Governors Press for Exemptions From Expanded Offshore Drilling

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has gone silent after excluding Florida from a draft lease sales plan, but letters criticizing that decision’s “arbitrary” nature keep coming in.

New Jersey’s Smallest Lame-Duck Loser—An Official State Microbe

Even though a legislative proposal lost out in Trenton, this bacterium helped win a Nobel Prize and cure a global disease.

With New Jersey’s Pensions in Crisis, a Question of Fiscal Priorities

To lure Amazon’s HQ2, the Garden State is offering more than double its annual contribution to the public pension system—a system that paid out $5.5 billion more in benefits than it accrued last year.

Trump Administration Eyes as ‘Much as Possible’ for Expanded Offshore Drilling

A number of state and local officials are opposing the leasing of previously protected waters.

Supreme Court Will Hear 2 Cases Impacting State Government This Week

From the Tenth Amendment to the First, civil rights to states rights, a lot is at stake for state and local governments.

States Hope Supreme Court Sports Betting Case Will Lead to Revenue Windfall

The high court might end a “failed statutory regime” that Nevada currently enjoys.

Push to Restore State and Local Deduction in Tax Bill Is Defeated

House Ways and Means Democrats and Republicans sparred Tuesday over the so-called SALT deduction.

Most States Given Lousy Pretrial Justice Grades

New Jersey received the only A. The national average is a D. Comprehensive reform makes the difference.

To Soften a Hurricane's Blow, Don't Drain the Swamp

Wetlands directly prevented half a billion dollars in damages during Hurricane Sandy, a new study has found.

How an ‘Old Retread’ Like Jerry Brown Has Triumphed Over Chris Christie

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP: New York prepares to sue feds over possible health care action; Iowa speed-camera lawsuits; and a Florida community is recovering from sinkhole that swallowed two homes.

‘Bridgegate’ Mastermind Avoids Prison Sentence

Former Chris Christie ally David Wildstein received three years of probation for his involvement in the scandal.

Chris Christie's Day at the Beach

The New Jersey governor was photographed at a beach he’d ordered closed because of a budget impasse.

Will the Supreme Court Deliver a Windfall of Tax Revenue for State Governments?

Justices on the high court plan to examine the federal ban on sports betting outside of Nevada.

Debt-Laden New Jersey Struggles to Make Ends Meet

The Garden State faces a tight squeeze on public programs and experts see big trouble in the not-so-distant future after years of pension underfunding.

This New Jersey Township Tried to Block a Mosque, And Lost

Zoning ordinances are one of the most common tools of bias against faith groups. On Tuesday, a New Jersey township settled two cases brought against it.

Departing From ‘Sanctuary Cities,’ Some Sheriffs Embrace Immigration Enforcement Role

A variety of local officials, from conservative sheriffs in Texas to a liberal county executive in New Jersey, are embracing a vigorous form of local immigration enforcement.

N.J. Legalizing Recreational Marijuana Is ‘Beyond Stupidity,’ Gov. Says

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: NYC maps rampant sidewalk sheds; Conn. city settles police discrimination suit; Sacramento strengthens ‘sanctuary city’ status.

State and Local Agencies in Northeast Prep for Big Late-Season Coastal Storm

Blizzard conditions and 18 inches of snow in some places between Washington, D.C., and Boston are primed to disrupt the heavily populated region starting Monday night.

Regional Plan Association Prepares for N.Y.C.-Area Resilience Overhaul

Four corridors in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut will be redesigned for the first time in decades, with architects and planners addressing ecology and infrastructure challenges.