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States Struggle to Close Their Own Gender Pay Gaps

Despite transparency rules, anti-discrimination laws and standardized pay rates, states still struggle with gender pay inequities in their government workforces.

How Many Hate Groups Does Your State Have?

“2016 was an unprecedented year for hate,” according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Alaska Declares ‘Public Health Disaster’ for Opioids; Palm Springs Ex-Mayor Facing 21 Counts

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Phoenix City Council rejects “sanctuary city” request; San Francisco may toll famous street; and Maine governor’s low salary.

Legalizing the Food 'Sharing Economy'

California lawmakers are considering it.

Iowa Gov. Supports State Preemption on Minimum Wage; Can Syracuse Block City-County Merger Plan?

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Winning and losing municipalities in Conn.; Pa. State Capitol vandalized; and Wash. state assesses data-sharing vulnerabilities.

Northern California Dam Emergency Prompts Widespread Downriver Evacuations

Authorities ordered more than 160,000 residents in three counties to flee on Sunday amid fears of a major disaster; a state agency successfully saves millions of endangered fish.

Pennsylvania Governor’s Twitter Town Hall Focuses on Budget Cuts

Gov. Tom Wolf addresses closing the “Delaware loophole” and responds to his critics on fiscal stewardship.

Oregon Bill Proposing ‘Coffee Tax’ Seeks to Perk Up State Revenues

The five cent per pound excise tax would be imposed on coffee beans sold wholesale.

Should Police Be Allowed to Keep Property Without a Criminal Conviction?

The proceeds from civil forfeitures across 14 states more than doubled between 2002 and 2013, jumping from around $100 million to over $250 million.

N.C. Legislative Leaders Decry Judicial Ruling; Wis. Gov.’s Regulatory Retreat on Fire Safety

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: New Orleans tornado aftermath; Pennsylvania governor’s early retirement proposal for state workers; and Eric Holder’s Sacramento visit.

Maine Gov. LePage: Liberals Are Trying to Turn State Into ‘Socialist Utopia’

Known for his combativeness, the Republican governor offered a bit of an olive branch during Tuesday’s State of the State address: “Let’s try to figure out a way that we can work together.”

How Much Does Your State Spend on Infrastructure Compared to the Feds?

And does it pay off?

Threat to Tax Deduction Roils High-Tax States

Could the deduction for state and local taxes disappear from the federal form? Wealthy, high-tax states hope not.

Despite a Slump, Tax Revenue Has Recovered in 27 States

Declines in 32 states dragged down total state tax revenue in the second quarter of 2016.

The High Price of a Montana Liquor License; S.C. Gov. Hits Trump up for $5 Billion for Infrastructure

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Utah’s public lands agenda upsets outdoorsmen; Baltimore City Council reverses course on minimum wage; a two-year review of Ohio’s transparency efforts

ACA Repeal Seen Thwarting State Addiction Efforts

In the midst of a raging opioid epidemic, states are urging Congress not to pull the plug on the Affordable Care Act, particularly Medicaid expansion. Without it, states say they would be unable to provide enough addiction treatment for the growing number of people who need it.

Missouri Gov. Signs Anti-Union Bill; St. Petersburg Mayor Makes Sanctuary City Declaration

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: More sanitation troubles in Michigan prisons; Baltimore minimum wage bill; and lieutenant governor position may be axed in Illinois.

When Your Judge Isn't A Lawyer

In some states, justices of the peace don’t need a law degree to put defendants behind bars.

What’s Driving Population Declines in More States?

More states lost population last year than in 30 years. Some of the loss can be attributed to national demographic trends — but not all of it.

Case Study: Making Sense of ‘Smart State’ Efforts Underway in Illinois

Budgetary crisis aside, the Department of Innovation & Technology is finding ways to to innovate and transform its operations.

Delaware Corrections Officer Dies in Prison Standoff; Oregon’s Potential Pension Reforms

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Wyoming budget cuts; Alaska’s potential major gas tax hikes; and Texas, Florida legislation targets sanctuary cities.

New Rules Aim to Keep Patients on Medications That Work

More states are preventing health insurers from making midyear changes to covered medications.

Key Findings From 50-State Assessment of Evidence-Based Policymaking

Five states lead the way in this approach, as most others show modest levels of engagement.

States Reconsider Driver’s License Suspensions for People With Drug Convictions

A dozen states still strip the driver’s license of those convicted of drug crimes, even when their offense had nothing to do with driving. But some are reconsidering, saying the suspensions make it harder for people to work and be productive citizens.

Happy 100th Birthday, Wisconsin State Capitol

PHOTOS: The Beaux-Arts building that dominates the Madison skyline came to be out of a mixture of disaster, bad luck and hubris—and it remains the Badger State’s most important public gathering point.

Trump to Meet With U.S. Governors in February

The president will host a dinner when the National Governors Association is in D.C. next month, and a private sit-down is also expected.

Unpaid State Employee Health Care Bills Mount in Illinois; L.A. Police Worry About Trump Order

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: S.C. may outlaw exotic animals; water agency in Ky. coal country under investigation; and Texas petrochemical plant plan irks farmers.

WATCH: Oklahoma Bridge Span Knocked Down

Part of a highway crossing over the Verdigris River near Tulsa was removed as part of a rehabilitation project.

Nevada Chief Attorney’s Special Exemption Questioned; Fla. Prison Guards May See Pay Hike

Also in our State and Local Weekend Digest: Puerto Rico’s fiscal lockbox; higher suicide rates for paramedics; and N.Y. community colleges not keen on governor’s free-tuition plan.

State Procurement Officers Release Priorities for 2017

Fundamental growth of centralized procurement leads the way.

As More Voters Legalize Marijuana, States Left With Regulatory Hurdles

Lawmakers and regulators are often left to iron out complicated rules after voters back legal marijuana through ballot initiatives.

Purdue Pharma Funds Prescription Monitoring Program Upgrade In Virginia

The $3.1 million grant comes just one week after a Washington city announced it will sue the company for neglecting black market trafficking of its drug, OxyContin.

Maine Gov. Moves to End Refugee Resettlement; L.A. Moves on Its 2024 Olympic Bid

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Mass. governor Lays out proposed budget; jurisdictional squabble over snow removal in Boise; and RFID chips spark privacy concerns in Memphis.