Ryan Holeywell is the communications manager for the Texas Medical Center Health Policy Institute in Houston. He previously worked at Rice University's Kinder Institute for Urban Research. Holeywell is a former reporter for the Houston Chronicle as well as Governing magazine, where he covered infrastructure and federal policy from 2010 to 2014.

Holeywell earned his bachelor’s degree in political communication from George Washington University and is pursuing a master's degree in public Affairs from the University of Missouri.

May 3, 2018

How States Can Begin Cutting the Costs of Health Care

Federal efforts to reduce wasteful spending haven't achieved much. It's an opportunity for states to innovate.
February 1, 2014

Should California’s Crowded Prisons Look to San Francisco’s Shrinking Jails?

In the 1980s, San Francisco faced a court order similar to the one the state is facing now to reduce overcrowding. Rather than simply throwing the book at people, the city now often treats jail as a last resort and focuses on reintegrating ex-offenders back into society.
February 1, 2014

Copper and Robbers

More than half the states enacted laws to combat metal theft last year, but there’s little analysis of which legislative policies actually work.
January 27, 2014

Do Transportation Apps Compromise Safety?

Waze and other apps want to save drivers 10 minutes every day, but safety experts say it's too dangerous to use these apps while driving.
January 16, 2014

Leadership Shakeup at Transportation Department

Recent departures mean familiar faces will take on DOT's top roles.
January 14, 2014

House Committee Holds First Highway Reauthorization Hearing

The committee chairman says he wants a highway bill on the House floor by August.
January 14, 2014

Why Hawaiians Carpool So Much

Three of the nation's top metros for carpooling are in the Aloha State.
January 9, 2014

Christie Denies Involvement, Fires Aide in Bridge Scandal

At a press conference Thursday, the New Jersey governor said he was misled when he asked his staff about the closure of bridge lanes -- which some speculate was political payback for a mayor's decision not to endorse Christie for re-election.
January 9, 2014

Is Mayor Scott Smith Arizona’s Next Governor?

The moderate Republican is resigning as mayor and president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors to run for governor.
January 8, 2014

Despite His Denial, Emails Tie Christie Administration to Controversial Lane Closures

One of the New Jersey governor's top aides ordered lane closures that gridlocked a town -- a move that Democrats say was political payback for the mayor's refusal to endorse Christie.
January 8, 2014

From Murder Conviction to City Council Win

Wantwaz Davis, who served nearly 20 years for murder before being elected to the Flint, Mich., city council in November, sees his background as an asset -- not a liability.
January 2, 2014

De Blasio Picks New York City Transportation Commissioner

Polly Trottenberg, a higher-up at the U.S. Department of Transportation, takes over an office that's been redefined in recent years.
January 1, 2014

2014's Top 10 Legislative Issues to Watch

Plus six trending issues that could be big this year.
January 1, 2014

Meet 2014's New Mayors

Voters elected an unusually high number of new big-city mayors in November.
January 1, 2014

Fighting Fires Burns Through Money That Keeps Them from Starting

Wildfires in the U.S. are becoming bigger, more destructive and more frequent. And the extra cost of putting them out comes straight from the budget for fire prevention.
December 23, 2013

Why Getting Rid of Bus Stops Can Improve Bus Service

Fewer stops can reduce travel times and operating costs, researchers say.
December 23, 2013

Texas Works to Fix Roads Damaged by Energy Boom

State Department of Transportation has awarded the final contract for improvements on roads impacted by the energy sector.
December 20, 2013

Cincinnati Opts to Move Forward with Streetcar After All

After Mayor John Cranley campaigned on opposition to the project, he announces "we're going to have a streetcar."
December 18, 2013

The Top Transportation Challenges in 2014

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation's lead watchdog.
December 17, 2013

The Top 13 U.S. Transportation Stories of 2013

The highlights included a new transportation secretary and big funding hikes at the state level.
December 9, 2013

Bill Would Ban In-Flight Cell Phone Calls

The newly proposed legislation comes as federal regulators consider lifting restrictions on the devices.
December 5, 2013

State Lawmakers Urge Washington to Reach Budget Deal

Congressional negotiators are supposed to deliver the outline of a budget deal next week. State officials are urging them to produce.
December 4, 2013

Congressman Proposes 15-Cent Gas Tax Hike

The legislation -- which would undoubtedly face an uphill battle -- would increase the federal gas tax by 15 cents over three years.
December 1, 2013

In Blight Fight, Philadelphia May Be Biggest City to Create a Land Bank

Land bank programs have become a popular way for cities to acquire abandoned property and do something productive with it.
December 1, 2013

Is the Big Buildup of Chicago’s Infrastructure Bank Justified?

Chicago’s infrastructure bank has been hailed as an innovative new financing model that could revolutionize the way cities build new projects and manage risk. If only it could get off the ground.
November 25, 2013

New Pennsylvania Law Will Increase Transportation Funding by Billions

The legislation will eventually mean more than $2.3 billion annually in additional funds for transportation infrastructure.
November 22, 2013

Thanksgiving Travel Delays Could Become the Norm

Within 15 years, a new report says, every other day will feel like the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.
November 19, 2013

House Again Passes DATA Act

Transparency advocates praise the legislation, but states have questions about its costs.
November 15, 2013

Sens. Warner, Blunt Introduce Infrastructure Finance Bill

The bipartisan group of lawmakers say the legislation, which provides a new way to pay for infrastructure projects, would allow states and localities to build quicker.
November 14, 2013

Georgia County Releases Details of Braves Stadium Plan

The new facility, which is being built less than 20 years after the current one, will cost Cobb County, Ga., $300 million.
November 11, 2013

Pew Study Outlines Impact State, Federal Cuts Had on Cities

In some places, cuts in intergovernmental aid played a particularly significant role in causing budget strain.
November 11, 2013

After Less Than 20 Years, Atlanta Braves to Get New Stadium

In the ultimate sign of the country's stadium-mania, the baseball team is poised to get another stadium despite moving to Turner Field in 1997.
November 6, 2013

Texas Voters Authorize $2 Billion for Water Infrastructure

Plagued by drought, voters in the Lone Star State approved a plan to use rainy day funds to pay for projects that will preserve or expand the state's water supply.
November 6, 2013

Houston Voters Reject Rehabilitation of Astrodome

The decision likely means the structure -- once home to the Oilers and Astros and touted as the Eighth Wonder of the World -- will be demolished.
November 5, 2013

What the Departure of New York and Chicago's Transportation Leaders Means for Cities

Chicago's Gabe Klein and New York's Janette Sadik-Khan are poised to leave office within a few months. Their influence on their cities can't be overstated.
November 1, 2013

Virginia Court Rules in Favor of Private Road Deal

The ruling means that Virginia -- a national leader on public-private partnerships -- will likely continue its tolling push.
November 1, 2013

Public-Private Partnerships Are Popular, But Are They Practical?

Public-private partnerships have become a trendy way to finance transportation projects. But there are big questions to ask before entering into a P3.
October 24, 2013

House Passes Water Infrastructure Bill

The legislation, which will cut red tape and ensure port projects are completed quickly, was passed almost unanimously.
October 23, 2013

Texas Voters Consider Billions for Water Infrastructure

With a rapidly growing population, stagnant water supply and regular droughts, Texas voters are being asked to make $2 billion in state financing available for local and regional projects.
October 23, 2013

Report: States Need Guidance on Self-Driving Cars

A new study says that the feds should help develop a framework for states to address licensing of driverless vehicles.
October 21, 2013

At Airports, a Sudden Shift in Who's Handling Some Security

Some security responsibilities are being shifted away from the federal government and to airports themselves. Critics say the change could cost airports more than $200 million a year.
October 21, 2013

Will the Feds Regulate E-Cigarettes?

The Food and Drug Administration is expected to decide whether it will regulate them this month. In the meantime, more than half the states have already restricted their sales.
October 16, 2013

Final State Strikes Deal to Keep Amtrak Running

Indiana was the final state to negotiate a deal with the passenger rail provider to continue service.
October 15, 2013

Supreme Court Cases Impacting States & Localities

Here's a breakdown of which cases this session could have the biggest impact on Governing readers.
October 14, 2013

Amtrak Has Busiest Year Ever

Once again, the passenger rail provider set a ridership record.
October 9, 2013

California Approves Amtrak Deal

Funding agreement ensures service won't be interrupted.
October 8, 2013

Will Officials Prevent Truckers' Plan to Clog D.C.?

Protesters say they'll cause congestion on Washington's Beltway starting Friday, but state transportation leaders aren't saying much about how they'll respond.
October 4, 2013

Can a Ridiculously Simple Sign Prevent Car Accidents?

Arlington County, Va., police went back to the basics and to everyone's surprise, a sign that says "Don't Hit the Car in Front of You" seems to be reducing accidents.
October 3, 2013

Shutdown Puts Republican Governors in Tricky Spot

Many GOP governors oppose Obamacare, but they don't want their own states to suffer from a shutdown.
October 1, 2013

What the Shutdown Means for States & Localities

States and localities aren't too concerned about the immediate impacts of the federal shutdown that began at midnight, but a prolonged one is another matter.
October 1, 2013

Would States Be Repaid for Filling Federal Holes?

If the shutdown lasts more than a couple weeks, the states may start paying for federal programs. But it's unclear whether they would ever be reimbursed.
October 1, 2013

Houston: The Surprising Contender in America’s Urban Revival

Even the country’s most sprawling, least dense, most automobile-dependent city in America is trying to adapt to people’s preference for urban living.
October 1, 2013

October 2013 Last Look: Who Let the Dogs Out?

