Finance

The States Where Unemployment Exceeded the National Rate in June

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released the latest employment estimates for states on Friday.

Smart Cities

Five States To Get A Smart Tech Boot Camp

The states will be the first in the multi-year "Smarter States, Smarter Communities" learning lab, which grows out of National Governor Association Chair Brian Sandoval's 'Ahead of the Curve' Initiative.

Infrastructure

Delayed EPA Response to Water Crisis Increased Health Risks to Flint Residents, IG Finds

A new watchdog report found that the federal agency's regional office didn't establish clear roles for the state environmental agency and failed to create clear lines of communication.

Sponsor Content

Governing at the Intersection of People and Technology

Despite the growth of state and local government budgets following a post-recession slump, many agencies still struggle to attract and retain skilled workers. Competition from the private sector and lingering technological shortcomings are a few of the pressure factors. Still, there is much that can be done even under the constraints faced by public sector organizations. 

Infrastructure

This Coalition May Be the Best Shot at a Modern, Regional Transportation System

But there’s still a ways to go investing in the right technology, infrastructure and policies.

Management

China to Governors: A Trade War 'Brings Mutual Destruction'

At the National Governors Association meeting, governors agreed with Japanese and Chinese delegations that trade helps their local economies.

Health & Human Services

Surge In Older Homeless Residents Confounds Los Angeles Officials

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Mold spores invade Texas health department offices… Court strikes down Pennsylvania welfare law … A drinking-water scare in Mississippi.

Public Safety

Marijuana Bills Increasingly Focus on Social Justice

When advocates now seek marijuana legalization, they also are focusing on investment in poor communities and fixing longstanding criminal justice problems.

Management

Michigan Local Government Officials More Optimistic About State

The Center for Local State and Urban Policy found more local leaders than last year saying they are optimistic Michigan is heading in the right direction.

Finance

Credit Ratings Agency Offers Dim Outlook for Rural America

Population declines, an aging workforce and sluggish job growth pose challenges.

Management

New EPA Chief Hands Off Coal Ash Regulation to the States

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | California high court blocks proposal to split state …. Which states pay the most and least in sales taxes? … Mentally ill in Boston and stranded in an ER.

Management

States to Feds: Enough With the Red Tape Already

Representatives of states, hospitals and others say too much of their time is occupied with federal regulations.

Management

Mayor in Busy Texas Border Town Warns of Fallout From Trade Dispute

Pete Saenz, mayor of Laredo, called on federal officials to tamp down uncertainty over tariffs and trade pacts.

Tech & Data

Federal Drone Committee Faces ‘Kitty Hawk Moment’

The body’s lone local government representative discusses filling the late San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee’s shoes and keeping pace with technology.

Management

Emergency Managers Ask Congress to Invest in Mitigation

Resilience projects could cut the costs of future disasters at a time when FEMA wants state and local governments to pitch in more during response.

Health & Human Services

These Pills Could Be Next U.S. Drug Epidemic, Public Health Officials Say

Some states are restricting prescriptions for anti-anxiety medications known as benzodiazepines.

Management

Gone, But Not Forgotten: Wisconsin City's Snow Pile Finally Melts

A snow pile in Appleton, Wisconsin lasted until July 9, attracting attention from residents and local media.

Public Safety

Protecting Waikiki From Future Flash-Flood Destruction

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | San Diego’s new Airbnb rules … a bizarre resignation in Oklahoma … and Denver’s big renewable energy pledge.

Management

New Industry Promises to Bring ‘Made in America’ Label to Fish

Onshore fish farming in Maine moving ahead with support of local and state officials.