Public Corruption Cases Are Harder to Prove Than Ever

Since the Supreme Court raised prosecutors' burden of proof, several politicians have had their convictions thrown out. There are new questions about what exactly counts as corruption.

2 Strategies, 1 Goal: Helping Cities Solve Problems

NYCx and Urban-X have similar names but different models for coming up with better ways to deliver government services.

Affordable Housing Shortage Expected to Worsen Under Tax Law

Congress indirectly diluted the tax incentives for building affordable housing -- a change that's predicted to result in a quarter of a million fewer units.

This Anti-Violence Program Has Been Proven to Cut Crime. Can It Work in Baltimore?

The Roca program has helped keep hundreds of youths out of jail in Massachusetts. Now officials want to transplant that success to one of the toughest crime cities in the nation.


Implementing States' Medicaid Wishes Won't Be Cheap

As the Trump administration lets states experiment with work requirements and other eligibility rules, the costs are adding up. Some policy experts worry they are "shifting spending from health care for needy families to administrative bureaucracy."

• Are Work Requirements for Medicaid Doomed?

After Reforming Criminal Justice, Alaska Has Second Thoughts

The state rolled back criminal justice reforms it had adopted only a year earlier. Other parts of the country are also reconsidering similar changes.


Tax Reform Isn't Over -- Here Come the States

States are exploring tax changes in response to the federal overhaul. The proposals in Iowa and New York this week may just be the tip of the iceberg.

• States Plan to Sue Over New Tax Law. Here's Why They Might Lose.

How the New Tax Law Could Slow Disaster Recovery in Small Towns

A lesser-known provision in the GOP tax overhaul ends the benefits for victims of small-scale disasters.


What Will You Do to Fix Our Mental Health Care System?

That’s what many Iowans, home to the state with the fewest mental health beds, are asking candidates for governor.

How Might a 2018 Democratic Wave Affect Governor's Races?

Waves usually just influence congressional seats. But a look at past wave elections tells a different story.

Ill-Prepared and Underfunded, Election Officials Brace for More Cyberattacks

Federal intelligence officials warned Congress on Tuesday that Russia will again attempt to influence the elections through cyber-warfare. New reports shed light on the inadequacy of state and local security systems.

NEWS IN NUMBERS

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Number of investigators in seven states who handle minimum-wage violations. Another 26 states each have fewer than 10 such investigators.

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Citing Costs, Some GOP Governors Refuse to Hold Special Elections

Florida's Rick Scott and Wisconsin's Scott Walker say it's about the money. Democrats -- emboldened after a series of wins, including on Tuesday -- say the Republicans are trying to avoid losing more legislative seats.

• How Sexual Harassment Scandals Are Shaking Up Special Elections

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How Smart Governments Are Competing for Talent

To attract and retain employees in a competitive market, they're focusing on succession planning and leadership development.

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What the Trump Infrastructure Plan Gets Right

There are strong arguments for its proposals that would remove barriers to innovative financing and streamline the regulatory process.

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There Are Changes Bigger Than Self-Driving Cars Coming

Online shopping and the automation of jobs are going to transform cities.

Facebook's Brewing Legal Battle With States and Cities

Last week, Seattle became the first city to crack down on the secrecy surrounding online political ads. Experts say it likely won't be the last.


56 AGs Join Forces Against Workplace Sexual Harassment

In a rare moment of bipartisanship, attorneys general from every U.S. state and territory signed a letter asking Congress to stop employers from forcing sexual harassment claims to be resolved out of court.

• The #MeToo Effect Trickles Down the Public Workforce

Trump Budget Calls for Work Requirements for Housing Aid

The president's budget released on Monday confirms most of a leaked proposal and would add to the administration's recent changes to the safety net.

• Do Americans Support Work Requirements? Depends on How You Ask.

Trump Infrastructure Plan Wants to Stop ‘Overreliance’ on Federal Money

The president’s long-awaited infrastructure plan pushes state and local governments to spend more but offers them a smoother path to getting federal regulatory approval.

What the Federal Budget Deal Means for States and Localities

After a brief shutdown on Friday, the House voted just before dawn on a two-year spending plan.

• Spending Deal Ends Uncertainty for Health Programs -- But at Cost to CDC