Health & Human Services

Rapid Opioid Cutoff Is Risky Too, Feds Warn

Two federal agencies caution doctors not to taper high-dose pain patients too quickly.

Management

Tennessee Speaker of the House Announces Resignation

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | North Carolina city sues company to take down large American flag … Controversy arises over proposed mine in Arizona … New York passes bill eliminating loophole for presidential pardons.

Smart Cities

Smart Cities Can Get Smarter in Protecting Residents

COMMENTARY | As cities and residents race to become more connected, we must consider how to protect public and private digital property.

Sponsor Content

Perils And Payoffs On The Path To Customer-Centric Digital Government

Digital interactions are an opportunity for governments to delight, add value, and strengthen the relationship with citizens. Read this study to learn government’s top priorities for digital CX in the next 12 months.

Finance

One City May Become the First to Directly Fund Abortion Access

The New York City comptroller has proposed directing $250,000 to an abortion access fund in response to tightening abortion restrictions around the country.

Infrastructure

Despite Resistance, Cities Turn to Density to Tackle Housing Inequality

Residential "upzoning” policies being adopted from Minneapolis to Seattle were once politically out of the question. Now they’re just politically fraught.

Public Safety

States Introduce New Laws to Keep Abused Women Out of Prison

New laws in New York and elsewhere could keep women out of prison for crimes against their abusers.

Management

Poll: Despite Struggles, Rural Americans Feel Connected to Communities

Civic engagement is high among rural residents, which may offset negative feelings about financial insecurity and access to health care.

Management

Washington, D.C. Considers Allowing Residents to Issue Parking Tickets

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Albuquerque considers charging for car crash costs … St Louis County may require landlords to accept housing vouchers … Montana provides student loan aid to young farmers.

Management

Federal Court Blocks City From Enforcing Lawn Sign Restrictions

A homeowner in Missouri is challenging a local ordinance that only allows people to have a single two-sided sign in their yards.

Infrastructure

How One City Handles Complaints About Its Transit System

San Francisco’s BART System doesn’t just tweet back at people complaining on social media, but also tries to tap into the information to help guide maintenance, cleanup, and repair in real time.

Finance

Economists Remain Worried About Slow-Growing Middle Class

By 2017, the number of households still had not recovered to the levels of 2000.

Public Safety

States Should Unlock Student Financial Aid for People in Prison

COMMENTARY | Many states still prohibit people from receiving state financial aid for college in prison. They could change that.

Management

Having a Library or Cafe Down the Block Could Change Your Life

COMMENTARY | Living close to public amenities—from parks to grocery stores—increases trust, decreases loneliness, and restores faith in local government.

Management

Court Settlement Allows KKK Rally in Ohio City

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Texas Senate passes “Save Chick-fil-A” bill … Tax proposals scrapped in California … Louisiana debates abolishing the death penalty.

Management

How to Change Policy Without Politicians

As Arkansas politics becomes more conservative, voters are using the ballot for progressive ends.

Management

Figuring Out Exactly Where Hard-to-Count People Live

In New York, California and other states, officials are focused on how to ensure the U.S. Census counts everybody. That means investing money and conducting research to identify where to spend it.

Management

Celebrating the Best of State and Local Government

It’s time for our journalists to hear from you about the state and local leadership and programs with the biggest impact—nominate the cream of the crop for our fourth annual Navigator Awards.

Management

States Use Different Strategies to Teach Students Who Need to Learn English

The percentage of students who are classified as English learners, or ELs, is growing. Here’s how some states are adjusting to this education challenge.