The site of the now-demolished Detroit Tigers baseball stadium is now home to “pop-up dog parties.”
September 24, 2013

Need to Make a Call? Wait Until the Next 'Text Stop'

New York officials believe they're the first to use signs to encourage drivers to use cellphones in safe, designated places like rest stops.
September 23, 2013

A New Study Could Help Make Driving Vastly Safer

Researchers are studying how motorists interact with their cars in the moments before a crash.
September 19, 2013

Water Bill Sails Through House Committee

The legislation, which will cut red tape and ensure critical port projects are completed more quickly, got unanimous passage. Its next stop is the full House of Representatives.
September 18, 2013

House Outlines 7 Online Sales Tax Principles

The legislation to allow states and localities to collect online sales taxes has been stuck in the U.S. House, but the issue may gain momentum back.
September 17, 2013

A Renewed Push to Nix Nebraska's Income Tax

Gov. Dave Heineman, who tried to eliminate the state income tax earlier this year, wants to replace the lost revenue by ending some sales tax exemptions. But legislators still aren't sold.
September 12, 2013

Online Sales Tax Legislation Faces Uncertain Future in House

With Congress back in session, tough issues like Syria and the deficit may put the bill known as the Marketplace Fairness Act on the back burner.
September 12, 2013

How to Toll Every Interstate Highway in America

The Reason Foundation -- one of the early champions of public-private partnerships -- outlines a plan for lifting the federal ban on interstate tolling to fund roads.
September 11, 2013

House Unveils Bill for Water Infrastructure Projects

Backers say the Water Resources Reform and Development Act will cut approval time for much-needed upgrades to ports, inland waterways and flood control projects.
September 11, 2013

Get to Know the Candidates for NYC's Next Mayor

New Yorkers narrowed the field of candidates vying for mayor to two (or maybe three) on Tuesday. Here's what you need to know about them and the race.
September 9, 2013

Biden Touts Infrastructure at Port of Baltimore

Vice President Joe Biden highlighted the facility, which, among other winners of recent TIGER grants, has seen a jump in business thanks to booming auto exports.
September 5, 2013

DOT Announces Latest TIGER Grants

The newest round of funding for the popular program includes $474 million for 52 transportation projects, including streetcars, roads, bike trails and "complete street" initiatives.
September 4, 2013

Transportation Chairman Takes a Spin in Driverless Vehicle

U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, will take a spin in self-driving vehicles Wednesday morning.
September 3, 2013

BYOD Policies, Growing More Popular, Create Challenges for Schools

The rapid proliferation of smartphones and tablets has led an increasing number of schools to allow students to bring their own devices into the classroom, leaving administrators with the big job of re-evaluating security and privacy policies and updating networks.
September 3, 2013

DART, America's Longest Light Rail System, Turns 30

Long-time executive director Gary Thomas reflects on the milestone and the future of mass transit in North Texas.
September 1, 2013

Will D.C.’s Defiance Toward Walmart Spread?

Even though Walmart threatened to pull the plug on plans for D.C. stores if the City Council passed a bill to force it to pay more than the minimum wage, they passed it anyway. Labor advocates are hoping more cities will follow.
August 29, 2013

America Keeps Driving Less and Less, But Why?

Many speculate it's because of the sagging economy, higher rates of telecommuting or more people living in cities. But a new study refutes all those claims.
August 28, 2013

Should Cities Revive L.A.'s Olympic Plan to Cut Traffic?

In 1984, Los Angeles reduced traffic and accidents during the Olympics in part by banning trucks from freeways during peak hours. Some lawmakers think it's a policy worth revisiting.
August 26, 2013

Infrastructure Must Reads: Boston Gives Bike Helmets a Try

Helmet dispensing machines will debut in Boston over the next few weeks. Plus, more news you should know about transportation and infrastructure.
August 26, 2013

A New Project in Dallas Aims to Ease Traffic Congestion

Called Integrated Corridor Management, the program emphasizes coordination across all transportation agencies.
August 16, 2013

L.A. is Paying Commuters to Use Transit (Sort of)

As part of a pilot program, bus riders get credits that they can put toward tolls.
August 14, 2013

Amtrak Sets Monthly Ridership Record

The increase in riders comes at a pivotal time for the nation's passenger rail provider.
August 13, 2013

6 Questions States Should Ask About Driverless Cars

As more states pass laws authorizing testing of autonomous vehicles, key legal questions need to be answered.
August 1, 2013

Why States Should Take Budget Surpluses with a Grain of Salt

Many states ended fiscal year 2013 with a surplus, but experts warn that it doesn’t mean their financial woes are over.
July 30, 2013

Obama Proposes Corporate Tax Reform to Pay for Infrastructure

The president's proposal would reduce the top corporate tax rate, eliminate loopholes and use the one-time revenue to pay for roads, transit and other transportation systems.
July 30, 2013

App Sends Traffic Complaints Straight to Congress

Hoping it will push U.S. lawmakers to develop a long-term transportation funding plan, infrastructure advocates developed a smartphone app that allows users to complain to members of Congress about their travel troubles.
July 29, 2013

Q&A: Maryland Transportation Secretary James Smith

The former county executive says that Maryland's new transportation funding package was key to his decision to take the cabinet-level post.
July 29, 2013

What a Depleted Highway Trust Fund Means for States

U.S. DOT tells states to be prepared for a slowdown in cash disbursements.
July 18, 2013

Detroit Files for Chapter 9 Bankruptcy

It's the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.
July 18, 2013

Amtrak's New Locomotives Arrive

Nearly 70 new electric engines will service the Northeast Corridor. They are expected to be more reliable and faster than the aging fleet they replace.
July 17, 2013

Lawmakers Question Pace of Progress on NextGen

FAA is planning a system that will radically change how it manages air travel, but skeptics say it may be taking too long.
July 17, 2013

Despite Bankruptcy, Momentum in Motown Builds for Streetcar

The high-profile light-rail project will link Detroit's two most vibrant sections. Financing for the $131 million line includes a huge amount of private and philanthropic support.
July 15, 2013

Want Western Antiques? Harrisburg's Got You Covered

The struggling Pennsylvania city is auctioning off items that were acquired for an ill-conceived Wild West museum.
July 15, 2013

Oregon Could be First State with Miles-Traveled Fee

The legislation, which awaits the governor's signature, would mark a radical departure from the traditional gas tax to fund transportation infrastructure.
July 2, 2013

Q&A: Departing Secretary on Transportation's Future

As U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood leaves office Tuesday, he sees a path forward for solving transportation's biggest problems.
July 2, 2013

Meet 'Bertha,' the World's Largest Tunneling Machine

"Bertha," named after Seattle's first female mayor, will soon start digging tunnels to replace the city's iconic highway that was destroyed by a disaster more than ten years ago.
July 1, 2013

8 States Raise Gas Taxes as Millions Hit the Road

The move will mean more money for infrastructure, but could also frustrate drivers traveling on Independence Day.
June 27, 2013

Villaraigosa Leaves Office with Transportation Legacy

After eight years in office, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has put an indelible mark on the city's transportation network.
June 27, 2013

What Having a Mayor Directing the DOT May Mean

Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx, now confirmed as the nation's transportation secretary, could bring a unique mindset to Washington.
June 25, 2013

Building an Infrastructure Bank Without Government Funds

One Congressman hopes to solve the problem of overseas tax havens and failing infrastructure with one piece of legislation.
June 24, 2013

Could the Feds Lift a Ban on Interstate Tolling?

Transportation advocates want Congress to OK tolling on interstates, allowing states and cities to generate their own revenue.
June 19, 2013

Online Sales Tax Bill Stuck in U.S. House

Though advocates hoped the long-fought-for legislation would finally pass this year, the IRS scandal and the immigration bill have pushed it to the back burner and it continues to face an uphill battle.
June 13, 2013

Don't Get Too Excited About State Surpluses

A new report forecasts that most states will end the fiscal year in the black. But it may be too early to celebrate.
June 7, 2013

Some Furious over Faster Speed Limits

In the last few months, lawmakers in four states have voted to increase speed limits. Studies show doing so doesn't cause more accidents, but critics say it makes them more severe.
June 4, 2013

LaHood: Expect "Big" Announcement from Obama on Transportation Funding

Transportation stakeholders have become increasingly vocal in recent years over the disconnect between the president's lofty rhetoric about the need to invest and his lack of serious policy proposals on the matter.
June 2, 2013

Why do Lieutenant Governors Keep Quitting?

Three lieutenant governors -- in Florida, Massachusetts and Nebraska -- have resigned in the last four months.
May 30, 2013

Pennsylvania County Launches Infrastructure Bank

Dauphin County's program is the first county infrastructure bank in Pennsylvania, and one of the first in the country.
May 28, 2013

How Many Bridges Are Like the Washington Bridge That Collapsed?

The four-lane bridge north of Seattle that collapsed and send several cars into the Skagit River Friday was rated by the Federal Highway Administration as "functionally obsolete" and was in far better shape than many bridges around the country.
May 27, 2013

A New Kind of Bike Share

As New York City rolls out its bike-share program, Hoboken, N.J., is debuting its own that could offer a new way cities -- both large and small -- can encourage bicycling.
May 24, 2013

Collapse Not Example of Crumbling Infrastructure

The Washington bridge that collapsed and sent two cars into the river may have been too small for today's traffic, but experts say it wasn't an investment issue.
May 23, 2013

Amtrak CEO Joe Boardman to Stay On

The move comes at a time when Congress is preparing to develop its long-term passenger rail bill.
May 22, 2013

Transportation Nominee Foxx Sails Through Easy Hearing

The Charlotte mayor didn't face many hardball questions from senators.
May 21, 2013

Rail Subcommittee Questions Value of Amtrak's Long-Haul Routes

As passenger rail legislation expires this fall, those money-losing routes could be in the cross hairs of House Republicans.
May 20, 2013

The Next Stop in Public Transit Advertising: Audio

In an effort to increase revenue, transit agencies are working to find new twists to old advertising methods.
May 17, 2013

How Vermont Raised Its Gas Tax

State leaders say they had no choice to find new gas tax revenue since they risked losing federal funds.
May 10, 2013

Bike Share Programs to Launch in New York, Chicago

The two initiatives could quickly become the largest bike sharing programs of their kind in the U.S.
May 7, 2013

Online Sales Tax Bill Passes Senate

It's the first time any version of the legislation, which state and local leaders have long fought for, has ever been approved by either chamber of Congress.
April 30, 2013

What Happened to Federalism?

Washington used to know how to listen to the states; there was even a commission for intergovernmental relations. Can Washington overcome politics and partisanship to work together again?
April 30, 2013

Has High-Speed Rail Been Derailed?

Four years after President Barack Obama declared high-speed rail a national priority, the financial hurdles seem higher than ever.
April 29, 2013

What Anthony Foxx's Nomination Means for Transit

The Charlotte mayor's nomination as DOT secretary is being viewed as an overture to the role of metro areas in transportation planning.
April 24, 2013

Just How Screwed is the Highway Trust Fund?

