'Ripe for an Outbreak': Vaccine Exemptions Are on the Rise

By many measures, the anti-vaccination movement is thriving. But not in California, which removed nonmedical exemptions after measles spread throughout the state.

Protesters with anti-vaccine signs.

After Backlash From Own Party, New Jersey Democrats Drop Redistricting Plan

The state's Democrats sought to shift redistricting in their own favor, contradicting their national party's stance against gerrymandering.

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?


In Poverty Fight, Philadelphia Mayor Takes a New Tactic

Jim Kenney is focused on rebuilding public spaces that everyone uses as a way to address the highest poverty rate of any big U.S. city.


The United States of Stuff

More and more, government must deal with the mountains of things that overflow from our houses and garages. Better policies could help.


What GPS Has Taken Away

Paper maps help us know a place better.


$100 million

What Mississippi counties spend a year to jail people who haven't been convicted of crimes, which is more than the state spends on child protective services.

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.

Is the Next Recession Near? 2 Ways to Know

Economists say the unprecedented period of economic growth may be coming to an end.

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."

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

Cities are eliminating requirements for new buildings to have parking.

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

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.

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.

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.