What's in the Congressional Spending Bill for States and Localities

Several major programs -- some that President Trump aimed to eliminate -- will get a significant funding boost.

Trump Wants to Execute Drug Dealers -- But Most States Won't

In the state the president previewed his new policy, a bipartisan bill to ban the death penalty just passed, representing a growing opposition to the practice.

Are More Strikes Coming? West Virginia Wasn't the Only State Neglecting Employee Health Care.

The issue that led West Virginia teachers to walk out may be boiling over elsewhere as states neglect workers' benefits, sometimes causing financial and medical hardship for public servants.

• Teachers Aren't Just Striking, They're Running for Office

Migration Out of Big Urban Counties Accelerates

Major urban jurisdictions, including some that had previously staved off losses, are seeing more residents move away.

Despite New Rules to Disclose Corporate Tax Breaks, Just Half of Local Governments Are

The regulations that took effect this year let governments decide what's worth reporting, leading many to not report anything at all.

Both Illinois Candidates for Governor Avoid the State’s Most Pressing Issue

Neither Gov. Bruce Rauner nor his Democratic opponent, J.B. Pritzker, are keen on talking about a topic both wealthy men purportedly know a lot about: money. At least not as it relates to the state's perennial budget problems.

Think Income Inequality Is Bad? Retirement Inequality May Be Worse.

The savings gap is a looming crisis, and states aren’t sure how to help.

With No Power to Pass Gun Laws, Florida Cities Prepare Plan B (and C)

Florida's failure to ban assault weapons has angered some local officials, but they have few options for recourse. Some are taking the issue to voters, while others are challenging a state law that bans cities from passing gun laws.

• Connecticut Goes to War With NRA

If Trump Axes Public Media Funding, Rural Areas Could Lose Government News

The president doesn't want the federal government to help fund public radio and TV stations anymore. Such cuts could exacerbate the already sharp decline in coverage of state capitols and city halls.

After Carbon Tax Fails in Washington, Focus Turns to 9 Other States

Washington state won’t be enacting the nation’s first tax on greenhouse gas emissions this year. But the idea has grown more popular in the states since President Trump pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement.

Can Taxing Pain Pills Alleviate the Opioid Epidemic?

President Trump will announce new plans for fighting the opioid crisis on Monday. Meanwhile, several states are exploring their own new policy: tax drug companies for the opioids they produce.

The Public Startup Charting Bold New Waters

Water utilities are struggling to lower their operation costs and simultaneously meet stricter environmental rules. Blue Drop, the brainchild of DC Water’s former leader, wants to help.


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Municipal governments that didn't disclose any revenue lost to tax incentives on their annual financial report. A new rule requires them to reveal that information but gives governments the power to decide what's worth reporting.


3 Things in the Banking Deregulation Bill That State and Local Governments Should Know

The first major bipartisan banking bill since Dodd-Frank has some potential pluses and minuses for states and localities.

What DOJ’s California Lawsuit Means for Immigrant Sanctuaries Across the Country

The White House indicated that it may sue other states with policies similar to California's. Does it have a case anywhere else?

• Trump's Leaked Immigration Rule Already Having Impacts

The Homeless-Campus Concept Catches On

As homelessness rises nationwide, Las Vegas is taking a gamble on a new way of helping the homeless. But some say it's money that could be better spent.

Why Mississippi Might Want to Be Sued Over Abortion

When the governor signs what will be the nation's strictest abortion ban, lawsuits are expected. Some say that was the point.

• Months Late, Trump Changes Family Planning Program's Priorities

To Track Opioid Use, More Cities May Soon Screen Wastewater

A new tech startup allows cities to chart drug usage down to the neighborhood level.

Vacancies Aren't Unique to Trump. States Struggle to Fill Top Positions, Too.

When an agency head leaves, some states take years to find a permanent replacement. What takes so long?

• Unfilled Jobs Take Toll on Governments Across the Country

New Steel and Aluminium Tariffs May Impact Red States the Most

President Trump's "Buy American" policies are expected to cause the most harm to states such as Florida, Michigan and Texas.

• Trump's Tariffs Could Hurt More Local Economies Than They Help

America’s 1,800 Licensing Boards and Their Countless Problems

Too many state licensing boards are not fulfilling their objectives, yet, more are popping up.


Why Policymakers Should Learn to Be Data Analysts

To get the most out of evidence-based governing, they need training. More and more, it's becoming available.