A new report from the Congressional Budget Office warns that Congress will have to dramatically cut transportation spending or raise the gas tax.
April 23, 2013

Senate Could Pass Online Sales Tax Bill This Week

The legislation, which would allow states to collect sales taxes from Internet retailers, now has the White House's backing.
April 22, 2013

Is Raising the Gas Tax Truly Politically Unpalatable?

It's conventional wisdom in Washington that voters won't support a gas tax hike or a vehicle miles traveled fee. A new study suggests that long-held belief is wrong.
April 12, 2013

Which State, Local Grants Got Cut in Obama's Budget?

The president's new budget proposal increases total federal grant funding to states and localities, but some programs are on the chopping block.
April 10, 2013

Obama's Infrastructure Budget is Ambitious But Vague on Funding

The president's budget calls for ambitious infrastructure investments but -- yet again -- doesn't provide many details on how to pay for it.
April 5, 2013

Oregon May Be 1st with Automatic Voter Registration

Secretary of State Kate Brown wants to make Oregon the first state to instantly register voters when they apply for a driver's license.
April 1, 2013

Indianapolis Building First Empty-Ballpark Apartments

Communities struggle with what to do with stadiums once sports teams leave. Indianapolis is converting its historic minor league ballpark into apartments.
March 29, 2013

Whatever Happened to the Office of Urban Affairs?

Created four years ago, the federal office was supposed to engage cities and metro areas in all major policy decisions. Today, the Obama administration has “little to show for its efforts.”
March 25, 2013

Automated System May Ease L.A.'s Traffic Nightmare

In an effort to reduce congestion, every traffic light in Los Angeles is now controlled remotely by a software the city has given the federal government to share with other cities.
March 20, 2013

Water Bill Introduced in U.S. Senate

A Senate committee unveiled the much-awaited legislation, saying it would offer states and localities tools to improve ports, the water supply and flood control.
March 20, 2013

Will the Marketplace Fairness Act Succeed in 2013?

The legislation fizzled last year as Congress became mired in the fiscal cliff debate. But advocates are hopeful for a different result this time.
March 19, 2013

Civil Engineers Give American Infrastructure "D+" Rating

The study, published every four years, is a key tool for infrastructure advocates.
March 12, 2013

How Tallahassee Overhauled Its Transit Overnight

One day in 2011, Tallahassee's now award-winning transit agency had 26 bus routes. The next day, they were all replaced.
March 5, 2013

After Virginia's Transportation Plan Passes, Maryland Gov. Proposes His Own

Gov. O'Malley's plan borrows many ideas from Virginia's sweeping overhaul, but differs in a couple key ways.
March 1, 2013

Report Calls for Bigger State Role in Rail

As Congress mulls future of Amtrak, a new Brookings study says state support of the rail system has contributed to its record ridership.
February 28, 2013

Transportation Committee Chairs Say They're Open to Ideas

The highway bill was passed last year, but lawmakers are already discussing its successor.
February 28, 2013

Sequestration Won't Hit Schools Immediately

While the administration warns of sequestration's impact on education, most programs won't be affected this academic school year.
February 28, 2013

Republicans Skeptical of FAA Sequestration Cuts

House Republicans are trying to figure out if the scheduled budget cuts would be as devastating to air travelers as portrayed -- or if it's all just a scare tactic.
February 28, 2013

Will the Next NYC Mayor Continue Bloomberg's Urban Planning Legacy?

Under Bloomberg, the cityscape has been reshaped in unprecedented ways.
February 28, 2013

Indianapolis Aims to Have 1st All-Green Fleet

The city has a bold plan to make every vehicle in its fleet, including police cars, run on alternative fuels.
February 25, 2013

Is the President Just Talk on Infrastructure?

Barack Obama keeps proposing multibillion-dollar infrastructure investments. But they don't come with many details.
February 22, 2013

Oregon Moves Closer to Bed-Bug Privacy Law

In a sign of just how serious the bed bug problem has become in some parts of the country, the legislature is close to making an unusual deal with the state's exterminators.
February 22, 2013

With Sequestration Looming, Governors Make Their Case in D.C.

Programs for the poor are of particular concern.
February 19, 2013

State Panel Declares Financial Emergency in Detroit

The decision brings Michigan's largest city one step closer to a state takeover.
February 12, 2013

FCC Wi-Fi Expansion May Threaten Connected Vehicles

Transportation stakeholders are urging the FCC to slow plans that could undermine much anticipated technology that can help drivers avoid crashes.
February 8, 2013

This Week Critical For Virginia Transportation Bill

Gov. McDonnell's plan to scrap the gas tax got national attention. But the legislation's time is running out.
February 7, 2013

Report: Offshore Accounts Cost States Nearly $40 Billion

A new report estimates that offshore accounts maintained by corporations and wealthy individuals caused states to miss out on nearly $40 billion in tax revenue in 2011.
February 6, 2013

Utah Signs Briefs Opposing Same-Sex Marriage

Supreme Court will hear two cases next month.
February 5, 2013

Farmers, Ranchers Await Disaster Relief Fix

Congress had the chance to restore some programs as part of the fiscal cliff deal but failed to do so.
February 2, 2013

New Orleans Opens New Streetcar Line Just in Time for Super Bowl

New line extends service to French Quarter, Superdome and downtown.
January 31, 2013

A Powerful Central Government Loosens the Reins

The United Kingdom is giving unprecedented authority to its cities under a program that the United States could learn a thing or two from.
January 31, 2013

Why Isn't the U.S. Better at Public-Private Partnerships?

Few states have offices dedicated to examining increasingly popular P3 deals. Experts say it's time to copy Canada and change that.
January 31, 2013

Vancouver Offers Drug Users a Safe Place to Shoot Up

In an effort to reduce HIV rates that were approaching development-world levels, a government-run facility in the Canadian city welcomes people to use illegal substances under the supervision of medical professionals.
January 31, 2013

Affordable and Luxurious Housing Come Hand in Hand in Vienna

Vienna has figured out how to offer high-quality apartments with low-cost rent and renters' rights that would be unheard of in the United States. Advocates say it's a model worth examining.
January 29, 2013

Making the Case for Transportation Investment

Rep. Oberstar and others explore disconnect between need for investment and public will.
January 29, 2013

Michigan Gov. Snyder Calls for Transportation Investment

Says current path is unsustainable.
January 29, 2013

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to Step Down

After serving for all four years of the president's first term, LaHood is departing at a key time of transition in the transportation community.
January 28, 2013

Virginia's Bold, New Transportation Funding Idea

Under a new proposal by Gov. Bob McDonnell, Virginia would become the only state without a gas tax.
January 25, 2013

Maryland Senate President Pursues Gas Tax Hike

Maryland becomes the latest state to start seriously question long-term transportation funding plans.
January 21, 2013

'Zombie' Estate Taxes Appear Dead for Good

The fiscal cliff deal seems to have made it all but impossible for about 25 states to collect estate taxes, barring new laws.
January 17, 2013

Mayors Back Call for Gun Regulation

A day after President Obama issued calls for expanded gun rules, the country's mayors are echoing his call for an assault weapons ban.
January 16, 2013

Engineers: U.S. Needs to Invest $1 Trillion More in Infrastructure

A new report warns of governments' continued "failure to invest" in roads, airports, electrical grid and other critical forms of infrastructure.
January 16, 2013

Top Reasons People Stop Using Public Transit

A new report provides insight on how far transit systems can push customers before they switch to other modes of transportation.
January 8, 2013

Judge: EPA Can't Treat Stormwater as Pollutant

A federal court sided with Virginia in a debate over Clean Water Act powers.
January 8, 2013

Should Parking Lots Be Taxed to Fund Bike Paths?

One former state transportation director thinks so. The revenue would provide a steady stream of funding for public transit and bike path improvements.
January 3, 2013

Fiscal Cliff Deal a Mixed Bag for State, Local Leaders

Scheduled automatic spending cuts, while delayed, still mean uncertainty for some key programs.
December 28, 2012

Top 10 Legislative Issues to Watch in 2013

Here are 10 of the biggest topics states will tackle in the year ahead.
December 27, 2012

Oregon Nears Completion of Latest VMT Pilot

Data gathered in Oregon and elsewhere could help open the door to a new way of paying for roads.
December 20, 2012

Mayors Offer Bleak Outlook on State of Aid for Homeless

Cities across the country are being forced to deny food and shelter to those in need, according to a new study.
December 19, 2012

Is 2013 the Year of New Transportation Funding?

Several states are signaling their willingness to pursue higher fees and taxes to fund roads, rails and bridges.
December 19, 2012

An Interview with Honolulu Mayor-Elect Kirk Caldwell

The mayor-elect discusses the city's $5 billion elevated rail line.
December 14, 2012

State Revenues Return to Pre-Recession Levels (Sort Of)

While states as a whole are seeing their financial position slowly improve, the results have been uneven.
December 11, 2012

Homelessness Rate Nearly Unchanged in 2012

Even though the homeless rate stayed virtually the same over the last year, the number of homeless veterans declined, according to federal estimates.
December 6, 2012

State Legislators Lobby Obama Administration on Fiscal Cliff

Lawmakers stressed the importance of avoiding the so-called "fiscal cliff" and made their case for programs they want to protect.
December 6, 2012

Deficit-Reduction Talks May Fuel Gas Tax Increase

The federal gas tax hasn't been increased since 1993 when it was used as a tool to reduce the federal deficit. Now faced with a similar situation, Congress may pay more attention to the idea.
December 3, 2012

What the Fiscal Cliff Means for State and Local Budgets

See which programs get the biggest cuts, and when they'll really happen.
November 30, 2012

Are Municipal Branding Campaigns Worth the Price?

Brand marketing promises new attention -- and money -- to cities.
November 28, 2012

Obama, Romney to Meet Thursday

The 2012 candidates will join up for the first time since the election.
November 26, 2012

Municipal Leaders Fear Deficit Reduction Could Impact Bond Exemption

The federal tax code has, in effect, subsidized the cost of borrowing for state and local governments. Some say that could be poised to change.
November 26, 2012

6 Transportation Policy Questions for 2013

What's old, what's new and what's unclear for transportation policy in 2013.
November 19, 2012

AASHTO Gets New Executive Director

Former FHWA official gets top slot at state DOT association.
November 15, 2012

Voters Approve Transportation Spending, AASHTO's New President and More

With the passing a handful of ballot measures on Election Day and the surface transportation bill this spring, 2013 will be a busy year for infrastructure and transportation projects.
November 15, 2012

Who May be the Next Transportation Secretary?

