TABLE of CONTENTS January 2017
BY Alan Greenblatt
With the most power over U.S. government that any party has had in decades, Republicans have hit the jackpot. The new administration will embolden states’ rights, but it could also create problems for them.
These are the biggest policies and problems legislatures will confront this year.
More than half the states have passed laws to protect victims, but the laws aren’t always enforced and often produce new challenges.
They’re into more than showmanship. They’re struggling to turn the gambling mecca into a thriving 21st century urban place.
Particularly in rural areas, governments are increasingly turning to them to ease the shortage of providers, blurring the line between religion and medicine.
As more cities start taxing sugary beverages, the industry may turn to new allies to block them.
In a Minnesota suburb, libertarians are making a lot of changes people might expect. But not everyone is happy.
Observers say Kansas is trying to “end bad economic news by not reporting it.” It’s not the only state being accused of hindering transparency.
Once every 20 years, the state’s citizens get the opportunity to overhaul government. But first, they’ll have to beat back all the powerful interest groups fighting to block it.
POLITICS + POLICY
A look back at their evolution may offer some idea of what lies ahead.
An overwhelming share of their voters live in metropolitan areas. Will their appeal ever expand beyond?
Pedestrian-friendly cities are healthier cities, which is why many are making it easier for residents to ditch their cars.
With Republicans in full control in half the states, climate change skeptics have more power to target environmental programs.
Young people rarely vote in presidential races -- and even less often in mayoral contests. See which cities have the biggest generation gap in turnout.
Progress is slow. Our overly enthusiastic forecasts prove that.
There's a big challenge that advocates need to recognize.
They would be mostly -- but not all -- good for state and local revenues.
In 1970, an architect began building a self-sustaining town of the future. Now it stands as a lab for environmentally conscious urban planners.