Legal Shootout at the Broadband Corral

City officials in Texas confront the state on its industry-backed preemption law.

Mayors, Police Chiefs Confront State Preemption on Gun Safety

Local government officials gathered in Washington, D.C. for a public safety meeting, where they discussed active shooter event preparation and response.

Intergovernmental Fights ‘Deeply Rooted in the Flaws’ of New York’s Governor and Mayor

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Michigan ends Flint’s bottled water shipments … California sheriff department’s K-9 shot in neck … and scofflaw golf cart drivers in “Florida’s Friendliest Hometown.”

State Preemption of Local Authority on the Upswing, Research Shows

The National League of Cities released an updated report this week on the number of states that have laws preempting local power in certain policy areas.

As Atlanta Recovers From Ransomware Attack, Georgia Looks to Boost Cyber Collaboration

The state will soon offer information security training local governments should consider to help avoid a crisis of Atlanta proportions.

Preemption Battles Continue as Cities Look to Improve Internet Connectivity

From Georgia to Texas and Colorado, city halls are trying to fend off state efforts to assert control over local rights of way.

Pittsburgh's Path Out of Financial Distress

The fiscal future now looks more stable for Pennsylvania’s second-largest city.

N.Y. Governor’s Plan to Use City Property Taxes Alarms Mayor

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | County dissolves flood-prone village near Mississippi River; Fla. proposal would pressure Miami-Dade County; 100-gigabit network in N.D.; Boise is booming; and dismal news for Pa. dairy farmers.

Local Officials to FCC: We’re Not the Ones Impeding 5G

A group of mostly mayors encouraged the Federal Communications Commission to refocus its efforts on new broadband investment, instead of preempting their oversight of public rights of way.

More Maine Municipalities Look to State’s ‘Food Sovereignty’ Law

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Hurricane Harvey’s economic boost; Memphis scrambles after sewage overflow; Kansas City mayor not upset about losing out on Amazon HQ2; and California high-speed rail costs balloon.

Pittsburgh’s Finances Reach an Important Milestone

The city’s recovery has “captured the attention of the nation, and, frankly, the world,” according to Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf.

Unpredictable Intergovernmental Aid Is Particularly Challenging for Cities

Route Fifty’s 2018 Management Survey reveals an emerging hindrance to sound budget planning at the state and local levels.

Banning the Bans: State and Local Officials Clash Over Plastic Bags

Despite plastic bag bans in places like California showing signs of success, a growing number of states are enacting prohibitions on banning plastic bags.

Business Groups Back 25-Cent Gas Tax Increase to Fund Infrastructure

But there appears to be a limited appetite for such a proposal among Republicans in Congress.

White House Updates Senators on Trump's Infrastructure Plan

Administration officials told the lawmakers to expect more details about the proposal around the time of the president's State of the Union address, Sen. John Barrasso said Wednesday.

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.

Ohio Seeks to Identify, Help Local Governments Headed for Distress

Detecting trouble early gives states and local governments more flexibility to solve a local government’s fiscal challenges.

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.

House Chair Leaves Door Open for Bumping Up State and Local Deduction in Tax Bill

But Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady declined to speculate on the odds a property tax deduction cap would be raised above $10,000.