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Police Departments Grapple With Who Should Hold Them Accountable

Scandals surrounding abuse and corruption are spurring cities across the country to adopt civilian oversight boards. But some argue they have the opposite effect that advocates are looking for.


Some States Want to Save Net Neutrality, But Can They?

On Monday, Montana became the first to reinstate some of the rules the FCC repealed. The question of whether states have the right to do that, however, will likely end up in court.

Shutdown and Children's Health Insurance Saga Come to an End

President Trump signed a short-term spending bill on Monday evening that ends the government shutdown and reauthorizes CHIP for six years.

Leaked Trump Infrastructure Plan Would Put Onus on States

At a time when many state transportation officials are clamoring for more financial help from Washington, an outline of the president’s infrastructure plan depends heavily on an influx of state and private funds.

Tax Reform and Uncertain Economy Driving State Budget Proposals

It's a big election year, and legislative agendas won’t be focused on raising revenue.


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Nonprofits Have Major Money Problems

A first-of-its-kind report shows that many of the nonprofits delivering social services are underpaid by governments and fail to manage their budgets wisely.


Has John Bel Edwards Discovered the Right Balancing Act Between Parties?

Most politicians believe moderation doesn’t help Democrats much in the Deep South. Louisiana’s governor, who's trying to fix the state's finances, isn’t one of them.


It's Not Just Washington. At Least 3 Other States Share Drivers' Immigration Info With ICE.

After learning about this information exchange last week, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, a vocal critic of Trump's immigration policies, quickly restricted it.


South Carolina Spent $9 Billion on Nuclear Reactors That Will Never Run. Now What?

The legislature must decide whether residents will keep being charged, possibly for decades, for the failed project.


Children May Suffer Worst Effects of Housing Crunch

The number of children packed into overcrowded homes remains high and comes at a tremendous social cost.

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.

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.

NEWS IN NUMBERS

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Time between Hawaii Gov. David Ige learning that the nuclear attack notification was false and alerting the public. The reason for the delay? He did not know his Twitter password.

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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.


Work Requirements May Be Just the Beginning of Medicaid Changes Under Trump

States have requested to enact several other unprecedented policies. Kentucky on Friday reportedly became the first to get its waiver approved.

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 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?

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Trump's Voter Fraud Commission May Be Dead, But His Quest Continues

The president has shifted the commission's voter fraud investigation to the Department of Homeland Security. Some see that as a boon to the cause, while others say it could be problematic, especially for immigrants.


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.

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

Rules, Rigidity and Reasonableness

Giving public employees the power to make prudent interpretations would render government more effective and better regarded.

COMMENTARY

Why Are Governments So Hesitant to Share Services?

It makes rational sense, but people find many reasons to be wary -- even high school football rivalries.