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.

Sponsor Content

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.

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.

Management

Prettier Cities Are Better at Attracting Jobs and New Residents

A study finds that the more beautiful a city is, the more successful its economic development prospects, including attracting highly educated and affluent new residents.

Public Safety

One City’s Journey to Filing Complaints About Police Online

Austin, Texas, debuted an anonymous online feedback form that eases the process for residents to describe interactions they have with police officers

Management

To Control Forest Fires, Western States Light More of Their Own

Prescribed fires were burned on over 3 million acres in Western states in 2017.

Management

San Diego (Again) Bans Sleeping in Cars

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Seminole Tribe stops casino payments to Florida … Texas moves to make internet more accessible in rural areas … Wisconsin passes crime victim rights bill.

Finance

Sports Betting Not Proving to Be a Tax Bonanza For States

Revenues have largely been modest and in some places have fallen far short of projections.

Smart Cities

Don’t Be Afraid of a Cashless Future

COMMENTARY | City ordinances requiring businesses to accept cash payments to protect the poor are missing the larger picture.

Management

Coral Reefs Provide Flood Protection Worth $1.8 Billion Every Year—It’s Time to Protect Them

COMMENTARY | A new report shows that coral reefs reduce damage from floods across the United States and its trust territories by more than $1.8 billion every year—and pinpoints that value state by state.