Why Downtown Parking Garages May Be Headed for Extinction

“The whole view of the function of streets has had a metamorphosis,” according to DePaul University transportation professor Joe Schwieterman. “It’s made us rethink the opportunity cost of plopping a parking garage in prime downtown property.”

To Fend Off Hackers, Local Governments Get Help From States

But some city hall leaders say they can’t necessarily rely on states for cyber aid because many are busy trying to deal with their own cyber preparedness.

Amid Attacks, Teachers Weigh Their Safety Against Student Privacy

Sharing students’ criminal records with schools may violate their privacy, but some lawmakers think it will make teachers safer. Not all teachers are so sure.

Cybersecurity Quest Sends States to Vets, Students and Women

Hiring and keeping qualified IT staffers, particularly cybersecurity experts, is a serious problem for states.

Why It’s Hard to Control Drug Prices at the Ballot Box

Voters in California and Ohio have rejected measures meant to limit state spending on prescription drugs. But advocates say they plan to keep trying.

Public Defenders Fight Back Against Budget Cuts, Growing Caseloads

Public defenders say the funding problem they’ve been shouting about for years is at a crisis point.

'Proof of Citizenship' Voting Laws May Surge Under Trump

Requiring proof of citizenship makes election systems so complex that eligible voters are disenfranchised, according to a recent lawsuit in Arizona.

Sexual Harassment Training Lacking in Many Statehouses

In most states where state lawmakers are facing allegations of harassment, lawmakers haven’t been receiving regular anti-harassment training. But that will change soon.

New App Maps Overdose Epidemic in Real Time

As opioid overdoses spiral, first responders and public health agencies are adopting a smartphone application that tracks both deaths and rescues as they happen.

Marketing ‘Obamacare’ With Less Help From the Feds

With tough rhetoric, a shortened open enrollment period, and fewer federal funds, the federal government is making it harder to get the word out on “Obamacare” sign-ups.

Slow Growth for State Personal Income Persists in 2017

Trends in personal income matter for state governments because tax revenue and spending demands may rise or fall along with residents’ incomes.

Amid Immigration Crackdown, Cities Step in With Free Legal Aid

By law, if you’re charged with a crime in the U.S., you have a right to counsel, no matter your ability to pay. That’s not the case in immigration court.

Where Buying Marijuana Is Legal, But There’s Nowhere to Smoke It

Although some lawmakers have tried, no state legislature has yet carved out rules for cannabis lounges, cafes or tasting rooms.

For Addicted Doctors, Confidential Treatment That Works

In a high-stress profession, doctors succumb to drug addiction at a higher rate than the general population. A state-sponsored confidential treatment program helps them get back to work.

Why It’s Hard to Crack Down on Drowsy Driving

Drowsy driving could be involved in hundreds of thousands of crashes a year, but states have been slow to step up enforcement or offer police training to detect when a driver hasn’t gotten enough sleep.

Bounce House Regulations, Enforcement Lacking as Injuries Soar

Inflatable attractions may seem less ominous than roller coasters that flip riders upside down or carnival rides that send thrill-seekers whirling through the open air. But they can be just as dangerous and are far less regulated.

Revenue Trails Expenses Over Long Term in 11 States

A state whose annual income falls short generally turns to a mix of reserves, debt, and deferred payments on its obligations to get by.

A Bold Step to Control Prescription Drug Prices

Massachusetts Medicaid wants to exclude some prescription drugs from its coverage to gain negotiating leverage with drugmakers.