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.”

What Trump-era Economic Policies Mean to the Mayor of U.S. Steel’s Hometown

Gary, Ind. Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson spoke with Route Fifty about the what she dislikes and likes about the tax overhaul, steel tariffs and education, as well as being sued for being a “welcoming city.”

'Pre-Apprenticeships' Boost Female Construction Workers

An ambitious, $50 billion, 10-year building program in California includes an unusual provision: a $25 million investment to get more women into pre-apprenticeships.

This City’s ‘Windows on the Past’ Is Way Cooler Than Most Local History Murals

Instead of an empty brick wall, this mural takes shape on a distinctive architectural landmark.

State-Local Collaboration Needed Ahead of Opportunity Zone Deadline

While the impact of opportunity zones could be huge for low-income areas, the time is very short for states trying to figure out which areas to nominate.

A Focus on Inclusion From Mayors

Columbia, S.C. Mayor Stephen Benjamin: “If we don’t speak to that as a strength every single day, then we’re missing out on what it takes for us to be a competitive and prosperous city well into the 21st century.”

Struggling Mill Town Hopes for Aquaculture-Fueled Recovery

America’s increasing appetite for salmon could give Bucksport, Maine a much-needed economic boost.

Why America's Teachers Haven't Been Getting Raises

It's not just educators in West Virginia and Oklahoma who have watched their wages and benefits erode since the Great Recession.

The President of Everywhere, USA

We asked South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg about a recent Politico headline, automation and much more at SXSW.

More Maine Municipalities Look to State’s ‘Food Sovereignty’ Law

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Hurricane Harvey’s economic boost; Memphis scrambles after sewage overflow; Kansas City mayor not upset about losing out on Amazon HQ2; and California high-speed rail costs balloon.

California's Solar Sector Is Cooling Off

Analysts expect expansion to continue in emerging markets Utah, Texas, South Carolina and Florida.

‘Evidence-Based’ Provisions Localities Are Backing in 2019 Appropriation Bills

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings are the only city officials to individually sign on.

The Mayor’s Life at SXSW

In the background of a busy week of innovation, ideas, movies and music in Austin, Steve Adler is dealing with tricky challenges, like state legislative preemption and traffic congestion.

The Ripple Effect of the West Virginia Teachers' Victory

The success of the statewide strike has intensified education unrest nationally—and could have lasting implications for the country’s schools.

As Trump Moves to Erect Trade Barriers, ‘Foreign Trade Zones’ Aim to Take Them Down

There’s little research on whether foreign trade zones help or hurt the economy, or encourage companies to employ more workers than they otherwise would.

Feds Sue to Block California Laws Protecting Immigrants

Xavier Becerra, the state’s attorney general, says he’ll “stay the course and enforce all our laws and protect all our people.”

Treating Disaster Response Like a Trauma Patient

“We begin recovery the minute we start response,” according to the Maryland Emergency Management Agency's executive director.

A Small Town Kept Walmart Out. Now It Faces Amazon.

How can local businesses compete with a company so local it lets people shop from their couches?

Governors Embrace Role as 'New Ambassadors' in Chaotic Trump Era

The state executives are often seeking foreign direct investment and cutting trade deals, though they’re admittedly no substitute for presidential leadership.