If Ray LaHood moves on, a new secretary would take office at a time when transportation faces big challenges.
November 15, 2012

Mayors Lobby Congress on Fiscal Cliff Concerns

Local leaders say sequestration could be devastating to cities, but they also worry about the alternatives.
November 7, 2012

Michigan Kills Controversial Emergency Manager Law

Voters repealed a unique law that gave state-appointed officials unprecedented power in struggling cities and school districts. But the debate is far from settled.
November 7, 2012

Michigan Bridge Project Clears Election Day Hurdle

A wealthy opponent of Detroit's new international bridge fails to derail the project, despite spending big.
November 7, 2012

Minnesota Voters Defeat Voter ID Plan

Voters turned down a plan that's gained traction in 12 states over the last two years.
November 7, 2012

Arizonans Say No to "Top-Two" Primaries

Voters overwhelmingly defeated a plan to dramatically change how primaries are conducted.
November 7, 2012

New Mayors Elected in Honolulu, Portland, San Diego

Three major cities will get new mayors next year.
November 2, 2012

Michigan Bridge Hangs in the Balance

A bridge owner has bankrolled a campaign to delay a major state-sponsored infrastructure project. For full election coverage, visit the 2012 Election Center.
October 31, 2012

Should Gay Marriage Be Decided by States?

The battle between the states and the U.S. House of Representatives over the definition of marriage could signal federalism’s future.
October 31, 2012

Senior Cohousing May be the Next Real-Estate Trend

Once a relative novelty, communal living facilities continue to increase in popularity -- and they could become a key part of the way developers and cities accommodate an aging population. View our series on aging here.
October 29, 2012

Michigan Voters to Decide 'Dictator' Law's Fate

Labor activists say a law giving the state oversight over local government is undemocratic. But fiscal conservatives say it's the only way to preserve financial stability.
October 29, 2012

Arizona Proposal Could Dramatically Change Primaries

Voters will decide whether to create a new open-primary system that threatens the power of political parties.
October 29, 2012

Minnesota Voters Consider Voter ID

The state is the latest to consider implementing the controversial practice.
October 12, 2012

FTA Gets New Safety Oversight Over Transit Agencies

Reforms are largely the result of a final subway crash in Washington, D.C.
October 11, 2012

Military Communities Brace for Sequestration Cuts

Virginia and Maryland municipalities are likely to be hardest hit by defense spending cuts set to take effect in January.
October 5, 2012

Cost of Clean Water Regulations Frustrating Mayors

Hundreds of cities are trying to follow federal orders to clean up their wastewater systems -- sometimes at a cost of billions of dollars.
October 4, 2012

Governors, Mayors React to Presidential Debate

Governing compiled reactions to comments made by President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney Wednesday night.
October 2, 2012

A Manhattan Project for Failing Cities

One expert says the effort that developed the atomic bomb is exactly what's needed to turn some of America's financially distressed cities around.
September 28, 2012

Social Impact Bonds: Finding Funding for an Ounce of Prevention

Social impact bonds are a relatively new financial instrument that promises to earn returns for investors while giving state and local governments the upfront capital they need to pursue money-saving programs.
September 28, 2012

Public Workers Bid for Their Jobs

As cities seek new ways to save money, more and more are requiring their employees to bid against the private sector for work in a process known as “managed competition.”
September 28, 2012

What Will Government Look Like in 2037?

This month marks Governing’s 25th anniversary, so we asked leaders for their predictions on how government will have changed 25 years from now.
September 26, 2012

The Farm Bill Expires This Week. Does It Matter?

Not much -- for now. But lawmakers, especially those from agriculture-producing states, have warned Congress about the troubles that could ensue.
September 20, 2012

Mayors Urge Washington to Stop Sequestration

Automatic spending cuts would slash important grants and hurt metro economies, mayors say.
September 19, 2012

Pensions, Medicaid and State Budgets: Is a Solution in Sight?

State and local leaders say that in order to fix their budgets, they'll need to view citizens and government employees and partners.
September 14, 2012

ASCE: Investment in Ports, Airports Critical to Economy

Engineers say failure to maintain and expand facilities will make American goods more expensive.
September 13, 2012

City Revenue Drops for the 6th Consecutive Year

A new report on city finances says local governments are still struggling and may continue to do so for years.
September 10, 2012

State DOTs, Smart Growth Group Highlight How to Stretch Transportation Funds

A new report emphasizes collaboration between state agencies and local partners.
September 6, 2012

Texas and Calif.'s Contrasting High-Speed Rail Attempts

Unlike California's well-known attempt to build a bullet train, a company in Texas says it can bring high-speed rail to the state at no cost to taxpayers.
August 31, 2012

Q&A on Senior Housing with Former HUD Secretary

Henry Cisneros discusses his new book on senior housing and what local and federal governments need to do to address the housing needs of seniors.
August 31, 2012

Transit Service for Disabled May Feel Weight of Seniors

Agencies are seeking ways to curb the growing use of expensive paratransit service, but advocates question their methods.
August 31, 2012

How Will Boomers Reshape U.S. Cities?

The wave of boomer retirees will transform the way cities look, from the way they grow and sprawl to minutiae such as curb heights and the fonts on street signs.
August 31, 2012

New Clean Water Regulations Leave Localities Skeptical

The EPA released a new framework that it says will offer cities more flexibility and maybe more savings as they try to stop sewer runoff into lakes and rivers.
August 30, 2012

Judge Tosses Controversial Florida Election Law

A federal judge rejected part of a law that voter registration groups argued was so onerous it forced them to stop their voter drives in the state.
August 28, 2012

New Fuel Standards Nearly Double Car Efficiency

The White House announced new regulations that should save Americans money and cut carbon emissions.
August 28, 2012

Alaska Sues Feds Over Voting Rights Act

The state wants to end federal oversight of its elections.
August 22, 2012

Tampa Improves Its Look for Republican Convention

The city is spending millions to improve its aesthetic appeal before hosting the national convention next week.
August 14, 2012

Why Some Georgians Approved a Transportation Sales Tax

Atlanta-area voters rejected a one-cent tax for transit projects. But voters in three regions chose to make the investment.
August 8, 2012

Electric Bus Company Catches Washington's Eye

The White House recognized the company for its green buses that can be charged in just 10 minutes.
August 6, 2012

Michigan's Emergency Manager Law Suspended

The state Supreme Court says Michigan residents can decide the controversial law's fate in November. What happens until then is less clear.
August 3, 2012

County Association Gets New Director

The group representing the country's 3,000-plus counties gets its first new boss in more than 20 years.
August 1, 2012

What The Georgia Vote Means for Transportation

Voters in the Atlanta area overwhelming rejected a dedicated sales tax for transportation projects. Are there lessons to be learned from that vote?
July 31, 2012

Bus Rapid Transit Gaining Traction Despite Concerns

Localities from San Francisco to Jacksonville, Fla., are embracing bus rapid transit -- even if not everyone in the transportation community is sold on the idea.
July 27, 2012

Chick-fil-A Controversy: Chicago, Boston Threaten Bans

After the company's president expressed opposition to gay marriage, two mayors said they'll try to prevent it from expanding.
July 24, 2012

Online Sales Tax Bill Under Scrutiny in House Committee

It’s one of several bills introduced in the last year that could let states tap into a valuable revenue source.
July 20, 2012

Obama Administration Accelerates Port Projects

Five U.S. ports should benefit from the president's decision to expedite their approval process.
July 17, 2012

Budget Task Force Highlights 6 Threats to States

Study led by government veterans warns of "calamity" for states if federal deficit reduction goes too far.
July 16, 2012

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell -- NGA's New Chair -- Talks Medicaid

After a weekend conference in Williamsburg, Va., governors are still trying to figure out what the Supreme Court's ruling means for the future of Medicaid.
July 13, 2012

Michigan’s Transportation Solution: Make Canada Pay

Our northern neighbor is paying for a new international bridge between Detroit and Canada. Is it too good to be true?
July 11, 2012

D.C. Museum Explores Design with Miniature Golf

Miniature golf will draw those in Washington, D.C., to explore design while having fun at the National Building Museum.
July 10, 2012

Gay Rights Debate Comes to City Hall

While state capitals are the historic battleground on the issue, advocates on both sides of the argument are now making their voices heard at the local level.
June 29, 2012

Congress Passes Highway, Transit Bill

Just a day before it would have expired, the Senate and House approve a two-year bill.
June 29, 2012

Panama Canal Expansion Has U.S. Ports Rushing

States are seeking to spend billions of dollars to build bigger ports to accommodate the massive ships that will soon be traveling through the canal. Can they move quickly enough?
June 27, 2012

Stockton, Calif., is Largest City to File for Bankruptcy

The City Council hopes bankruptcy protection will help it avoid a total collapse, but experts say it's only a short-term fix.
June 26, 2012

Deadline for Transportation Bill Nears

The latest highway and transit bill extension expires at the end of the week. Can Congress pass a new one by then?
June 22, 2012

Feds Announce Latest TIGER Grants for Transportation, Transit Projects

Forty-seven projects across all modes awarded nearly $500 million.
June 19, 2012

Pew Report: Pension and Benefits Gap Continues to Widen

New study shows states owe $1.38 trillion more to retirees than they've set aside. That's about 9 percent higher than last year's report.
June 19, 2012

Can 'Connected Vehicles' Prevent Car Crashes?

USDOT is studying technology that allows cars to communicate with each other to warn drivers of potential collisions.
June 18, 2012

Survey Shows "Agenda 21" Crowd is Slim

American Planning Association poll finds only 6 percent of respondents oppose UN policy.
June 12, 2012

San Diego Pension Debate Continues

Voters approve moves that could save the city nearly $1 billion in the next 30 years, but labor groups question the mayor's role in the process.
June 12, 2012

Report: State Revenue Returns to Pre-Recession Levels

But growing Medicaid costs remains a concern.
June 12, 2012

Michigan Struggles With Skills Mismatch

State has thousands of job openings in engineering and skilled trades, despite high unemployment.
June 8, 2012

Snyder on Snyder: Michigan Governor Discusses Management

Gov. Rick Snyder discusses the state's workforce, as well as his ideas for economic development.
June 7, 2012

Study: States, Feds Don't Target Transportation Spending

Money's tight. So why don't governments work to determine how to get the best bang for their transportation buck?
June 5, 2012

Mayors Question EPA Consent Decrees

The feds want cities to stop dumping sewage into lakes and rivers -- but the work will cost local governments billions of dollars.
June 5, 2012

New Life For D.C.'s Tunnels?

