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States Want Trump to Release His Tax Returns. What About Governors?

Democrats are pushing legislation to require presidential candidates to release their tax returns. The same rules don't apply for most statewide elections -- but that could change.

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Safe Drug Injection Sites Are Coming to America. Canada Has Had Them for Years.

These clinics have radically changed how addicts are treated and reduced opioid overdoses in other countries. But the U.S. cities trying to open one are facing intense pushback.

What the Decline of Newspapers Means for Government

About one in five Americans now lack regular access to local media coverage. Studies show this is bad for politics, municipal debt -- and even the environment.

A New Gig in Government: Chief Storyteller

Some cities are hiring people to share locals' stories and change the traditional narrative surrounding the place they call home.


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The Go-To Lawyer for Governors Facing Impeachment

Ross Garber is the man to call when state leaders are in political peril.


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Shortage of Volunteer Firefighters Threatens Fire Departments' Existence

Without enough volunteers to respond to emergencies, some fire departments are cutting services or even shutting down. Most are changing the way they recruit.


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Not Just Toll Roads Anymore: Governments Find New Uses for P3s

State and local officials are striking long-term deals with private companies to upgrade airports, college campuses and prisons.


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'Investors Are Hesitant': Rural America Might Miss Out on 'Opportunity Zones'

Tax breaks likely aren't enough to lure investors to low-income communities in rural areas. There are ways they can become more attractive.

• States, Cities Add Sweeteners to Attract 'Opportunity Zone' Investors

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This Republican Has a Good Point About Going Green

For sustainability to be successful, it must also be affordable. Spokane, Wash.'s mayor thinks it can be.

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The Investment Our Youngest Learners Need

Expansion of pre-K is welcome, but it shouldn't come at the expense of the needs of infants and toddlers.

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A Cautionary Tale for the New Muni Bond Era

A decade after the Libor scandal, a new approach to interest rates could help U.S. states and cities -- if they change their thinking.

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2029

Year that the number of middle-income Americans -- making between $25,000 and $74,000 -- is expected to double among people 75 or older. More than half of them likely won't be able to afford housing and health care.

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The Key to Predicting the Next Teacher Strike

A new study confirms that the less teachers are paid, the more likely they are to protest. Only a few of the lowest-paid districts have yet to see a strike.

• Despite Teachers' Strike Success, Their Schools Are Still Funded Less Than a Decade Ago

After Years of Explosive Growth, Migration to the West and the South Slows

New places are emerging as destinations for people on the move.

Sanctuary City Mayors Respond to Trump's Threat 'With Open Arms'

The president wants to release detained immigrants in cities where local leaders oppose his immigration policies.

When Rural Hospitals Close, More Than Health Care Is Lost

At least 95 have closed their doors since 2010, and roughly a quarter of the ones left are at risk of shuttering.

Liberal Hollywood and Conservative Politics Clash in America's New Filmmaking Hub

Elite actors are threatening to boycott Georgia over a heartbeat abortion bill, endangering the state's a-list status among major TV and movie productions.


Federal Tax Reform May Be Saving Money for States, Even High-Tax Ones

The part of the 2017 law that high-tax states are battling in court is likely helping them lower their debt -- at least in the short-term.

Chicago's Lori Lightfoot Among a Wave of Lesbian Mayors

From Kansas City, Mo., to Tampa, Fla., a record number of large cities could elect an openly gay woman as mayor this year.

• Chicago’s New Mayor Promises Change Despite ‘Massive’ Challenges

Arizona Becomes the First to Recognize Out-of-State Job Licenses

Gov. Doug Ducey signed a bill that makes it easier for people to move there by letting them automatically transfer their occupational licenses from other states.

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Marital Rape Isn't Necessarily a Crime in 12 States

Minnesota and Ohio are weighing whether to repeal loopholes that make it legal to rape your spouse.