State-Local Collaboration Needed Ahead Opportunity Zone Deadline

While the impact of opportunity zones could be huge for low-income areas, the time is very short for states trying to figure out which areas to nominate.

Is Your County Elections Clerk Ready for Russian Hackers?

In a decentralized election system with more than 10,000 separate jurisdictions, the onus for security is on local officials.

As High Court Weighs Online Sales Taxes, States Get Ready to Pounce

“When Americans are buying more but the tax revenue is not rebounding, that’s just a measure of where young people are shopping,” according to Max Behlke of the National Conference of State Legislatures.

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.

Axing State Corporate Taxes Is Good Policy

ANALYSIS | New Jersey’s former state comptroller and budget director asks: Is there an easier and more equitable way to tax business?

Recent Data Breaches Spark Debate Over 'Reasonable' Notification Rules

Some states have already moved to toughen their data breach laws as the number of incidents increases.

Aid-in-Dying Gains Momentum as Erstwhile Opponents Change Their Minds

New Jersey is one of at least 25 states considering aid-in-dying bills this year. 

West Virginia Ripple Effect Could Roll Into Another State

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Youngstown, Ohio residents target fracking; raising wait-staff wages in Washington, D.C.; Vermont F-35 fighter jet fight; and a Manchester arts commissioner caught on video gouging a city hall wall.

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.

The Health-Care Gap Between Red and Blue America

States have a surprising degree of autonomy to block President Trump’s changes to Obamacare—and liberal-leaning states are already making their move.

Some of America’s Worst-Paid Teachers Give Their State a New Ultimatum

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | New Mexico’s ‘no trespassing’ order for U.S. Border Patrol; opening the door to S.C. reparations; Nashville mayor resigns; and Lake Superior's high water level may hit all-time record.

Trump’s Trade War Could Stall Kentucky’s Bourbon-Fueled Boom

An international tit-for-tat could have consequences for Kentucky and other regional economies.

Governors Embrace Role as 'New Ambassadors' in Chaotic Trump Era

The state executives are often seeking foreign direct investment and cutting trade deals, though they’re admittedly no substitute for presidential leadership.

There Are Hundreds of New State Gun Laws And Most Expand Access

So-called permitless carry laws now are in effect in more than 10 states.

Georgia Lt. Gov. Jeopardizes His State’s Business-Friendly Reputation

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Michigan county surrenders to potholes; Chicago closes sexual harassment ordinance loophole; and a public records blowback continues in Washington state.

#MeToo Movement Fuels a 1970s Comeback: The ERA

Nevada last year became the 36th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, meaning that supporters need only two more states to reach the 38 required to add the ERA to the U.S. Constitution. Before Nevada, the last state to ratify was Indiana in 1977.

Mulvaney Assures State AGs He’s ‘Not the Devil’

Just don’t expect new consumer protections from the Trump administration.

Colorado Lawmakers Poised to Oust 1st of Several Accused Harassers

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Statehouses grapple with clunky harassment policies; calls to lock up Mayor “Lawless Libby” in Oakland, Calif.; a dramatic end to the Allentown corruption trial; and an expensive affair for Nashville’s mayor.