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.

Cities Make LGBTQ Equality Gains Despite More Hostile State Political Climates

A total of 30 states have seen more than 130 pieces of anti-LGBTQ legislation introduced in 2017, but 24 million people live in cities with more inclusive policies.

Phoenix Clarifies Where It Stands on U.S. Immigration Policy

The city has revised protocols for school resource and traffic officers and publicized those reforms to alleviate immigrant residents’ fears they’re being profiled.

Scoring U.S. Cities on Their ‘Reproductive Freedom’

San Francisco earned top marks, according to a new National Institute for Reproductive Health report. Where does your city rate?

Local California Officials Applaud Governor’s Veto of Small Cell Wireless Permitting Bill

Efforts to bring a uniform permitting process to the Golden State will go back to the drawing board.

Growth of Private Tree Regulation Spurs Fear of Backlash

Will the recent tangle over the regulation of trees on private land in Texas spread to other cities and states?

Hartford Nears Bankruptcy as State Aid Remains Uncertain

Connecticut struggles in its third month without a budget and faces a deadline where Gov. Dannel Malloy will have to start cutting municipal aid.

Why States and Cities Need More Policy Financing Mechanisms

Proposed cuts to the federal budget and local preemption could kill the fiscal capacity of municipalities to deal with disasters like Hurricane Harvey or even provide basic government services.

How St. Louis Workers Won and Then Lost a Minimum-Wage Hike

After a Missouri law took effect on Monday, the wage floor in the city was reduced to $7.70 per hour after three months at $10 per hour—the latest case of a state cracking down on a city that had enacted a progressive policy.

Tampa Mayor: Florida Preemption an ‘Assault on Local Governance’ Like Never Before

“They’re trying to throttle the goose that’s laying the golden egg,” said Bob Buckhorn, who fears conservative legislation is deterring potential residents from thriving cities.

How State Preemption Became a 'Serious Problem' for Local Governments in Florida

“The legislature has shown disregard, even hostility, to the fundamental principle of home rule,” Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie said at last week’s Florida League of Cities annual conference.

Texas Gov.’s ‘War on Cities’ Heats Up With Snub of the Big 5

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP: Seattle police want to bargain for body cams; Allentown, Pa. mayor shrugs off corruption charges; Baltimore gun bill gets a rewrite

Racist ‘Chicago Safari’ Emails Spawn Illinois Government Investigation

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP: Boulder’s bear problem; a Charlotte sit-in; San Diego’s losing Styrofoam venture

America’s Fight for Independence Has Always Been Local

In North Carolina, Mecklenburg County’s 1775 declaration may have been the first exertion by Americans to formalize the value of self-governance.

The Senate's Health Bill Is Still Unaffordable for Poor People

The Congressional Budget Office finds that while the upper chamber’s plan is more generous and stable than the AHCA, it leaves about as many low-income people without coverage.

Report: Michigan Preemption Is a Case-by-Case Problem for Localities

Most local officials want “most” or “complete” authority over land and economic development, but not LGBT rights, minimum wages, plastic bag bans and the sharing economy.