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Along Stretches of Highway, States Eye New Ad Opportunities

Federal law makes it hard for states to capitalize on one of their biggest assets: their highway systems. But that hasn’t stopped state officials from trying.


See Public Records? Governments Are Making It Harder.

A growing number of states are limiting access to them.

Thousands of Unfilled Jail Jobs, Millions in Overtime, 'Zero Room for Error'

States across the country are struggling to staff their prisons and jails. The shortages are costing them in overtime -- and lives lost when inmates riot against conditions likely worsened by overworked guards.

Supreme Court Rules States Can Tax Online Sales. What Happens Next?

The landmark decision could boost state governments' revenues by tens of billions of dollars a year. But first, they have to decide how to take advantage of it. Some hope the ruling will spur Congress to pass national rules.

The Bipartisan Backlash That Spurred Trump's Reversal on Family Separations

His executive order, signed on Wednesday, comes after days of governors and mayors escalating their words of opposition into actions attempting to block the immigration policy announced in April.


Police Misconduct Is Increasingly a Financial Issue

Lawsuits are costing governments millions, and, in some cases, forcing them to shut down departments.


2018 Attorneys General Races: Who's Vulnerable?

For now, it's the Republicans. Seven GOP-held AG seats, compared to three for the Democrats, are being hotly contested.


Breaking Up Is Hard to Do: Why Some States and Cities Want to Secede

The push to form new governments is heating up in places from Georgia to California.


Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll

The Female Mayor Who Doesn't Want to Talk About Being a Woman

At least she didn't used to. Now, she says, times have changed.


The Limits to Trump's Medicaid Freedom for States

The president promised to give states more flexibility on health care. His administration has -- but with some restrictions.

For State Budgets, What a Difference 6 Months Make

Thanks in large part to a steady economy, states are finishing 2018 better than they expected.

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Government’s Data-Accessibility Challenge

There's more to transparency than just putting reams of information out there. It needs to be easy to understand and useful.

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140 out of 287

Miles of adopted highways in Colorado that are paid for by marijuana businesses.

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A Glimpse Into the Future of P3s

The real money isn't in roads and bridges. It's in people and services.


Think Your State Is Ready for the Next Recession? Better Check This Fund First.

State unemployment insurance trust funds were decimated during the last recession. A decade later, many still don't have the funds to weather the next downturn.

How Long Can a State Go Without Repairing Roads and Bridges?

Mississippi is about to find out. Decades of neglect have closed hundreds of bridges, putting the state at the forefront of America's infrastructure fight.

The Importance (and Neglect) of America's 'Middle Neighborhoods'

When a neighborhood isn't rich -- and isn't poor -- government tends to forget about it.

She Was a Model and WWE Ring Girl. Now She's a Highly Regarded State House Leader.

Themis Klarides is defying expectations and redefining leadership in the Connecticut legislature.


Maine Tests a New Way of Voting, and Opts to Keep It

On Tuesday, the state became the first to use ranked-choice voting, a system that could prevent “spoiler” candidates from causing havoc in crowded races.

For New Generation of Black Mayors, Focus Is on Balance

San Francisco just elected its first black female mayor at a time when the number of big-city black mayors has been on the decline. Their leadership style has changed, too.

With Shootings on the Rise, Schools Turn to 'Active Shooter' Insurance

Gun violence costs lives -- and money. The financial burden can overwhelm governments, especially when they're small or struggling.

• After Shootings and Hurricanes, Where Are the School Counselors?
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'Medicaid-for-All' Rapidly Gains Interest in the States

More than a dozen states either have or are still considering the idea of letting people buy Medicaid -- regardless of how much money they make.

• Virginia Just Voted to Expand Medicaid. These States Could Be Next.