Public Safety

Crime and Murder Rates Drop in Most Big Cities

While the trend isn’t universal, Brennan Center for Justice research findings “definitively reject any claims” of the nation being in a “crime wave.”

Finance

Auto Loan Delinquencies Higher in Southern States

Delinquency hotspots should reconsider harsh vehicle repossession policies and improve consumer protections, said one Urban Institute researcher.

Sponsor Content

Addressing Cybersecurity Challenges Facing State and Local Governments

At NASCIO's 2018 Annual Conference, Symantec Policy & Government Affairs Director Thomas MacLellan spoke about various cybersecurity challenges facing state and local governments including cloud migration, hiring the right talent, and election security.

Management

The Southwest May Be Deep Into a Climate-Changed Mega-Drought

Global warming may have turned an already historic dry spell into the third-worst drought of the past 1,000 years.

Health & Human Services

Despite Uncertainty After ACA Court Ruling, Medicaid Expansion Likely to Proceed

Officials in the three states where voters approved expanding Medicaid last month are moving forward, regardless of a ruling by a Texas judge declaring the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional.

Health & Human Services

States, Counties and Cities Report Surges in Hepatitis A Cases

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Communication black hole during Camp Fire … N.Y. seafood fraud investigation … and mental health needs swell after Anchorage quake.

Finance

Kentucky Governor Gives Short Notice on Pension Special Session

Days after the state Supreme Court strikes down a controversial pension reform law, teachers and other public employees rush to Frankfort—again.

Public Safety

Jails May Not Be Able to Hold Juveniles Pretrial Much Longer

Local governments would have three years to find space for youths elsewhere, space a recent UCLA Law School report argues already exists.

Tech & Data

Crowdsourcing King Tides to Better Understand Rising Sea Levels

In Washington state and Virginia, the public can help planners and researchers monitor the inundation of low-lying coastal areas.

Public Safety

States Passed 67 New Gun Control Laws in 2018

The laws ranged from bans on bump stocks to allowing authorities to use "red flag" laws to temporarily disarm potentially violent people.

Management

Gov. Cuomo Asks: ‘What Would FDR Do Today?’

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | A cautionary note on Virginia’s economy … eliminating Indiana’s townships … and Oklahoma City’s new streetcar.

Management

‘Best Buddies’ Celebrates Reappointment of Beloved Calif. State Capitol Worker

John Masterson is someone who brings “a little joy, a smile, a little humanity” to a hard-working place.

Management

Making Farming Available to New and Diverse People

The farm bill on Trump’s desk funds programs that help make farming more accessible.

Finance

Data Show Sluggish Economic Output in Smaller Counties

For the first time, the Bureau of Economic Analysis has released GDP figures for all of the nation's counties.