Management

Poll: Despite Struggles, Rural Americans Feel Connected to Communities

Civic engagement is high among rural residents, which may offset negative feelings about financial insecurity and access to health care.

Management

Washington, D.C. Considers Allowing Residents to Issue Parking Tickets

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Albuquerque considers charging for car crash costs … St Louis County may require landlords to accept housing vouchers … Montana provides student loan aid to young farmers.

Infrastructure

How One City Handles Complaints About Its Transit System

San Francisco’s BART System doesn’t just tweet back at people complaining on social media, but also tries to tap into the information to help guide maintenance, cleanup, and repair in real time.

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Connected Transportation: Top 5 Lessons for Modernizing State and Local Infrastructure

Investment is needed to raise public safety, increase enterprise transportation data visibility, and make meaningful development inroads to match the challenges of the 21st century.

Finance

Economists Remain Worried About Slow-Growing Middle Class

By 2017, the number of households still had not recovered to the levels of 2000.

Public Safety

States Should Unlock Student Financial Aid for People in Prison

COMMENTARY | Many states still prohibit people from receiving state financial aid for college in prison. They could change that.

Management

Having a Library or Cafe Down the Block Could Change Your Life

COMMENTARY | Living close to public amenities—from parks to grocery stores—increases trust, decreases loneliness, and restores faith in local government.

Management

Court Settlement Allows KKK Rally in Ohio City

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Texas Senate passes “Save Chick-fil-A” bill … Tax proposals scrapped in California … Louisiana debates abolishing the death penalty.

Management

How to Change Policy Without Politicians

As Arkansas politics becomes more conservative, voters are using the ballot for progressive ends.

Management

Figuring Out Exactly Where Hard-to-Count People Live

In New York, California and other states, officials are focused on how to ensure the U.S. Census counts everybody. That means investing money and conducting research to identify where to spend it.

Management

Celebrating the Best of State and Local Government

It’s time for our journalists to hear from you about the state and local leadership and programs with the biggest impact—nominate the cream of the crop for our fourth annual Navigator Awards.

Management

States Use Different Strategies to Teach Students Who Need to Learn English

The percentage of students who are classified as English learners, or ELs, is growing. Here’s how some states are adjusting to this education challenge.

Infrastructure

America’s First Greenbelt May Be in Jeopardy

Adopted in the 1950s to protect the city’s iconic horse farms, the urban growth boundary of Lexington, Kentucky, no longer seems unassailable.

Management

Budgeting for Asylum-Seekers Challenges States and Cities

Many cities and states stepped up when federal immigration authorities stopped housing asylum-seekers.

Management

California Housing Development Proposal Shelved in Legislature

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Illinois governor vows changes at the state child welfare agency … Santa Monica, California, bans micro housing units … Connecticut moves to establish offshore wind turbines.

Management

Mayors Score Win in Lawsuit Over Troubled Retirement Plan Endorsement Deal

The U.S. Conference of Mayors has been locked in a court dispute for several years over the soured arrangement.

Health & Human Services

Counties Are Key to Solving Our Nation’s Mental Health Crisis

COMMENTARY | A third of people with serious mental illness didn’t receive treatment in the past year. Local leaders are on the front lines of building the continuum of care these citizens lack.

Infrastructure

Federal Infrastructure Funding is Good, but Local Governments Want Flexibility Too

Accessing federal funds for infrastructure projects is much too difficult, county leaders say. With reauthorization of the FAST Act on the table, they want a bigger say in how money can be spent.

Management

How Passion For Your Job Can Backfire

Showing passion at work can make people more vulnerable to exploitation, a new study says.