As states and cities battle an expanding opioid epidemic, cheap methamphetamine is making a comeback. In many places, the number of people using the addictive stimulant has exceeded the highest levels seen since the last epidemic that began in the 1990s.
Of the 18 general purpose local government bankruptcies filed since 2006, legal judgments have been an important factor in five, or nearly 30 percent, according to research by The Pew Charitable Trusts.
For the homeless, not having ID makes it much harder to get a job, find a place to live, open a bank account, get food stamps and disability benefits — or in some instances, even stay at a homeless shelter.
As the revenue from gasoline taxes decreases with the rise of fuel-efficient vehicles, many states are looking for alternative sources of money to build and maintain their roads, bridges and other infrastructure.