The FCC Could Help Make Good Local Broadband Models Great

Santa Cruz County has taken steps to improve internet accessibility in its rural parts but wants local government to have more of a say in federal and state broadband policy discussions.

Americans Want Jails That Treat First, Punish Second

Poll: “It demonstrates that the American public is ahead of public officials in thinking about what is fair and equitable treatment under the law.”

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.

Welcome Robot Overlords! Now We Can Get Some Real Work Done.

Despite tech transforming government, public employees aren’t concerned for their jobs. Maybe because it’s letting them focus on the work they signed up for.

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.

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.

Lessons From a Small-Town Bulldozer Rampage in Colorado

Marvin Heemeyer told four people that he was “just going to bulldoze the town.” They dismissed his threats as pure bluster.

Mayors: Yes, We Too

“Those of us who are women who hold power … we have a responsibility to share our stories.”

Is Trump Driving a Partisan Wedge Between Mayors?

The U.S. Conference of Mayors annual winter meeting in D.C. highlighted complicated political terrain city officials are trying to navigate.

Route Fifty’s 2018 Management Survey Shows Different Attitudes on Budgeting Practices

Three-quarters of local government respondents said their organization would benefit from priorities-based budgeting.

Route Fifty’s 2018 Management Survey Results Are In

Among our takeaways: senior personnel need to open a dialogue with rank-and-file employees.

Utah Mayor Accused of Using Physical Intimidation in Workplace

WEEKEND NEWS ROUNDUP: Baltimore mayor fires police chief; student loan forgiveness for volunteer firefighters; regional flu variations; and mixed reviews for Sunday liquor sales in Minnesota.

Bloomberg’s What Works Cities Program Hits a Big Milestone But Its Work Is Far From Done

Reaching its 100-city goal, the network focused on improving data-driven management practices in mid-size municipalities is continuing to foster “sustainability of practice” in city halls.

As Boston, N.Y. Mayors Start Their 2nd Terms, a Focus on Housing Affordability

In their inauguration speeches, Marty Walsh and Bill de Blasio discuss what may be the the most difficult policy challenge U.S. city halls are facing.

A Bit of Good News in a County That Closed All Its Libraries

As volunteers step up to run community libraries, a new intergovernmental agreement in southwest Oregon gives local advocates there some new hope.

A Tech-Enabled Effort to Fight Census Undercounting in San José

There’s a Jan. 15 deadline for localities to update their residential address lists for the U.S. Census Bureau.