Counties Enmeshed With Federal Lands Score Wins in Spending Bill

The legislation will rekindle the Secure Rural Schools program and beef-up Payments in Lieu of Taxes.

Tech & Data

What Do State Chief Data Officers Do?

A look at the job that puts analytics to use in decision-making.


Nation’s Worst-Paid Governor Wants Pay Raise for His Successor

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Connecticut committee OKs highway tolls; Hampton Roads a hub for human trafficking; Allentown seeking applications for interim mayor; and Columbus, Ohio’s big growth.

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Reaching for Greater Effectiveness: Local Governments Go to Town on Cloud Computing

While local governments are increasingly leveraging the power of cloud technologies to advance 21st century goals, they face a range of cultural and technical barriers to successful adoption.


In Omnibus Bill, Congress Delivers $600M for Rural Broadband

The news may come late to dial-up country, but it will be something to celebrate.

Public Safety

Federal Spending Bill a Boon for State and Local Law Enforcement, Opioid Programs

But sheriffs and police chiefs want requirements put in place that will prevent states from siphoning off much-needed funds, especially for treatment.

Tech & Data

FCC Ditches 2 Federal Reviews in 5G 'Streamlining'

Only states and localities with their own historic preservation and environmental review processes will be able to mandate them.

Public Safety

A Spree of Violence Can Shake a Community's Worldview

The “continuous trauma” of a drawn-out event like the Austin bombings is different than a one-time disaster.


Rural Counties Are Making a Comeback, Census Data Shows

“This seems to be the beginning of a return to population dispersal after a decade or so of clustering into cities and the biggest metropolitan areas,” said William Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution


Kentucky Governor Cites ‘Thug Mentality’ in Teacher Pension Fight

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Major storm systems disrupt California and Northeast; Austin’s busy 9-1-1 call center; St. Paul mayor’s inaugural ball funding gap; Vermont’s ‘regressive’ DMV compliance; and Indiana’s new IoT hub.


Massive Federal Spending Bill Offers Big Boost for State, Local Programs

The legislation would beef-up Community Development Block Grant funding and TIGER grants would triple compared to FY 17. There are other notable increases as well.

Tech & Data

5 Big Takeaways From Senate Intel's Election Security Investigation

The bottom line is future elections are in danger of Russian meddling and we haven’t done enough to secure them.

Smart Cities

North Carolina’s Cities Want Their Broadband Authority Clarified by State Government

Doing so could open the door for more local governments to fund and install infrastructure for private retail networks that reach underserved neighborhoods.


Thousands Lose Right to Vote Under 'Incompetence' Laws

Laws in 39 states and Washington, D.C., allow judges to strip voting rights from people with mental disorders ranging from schizophrenia to Down syndrome who are deemed “incapacitated” or “incompetent.”


Use Trump’s Infrastructure Package to Fix Our Past Infrastructure Sins

COMMENTARY | Manhattan Institute’s Michael Hendrix hopes we’ll not only look to the new, but consider taking down the old to “reknit” our urban fabric.


After Public Fury in Washington State, Lawmakers Rethink Legislative Transparency

“Local officials are used to the idea that their records are public,” according to state freedom of information advocate Michele Earl-Hubbard. “It is the longtimers at the Capitol who don’t think that way.”

Tech & Data

Major Changes for LAPD Body Camera Transparency Policies

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Austin bombings keep residents on high alert; Ariz. teachers plan sickout; D.C. mayor vs. Marco Rubio; San Francisco’s fur ban; and more tech jobs are heading to Missoula.

Tech & Data

States Push for Outstanding Election Security Funds Ahead of Midterms

Secretaries of state are adamant they lack the money needed to comply with Senate Intelligence recommendations they update their election infrastructure. They’ll make their case before the committee Wednesday.


Carson Says 'Opportunity Zones' Could Serve as CDBG Substitute

"I suspect we may be asking ourselves: 'How can we use all this money?'" Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson said as he touted the program, created in last year's tax overhaul.