A nonprofit hopes to turn an abandoned, underground streetcar station into a new type of development in Washington, D.C.
May 31, 2012

Walmart Makes Its Urban Debut

In the past, cities have resisted big-box stores. But now, government leaders from New York to New Orleans are actively courting places like Walmart and Home Depot to move in.
May 31, 2012

Debit Cards Replace Paper Tax Refunds in Some States

At least six states this year issued their tax refunds on debit cards, in a move they say will save money for both the taxpayer and the government.
May 31, 2012

California’s Gavin Newsom Gets His Own TV Show

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is likely the only public official who’s currently hosting a national television program while still in office.
May 31, 2012

Texas School District Pays $20M for iPads

The McAllen school district is within the nation’s poorest metro area, and it's reduced spending on instruction. But district officials are betting their tech investment will pay off.
May 31, 2012

Another REAL ID Deadline Bites the Dust

Several federal deadlines to overhaul states’ driver's licenses systems have come and gone in the past seven years. As another one approaches, should states be concerned about complying?
May 30, 2012

Virginia's School for Deaf and Blind Gets a $71 Million Makeover

The state is finalizing a four-year construction project for one of the world's oldest schools for deaf and blind students.
May 22, 2012

NLC Leader Don Borut Announces Retirement

Don Borut, who has served as executive director of the National League of Cities since 1990, will retire at the end of the year, the organization announced this week.
May 18, 2012

State, Local Government Groups Fear Impact of Conference Restrictions

Federal legislation could prohibit agencies from attending multiple conferences hosted by one organization.
May 17, 2012

House GOP: Who Needs Data, Anyway?

State and local governments have joined the fight against a House plan to stop collecting demographic data.
May 15, 2012

Los Angeles, New York Pass 'Responsible Banking' Ordinances

Legislation would require banks seeking city business to submit detailed local lending data.
May 14, 2012

How Weston, Florida, a City of 65,000, Gets By on 9 Employees

Weston, Fla., relies almost entirely on contractors to perform city work.
May 11, 2012

Can Detroit Get Back On Track?

The Motor City has a new CFO who faces an enormous task: putting one of the country's most financially stressed cities on sound footing.
May 4, 2012

Transparency Advocates Cheer, But States Fear DATA Act's Costs

State and local governments say without federal funding, a bill working its way through Congress threatens to greatly increase the costs of reporting.
May 2, 2012

Cities Using Deposits to Gain Leverage Over Banks

Cities are pursuing "responsible banking ordinances" that encourage banks to lend more in order to compete for contracts.
April 30, 2012

Engineers Warn Against Inadequate Energy Investment

The American Society of Civil Engineer's latest report says a failure to invest in energy infrastructure could have huge economic consequences for the country.
April 30, 2012

Financing Water Infrastructure Like Transportation

One idea floating around on how to help cities pay for water infrastructure has already helped finance big transportation projects with large, low-interest loans directly from the feds.
April 30, 2012

Emergency Financial Managers: Michigan's Unwelcome Savior

In Michigan, financial advisers take control of cities on the brink of bankruptcy.
April 26, 2012

See Which States Top the 'Camelot Index'

The annual ranking combines health, economy, government performance and other factors.
April 25, 2012

LivingSocial Seeks Its Own Daily Deal

Online coupon site threatens to leave Washington, D.C. if it doesn't get a tax break.
April 24, 2012

Transportation's Messaging Solution

A new report from University of Virginia's Miller Center offers ways for the transportation community to improve its outreach.
April 16, 2012

New Life for the Highway Bill?

House Rules Committee plans to meet to discuss another extension.
April 10, 2012

GAO: Without Reform, States, Localities Face Financial Pressure

A new report from the federal watchdog says that state and local governments should move quickly to address financial challenges facing them.
April 10, 2012

Which City Flags Are America's Best?

"Each flag has a story to tell," says the head of the North American Vexillological Association. Here's 13 of the best, as determined by Governing's Ryan Holeywell.
April 5, 2012

Transportation's Messaging Problem

Nobody likes traffic and potholes. So why isn't the public engaged in the Congress's debate about transportation?
April 4, 2012

The $40B Infrastructure Project You Haven't Heard Of

As the country debates the future of highways and transit, a major investment in air is planned.
April 3, 2012

Three State Budgets Could Win the Mega Millions Jackpot Too

Big winnings could mean big taxes for states that sold winning tickets.
March 30, 2012

The 5 Biggest U.S. Infrastructure Projects, Plus 5 at Risk

From Washington, D.C., to California, read about the five biggest projects in the country right now -- and the five biggest ones in jeopardy.
March 29, 2012

Michigan Counties Win Big in Fannie, Freddie Lawsuit

In what might be the first suit of its kind, a federal judge ruled the mortgage giants must pay transaction taxes owed to state and local governments.
March 26, 2012

States Work To Combat Business Identity Theft

Business records in many states can be edited by just about anybody, making them an easy target for scammers.
March 22, 2012

Mica Offers Three-Month Transportation Extension

Legislation would prevent transportation projects from going on hold at the end of the month.
March 20, 2012

Eisenhower Family Blasts Memorial Design at Hearing

Former President Dwight D. Eisenhower's grandchildren asked a commission tasked with designing his memorial to return to the drawing board.
March 8, 2012

Critics Claim Proposed Private Prison Deal Could Encourage Harsher Sentencing

Private prison operator wants to buy facilities in exchange for a promise that they'll stay 90 percent full.
March 7, 2012

House To Drop Controversial Transit Provision

The decision is a victory for the transit community.
March 6, 2012

LaHood: Time's Run Out To Pass Long-Term Highway By Deadline

With the latest highway and transit bill extension expiring at the end of the month, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says another will be needed.
March 6, 2012

Local Leaders Lobbying for Internet Sales Tax

As states and localities face shortfalls, officials say revenue could help close the gaps.
March 2, 2012

States Look to Regulate Autonomous Autos

California is the latest to consider legislation that would establish rules for self-driving vehicles.
March 2, 2012

Political Sex Scandal Rocks California Bay Area

State Treasurer was allegedly sent a recording of his wife having sex with another man.
March 1, 2012

Lawmakers Seek To Halt Eisenhower Memorial Design

A pair of House Republicans are the latest to raise the alarm about the Frank Gehry project.
February 29, 2012

Maryland’s Local Leaders Criticize Growth Plan

Gov. Martin O’Malley says his controversial plan will help manage the state’s growth while protecting rural areas and the Chesapeake Bay. But is he overreaching?
February 29, 2012

Subway Riders Sue New York City to Prevent Another Crisis

After being trapped on a train for eight hours with no food, water or heat in the middle of winter, passengers want to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
February 29, 2012

Portland Struggles to Remain a Leader in Public Transit

Reduced revenue and federal funding, combined with unsustainable employee costs, are making it difficult for the Oregon city to stay on top.
February 29, 2012

Mica on Transportation Bill: Path Forward is Unclear

Congress has until the end of March to pass a highway bill or extend the current one. How that will happen is anyone's guess.
February 28, 2012

A New Way to Finance Water Infrastructure

A federal mechanism used to help finance big transportation projects is being viewed as a model.
February 27, 2012

Florida Legislation Could Have Taxpayers Pay for Amtrak Accidents

A similar protection already exists for freight rail company CSX, reports the Miami Herald.
February 24, 2012

Rendell's Interest in Philly Papers Sparks Controversy

He and others with business and political interests are leading a group working to buy the Philadelphia Inquirer.
February 16, 2012

Officials Question Obama's Proposal to Cut Heating Aid for Poor

The administration, for the second year in a row, requests cuts to a program that helps poor people pay their heating and cooling bills.
February 15, 2012

San Diego Mayor Goes on the Offensive

Jerry Sanders spoke with Governing writer Ryan Holeywell about how he hopes to turn what's been called "Enron by the Sea" into "ground zero" for pension reform.
February 14, 2012

N.D. Supreme Court May Take Up 'Fighting Sioux' Debate

The battle over University of North Dakota's nickname continues, reports The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead.
February 13, 2012

CBO: Republican Transportation Bill Will Bankrupt Trust Fund

A new report suggests Republicans haven't found the revenue they promised they had.
February 13, 2012

Obama's Transportation Budget Unlikely to Gain Traction

The president has an ambitious proposal that probably won't be considered seriously by Congress.
February 10, 2012

Localities, Strapped For Cash, Turn to Collections

Cities and counties hope to fill budget gaps by recovering unpaid debts.
February 8, 2012

Transit Funding Faces Uncertain Future

Transportation stakeholders say that House bill would make long-term transit investments a challenge.
February 6, 2012

New Oklahoma Program Requires Real-Time Prescription Tracking

Pharmacists must file a state report within minutes of dispensing some drugs, reports The Oklahoman.
February 2, 2012

Support for House Transportation Bill Eroding

Committee threatens future of transit's dedicated funding stream.
January 31, 2012

Rendell Calls For Infrastructure Investment

Remarks come on the same day the Congressional Budget Office announces that the Highway Trust Fund is heading towards the red.
January 31, 2012

The Future of Federal Spending

A slew of different players are considering major changes to how federal spending is tracked and all of their efforts will likely impact state and local governments.
January 31, 2012

CBO: Highway Trust Fund Account Goes Broke in 2013

The news comes on the same day House leaders will reveal their surface transportation legislation.
January 31, 2012

Did the Stimulus Do Anything for Transparency?

The economic impact of the stimulus is unclear and highly debated. But one thing is for sure: it's done more to promote government transparency than any piece of legislation in recent memory.
January 30, 2012

CBO: Federal Workers Earn 16% More Than Private-Sector Counterparts

The study could be a lightening rod in the ongoing debate about government employee compensation.
January 25, 2012

Can America Fix Its Infrastructure by Ending Its Wars?

