TABLE of CONTENTS January 2016Cover Story
BY News Staff
These are the biggest policies and problems that states will confront this year.
Republicans have the governorship and the state House in Iowa, but Democrats have Mike Gronstal, who adheres to the old-fashioned sense that voters elect politicians to work on policy before retreating to their respective partisan corners.
Just like in Washington last year, Pennsylvania state lawmakers are still struggling to produce a state budget and avoid a partial government shutdown.
Over the past two decades, corporations have doubled their profits but contributed increasingly less to state revenues. Where is all the money going?
The small, rural town of Gifford, S.C., survives with help from just 12 enthusiastic public employees -- most of whom aren't even paid.
After voters eased penalties for several common crimes, opponents claim the reforms have led to a crime wave.
Reflecting a broader trend of merging health care with other services, a city in California recently opened a clinic next to a firehouse.
Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates have given millions to overhaul public education. But their cash has proven to be anything but free money or a remedy to systemic problems.
Called Cards Against Urbanity, the game is a twist on the popular and politically incorrect Cards Against Humanity.
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In the ideological war over urban planning, anti-transit conservatives are gaining funding and allies.
Most important, their prospects for survival can teach us about the resiliency of urban areas everywhere.
Republicans could strengthen their power in many states this year, but Democrats only have realistic chances in two.
Roughly 1 in 20 pregnant women use illicit drugs. States are cracking down on the problem with starkly different approaches.
Bees are vital to the food we eat, and they’re vanishing. Michigan State University is coordinating efforts to save them.
As cities explore ways to use citizen complaints to enhance public services, research shows there are drawbacks to such data.
Everyone talks about taxing the rich to give to the poor, but doing so would only have a small impact. There are ways to have a larger one.
The growing intensity of natural disasters is a threat to state and local governments’ fiscal stability. How can they protect their finances and the environment?