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Spending Deal Gives States Short-Term CHIP Relief

The bill signed by President Trump helps states keep the Children's Health Insurance Program afloat, but it doesn't offer any reassurance that kids won't lose their health care in 2018.

• CHIP Isn't the Only Program for Children and Babies That Congress Let Expire

Days Before Net Neutrality Vote, Mayors Join the Fight

They say their economies could suffer if the FCC repeals net neutrality regulations on Dec. 14.

As More Prisons Shutter, Governments Wonder What to Do With Them

Distilleries? Homeless shelters? Museums? There are lots of creative ideas for repurposing old lockups. But finding one that's good for the economy -- and wins approval -- isn't easy.

In School Funding Court Battles, There's Been a Winning Shift

The legal strategy to get states to provide adequate education funding has changed -- and it's working in schools' favor.

In This Georgia Suburb, Old Rivalries Rule Today's Politics

"People are probably tired of their city being in the headlines," says former Snellville Mayor Kelly Kautz.


A Downsized Public Workforce May Be a Permanent Consequence of the Recession

State and local governments still haven't regained many of the jobs they cut, and they're unlikely to anytime soon.


A Tale of Two Recoveries a Decade Since the Recession

The largest metro areas and those with highly educated workforces have rebounded well, but many other regions have struggled to recover job losses.


Improper Influence? Who, Us?

Wisconsin's Supreme Court justices refused to tighten the rules about when they should recuse themselves from cases. It has sparked a battle between old judges and new ones.


Where Have All the Black Mayors Gone?

Depending on the outcome of a potential recount, Atlanta's election on Tuesday could either counter or worsen the nationwide decline in the number of big-city black mayors.


Study: Housing the Homeless Can Drastically Cut the Government's Health Care Costs

It adds to the growing body of evidence that addressing homelessness saves money elsewhere.

Don’t Rush New Sexual Harassment Policies, Some Women Lawmakers Warn

The Illinois legislature was one of the first in the country to confront the fallout of the #metoo movement. Lawmakers there worry that going too fast could result in faulty policies.

Meet the Moderates

These politicians and candidates are breaking with today's aggressively partisan times to advocate a more centrist line.

NEWS IN NUMBERS

76%

State lawmakers nationwide who have reported income or employment outside of their elected position. According to an investigation by the Center for Public Integrity and the Associated Press, "state lawmakers around the country have introduced and supported policies that directly and indirectly help their own businesses, their employers and sometimes their personal finances."

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The GOP Tax Bills Are Infrastructure Bills Too. Here’s Why.

Congressional Republicans are pushing a major overhaul of the country’s tax code. Many of the ideas they’re debating could have a big impact on infrastructure.

• GOP Tax Plan Puts Billions in Muni Market Savings at Risk

Welfare Programs Appear Safe From Trump's Cuts, for Now

Even if Congress passes a spending bill without the president's proposed cuts to programs that help the poor, it's likely to consider more serious changes next year.

Central Florida Already Struggled to Provide Health Care and Affordable Housing. Then Hurricane Refugees Poured In.

The region is coping with one of the biggest influxes of Puerto Ricans fleeing the hurricane-ravaged island.

To Reduce Recidivism, New York City Tries a Bold New Approach

The city is eliminating short-term jail sentences for low-level misdemeanors. Other cities will undoubtedly be watching the impact.

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The Opioid Files: More Than 100 States and Cities Are Suing Drug Companies

Lawsuits are being filed practically every week. Will governments prevail over the pharmaceutical industry like they did the tobacco industry in the 1990s?

• Amid Opioid Crisis, States Start Embracing Alternative Medicine
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How Smaller Cities Can Attract (and Keep) Millennials

When it comes to capturing millennial talent, they should look to one other for guidance.

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Governing in the Age of the Artificially Intelligent City

The public sector needs a discussion about issues of transparency, fairness and the preservation of human values.

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A Comprehensive Approach to Equitable Procurement in Government

Minnesota's efforts to bring diversity and inclusivity to its contracting and purchasing are setting the pace.

Our 2017 Public Officials of the Year

This group of honorees serves as an outstanding example of the strong determination, the bold ideas and the incredible amount of grit it takes to get things done in government.