President Obama says it can, but analysts say that's an oversimplification.
January 24, 2012

GOP Grills Officials for Allowing 'Occupy' D.C. Camps

But the National Parks Service director says the agency will “very soon” begin to enforce anti-camping regulations.
January 19, 2012

Bill Would Expand Open Records Law in Oklahoma

New legislation would subject the legislature to greater transparency.
January 18, 2012

CDBG Cuts Even Greater Than Expected in Some Places

Cities and counties knew they'd lose CDBG money in 2012. But a quirk in the formula is causing some to see even larger cuts.
January 11, 2012

White House To Get New Intergovernmental Affairs Director

With Cecilia Muñoz in a new position, it's unclear who will take the reins at IGA.
January 9, 2012

U.S. DOT Announces $1.5 Billion in Road, Bridge Funds

Money will reimburse states for repairs prompted by natural disasters.
January 6, 2012

States Respond to Heating Program Cuts

As temperatures drop, residents get less government help paying their heating bills.
January 4, 2012

Meet Occupy Wall Street's Favorite Banker

Activists hope to recreate the Bank of North Dakota's model for lending.
January 1, 2012

How Language Fits Into the Immigration Issue

The dramatic rise in the number of people who speak limited English has prompted very different responses from local governments.
December 21, 2011

What the End of the Sustainable Communities Grants Means For Planning

A popular grant that funds the often-thankless work of forming master plans and zoning codes is no more.
December 20, 2011

Five Political Cliches To Retire in 2012

A handful of platitudes have gained prominence among government leaders. They should learn to do more with less of them.
December 15, 2011

California High-Speed Rail Draws Congressional Scrutiny

Federal Rail Administrator Joseph Szabo says that the feds remain committed to the controversial program.
December 15, 2011

U.S. DOT Announces Third Round of TIGER Grantees

Grants total $511 million for 46 projects across the country.
December 13, 2011

Feds: Homelessness Drops 2.1 Percent in 2011

But some states are still seeing increases.
December 9, 2011

The Eerie Interior of Miami Marine Stadium

After 20 years of neglect, the waterfront venue has been completely transformed -- for the worse. One group wants to restore it to its former glory.
December 7, 2011

How Sequestration Affects the D.C.-Area Economy

A region that was largely insulated from the recession could feel big impacts from federal budget cuts.
December 6, 2011

LaHood Defends High-Speed Rail

Transportation Secretary comes into hot seat as California voters become increasingly frustrated with project.
December 5, 2011

Small Transit Agencies Fight Costly Quirk in Law

If a community gets too large, it can lose out on some funding for bus programs. One coalition is hoping to change that.
November 30, 2011

When Teams Leave, What Do You Do With the Stadium?

Houston’s sports teams left the Astrodome over a decade ago, and leaders still don’t have the answer.
November 30, 2011

States Inch Closer to 2008 Budget Levels

A new report shows state revenue and spending still hasn't returned to pre-recession levels. But it's getting close.
November 21, 2011

Fail! What the Super Committee's Failure Means

Medicaid cuts are off the table. Housing programs aren't. See what else is affected by sequestration.
November 18, 2011

States and Localities Seek Voice in Federal Grants Overhaul

The federal government is working to improve the way it administers grants. But states and localities aren't part of the council taking on the issue.
November 17, 2011

Voters Nationwide Choose to Pay More for Transit

Congress won't increase taxes to pay for transportation projects. But voters in local elections are choosing to do just that.
November 14, 2011

O'Malley Touts Democrats' Victories

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley says state governments should stop cutting the public workforce.
November 10, 2011

Senate Repeals 3% Withholding Law

The bill passed by wide margins in the House last month.
November 10, 2011

Amazon Endorses Online Sales Tax Bill (Again)

The online retailer -- known for hardball tactics when it comes to sales tax -- appears to be shifting its approach.
November 9, 2011

Meet America's Newest Big City Mayor: Greg Stanton

Phoenix -- the only large city to elect a new mayor yesterday -- selects Democrat Greg Stanton as its new mayor.
November 7, 2011

Feds Seek to Eliminate Duplicate Housing Inspections

Pilot program could mean less wasted time for local affordable housing offices.
November 4, 2011

New Documentary 'Urbanized' Explores Design of the City

Without getting wonky, Gary Hustwit's latest shows what's working -- and what isn't -- in cities across the globe.
November 3, 2011

Bizarre Congressional Hearing on Housing Features Convicted Felons

Lawmakers hear from those who helped perpetrate the HOME program.
November 2, 2011

States Start Shoring Up Rainy Day Funds

States are taking funds that could be used to avert cuts and instead putting them in the bank. Is that the right move?
October 28, 2011

As Washington Mulls Cuts, States Prep for Impacts

State agencies examine how they'll respond to Congressional action -- without know what that action may be.
October 27, 2011

Advocates Say Housing Policy Discourages Mixed-Use Development

But federal officials say they'll likely need more data before they can make any change.
October 25, 2011

L.A.'s Elections Overhaul Could Provide a New Model

The largest elections jurisdiction in the country is trying to develop its own unique voting system. But it faces some hurdles to get there.
October 24, 2011

Obama Administration Expands Refinancing Program

Underwater borrowers would be able to take advantage of historically-low interest rates under changes to HARP.
October 21, 2011

Why Didn't the 3 Percent Rule Get Repealed?

Democrats and Republicans both oppose the law. But they didn't repeal it when they had the chance Thursday.
October 20, 2011

Pa. Governor Corbett Signs City Takeover Bill

After Harrisburg files for bankruptcy, state lawmakers pass a bill that allows a receiver to enact a recovery plan.
October 13, 2011

LaHood Pushes Back Against GOP After Jobs Bill Failure

The transportation secretary urges Republicans to invest in infrastructure, despite defeat of legislation.
October 12, 2011

Harrisburg Votes for Bankruptcy

Troubled under the crushing debt of a failed incinerator project, Pennsylvania's capital city opts for Chapter 9.
October 12, 2011

Administration Accelerates Infrastructure Projects

But a top Republican says the efforts are "a drop in the bucket" compared to the task at hand.
October 12, 2011

Bankruptcy Splits Harrisburg

State leaders and the mayor oppose the move, but the bankruptcy attorney -- representing the city council -- tells Governing the process will continue.
October 12, 2011

Map: Cities With the Best & Worst Credit Scores

Wisconsin cities top the list; Texas cities bottom out.
October 7, 2011

Critics Question Administration's Mortgage Modification Programs

One program, designed to help up to 4 million homeowners get relief, has offered permanent aid to less than 900,000.
October 7, 2011

Q&A With Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels

Daniels -- a former Office of Management and Budget director -- talks about the work of the super committee, and what Washington needs to do to fix its fiscal mess.
October 5, 2011

Obama Officials Not Making Predictions About Super Committee, Jobs Bill

As Congress mulls and tweaks the president's legislation, a key adviser says a 'no' vote won't stop Obama's efforts.
September 30, 2011

Would-Be Laws Threaten State and Local Revenue

Bills to restrict states and localities’ taxing abilities are moving through Congress. If enacted, governments may have no choice but to raise taxes.
September 30, 2011

Office of Intergovernmental Affairs: More Influential Than Ever

The White House office is more prominent and responsive than it ever was.
September 30, 2011

The Indiana Toll Road: A Model for Privatization?

Public-private partnerships have been portrayed as a miracle cure for the country’s crumbling infrastructure. Indiana’s experience may prove otherwise.
September 30, 2011

Census: Public Pensions Rebounding

Retirement plan assets just had their fourth consecutive quarter of growth.
September 30, 2011

Map: Who's Adding Jobs

See where job growth is occurring in America. Topping the list: Ogden, Utah.
September 29, 2011

Sens. Shaheen and Isakson Ask Super Committee for Biennial Budgets

Two senators are calling on Congress to adopt a technique used by some state legislatures: biennial budgeting.
September 29, 2011

Should the Feds Do Two-Year Budgets?

Some states have luck with biennial budgeting. A pair of senators say it's time for Congress to give it a shot too.
September 28, 2011

Bloomberg Makes Immigration Pitch in D.C.

The New York mayor says America can create jobs by catering to foreign-born entrepreneurs.
September 27, 2011

Report: 5th Consecutive Year of City Revenue Decreases

Cities are tapping rainy day funds, which have lost 40 percent of their value from the pre-recession days.
September 22, 2011

State Advocates To Obama: Hands Off Muni Bonds

The president wants the country to invest in infrastructure. Critics say his plan would make it more expensive for states to borrow money for those projects.
September 22, 2011

State Lawmakers Lobby Deficit Super Committee

Select state lawmakers met with congressional super committee members this week to spare states from deep cuts. One of the lawmakers' biggest priorities addresses Medicaid.
September 21, 2011

Don't Like The Candidates? Move To Nevada

New study analyzes unique voting option in Nevada that lets voters choose "none of these candidates."
September 16, 2011

Crisis Averted for FAA and Highway Program

The Senate passes extensions to the programs after a block temporarily held up the legislation.
September 9, 2011

Jobs Plan: What's In It For States and Localities

Nearly a third of the $447 billion proposal would go to state and local governments. But state and local leaders still have questions.
September 7, 2011

Budget Cuts Mean Voting Could Get Ugly in 2012

Fewer voting sites. Long lines at the polls. Untrained workers. A glimpse at Nov. 6, 2012.
September 2, 2011

Mayors Urge Congress to Address Jobs

With unemployment unchanged in August, city leaders say feds should invest in infrastructure and manufacturing
August 31, 2011

Obama Urges Congress to Reauthorize Highway Bill

Millions could lose jobs if lawmakers fail to act.
August 31, 2011

Were Connecticut Workers Duped?

