Can Surge Pricing Cut Energy Use?

California will be the first state where utilities charge more for power used during peak hours.

Final IRS Rules Leave States Few Options for Evading the SALT Cap

"There is something to upset everyone in the IRS rule."

Who Should Approve Medical Vaccine Exemptions?

Amid concerns over "fake" exemptions, California is debating a bill that would make public health officials sign off on them like they do in other states. Doctors support the legislation, but the Democratic governor has criticized it.

Why Illinois' Marijuana Legalization Law Is Different From All Others

It will be the first state where the legislature -- not voters -- legalized cannabis sales. But that's not all that makes it unique.

• Will Marijuana and Sports Betting Solve Illinois' Budget Problems?

What the Governors Feuding With Their Own Parties Have in Common

The governors of Kentucky, New Jersey and West Virginia face different controversies, but they're all wealthy businessmen who had never before held elected office.

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Where’s the Beef? States Ban Veggie Burgers From Being Labeled 'Meat'

Lawmakers say they want to clear up confusion over plant-based meat substitutes.

Chicago Prosecutor Kim Foxx Is Unapologetic

The first African-American woman to lead Cook County's State's Attorney's Office talks about how she's making it more transparent and where her confidence comes from.

Right to an Attorney? Most Tenants Face Landlords Without One.

But a handful of cities are starting to provide counsel in civil court.

Batteries or Hydrogen? Cities Weigh the Best Way for Buses to Go Electric

As transit agencies move away from fossil fuels, they are figuring out which environmentally friendly option is right for them.


This Once-Popular Public Policy Tool Could Be Key to States’ Budget Futures

Coordinating commissions have fallen out of favor. It’s time to bring them back.


How Not to Reform Teacher Pensions

West Virginia's experience offers lessons in what states can do to provide retirement systems that benefit educators and taxpayers alike.


Government's Core Staffing Problem: Inflexible Pay Systems

Competition for talent is going to intensify. Government needs new approaches to how it compensates its workforce.



This week, Maine joined the seven other states that have legalized physician-assisted suicide -- otherwise known as "death with dignity" or "aid in dying" -- for terminally ill people.


How Governments Are Transitioning Their Gender Policies to Nonbinary

A growing number of states and cities are letting residents identify as neither male nor female, setting up a cascade of tough policy questions.

First Bags Then Straws: The Next Front in the War on Plastic

States are wading into what used to be a local issue, and styrofoam containers are their next target in the effort to reduce waste that pollutes the environment.

Governments Rethink Their 'Moral Obligation' to Municipal Bondholders

In the post-recession era, some struggling governments are choosing not to pay bondholders -- and judges are allowing their refusal.

Can America's Biggest Ports Go Green?

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have set an audacious goal: reducing their greenhouse gas emissions to zero.


How can modern solutions pave a new path to healthcare?

We know how. We are the how.


Rising Funeral Costs Put Pressure on Local Governments

Funerals have become a luxury that many Americans can’t afford. Cities and counties are paying the price.

• Human Composting, Liquid Cremation: States Search for Greener Funeral Options

Absenteeism Costs Schools Money. A Simple Change Can Reduce It.

It involves tweaking the tone and the look of letters home to parents.

What's in the Disaster Aid Package for States and Localities?

Congress passed a long-delayed bill to help places recover from past (and future) natural disasters. President Trump is expected to sign it.

States That Spend the Most (and the Least) on Education

Plus, where the funding comes from and how it's spent in each state.

President Donald Trump, left, and Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Seema Verma

Trump Offered States Obamacare 'Relief.' They Don't Want It.

Not a single state has applied for a State Relief and Empowerment Waiver that's meant to lower premiums. Why not?