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White Communities, Black Students: Counties With the Biggest School Race Gap

White enrollment in private schools creates stark disparities in many districts.


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Will the Gerrymandering Ruling Motivate Donors and Voters?

The decision increases the focus on often-ignored state legislative elections, where the GOP has recently dominated.

• Supreme Court Punts Partisan Gerrymandering to States and Congress, But They May Not Act
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One State's Big Leap to Reduce Medicare and Medicaid's Out-of-Pocket Costs

Washington state is going further than any other to cover aging Americans' medical bills.


WANTED: Public Employees Who Live Where They Work

Local governments are offering employees home loans and even housing if they reside among the people they serve.


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Developers Are Helping to Build Our Cities, Not Killing Them

Rather than treating them as the enemy, cities should collaborate with them.

COMMENTARY

The GovLove Generation: How Millennials Are Redefining Public Service

They're beginning to reshape local government in a big way.

COMMENTARY

America's Demographic Destiny Can't Be Ignored

The birth rate is at an all-time low. That’s going to have a major impact on public services.

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Time that people in much of Manhattan went without power on Saturday. It's unclear what caused the blackout, but the utility ruled out a cyberattack.

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Should a Private Tech Giant Be Designing Cities?

Google’s sister company wants to build the city of the future on Toronto’s waterfront, raising concerns over privacy and the role of government.


The Mayors Changing Local Government's Status Quo

They're bringing new perspectives and ideas.

How Federal Tax Reform Is Changing Government Borrowing

Fearing more changes from Congress, states and cities are turning less and less to the municipal bond market.

• Governments Rethink Their 'Moral Obligation' to Bondholders

Cities Confront the 'Forever Chemicals' Contaminating Drinking Water

As the EPA and Congress debate PFAS regulations, local governments are taking action to protect people from toxic chemicals used in the production of practically everything.

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How can modern solutions pave a new path to healthcare?

We know how. We are the how.

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How Trump's Plan to Redefine Poverty Would Impact Health Care and Food Stamps

The potential change in the federal poverty line would lower the number of people who qualify for social services by almost 1 million.


To Find More 'Good Cops,' a Few Big Cities Change Their Hiring Process

They're putting more emphasis on applicants' emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills.

18 and On Your Own: A New Way to Ease the Transition From Foster Care

Aging out of the system brings tough challenges that states are trying to help young adults overcome.

How Trump Became Counties' Best Friend and Biggest Ally

The administration is focusing on a level of government that past presidents have often neglected.

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GOP Holds Voter-Registration Advantage in Races for Governor and President

More people are registering as Republicans than Democrats in states with gubernatorial elections this year and in some 2020 battleground states.