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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds

Why 'Replacement' Governors Often Get Replaced Themselves

At least three governors will be running this year after filling in for predecessors who resigned. None of them is getting a free ride.


Tax Law Could Deliver Billion-Dollar Blow to Social Services

Charitable giving is expected to drop, and nonprofits that operate social services for the government will likely take the biggest hit.


A woman and her baby at the doctor.

4 Health Programs (Other Than CHIP) That Congress Has Left in Limbo

Programs that aid the opioid epidemic, medically underserved areas and at-risk mothers and children also have uncertain futures.


Coming Soon to Solitary Confinement Cells: Nature Videos

After a study showed that watching nature videos can have positive benefits for inmates, some prisons are adding them to their lineup.


Gurbir Grewal

In New Governors’ Cabinets, Diversity Is Priority

Ralph Northam and Phil Murphy, both recently sworn in, are already making history.


The 6 Most Dysfunctional States Then and Now

In 2009, Louis Jacobson ranked the states with the worst leadership and policy challenges. Almost a decade later, what's changed?

With Gas Taxes in Peril, More States Study Alternatives

The idea of charging drivers for the miles they drive instead of the gas they burn is not new. But states are still sorting out how it might work.

The Scambuster Going to War for Military Members

Service members are often targeted for financial scams and have a harder time defending themselves. Deanna Nelson is doing it for them.

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Public assistance offices that are permanently closing because of state budget cuts in Montana.

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Rowhomes in Washington, D.C.

GOP Tax Law Could Starve Cities of Revenue

Housing experts predict that the tax overhaul will spur home values and property tax revenues to drop, forcing cities to find new ways to raise money -- or to cut spending.

• Thousands Rushed to Prepay Their 2018 Property Taxes

The #MeToo Effect Trickles Down the Public Workforce

As sexual harassment allegations take down powerful politicians, states and cities are revisiting their training and policies for the bureaucrats who have far less power but keep the government running.

Cold-Weather Closures Expose Years of Underinvestment in Urban Schools

Thanks to a generation of underfunding, many big-city school districts now face deteriorating buildings and billions of dollars in maintenance needs.

How Many Lawmakers Does a Legislature Need?

California has the most people of any state, and yet it doesn't have the country's largest legislature. A ballot measure proposes to change that -- but it's complicated.

Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan on FOX News

Can Politicians Be Jailed for Supporting Sanctuary Policies?

In a Fox News interview last week, Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan said he believes they should be charged with crimes. Legal experts say that's likely not possible.


COMMENTARY

5 Ways to Measure a Mayor's Success

In local government, success is defined by what you leave behind.

COMMENTARY

The Public-Private Interdependencies We Need to Nurture

Our communities face big problems that can't be solved by government, business or nonprofits acting alone.

COMMENTARY

Can We Keep Food Scraps Out of the Landfill?

Hardly any of it is being recycled now. But with California leading the way, there are signs of real progress.

Drug Addicts Could Soon Get Their First Safe Haven in America

Supervised injection facilities, which only exist in other countries, encounter roadblocks everywhere they're proposed in the U.S. But as the opioid epidemic rages on, one might open this year.