State union leaders blamed a conservative organization for intentionally spreading misinformation about a labor agreement -- one that was voted down by workers.
August 31, 2011

Critics Try to Knock Down Eisenhower Memorial Before It Goes Up

The design for the 34th president’s monument is too trendy and cold, critics say.
August 31, 2011

Counties Sue Fannie and Freddie for Back Taxes

Michigan municipalities want to clear up the confusion over the two mortgage giants’ status. Are they government agencies or private companies?
August 31, 2011

Municipalities Challenge Census Numbers

Dozens of cities and counties insist that not all their residents were counted. They may be fighting a losing battle.
August 31, 2011

Municipalities Challenge Census Numbers

Dozens of cities and counties insist that not all their residents were counted. They may be fighting a losing battle.
August 29, 2011

Efforts to Reform the Electoral College Gain Steam

States are signing on to a plan that will drastically change the way the country selects its president. Supporters say they're halfway toward achieving reform.
August 25, 2011

CBO: At Least 1 Million More People Working Today Because of Stimulus

Without the aid package, the country's unemployment rate could have been 18 percent higher.
August 25, 2011

In An Uphill Battle, States Fight Tax 'Zappers'

Small businesses are using computers to cheat states and localities out of sales tax revenue. The technology is so good that some say it's nearly indetectable.
August 16, 2011

Transportation Officials Await Gas Tax's Fate

If it expires, states won't get payments from Washington, and the feds will lose $100 million per day.
August 10, 2011

NCSL: Perry Touts Jobs, Remains Mum on Candidacy

America's longest-serving governor avoids getting too political during a speech before a bipartisan group.
August 10, 2011

NCSL: States Introduced More Than 7,000 Immigration Bills In Last Five Years

Lawmakers say the onslaught of legislation is due to federal inaction. But could it be sending the wrong message to Washington?
August 9, 2011

NCSL: A New Border Approach

America's poorest communities play a crucial role in border protection. One expert says that greater federal investment would help.
August 9, 2011

NCSL: States (Once Again) Fear Federal Shutdown

The fiscal year ends Sept. 30, but Congress is nowhere close to finalizing its spending bills.
August 5, 2011

What Central Falls and the Debt Deal Mean For Cities

As Congress eyes domestic cuts, the bankrupt Rhode Island municipality shows what happens when a city can't afford to function.
August 2, 2011

Lawmakers Introduce Online Sales Tax Bill

Congress could grant states the ability to collect sales taxes from e-retailers -- a power that has eluded them for years.
August 1, 2011

LaHood: Government Considering Recovery of Airline Fees

When the FAA's taxes expired, passengers could have saved money, but instead the airlines raised ticket prices. Now, the Treasury may try to claw that money back.
August 1, 2011

N.D. Gov: State Aid Will Keep Region from Getting 'Buried' by Growth

Gov. Jack Dalrymple acknowledges "growing pains" but says the oil industry will be a long-term benefit to the region.
July 29, 2011

Federal Spending May Become More Transparent

Congress is calling for to be replaced with a site that allows states and localities to report their earnings themselves.
July 29, 2011

North Dakota's Oil Boom is a Blessing and a Curse

The state's oil boom is bringing unmatched growth and unanticipated problems.
July 28, 2011

Bills Targeting State, Local Taxes Gain Traction

States continue to suffer through depressed revenue. Federal proposals may worsen the bleeding.
July 25, 2011

Update: Federal Stalemate Halts Airport Projects

See which projects are included in $681 million worth of stop orders.
July 21, 2011

FAA Shutdown Looms

Congress has until midnight Friday to avoid furloughing 4,000 agency workers.
July 21, 2011

Why Are Local Leaders Advocating for Horse Slaughter?

Western counties say they're getting stuck with the costs of taking care of abandoned livestock.
July 19, 2011

Why Did Conn. Workers Reject a Favorable Deal?

Public employee leaders say a conservative group tricked union members, but a state inquiry remains open.
July 11, 2011

HHS Releases Exchange Rules

The agency says the state guidelines are intentionally designed to promote flexibility.
July 8, 2011

JPMorgan Chase Agrees to $228 Million Settlement in Muni Bid Rigging Case

The alleged scam affected at least 93 municipal bond transactions in 31 states, according to federal authorities.
July 7, 2011

Senate, House Highway Plans Are Miles Apart

A new proposal by Rep. John Mica would provide nearly $20 billion less each year than the Senate would.
July 5, 2011

U.S. DOT Announces Third Round of TIGER Grants

Nearly $527 million will be available to state and local governments.
June 30, 2011

States Have an Unhappy New Year with the Loss of Billions in Federal Aid

The new fiscal year for most states begins July 1. With it comes an increase in their portion of the Medicaid burden.
June 30, 2011

The Many Benefits of Roundabouts

Due to the lower construction costs and higher safety rates of roundabouts compared to traffic lights, they're more popular than ever.
June 30, 2011

States Crack Down on Cigarette Tax Evaders

More than half the price of a pack of cigarettes is taxes and other fees, which states don't get when smugglers and bootleggers find a way around them.
June 30, 2011

Profiting from Radioactive Waste

One Texas county saw a chance to cash in on radioactive waste by hosting a national dump site for it and collecting money from each state that participates.
June 30, 2011

Cutting Washington's Red Tape

A new initiative in Washington aims to cut red tape and offer greater flexibility to state and local governments administering federal programs.
June 21, 2011

Visualization: When Will Your City Recover?

A new report from the U.S. Conference of mayors projects when unemployment will return to pre-recession levels in more than 360 metro areas.
June 17, 2011

Mayors Urge End to Iraq, Afghanistan Wars

As federal officials slash programs that aid state and local governments, mayors say savings should be found elsewhere.
June 1, 2011

Is Sen. Boxer’s Highway Plan Realistic?

Her committee proposes a six-year bill that preserves highway funding. There's little chance that will become law any time soon.
May 31, 2011

The Governors' Guy in D.C.

The new executive director of the National Governors Association, Dan Crippen, has big shoes to fill. Luckily, he has years of experience working with governors.
May 31, 2011

Six Ideas for Fixing the Nation's Infrastructure Problems

Here's how to plan, fund and make a safer, more efficient transportation system.
May 27, 2011

Terror on the Border? Not Exactly.

Gov. Rick Perry tells Fox News that "there is great terror" on the Texas-Mexico border. FBI statistics say otherwise.
May 26, 2011

As NFL Lockout Looms, Mayors Consider Their Strategy

Owners wanted municipalities to build them stadiums -- and taxpayers ponied up. Now the NFL may refuse to play games at the very facilities they requested.
May 25, 2011

State and Local Governments Feeling Pinch of Debt Limit

To prevent default, the Treasury Department stopped issuing a security that's key to municipal bond issuers.
May 25, 2011

GAO: 3,700 Stimulus Recipients Owe Taxes

Federal law prohibits the IRS from alerting government contract officers to tax scofflaws.
May 23, 2011

States, Counties Spar Over Medicaid 'Flexibility'

States are lobbying Washington for permission to cut Medicaid rolls. If that happens, county leaders say, local governments would be left with the bill.
May 13, 2011

Study: Transit Doesn't Take Workers to Jobs

Only about 30 percent of jobs in the country's 100 largest metros are accessible via transit, according to a new Brookings report.
May 12, 2011

LaHood Says Congress Should Figure Out Details of Transportation Bill

The president's budget calls for a highway bill that's nearly double the size of its predecessor. How to fund it, LaHood says, "is up to Congress now."
May 12, 2011

Study: States Lack Data To Evaluate Transportation Spending

States spent $131 billion on transportation last year. But most can't say fully whether those investments paid off.
May 11, 2011

Feds Delay 3 Percent Withholding Rule

The requirement, considered burdensome by state and local governments, is now slated to take effect in 2013.
May 9, 2011

Feds Divvy Up Florida's $2 Billion in Rail Funds

More than 100 projects sought the money rejected by Florida Gov. Rick Scott. Among the big winners: Amtrak's northeast corridor.
May 9, 2011

CBO Endorses GOP’s Methods for Pension Projections

A new report gives credence to a plan that state and local government officials say will overstate the challenges facing pensions.
May 5, 2011

Could Obama Ditch the Gas Tax?

A draft transportation bill calls for federal highway officials to investigate a system based on miles traveled.
May 5, 2011

Texas Advancing Payday Lender Regulation

The unregulated industry could soon face new rules from a legislature that has a Republican supermajority.
May 5, 2011

Transit Officials to Feds: Stop Scrimping on Security

As the federal government marks the death of Osama bin Laden, local leaders highlight the millions just cut from anti-terrorism programs in transit systems.
May 4, 2011

Atlanta Mayor: Locals Need Direct Transportation Funding

Only 7 percent of federal highway funds go directly to metro areas. Most gets funneled through the states. Kasim Reed says that needs to change.
April 29, 2011

States Challenge Federal Land-Use Law

State and local officials in the West are filing lawsuits to overturn new policies they say will prevent development and job growth.
April 29, 2011

How Real Is the Bankruptcy Threat?

State and local leaders have taken to saying, ‘We’re broke.’ The true story is a lot more complicated.
April 28, 2011

New Governors' Group Leader: Pension Funding Has 'Stabilized'

In an interview with GOVERNING, the new head of the National Governors' Association disputes recent data on pension gaps, and lays out his federal priorities.
April 21, 2011

The Life and Times of Buddy Cianci

He ran Providence for 20 years and went to prison for five. In his new book, the former mayor wants to set the record straight.
April 18, 2011

Bill Could Cost States $6 billion Annually in Lost Biz Tax Revenue

Once again, BATSA is proposed in the House. Under Republican control, it might have better luck.
April 14, 2011

Wisconsin and Vermont Governors Get Grilled on the Hill

Republicans tried to paint Scott Walker as an expert at solving state budget woes. Democrats portrayed Peter Shumlin as an alternative to Walker. Congress challenged both of their approaches.
April 13, 2011

GAO: Without Action, States' Fiscal Position Will Worsen Through 2060

To prevent deficits, states and localities would have to reduce expenditures or increase revenues by about 12.5 percent.
April 12, 2011

Q&A with Arrested D.C. Councilmember

Sekou Biddle tells Governing what the experience was like and why he says the federal budget compromise is bad for D.C.
April 11, 2011

Texas Among States Considering Drug Testing For Unemployment Recipients

The plan could save $60 million annually in denied payments.
April 8, 2011

Locals Urge Shift in Border Protection Policy

They're pushing Washington to focus on customs officers instead of Border Patrol.
April 7, 2011

Rep. Ryan's Budget Prompts Concern from Local Governments

Plan would freeze spending at 2008 levels for five years, remove transportation as a priority.
April 6, 2011

D.C.'s Local Government Would be Crippled by Fed Shutdown

Trash collection would stop and libraries would close in the nation's capital.
April 5, 2011

Short-term Shutdown Would Have Small Impact on States

States may have to develop plans for employees funded by federal dollars.
April 1, 2011

Texas Moving Forward With Police Lineup Rules

New policies seek to reduce false convictions by making witness IDs more reliable.
March 31, 2011

The Rise of the Recall Election

Angry voters are increasingly using recall elections to remove local leaders.
March 31, 2011

Wiretapping Internet Calls May Require New Law

Police officials say the problems with tracking Internet phone calls are so prevalent that the federal government should step in.
March 30, 2011

Texas Voter ID Law's Unlikely Supporter

State Rep. Aaron Peña represents part of the state that is 90 percent Hispanic. Why does he support Voter ID?
March 28, 2011

Why Don't Taxpayers Get a Receipt?

