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HHS Secretary or Not, Seema Verma Could Redefine Medicaid

BY Mattie Quinn

She helped craft Mike Pence’s conservative approach to expanding Medicaid in Indiana. Now, the CMS administrator is one of President Trump's top contenders to replace Tom Price.



The City Preparing for Climate Change Without Ever Saying the Words

Tulsa, Okla., a conservative oil town, serves as an example of how places can overcome politics to prevent damage and save lives. BY

Deep in the Desert, an Experiment in Economic Development

Why businesses and employees from around the country have flocked to the desert in Nevada. BY

Can Other States Tap Tennessee’s Secret Sauce for Government Efficiency?

Once seen as a laggard in public administration, the state is now a leader. BY

Inside the Crucial (and Costly) Fight to Fix New York’s Tunnels

One of the most expensive infrastructure projects in American history is also one of the most vital. But no one knows how to pay for it. BY



One State’s Crusade to Limit Campaign Contributions Could Have Nationwide Repercussions

Should Montana have to prove corruption to limit campaign contributions? BY

In a Sea of Blue, California GOP Wants Leaders Who Stay True to Their Colors

The state’s Republican party recently ousted its leader for working with Democrats. Is that hardline strategy effective? BY

Denver Turns to P3s to Manage a Major Function

Some local leaders are nervous about public-private partnerships. BY

The Arcane Question That Will Decide the Fate of Florida's Supreme Court

Three of them must retire on the same day Gov. Rick Scott’s term ends. But no one knows who’s replacing them yet -- Scott or his successor? BY



What Do States Have Against Cities, Anyway?

Legislatures regularly interfere with local affairs. The reasons, according to research, will surprise you. BY

First He Reinvented Government. Now He Wants to Reinvent Schools.

In his new book, David Osborne argues the best way to fix the education system is to increase charter schools and create a survival-of-the-fittest system. BY

Why Attempts to Recall State Lawmakers Are Rare

Republicans are trying to get Democrats in California and Nevada thrown out of office. Most recall elections, though, are only successful at the local level. BY

Amid Opioid Crisis, States Start Embracing Alternative Medicine

Some aren’t just covering yoga and acupuncture but recommending it before prescription drugs. BY

Planning a Park? Use a ‘Greenprint.’

They’re being used around the country to build better open spaces, but most urban planners still haven’t heard about them. BY

Struggling Suburb? Merge It With the Big City Next Door.

It wouldn’t be a panacea, but it’s an option that needs to be on the table. BY

Why Are Salt Lake City’s Blocks SO Long?

The Mormon Church designed the city in a way that makes its streets a liability -- and an opportunity. BY



In Hard Times, Government Watchdogs Are Often First to Get the Ax

States have significantly fewer people dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud and abuse than they did when the recession started. BY

Are Your Schools Tracking Absenteeism the Right Way?

Better data is helping schools find new ways to keep kids in classrooms. BY
On Leadership

Governments Need to Start Preparing Budgets for Climate Change

It's important to get the money in order before the next disaster strikes. A few places already are. BY

4 Ways to Modernize Data

Take these steps and usher in a new era of better services. BY

The Before and After Effects of Flooding on Property Taxes

Hurricanes can hurt property taxes long before any water damage is done. BY

The City Where Scaffolding Is Older Than a Lot of Its Residents

New York has 280 miles of “sidewalk sheds.” BY

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