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Taxpayers Have Their Own Bill of Rights in Colorado. But Who Benefits?

The unique anti-tax tool has defined spending in the state, and it may spread to more states.


With Procurement Strategy, Charlotte, N.C., Seeks to Address Past Racial Bias

Officials want to create more opportunities for women- and minority-owned businesses.

The Alarming Consequences of Police Working Overtime

Research shows long hours as well as off-duty work can negatively impact officers’ performance and even worsen their racial biases. But most departments don’t seem to care.

States' Answer to Rising Health-Care Costs for Employees? You Pay for It.

Governments in recent years have shifted more and more of the burden of health-care premiums on to employees themselves.

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Government Technology's Complicated History

The public sector has been notoriously slow to embrace technology. Is that finally changing?


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Want to Engage Your Employees? There’s Science Behind That.

A growing body of research sheds a lot of light on how governments can better engage public workers and improve performance.


On the Move: The Top Counties People Are Migrating To and From

New data shows migration patterns between counties. View updated figures for your jurisdiction.


Is Your State Ready for the Next Recession? Chances Are, It's Not.

A new report says one-third of states will face severe fiscal stress during the next economic downturn.


Will Texans Loosen Restrictions That Buffered the State From the Foreclosure Crisis?

Come November, voters will weigh in on a ballot measure that relaxes rules on home equity loans.

This Millennial Is Helping a Major City Go Green

At 24, Atlanta’s new sustainability director has already spent a lifetime in the field. He attributes that to cartoons and his famous family.

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The Better Deal That America’s Workers Deserve

The courts and Congress have done a lot of damage to their power to act collectively. State and local policymakers could give them a fairer shake.

NEWS IN NUMBERS

330 square miles

The area that the rash of wildfires afflicting California are now responsible for burning statewide since Sunday, Oct. 8. For the sake of comparison, that area is larger than the 304.8 square miles that comprises all five boroughs of New York City.

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The Paradox of Progress Underscores Atlanta Mayor’s Race

Things are looking up right now in the city. Well, at least part of it. That inequality will impact the city’s upcoming election and be the biggest issue facing its next leader.


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The New York Marathon Grew Out of an Odd Relationship, Creativity and a Little Luck. Cities, Take Note.

The story of the iconic race offers a good lesson in how to make room for grand civic ideas.

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Cities and the Lessons of the Great Amazon Hunt

They need to be nimbler than ever, looking for better ways to leverage local talent and institutions to ensure that their residents are the real winners.

Chris Gregoire on the "Bloodsport" of Politics

In a new podcast interview, the former two-term Washington governor says the lack of women in public office is her "biggest pet peeve."

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Technology & Data Security in Libraries: A Playbook for Managing Today’s Imperative

St. Louis Public Library found out the hard way about the far-reaching impact of technology threats. In 2017, the library’s technology infrastructure was attacked with ransomware, wreaking havoc on all 700 of the library’s computers. The hackers rendered them useless and prevented all book borrowing.

As Towns Ban Pot, States Withhold Legalization's Profits

Massachusetts is deciding whether to keep marijuana tax revenue from anti-pot municipalities, stirring a debate that some states have already settled and others may face in the future.


Will Ohio Voters Enshrine Crime Victims' Rights in State Constitution?

Voters in three states approved similar ballot measures last year, but critics say it's unnecessary and could gum up the criminal justice system.

New Movie Spotlights the 'Hidden Homeless' and Already Has Oscar Buzz

It's rare to see a film featuring homeless people as main characters. "The Florida Project" focuses on the ones that few people notice.

Nowhere Else to Go: Why Kids Are Sleeping in Child Welfare Offices

The rising number of placements into state care is only partially to blame.

Democrats Have Reasons to Worry About the November Elections

The party will likely gain power in New Jersey next month, but holding onto the governor's office in Virginia is proving more challenging.