Health & Human Services

How Poor Americans Get Exploited by Their Landlords

American landlords derive more profit from renters in low-income neighborhoods, researchers Matthew Desmond and Nathan Wilmers find.

Infrastructure

Moody’s: FEMA’s Decision About California Dam Is a Signal to States and Localities

The agency may want governments to repair and replace aging infrastructure before it fails, but making California eat some of the repair costs could lead to more deferred maintenance on other projects, the ratings company said.

Sponsor Content

Using Analytics With Open Data to Build a Stronger Government

To support open government initiatives and uphold the values of transparency, participation and collaboration in the US, federal agencies today make their data open, or publicly accessible. Citizens can use this open data to assess college affordability, the economy, educational issues, environmental damage, health care, taxes, agriculture, the climate and more.

Management

Florida Lawmakers Look to Make Ex-Felons Pay Fines Before They Can Vote

The legislation comes months after voters overwhelmingly approved a measure restoring the voting rights of people convicted of felonies who have completed their sentences.

Infrastructure

The Feds Are Driving A National Policy of Sprawl

COMMENTARY | "Any legislative or policymaking approach to climate that fails to see the connections between emissions, how and where we build, and our transportation infrastructure decisions, will be destined to fail."

Health & Human Services

Paying Too Much For Rent Could Be Hurting People's Health

Eleven percent of U.S. households are severely burdened by housing costs.

Management

Wisconsin Judge Blocks Laws Limiting New Governor's Powers

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | A program for claiming property taxes in Ohio ... Mayor announces a new police chief in Little Rock, Arkansas ... Climate agency proposal in Oregon.

Management

Climate Change Warming Great Lakes Region Faster, a New Report Says

Experts say accelerating renewable energy development, energy efficiency programs and electric vehicle adoption is critical in the Midwest.

Management

States Could See 'Unprecedented' Flooding

NOAA's spring outlook, issued Thursday, predicts a heightened flood risk, even as states in the Midwest are dealing with historic flooding.

Management

Moving a State Agency Out of the Capital City

North Carolina plans to relocate its Division of Motor Vehicles from booming Raleigh to lagging Rocky Mount. Can this be a national model for decentralizing power?

Management

Political Candidates Don’t Always Tell the Truth (And You Can’t Make Them)

States have tried to prohibit candidates from telling lies in political advertisements. But the experience in Montana and other states shows that isn't so easy.

Infrastructure

A Suburban Community Rejects Transit Expansion

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Changes to eviction laws in Mississippi ... Raising the age to buy tobacco in Delaware ... Examining state employee raises in North Carolina.

Management

Uneven State Juvenile Record Laws Cause Uneven Youth Outcomes

A marijuana possession conviction as a juvenile goes away in Rhode Island but not without a fight in Idaho.

Finance

Soda Taxes Lead Some to Cut Down on Sugary Drinks, Fizzle With Others

But the full cost of the taxes does appear to be getting passed to consumers in at least two cities.

Tech & Data

Taking An 'All of the Above' Approach to Cope With Tech Disruption

The U.S. Conference of Mayors President on how he and his peers are helping residents confront the realities of today's economy—and what comes next.

Tech & Data

How a School District Did Away with Snow Days

In Anderson, South Carolina, school officials traded inclement weather closures for remote learning.

Management

The High Cost of Undervaluing Older Talent

Some thoughts on the aging federal workforce, with applications in state and local government.

Health & Human Services

How a Measles Quarantine Can Lead to Eviction

Without paid sick leave, workers who are quarantined for health reasons face job loss and worse.