TABLE of CONTENTS May 2017
BY John Buntin
Economists, sociologists and political scientists have recently identified single-family zoning as a major obstacle to building more of it. Could that change soon?
Students from abroad have become a rich revenue source for many state colleges and their towns. What happens if the Trump administration's anti-immigration sentiment and policies drive them away?
Their discontent with the status quo and attraction to a big challenge has led to some unexpected moves from city to city.
Many municipalities are forming public-private partnerships to bring high-speed Internet to long-neglected places. Their approaches, however, vary widely.
Maternal mortality rates have been increasing throughout the nation. But if Texas was a country, it would have the highest in the developed world.
The recent feud between the governor and the state's House speaker began over a tourism ad. But it goes much deeper than that.
Facing bankruptcy, Grant County, Ky., invested in the park hoping for a new revenue source. But cash has yet to start flooding in.
Mike Pence tried first. Now Gov. Eric Holcomb is attempting to make the superintendent a gubernatorial appointment, leaving voters with little say over schools.
POLITICS + POLICY
Some want to save the fiscally challenged city in New York by effectively abolishing it.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on racial gerrymandering Monday, but judges still can't agree on what partisan gerrymandering looks like. Social scientists may be able to help.
Every state but one has a tracking system to combat the opioid epidemic. They have long been criticized as difficult to use, but upgrades are on their way.
After a natural disaster hits the California city, the environmental department is among the first on the ground.
It's hard to say, though, whether this is a temporary adjustment or a long-term trend.
Guarding against evil poses a dilemma for government managers, but it can be done.
One state legislator's legal battle showcases how outdated laws can hamper citizen engagement -- and get officials in trouble.
The decline of malls in America can mean lost jobs and lower tax revenues for states and municipalities -- but not always.