If retail stores can issue them, then the government can too. At least that's what one think tank says.
March 21, 2011

The Economics of Baseball's Spring Training

Cities in Arizona and Florida spend millions to host baseball teams during spring training. Is it worth it?
March 16, 2011

How Do State Portals Stack Up on Transparency?

In a new report, Texas and Kentucky get high marks, while Maine is criticized for lack of transparency.
March 16, 2011

Watchdog Blasts Foreclosure Relief Program

Congressional panel says Treasury Department found running HAMP to be an "overwhelming" task.
March 11, 2011

What Rahm Emanuel's Election Means for Cities Nationwide

Mayors say Chicago's new leader could provide them with valuable connections and provide a national voice on municipal issues.
March 10, 2011

Rules for States Seeking Health Reform Waivers Announced

States could get exemptions from the Affordable Care Act -- provided they provide the same level of coverage.
March 10, 2011

St. Louis Mayor: Census Figures A 'Wake-Up Call'

Population decline will require "rethinking how we do almost everything," says Mayor Francis Slay.
March 9, 2011

How Will the Mexican Trucking Program Affect American Communities?

Trucking jobs might take a hit. But trade advocates say there's an even greater upside.
March 7, 2011

Despite Falling Revenue, Counties Aren't Raising Taxes

Just 15 percent have raised property tax rates. Instead, they're cutting services and cutting personnel.
March 2, 2011

GOP Seeks to Scrap Four Housing Programs

Local governments lack sufficient tools to prevent foreclosures, so they're following the fight closely.
March 2, 2011

LaHood Defends Passenger Rail

The transportation secretary says America is ready for rail, even though governors are turning down funding.
March 2, 2011

Study: Public Employees in 41 States Earn More than Private-sector Workers

USA Today finds a $2,500 gap between public- and private-sector compensation.
March 2, 2011

Governors Oppose New Federal Authority of Wild Lands

Republican leaders from Idaho and Utah testify against the Bureau of Land Management's new policy on "wild lands."
March 2, 2011

Rural Air Service Threatened, but Federal Supplements Help

Airline tickets to and from rural areas are becoming more expensive. Without a federal program that gives millions to airlines, they could be even worse.
March 1, 2011

Lawmakers in N.H., Vermont Turn to Students for Policy Research

When legislators need nonpartisan reports, Dartmouth students do the legwork.
February 28, 2011

Investing in Greener Fleets During Tough Times

Eco-friendly fleets aren't all stalled, but they've shifted to a lower gear.
February 28, 2011

Emergency Workers Push for More Bandwidth

Public safety workers and the Federal Communications Commission have feuded over the future of a section of broadcast spectrum known as "D Block."
February 28, 2011

States Pushing Green Education in the Classroom

States are in the stages of developing "environmental literacy plans," which could help student engagement and achievement.
February 28, 2011

Obama to Governors: Abandoning Infrastructure "Makes No Sense"

The president makes his case for investments at a time when governors are refusing federal money.
February 24, 2011

In CDBG Fight, Mayors Shift to Angrier Tone

City mayors are ratcheting up the rhetoric as they combat GOP cuts.
February 24, 2011

States, Localities Fighting SEC Regulation of Municipal Boards

Critics say new oversight rules would make volunteering an onerous process.
February 22, 2011

Feds Using High-tech Tools to Prevent Recovery Act Fraud

Some leaders are now hoping to apply the techniques used by the stimulus bill's auditors to others areas of government.
February 17, 2011

Houston Mayor: City May Sue to Get Pension Data

City leaders say they need more transparent data in order to make accurate financial projections
February 16, 2011

States, Community Groups Sweating Over LIHEAP Cuts

The White House's plan to cut more than $2.5 billion from a program that helps poor people pay for heating and cooling bills may leave millions out of luck, advocates say.
February 14, 2011

See 34 Proposed Obama Budget Cuts That Affect State and Local Programs

CDBG isn't the only local program getting cut. Learn about funding that's in jeopardy for affordable housing, historic preservation and other areas.
February 11, 2011

Obama's Budget Creates Rift with Mayors, a Core Constituency

President Obama proposed cutting $300 million from CDBG, a favorite program among mayors. Saving it had been one of their biggest priorities for 2011.
February 10, 2011

GOP Cuts Would Hit COPS, WIC, Other Grant Programs

The proposed cuts would be the largest reduction in discretionary spending in the country’s history.
February 10, 2011

Behind the Super Bowl Ad That Showcases Detroit

Eminem's co-star in Chrysler's Super Bowl spot was the Fox Theatre, a Detroit landmark that was saved by a multi-million dollar preservation effort.
February 9, 2011

Congress Examines Municipal Defaults, State Bankruptcy

Witnesses disagree over whether state bankruptcy is a viable option, but Rep. Patrick McHenry says one thing is for sure: States aren't getting a bailout.
February 4, 2011

Transportation, Housing Get Deep Cuts in GOP 2011 Budget

FY 2011 funding would be cut by 17 percent in those areas under Republican plan
February 4, 2011

Governors Oppose State Bankruptcy Protection

Even discussing the issue will make borrowing more expensive, governors and legislators tell Congress.
February 4, 2011

Inside the City Council

A new study from the Pew Charitable Trusts compares city councils nationwide on factors like average salaries and tenures of their members.
February 2, 2011

Outlook 2011: Sebelius Blasts Fla. Judge's Ruling

The HHS secretary said a federal judge's ruling against the administration's health reform law is "a case of judicial overreach."
February 2, 2011

Outlook 2011: Improved Economy, But Struggles Remain

Economist Mark Zandi told GOVERNING's Outlook conference that GDP is growing, but that doesn't mean state and local governments will be able to increase expenditures.
February 1, 2011

Do Roads Pay for Themselves?

A U.S. PIRG report says gas taxes and other user fees don’t cover the cost of building and maintaining our nation’s highways, roads and streets.
January 31, 2011

U.S. Border Cities See Profits in Bridges to Mexico

Forget the border wall. Leaders see economic development opportunities in opening and updating international bridges.
January 31, 2011

Obama Sides With Cities in FCC Fight

Local leaders have a new ally in their fight for a larger chunk of the broadband network.
January 27, 2011

Inside Philadelphia's Snow-Emergency Response

Philadelphia has one of the nation's best snow-response efforts. Mayor Michael Nutter explains how it all goes down.
January 26, 2011

Justice Department Reviews Fatal Attacks on Police

Just one month into 2011, ten police officers have been fatally shot.
January 24, 2011

Mayors Fight to Save Block Grant Funding

Local leaders are engaging the White House in an all-out push to preserve current funding levels for community development block grants.
January 21, 2011

Mayors Meet with Obama at White House

The president assured mayors that they've got a partner in the White House.
January 20, 2011

Villaraigosa, Mayors Push for Feds to Expand Transportation Lending

The Los Angeles mayor warns localities to be strategic in their requests given that funding may be hard to come by this year.
January 20, 2011

Using Facebook and iPads During Jury Selection

Prosecutors in the Cameron County, Texas, District Attorney's Office will start examining potential jurors' Facebook profiles during the selection process to get a better picture of who may be deciding the outcome of trials.
January 19, 2011

Tucson Mayor Calls for Civility

At this week's U.S. Conference of Mayors winter meeting, Tucson Mayor Bob Walkup urged mayors to join him in signing a "civility accord."
January 19, 2011

States' Bills for Unemployment Due

States must begin repaying the federal government for loans they took to pay unemployment benefits.
January 18, 2011

Pulling the Plug on the Virtual Fence

The federal government had ended its billion dollar project to build a "virtual fence" on the Mexican border.
January 18, 2011

Bans on Distracted Driving: Are States Going Overboard?

Some critics think state and federal lawmakers are too focused on things like mandating hands-free phones and outlawing texting while driving.
January 14, 2011

Feds Threaten Major Cuts to Historic Preservation Grants

The president and at least one GOP lawmaker are united in a push to cut millions from preservation grants.
January 10, 2011

Do Roads Pay for Themselves?

A new study looks at the claim that highways pay for themselves in increased gas-tax revenues and other fees.
January 7, 2011

Transportation Groups Worry About Highway Trust Fund’s Fate

States say the new rule change in Congress will cause uncertainty in how money is distributed for roads projects.
January 6, 2011

When Earmarks Actually Hurt Localities

If Congressional appropriations go unspent, they can be a double-whammy for states and cities.
January 4, 2011

States Prep for New Banking-Regulation Role

A provision of the federal financial reform law means added cost and workload for state governments.
December 16, 2010

Feds Move to Tax Muni Bond Earnings

A proposal by the president's fiscal commission could dramatically increase the cost of borrowing for cities.
December 14, 2010

Local Governments Rail Against Proposed Pension-Reporting Changes

State and local officials are up in arms over a proposal in Congress that would change the way pension data is reported.
December 14, 2010

Feds Lobby States for Tougher DWI Laws

The federal government is urging states to adopt its 11-point plan to get dangerous drunk drivers off the road.
December 10, 2010

What Rejecting High-Speed Rail Projects Means for Other States

Incoming governors in two states pledged they wouldn't move forward on implementing President Obama's high-speed rail efforts in their states. So the federal government is distributing their funds elsewhere.
December 8, 2010

New Tax Bill Threatens Future of Build America Bonds

The tax bill the White House has negotiated fails to renew the popular Build America Bonds program, which makes borrowing less expensive for local governments.
December 7, 2010

Local Governments Fear Collective Bargaining Bill

Congress could force states and cities to allow union negotiation for police and fire fighters.