Management

Michigan Local Government Officials More Optimistic About State

The Center for Local State and Urban Policy found more local leaders than last year said 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.

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. 

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.

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.

Management

California Isn’t Expecting Policy Changes Under the New EPA Head

The court battle over the state’s strong fuel economy standards is still on.

Health & Human Services

Summer Food Programs Face Challenges in Rural Areas

Paperwork, administrative burdens and transportation issues can lead to lower participation among children in rural areas, experts said at a House subcommittee hearing.

Infrastructure

Returning Federal Funds Could Leave a Bitter Aftertaste

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Madison mayor says county is blackmailing his city … Pa. school security secrecy law … and some good news for Colo. firefighters amid bad news elsewhere.

Management

Plenty for Local Leaders to Consider as Opportunity Zones Ramp Up

National Association of Counties members are told now is the time to get involved in attracting investment.

Management

Labor Shortages Necessitate Local Investment in Immigrant Workers

Typically paid less and working worse hours, the foreign born struggle to “upskill” themselves.

Public Safety

Louisiana No Longer Leads Nation in Imprisonment Rate

COMMENTARY | New data show impact of 2017 criminal justice reforms.