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Public Housing Agencies Oppose HUD's Plan to Evict Immigrant Families

There's a problem with the Trump administration's proposal that Secretary Ben Carson defended on Tuesday. Local authorities don't want to enforce it.

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson testifies

The Keys to Helping Kids Overcome Poverty

New studies shed light on how low-income children can beat the odds that are against them in school and beyond.

Why America's Least Popular Governor Will Likely Get Reelected

In Tuesday's GOP primary, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin won a bare majority of the vote.

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.

Actress Alyssa Milano at a news conference inside a government building.

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.


Man on a ladder painting a house.

Should Cities Regulate How You Design Your Home?

One state tried to remove local governments' power to dictate things like paint colors.


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 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.


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Why Public Spaces Are Critical Social Infrastructure

We need to reimagine them and invest in them as platforms for health, equity and neighborhood wellbeing.

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Government Employment for Those Who Need a Leg Up

An innovative apprenticeship program is working to bring some of Los Angeles' neediest residents into the city's workforce.

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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.

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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.


Will the FDA Crackdown on Imported Prescriptions Cost Local Governments?

For years, hundreds of cities and counties have been saving money by letting their employees use cheaper drugs from other countries.

• Uncertainty Clouds States' Plans to Import Drugs From Canada

'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.

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

'Being Governor Ain't What It Used to Be': How Their Road to the White House Became an Uphill Climb

All but one of America's presidents between 1976 and 2004 were governors. Since then, state leaders have barely stood a chance at the Oval Office.

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.