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After Immigrant Health-Care Plans Stall Elsewhere, All Eyes on California

Efforts to expand Medicaid to more undocumented children and young adults stalled in Connecticut and Washington state this year.


How Federal Tax Reform Has Impacted Real Estate

The short-term effects haven't been as bad as predicted, but local governments are still worried about the long term.

As Abortion Bans Spread, Hollywood Debates How to Protest Them

Some are boycotting Georgia after it passed a "heartbeat" bill last week. Others argue there are better ways to protect abortion rights.

How Will Governments Spend Their Opioid Settlements From Drug Companies?

As they start to roll in, some say the tobacco settlement offers a cautionary tale.

Do Tax Breaks Help or Hurt a State’s Finances? New Study Digs Deep.

What's likely the most comprehensive research of its kind doesn't bode well for tax incentives.


Recall Elections Are Becoming a More Common and Coordinated 'Partisan Power Play'

In Colorado, Republicans are trying to oust a dozen Democratic state legislators. It's the latest example of a political party using once-rare recalls as a way to gain control.


Can Medical Marijuana Get You Fired? Depends on the State.

Less than half of the states where the drug treatment is legal protect patients from employment discrimination. Courts have generally sided with employers -- until recently.


Despite Funding Fights, High-Speed Rail Progresses in 3 States

The Trump administration is pulling some federal funding from California. But that project and others like it are quickly moving forward.


Jay Inslee standingi front of a microphone.

'Medicare for All'? How About 'Medicaid for More'?

On Monday, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed the nation's first "public option" health insurance bill. Other states aren't far behind.


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The Voices We’re Not Hearing in Public Higher Ed

Too often, college and university governing boards resist bringing students and the public into decisions that have a powerful impact on them.

COMMENTARY

The Education Investment States Should Be Making

As the idea of "free college" gains popularity, Virginia and Iowa are instead focused on career and technical education.

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What YIMBYs Get Wrong About Housing

Building anything anywhere is a short-sighted approach to fixing the affordability crisis.

NEWS IN NUMBERS

$2.5 billion

Money for California's high-speed rail project that the Trump administration is threatening to take back -- on top of the $929 million that it already canceled last week. The state already spent the $2.5 billion.

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Police officer holding naloxone.

Most Police Still Don't Carry the Drug That Reverses an Overdose

Due to the high cost of naloxone, only a fraction of the nation’s police departments equip their officers with it.

• Is the U.S. Ready for Its First Safe Injection Site for Drug Users?

State Legislatures' Group Gets First New Leader in 32 Years

Tim Storey, who will take over as NCSL's executive director, has pledged to maintain the organization's bipartisan approach.

As Protests Spread, Lawmakers Seek Punishment (and Protection) for Teachers

North and South Carolina teachers rallied this week. Educators in Sacramento, Calif., and Oregon could strike later this month.

• The Key to Predicting the Next Teacher Strike

In Wake of Scandals, 2 Major Cities May Curb Politicians' Power

Councilmembers in Chicago and Philadelphia, which give them unusual amounts of authority, are facing criminal charges.

In Congressional Hearing, Election Officials Appear United Yet Divided

Democratic and Republican secretaries of state agree that more money is needed to improve voting systems, but they disagree on how that federal funding should be spent.


Pensions Have Tripled Their Investment in High-Risk Assets. Is It Paying Off?

A growing body of evidence shows that "alternative investments" may be lowering returns and costing state and local governments more.

Denver Voters Deny Homeless the 'Right to Survive.' Here's What That Means.

Initiative 300, a first-of-its-kind ballot measure that even divided advocates for the homeless, failed on Tuesday by an overwhelming margin.

How Many Local Governments Is Too Many?

See which states, metro areas and counties have the most.

Should Big Tech Be Taxed for Using Our Data?

There's a growing movement to, but some say it's a misguided policy.