Infrastructure

Nevada and Arizona Ballot Measures Would Require Utilities to Use More Renewable Energy Sources

While Nevada’s effort to update its renewable portfolio standard has seen little opposition, the largest utility in Arizona is resisting the same measure.

Management

Attorney General Calls Out Judge on Census Citizenship Question

States have sued the U.S. Census Bureau and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to stop the federal agency from using a question about citizenship in the 2020 census.

Sponsor Content

Critical Infrastructure: Securing Election Systems

As state governments ramp up to secure voting infrastructure for the 2018 midterm elections and the 2020 elections, many government officials are faced with the challenge of securing a breadth of systems and process, such as voting registration, voter capture devices, and tabulation of results. To help secure elections infrastructure, Grant Thorton’s Dave Simprini explains what resources are available to state governments tasked with this challenge.

Health & Human Services

Flu Season May Last Longer in Large Urban Areas, Study Says

But smaller cities can have more intense outbreaks of the flu, researchers found.

Management

Owning Real Estate Has Not Panned Out for Many African-Americans

In nearly a fifth of the ZIP codes where most homeowners are black, home values have decreased since 2000, compared with only 2 percent of ZIP codes where black homeowners are not the majority.

Smart Cities

A Long-Term Solution for Scooter Sharing

San Francisco’s scooters are back, and newly regulated. But is regulation enough to make them work in the long term?

Public Safety

Tallahassee Tent City to Serve as Home Base for Hurricane Relief Efforts

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Portland mayor’s proposed emergency ordinance … state Supreme Court blocks Florida governor … and Chicago mayoral candidate targets Gary’s airport.

Management

Poll: Rural Americans Optimistic About the Future

The rosy outlook comes despite concerns over local economies and health-care costs.

Public Safety

DOJ Slowly Releasing 2017 Public Safety Funds to ‘Sanctuary Cities’

Even though some localities are just now receiving their Byrne JAG grants, the battle for 2018 awards is well underway.

Management

In Shift, States Step in on Affordable Housing

More and more, states are getting involved in housing issues that used to be just local government affairs, including preempting their authority.

Health & Human Services

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Appeal of California Ruling on Lead Paint Remediation

A coalition of cities and counties sued manufacturers under the state’s “public nuisance” law. They have won a $400 million fund to help treat housing.

Finance

As Sears Declares Bankruptcy, Sites of Shuttered Stores Present Economic Development Challenges

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Minnesota data breach … Fresno officials scoff at proposed e-scooter fines … and N.Y.C. pension funds warm up to de Blasio divestment plan.

Management

How a Midsize U.S. City Is Preparing to Host One of the World’s Largest Sporting Events

The IAAF track-and-field world championships are still three years away. Local officials in Eugene, Oregon may be “slightly nervous” but are embracing an “opportunity to really shine.”

Public Safety

A DNA Database With 2% of The Population Can Be Used to Find Almost Anyone

Familial DNA testing has opened up a powerful new technique for identifying people.

Public Safety

‘Marsy’s Law’ Protections for Crime Victims Sound Great, but Could Cause Problems

Six states have approved the victims' rights constitutional amendments, with voters in six more soon expected to consider similar measures.

Infrastructure

Outside Utility Crews Ready to Help Restore Water Service in Florida, Georgia

After storms, rural water workers from other states help restore service. Following Hurricane Michael, many were awaiting word that they could access damaged areas.

Infrastructure

California Mayors Slam Increased Fee to Abandon Utilities as Corporate ‘Giveaway’

Switching to an environmentally friendly community choice energy program will cost customers a bit more every month.

Smart Cities

Resilient Cities Look to Community Development Financial Institutions for Investment

A number of cities are rolling out resilience strategies full of projects that need funding, and impact and mission-related investors make a good fit.