“We’re not in ideal times,” said Corrections Secretary John Wetzel. “If you look at the financial realities, our choices were to reduce staffing and programming, or do this.”
New high resolution data for six states and Washington, D.C., is seen as a boon for efforts to cut down on pollutants in the nation’s largest estuary.
“If there’s ever an opportunity, it’s now,” says Mayor Lou Mavrakis of Monessen, Pennsylvania.
Toomey Bill Takes Aim at Federal Funding for Sanctuary Cities; Drug Tests for Illinois State Workers
Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley’s hurricane recovery request; a Calexit vote in 2018?; ACLU vs. Maine police over social media monitoring.
Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Is Pasadena, Texas redistricting racist?; another ransomware attack on an Indiana county; Boston PD social media monitoring raises discrimination concerns.
A collaborative effort is mapping leaky gas pipes.
Bringing greater transparency to county government finances.
The city plans to “open source” the computer code for the application in the coming weeks, offering a way for other local governments to replicate the project.
Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Sacramento’s homeless toilet station costs; Milwaukee County’s proposed “wheel tax” to pay for crumbling infrastructure; and Colorado used as out-of-state ballot fodder.
The people of Erie, Pennsylvania, have welcomed immigrants and refugees, and believe that their town is better off for having done so.
Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Florida Keys ends in-person jail visits; the ACLU wants Utah county's police footage; Colorado's $2.39B marijuana impact.
Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: A new city manager in Charlotte; transgender health care benefits in Manchester, N.H.; and different rules on ballot selfies.
A small staff is doing big things with the right training.
In Pennsylvania's second-largest city, a growing tech sector is driving the wheels of innovation. But so is city hall.
As long as there’s a licensed human sitting in the driver’s seat, you don’t need a special permit for your vehicle to drive itself.
Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: A bill undermining Michigan's labor unions?; a federal mining dispute in Minnesota; and a California city gets a transportation facelift.
N.J. Ends Bistate Tax Deal With Pennsylvania; Challenging Alabama's 'Discriminatory' Judicial Elections
Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Pittsburgh bridge within 30 minutes of collapsing; NYC brings in streetcar heavy hitter; and Illinois schools drivers on police.
A dozen datasets, including those related to government performance, schools and jobs, are currently available through the online portal.
Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: 311 spat at New York City Hall; more violence in Chicago; and 50th anniversary for North America’s longest continuous truss bridge.
Does protecting critical services from harm prolong budget fights?
Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Demolishing a California surfer fort; Montana's unclear Medicaid costs; and NYC government's bed bug problem.
New research “is a great reminder of how vital the growing immigrant and Latino community is to our region’s future success and stability,” according to Mayor Bill Peduto.
Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Boston mayor’s new City Hall porch; Anchorage’s vacant property fee; and a big recreational impact for a southwest Utah town.
“Whenever you're desperate … you take chances,” according to the Democratic mayor of Monessen, Pennsylvania.
In a crowded media ecosystem, can dialogue on state government policy compete against live exploding watermelons?
The states with the largest economies based on real GDP in 2015 are California, Texas, New York, Florida, Illinois and Pennsylvania.
A win for Philadelphia's soda tax would deflate the reasoning that only ultra-liberal enclaves enact such measures.
“Pittsburgh was based on steel and the economy was based upon getting product to market,” says Mayor Bill Peduto. “Our new economy is based upon getting people to workplace.”
The Smithfield Street Bridge is the oldest in the city and gets its nickname from a unique design feature.
Over two years, municipalities like Philadelphia will aim to develop solutions to racial inequality in education and employment.
It can take years for sexual abuse victims to find the courage to come forward, and police departments across the country are still digging through a backlog of rape kits, some of which are three decades old.
But its establishment hints at the city's offices being too siloed.
Savings are relatively small compared to overall state corrections spending.