BY Alan Greenblatt
Republicans haven’t had this much power at the state level in almost a century. But budget constraints may temper their appetite for extreme policies in 2015.
Plus five trending policies and problems to keep an eye on.
Fixing a failing school may require a complete change in culture. That’s not an easy thing to achieve, but Memphis is trying.
BY John Buntin
POLITICS + POLICY
It's the biggest effort yet to make government tax subsidies more transparent.
BY Liz Farmer
Unlike nearly every other state, California lacks a central board that oversees higher education, pitting political leaders against university administrators. At issue now is a 28 percent tuition hike.
BY Alan Greenblatt
The midterm elections marked the return of divided government, with more than a third of states in split-power situations.
BY Alan Ehrenhalt
With practically no legislation moving through Congress, the Washington press corps is beginning to focus on action in states and localities.
BY Peter Harkness
Children in several states are missing their free checkups, a trend that could impact the development and long-term health of millions of low-income children.
BY Chris Kardish
Every state that’s tried to repeal renewable energy standards has failed, but attacks may resurface in several states this year.
BY Elizabeth Daigneau
The media attention on Ferguson, Mo., one of the 90 jurisdictions in St. Louis County, has also brought attention to consolidation -- a touted solution to government ills.
BY Aaron M. Renn
The city’s changes to one of its most dangerous streets follows an urban trend of making streets safer for pedestrians and bikers.
BY Scott Beyer
The number of suicides in America is growing, particularly in the West, but the issue rarely garners attention from most policymakers.
BY Mike Maciag
What seems like a growing trend of overdiagnosing corruption has negative consequences for not only public officials but the people they serve.
BY Mark Funkhouser
Questions loom about who will pay for the fallout of a national health crisis and what kind of impact it could have on credit ratings.
BY Frank Shafroth