GOP Leaders Near Deal on Tax Bill

But Republican negotiators in the House and Senate were mum Tuesday on specifics that could affect states and localities.

U.S. Mayors Push for Dream Act by Year’s End

Democratic senators signaled they’re willing to increase border security to get a deal done, so long as a “pathway to citizenship” is assured and additional immigration enforcement provisions tabled.

Portland Mayor Hits Back at Carson’s Comments on Homelessness in West Coast Cities

Ted Wheeler says that if the HUD secretary thinks government should take a passive role, he “should step aside and allow someone up to the task to lead.”

Federal Housing Officials Emphasize Local Solutions to Increasing Homelessness

HUD Secretary Ben Carson’s team said communal response needs to be scaled, particularly in major West Coast cities, but without addressing where federal funding fits in.

Republicans Mull Expanding State, Local Deduction in Tax Legislation

GOP leaders in the House and Senate have voiced an openness to including a limited deduction for state and local income taxes as they move toward finalizing their tax code rewrite.

D.C. Has to Work Around a White House That Denies Climate Change to Prepare for a 500-Year Flood

The city needs the federal government's cooperation to make its climate-change resiliency plan work.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

Why Cutting Historic Preservation Tax Credits Won't Be Easy

Preservation advocates, small town mayors, commercial developers and builders argue the credits more than cover their costs by generating jobs and tax revenue.

Trump Tells Senators He Backs Capped SALT Deduction in Tax Bill

GOP tax legislation in the Senate could get a floor vote before the end of the week.

Justice Department, Chicago Continue Their Immigration Compliance Dance

A month after the Trump administration was stopped from withholding public safety funds from the city for its “sanctuary” policies, it’s now targeting a different law enforcement grant.

GOP Tax Overhaul Could Hit State and Local Pension Plans With Federal Tax

“It's a huge burden,” the executive director of the National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Systems said as he discussed the tax proposal.

Spending on State and Local Environment and Interior Programs Spared Big Cuts in Senate Plan

But there aren’t huge boosts in the appropriations proposal either for programs that are significant for states and localities.

Detention Push Ignites New Deportation Battles

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has a $1.2 billion plan to increase detention beds by 50 percent to about 51,000 by 2018.

Justice Department Releases Immigration ‘Naughty List’ After Latest Court Loss

Attorney General Jeff Sessions now considers jurisdictions that prevent law enforcement from inquiring about immigration status in violation of U.S. Code.

Local Governments Scramble to Assess Impacts of Tax Proposals

Whether representing a booming urban center, a ritzy suburb, a steel town struggling for growth, or an overtaxed collar county of Chicago, local officials are concerned about the GOP tax plan.