Voting Lines Are Shorter—But Mostly for Whites

Election officials have figured out how to keep voting lines down, but communities of color are still waiting longer to vote.

Spurring Entrepreneurship Starts By Talking With Talent

“If you start with institutions, you get an institutional response…”

'Federally Supported, State Managed, Locally Executed' Disaster Recovery

FEMA wants state and local governments to play a 'larger role' post-disaster while shifting those funds to mitigation.

Contempt for Court

Republican lawmakers are increasingly showing disdain for decisions made by the judicial branch—and by extension the rule of law.

Why Amazon Can’t Pick Dallas, Austin or Atlanta for Its HQ2

It’s morally imperative that Jeff Bezos throw out these three bids and instead set his sights on a city that will be a home to everyone—one that truly values inclusivity and diversity.

Nashville’s Embattled Mayor: ‘Failure May Be Instructive’ But It’s Also ‘Humbling and Humiliating’

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Creator of Showtime TV series responds to Boston city councilor’s criticism; 4-day school weeks in Oklahoma; Georgia planning truck-only highway; and Canada’s prime minister goes hiking with L.A.’s mayor.

The Government Gets Into the Church-Rebuilding Business

A provision tucked into the budget bill requires FEMA to treat religious institutions like other nonprofits.

This Small California District Discovered Earthquake Risks It Never Knew It Had

One Concern is helping the Woodside Fire Protection District shore up disaster resilience with hazard modeling.

Not All Innovation Projects Are Born Equal

It's important to achieve a balance across the spectrum of projects and phases of development.

The Most and Least Millennial Places in America

Surprisingly, the states with the highest percentage of millennials aren’t all on the coasts.

Taxpayers Don’t Want to Pay for Lawmakers’ Sexual Misdeeds, But Alternatives Pose Problems

Holding individual lawmakers, and not the government, responsible for sexual harassment might lessen the incentive for legislatures to train and police their own.

Male Mayor Bucks 'Overwhelming Male Power Structure' in City Hall

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Special emergency room designed for opioid overdoses; Mass.’s one-time federal tax reform windfall; hepatitis A scare in Buffalo area; and mayor of Portland, Maine plans to make good on Super Bowl bet.

An End to Gerrymandering in Ohio?

A bipartisan compromise that just passed the state Senate would require minority-party support for political maps, and would limit the number of communities that could be splintered.

A Bitter Legal Fight Over a Philadelphia Soda Tax Could Decide the Future of Sugar Taxes in the US

Legal battles can be expensive to tax payers and time consuming for city and state legal departments. Philadelphia has been at loggerheads with the industry for almost two years, racking up legal fees north of $1.4 million.

America's Other Housing Crisis: Undercrowded Suburbs

Many neighborhoods with single-family homes have seen little or no new construction since they were built in the middle of the last century.

Kansas Firefighters Accused of Harassing Former Mayor

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Proposal would cut size of Pennsylvania legislature; 75% spike in Los Angeles homelessness; a ‘permanent pollutant’ in Minnesota’s lakes; and an Oregon mayor’s gig-economy sidegig.

Urbanists Push ‘Non-Aggression Pact’ for Amazon HQ2 Finalist Cities

STATE & LOCAL ROUNDUP | Calatrava-designed bridge causes headache in Dallas; a sarcastic standing ovation for Illinois’ governor; and Missouri’s lieutenant governor wants a personal driver.