Public Safety

New York City Defends Its Community Policing Approach

As the Trump administration defunds the Obama-era strategy, city officials are crediting it with reducing crime to record lows.

Management

Trump Shrinks Two National Monuments in Utah

The decision significantly reduces public land designated by prior presidents.

Health & Human Services

As Kratom Use Surges, Some States Enact Bans

With growing concerns about the dangers of prescription painkillers, an estimated 3 million to 5 million people are using kratom and reporting positive results, but there are worries that the unregulated plant product could be abused for its mild euphoric qualities.

Infrastructure

White House Wants States and Localities to 'Engage in More Self Help' With Infrastructure

An adviser to the president last week offered an update on the Trump administration's forthcoming infrastructure plan.

Public Safety

The Vital Role of Social Media in the Eye of the Storm

Five communications lessons one hospital learned during Hurricane Harvey.

Management

Supreme Court Will Hear 2 Cases Impacting State Government This Week

From the Tenth Amendment to the First, civil rights to states rights, a lot is at stake for state and local governments.

Finance

2 Key Ways Federal Tax Reform Would Affect States

Changes would probably have varying impacts across states and could have considerable effects on state revenue.

Smart Cities

Albuquerque Embraces Shift to Dockless Bike-Share System to Boost Local Mobility

Predictability is proving a priority for bicycle riders among the 98 cities adopting Zagster’s new Pace offering.

Public Safety

A Police Killing Without a Hint of Racism

Daniel Shaver begged officers not to shoot him. What role will his death play in the push for law-enforcement reforms?

Finance

Senate Approves Tax Bill With Limited State and Local Deduction

The legislation passed 51-49, without Democratic support. One credit rating agency described the bill as "negative overall for state and local government finances."

Management

Gig Economy Gives Child Support Scofflaws a Place to Hide

Even in states where employers are required to report contractors, companies such as Uber and Lyft still aren’t following the rules, and state officials have few ways to make them comply.

Public Safety

Charlottesville Was Going to Be Bad. The Police Made It Worse

“This represents a failure of one of government’s core functions,” an independent reports says, “the protection of fundamental rights.”

Finance

Proposals With State and Local Implications in Limbo Amid Turbulent Senate Tax Debate

The state and local tax deduction remains a marquee item. But there are also notable amendments filed involving tax credits, marijuana and municipal bonds.

Tech & Data

Homeland Security Told States About Russian Hacking Attempts With a Phone Script

Homeland Security notified state government officials about Russian probing in advance of the 2016 election, but often did not reach out to election officials, many of whom lacked security clearances.

Tech & Data

Los Angeles Is Ready for the Next Mobility Revolution

The city was shaped by the streetcar and was an early adopter of the automobile. What comes next?

Public Safety

Top Emergency Management Official: Hit the ‘Reset Button’ on Disaster Recovery Roles

FEMA’s administrator envisions state and local governments taking control of reconstruction and resilience with federal support.

Health & Human Services

How Do You Tell Tens of Thousands of Parents Their Children May Lose Health Coverage?

With reserve funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program running out, officials in states like Virginia find themselves in a completely unprecedented position.

Finance

Loose Credit, Rust Belt Woes Lead to Foreclosure Uptick

Beyond the Rust Belt in some of the high-flying real estate markets in cities like Denver and Austin, the rare increases in foreclosures may be early warning signs of trouble ahead.

Infrastructure

Chicago Mayor Looks to Give City’s ‘Mothballed White Elephant’ a Possible New Life

An unused train station that cost hundreds of millions of dollars to build currently sits empty. But a potential public-private partnership could eventually change that.

Finance

Collins Files SALT Amendment, as Senate Votes to Debate Tax Bill

Sen. Susan Collins is proposing to change state and local tax deduction provisions in the bill to mirror House legislation.