Health & Human Services

As States Monitor Federal Shutdown, One Could Run Out of TANF Funding in February

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program's authorization expired in December, prompting states to use limited leftover funds.

Management

Blame Sacramento

ANALYSIS | In the L.A. teachers’ strike, the state is the real problem.

Management

What the Camp Fire Revealed

ANALYSIS | Two months after disaster struck, the recovery in Paradise, California, is harder for some than for others.

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Inside the Disaster Zone

When disaster strikes, citizens look to federal, state and local emergency responders to return their lives and communities to normalcy. Government can’t do it alone.

Management

Where Public Sector Union Membership Is Shrinking and Growing

Newly released employment numbers show a small decline last year in the rate of public sector union membership.

Infrastructure

Colorado Joins States Seeking to Boost Electric Vehicle Sales

Automakers are slow to sell EVs in places without zero emission vehicle mandates, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Management

Black Southerners Are Bearing the Brunt of America’s Eviction Epidemic

Princeton's Eviction Lab has found that the South is home to most of the top-evicting large and mid-sized U.S. cities.

Management

Trump Administration Tries to Thwart States’ Unemployment Plan

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Arizona’s rainy-day fund … Iowa mayor arrested for pot-growing operation … and Seattle mayor will pursue new streetcar.

Management

Microsoft’s Big Pledge to Help Build Affordable Housing in the Seattle Area

The move by the company is “potentially groundbreaking” and an acknowledgment that “government alone cannot really solve” the housing crisis.

Public Safety

White House Snubs Disaster Relief Funds Proposed in House Bill

The $14 billion package lawmakers passed this week appears to be going nowhere fast—at least for now.

Management

Sky-High Affordability Gap Strains Ski Town Economies

Mountain communities across the West huddle in Vail to discuss the challenges of high costs of living, low-paying jobs and a scarcity of places to live.

Management

Is State and Local Cybersecurity Maturing Fast Enough?

Failure to use artificial intelligence to manage cyber programs and lack of cyber insurance remain weak points for governments.

Management

Toward A Circular Economy: Tackling the Plastics Recycling Problem

China's decision to not accept as many plastic recyclables has created new problems for an already flawed recycling infrastructure.

Management

Community-College Students Succeed at Elite Schools—When They’re Admitted

A new report finds that these students graduate from selective colleges at higher rates than first-time freshmen.

Infrastructure

Whoopi Goldberg Tells N.Y. Mayor Her Big Complaint With the City

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Rapid DNA testing … D.C. mayor vetoes bill to decriminalize fare evasion … and rural Minnesota broadband.

Management

One City’s Solution for Airport Employees Working Without Pay

San José is considering a short-term, no-interest loan program to keep air traffic controllers, TSA screeners and customs officers at their posts during the federal shutdown.

Public Safety

Signs of Rising Support From Governors For Legal Pot, As AG Nominee Vows Not to Crack Down

An advocacy group notes a “dramatic shift” in elected officials' views on marijuana. U.S. Attorney General nominee William Barr says it's time for Congress to take action on the issue.

Management

Federal Agencies Recall Thousands of Furloughed Workers

While agencies like the FDA and USDA call some workers back to work without pay, House Democrats were unsuccessful in their bid to pass the latest proposal to temporarily fund the government.

Management

A Regional Push to Clean Up Cars, Trucks and Mass Transit

Power plant emissions have fallen in the northeast. Could a new coalition do the same for transportation?