Kansas Birth Rate Drops to All-Time Low

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | LePage relents on Maine road sign dispute … Boca Raton mayor arrested … San Antonio smart city proving ground … Conn. school closures … and a new vets-only safe parking program.

Local Leaders Visit D.C. to Oppose Possible Spending Clawbacks, Cuts

Mayors and others who took part in the lobbying effort are part of a newly formed coalition of small and mid-sized communities.

Cage-Free-Egg Laws Spur Cage Match Between States

When California and Massachusetts enacted laws requiring that eggs produced and sold there be raised cage-free, 13 states including some of the nation’s largest egg producers sued.

Community-Driven Approaches to Equity to Receive $10M to Grow

The Rockefeller Foundation and Chan Zuckerberg Initiative have teamed up to create the Communities Thrive Challenge, which will have 10 winners.

Nevada Fears Loss of Chinese Gamblers If Trade War Escalates

Beijing sees your tariffs and raises you its high-stakes baccarat players.

In Most States, the Middle Class Is Now Growing — But Slowly.

The share of middle-class households grew more in Montana than in any other state between 2013 and 2016.

Legal Shootout at the Broadband Corral

City officials in Texas confront the state on its industry-backed preemption law.

Going BRAC-less: What to Do With the U.S. Military’s Excess Property

The Pentagon is offering an alternative to closing bases, and Congress should support it.

Treasury Department, IRS Announce 'Opportunity Zone' Designations

The initial round of zone approvals under the new economic development program covers 15 states and three territories.

Tiny Towns, Small States Bet on Bitcoin Even as Some Shun Its Miners

While bitcoin mining may not create many jobs, state officials and cryptocurrency advocates believe in the economic potential of the industries created through blockchain technology.

Ways to Increase Impact and Limit Costs of Business Incentives

A new study from the Upjohn Institute provides guidance to state and local governments for analyzing options.

China Cares a Whole Lot About Pigs in Iowa

“Like it or not, Iowans’ fates are inextricably linked with those of Chinese buyers.”

U.S. Farmers Are 'Collateral Damage' in Trump's China Trade Dispute

States that produce some of these agricultural commodities are pawns in the president's tit-for-tat with Beijing.

Trump’s Complaints About Amazon Have a Historical Precedent

The fraught history of government-subsidized package delivery.

Enthusiastically Embracing a Job Never Finished

Ahead of Route Fifty’s “City in Beta” event, San Jose Deputy City Manager Kip Harkness outlines how the city is working to become “as innovative as the Silicon Valley population we serve.”

As Trump Threatens NAFTA (Again), States With the Most on the Line Ahead of Trade Talks

A reminder of some of the places that could see an economic backlash if the president ends up blowing up the North American trade deal.

Foxconn in Choppy Waters Over Plan to Drain the Great Lakes

Wisconsin courted the Taiwan-based electronics manufacturer hard, but there are questions whether the state's economic development deal violates the Great Lakes Compact among eight U.S. states and two Canadian provinces over water use.

New Report Ranks Cities on Their Local Food-Truck Regulatory Regimes

A timely Chamber of Commerce index looks at city hall rules from an entrepreneurial perspective.