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New Sessions Order Lets Police Circumvent State Laws on Civil Asset Forfeiture

State politicians on both sides of the aisle have increasingly worked to curb the practice. Now, the attorney general may have made their efforts pointless.


States Get Creative on Pension Funding

The latest plans in California and New Jersey have observers asking: creative solution or accounting gimmick?

Looking Back at Trump's Win in Raw Numbers

The president's victory has been extensively explored. But a state- and county-level look at the data offers stunning evidence of just how large the shifts were in certain places.

Seattle Brings Emoji-Based Food Safety Ratings to America

Some cities post letter grades on restaurants. King County opted for something more visual. The person who pushed for public ratings in the first place, though, isn't satisfied.

A session at the Association of Leadership Programs' national conference. COMMENTARY

A Better Way to Teach Civic Leadership

The programs we have are pretty good, but they need to keep graduates engaged and deepen their learning.


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How Much Can Cities Do About Walkability?

A lot of what fosters it is out of their control, but a little audacity goes a long way.


How a Cashless Society Would Harm the Poor

Businesses and governments are going cashless. Anti-poverty advocates say the change is problematic for low-income people, but they disagree on how to solve it.


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Does Business Know Best?

You can’t run public agencies like private companies, but you can borrow ideas from them.


Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, right, meets with Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds at the National Governors Association's annual summer meeting.

At Governors Meeting, Trudeau Pushes to Preserve NAFTA

As the first leader of a national government to ever address the National Governors Association, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called for fewer trade barriers and promised to work directly with state leaders.


On Infrastructure, California Goes Back to Basics

The state's transportation chief calls a new $54 billion transportation package monumental. But the projects it funds will be more mundane than monumental.

Two Environmental Buzzwords, Same Meaning?

“Zero waste” and “circular economy” are often used interchangeably.

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The Need to Manage Mobility From the Ground Up

A top-down view of transportation is important, but it's crucial to focus on the needs of individuals and underserved communities.

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Voters who cast a ballot for city council elections in Haysville or Park City, Kan., on the first day of early primary voting. The state Legislature moved local elections from spring to fall this year, which some said would increase turnout.

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The Tragic Struggle to Prevent Infant Mortality

Even in cities that have tried to address the problem, babies are still dying at high rates for a developed nation.


Meet the Mayor Who Used Millennials to Revive Her Small Town

Erwin, Tenn., was struggling. Then its mayor did something many public officials usually don't: She listened to young people.

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Back in the Black, Without the Feds to Thank

Cities that faced bankruptcy not long ago have made remarkable recoveries -- all on their own.

Auto Manufacturing's Slowdown Could Trouble Some U.S. Regions

The industry has been a key driver of the sector's job gains. See which metro areas could suffer most from expected job losses.

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Creating a Fit and Healthy Community

As obesity rates rise, mayors are taking action to help citizens improve diets and get moving.

little girl sitting sadly on steps

For Opioids' Youngest Victims, Is Help Too Little, Too Late?

Drug abuse is overwhelming the child welfare system at unprecedented rates. Solutions are slowly emerging, but they aren't always adopted.

• Behind the Decision to Post That Infamous Facebook Photo of the Opioid Epidemic at Its Worst

For This Government Job, Being a Former Drug Addict Is a Requirement

Hiring ex-addicts is a key part of Kentucky's strategy for combating the opioid epidemic and its impact on families.

As Demand for At-Home Care Grows, States Debate How to Pay for It

Most states can't meet baby boomers' demand for staying out of nursing homes.

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Let's Give the Stimulus Its Due

It saved the economy, but that isn't always acknowledged.

Immigrant boy waving an American flag.

Immigrants Cost Taxpayers, Then Pay More Than Most

New research shows immigrants ultimately make state and local governments more money on average than native-born Americans.