Finance

Years of Slower Population Growth Persisted in 2017

A new analysis looks at population growth across the states, which is tied to state finances. Only two states saw a population drop over the last decade.

Smart Cities

Local Plastic Bag Restrictions Get Trashed by Texas Supreme Court

The legal fight involved the city of Laredo and marks one of the latest battles over local government power in the Lone Star State.

Public Safety

Report Highlights Areas for Improvement in Lead-Mitigation Programs

A recent report from the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office outlined a list of strategies for the Department of Housing and Urban Development to strengthen oversight and inspections.

Sponsor Content

Flash Poll: The Threat Within

Insider threats originate from people within an organization who have inside information concerning its security practices, data, and computer systems. Recent years have seen devastating consequences from insider threats in government.

Tech & Data

Atlanta's Ransomware Isn't An 'Isolated Incident'

COMMENTARY | Symantec's Tim Hankins outlines the continued prevalence of ransomware attacks, and what it means for governments as they consider their level of cybersecurity.

Management

States Sue Trump Administration as Feds Deny Mayors Entry to Detention Center

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Santa Barbara leaders scold Lime over “rouge” launch … Philadelphia construction tax … and a Michigan “zombie deer.”

Finance

How One Montana City Is Weathering Talk of a ‘Trade War’

“If the farmers and ranchers aren’t making money, we feel it immediately in Great Falls.”

Infrastructure

Still Rebuilding After Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico Hopes to Spur Critical Infrastructure Investment

Officials have outlined an ambitious set of P3 projects supporting electrical and water resilience, as well as economic development.

Finance

As Smaller Marijuana Businesses Get Squeezed, State Revenue Takes a Hit

Small businesses are struggling in California's recreational marijuana industry, hurting state revenue and prompting lawmakers to look how to improve participation in the regulated market—instead of the black market.

Management

Trump's Federal Reorganization Plan Could Affect Major State and Local Government Programs

The 132-page plan affects a host of federal agencies and programs, including some that pay for benefits and initiatives for vulnerable and low-income populations.

Health & Human Services

Rural America Needs Help Solving Its Growing Obesity Crisis

Regardless of the individual contributing causes of greater risk of obesity in rural areas, experts are mostly in agreement that more effective programs are needed in rural areas to assist people in learning how to live healthier lives.

Finance

U.S. Supreme Court Clears Way for Greater Online Sales Tax Collections by States

The 5-4 decision in the case South Dakota v. Wayfair overturns a 1992 case that said states could only require internet retailers to collect sales taxes if they had a physical presence in the state.

Management

'Dumping the Pump' to Promote Public Transit

Across the country, more than 150 transit systems are promoting ridership and thanking customers as part of the 13th annual National Dump the Pump Day, an initiative by the American Public Transportation Association.

Tech & Data

What Petty Nextdoor Posts Reveal About America

The hyperlocal social-media platform highlights small grievances—and proves that neighbors have more in common than they think.

Health & Human Services

Federal Judge Asked to Appoint ‘Special Master’ for Illinois Child Welfare Agency

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Intergovernmental ‘venom’ in S.C. … Colo. to adopt Calif.-style auto emission standards … and coral disease heading to Key West.

Management

Election Security Threats Loom As Midterms Near, State Officials Say

But some note progress. “I think we’re in a much better position than two years ago,” says Minn. Secretary of State Steve Simon.

Infrastructure

U.S. Cities Ready to Compete for a World Cup Windfall

With estimates nearing a half billion in net economic benefit for cities that play host to the games, the 2026 World Cup makes Amazon HQ2 seem very 2018.

Management

Feds Block States From Developing on Land That Could Belong to Frogs

Just over 1,500 acres in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, is at the center of a case the U.S. Supreme Court will consider this fall that asks the question of how much power the federal government has to protect habitat for an endangered species, the dusky gopher frog, even though that frog hasn't lived there for decades.

Health & Human Services

Data, Police and Mental Health: How a Pennsylvania County Helps People in Distress

Mental health co-responder programs are increasingly common in law-enforcement agencies across the country, due largely to declines in the resources available to mental health providers that have forced police officers and sheriff’s deputies to take on additional responsibilities when answering calls.

Health & Human Services

State AGs Try to Tackle a Difficult Subject: Elder Abuse

Beyond physical abuse and neglect, vulnerable senior citizens also face financial exploitation from their caregivers.