The New Federal Spending Bill Is Flush With Money for Waterworks

"The new initiatives and funding increases actually make this legislation a new national water infrastructure program," says a representative for the National Rural Water Association.

FCC Ditches 2 Federal Reviews in 5G 'Streamlining'

Only states and localities with their own historic preservation and environmental review processes will be able to mandate them.

Massive Federal Spending Bill Offers Big Boost for State, Local Programs

The legislation would beef-up Community Development Block Grant funding and TIGER grants would triple compared to FY 17. There are other notable increases as well.

5 Big Takeaways From Senate Intel's Election Security Investigation

The bottom line is future elections are in danger of Russian meddling and we haven’t done enough to secure them.

States Push for Outstanding Election Security Funds Ahead of Midterms

Secretaries of state are adamant they lack the money needed to comply with Senate Intelligence recommendations they update their election infrastructure. They’ll make their case before the committee Wednesday.

Carson Says 'Opportunity Zones' Could Serve as CDBG Substitute

"I suspect we may be asking ourselves: 'How can we use all this money?'" Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson said as he touted the program, created in last year's tax overhaul.

States Aren't Waiting for Feds to Ban Flame Retardants From Kids' Products

The state bills vary in scope, but their intent is clear—to get rid of chemicals that have been found by scientists to pose more risks than rewards.

Trump’s Opioid Crisis Looks Similar, Yet Altogether Different From State and Local Experience

The president’s speech in New Hampshire had a mix of bipartisan solutions, along with highly political ideas and rhetoric that could destroy broad support for his initiative.

Moody's Highlights States Most Vulnerable to NAFTA Exit

Talks are ongoing between the U.S., Canada and Mexico over the future of the trade deal, which President Trump has criticized.

Trump Administration Mum on Nationalizing 5G

The proposal is still on the table, according to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, though localities may find their authority on public rights of way preempted regardless.

5 Cabinet Secretaries Stump for Infrastructure Plan on Capitol Hill

The officials appeared before a Senate committee. Finding money for President Trump's public works plan remains a sticking point.

Senator Casts Doubt on Chances for New Infrastructure Grant Programs

Nebraska's Deb Fischer, who chairs a Senate transportation subcommittee, made her remarks as the Trump administration is stumping for three new, major public works grant initiatives.

The Troubled Future for State Medicaid Expansion

The Affordable Care Act’s extension of public insurance to poor adults might finally make its way into every state. But those inroads could come with a cost.

5G Faceoff on Capitol Hill

Localities want more of a say in broadband policymaking. The U.S. wireless industry wants to win its race with China.

U.S. DOT Announces TIGER Grants Totaling Nearly $500 Million

The White House has called for axing the grant program in each of the two budget plans it has sent to Congress.

States Want More Money and Less Punishment Over Opioids

“To fully address the crisis we have to treat it as a health care issue, as a child welfare issue and as a drain on our local economies,” said U.S. Sen. Patty Murray of Washington state.

Gas Tax Hike in an Election Year? It'll Be a Tough Sell in Congress

Despite flickers of bipartisan support for upping fuel taxes, the idea has yet to gain serious momentum.

As Trump Moves to Erect Trade Barriers, ‘Foreign Trade Zones’ Aim to Take Them Down

There’s little research on whether foreign trade zones help or hurt the economy, or encourage companies to employ more workers than they otherwise would.

Feds Sue to Block California Laws Protecting Immigrants

Xavier Becerra, the state’s attorney general, says he’ll “stay the course and enforce all our laws and protect all our people.”