Infrastructure

States Consider Surge Pricing for Power

Will higher prices at peak times—like after the work day—prompt consumers to change their habits?

Tech & Data

Philly Mayor Deleted Years of Text Messages

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | W.Va. teachers strike … Alaska cold case leads to arrest in Maine using genetic genealogy … and the Cincinnati City Council’s attendance record.

Health & Human Services

Two Crises In One: As Drug Use Rises, So Does Syphilis

Syphilis rates jumped by 73 percent overall and 156 percent for women from 2013 to 2017.

Sponsor Content

Achieving Success: Modernizing Complex Health and Human Service Systems

Today, government agencies are facing enormous pressure to modernize their systems and processes. From rising citizen expectations and the evolution of new digital services to modernization legislation, agencies have to change the way they serve constituents. But with legacy technology and monolithic systems that have been in place for decades or more, the path to modernization is not always clear.

Health & Human Services

How Urban Agriculture Can Improve Food Security in Cities

Cities could learn lessons from Cuba and Argentina about this kind of farming.

Management

Invasive Species Have Some States Seeking Increased Federal Partnership

More than 5,000 invasive species—from plants like cheatgrass to rodents like nutria—inhabit the U.S. causing about $120 billion in economic damage annually.

Management

Economic Boom Hasn't Led to Economic Prosperity For All

New research suggests that about a third of Americans struggle with financial security, including many who would be considered middle class.

Management

Frequent Shutdown Threats Prompt State and Local Safeguards

Lawmakers in several states are moving ahead on bills to help federal workers in future shutdowns. But others caution that cities and states can't prop up federal programs that residents depend upon.

Finance

General Electric to Pay Back State Incentives After Backtracking on New Headquarters

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Ann Arbor dioxane plume … Norfolk’s recycling quandary … and the Bay Area’s new managed toll lane agreement.

Finance

These States Collect the Highest Sales Taxes Per Person

Forty-five states and the District of Columbia collect state sales taxes, while local sales taxes exist in 38 states, according to the Tax Foundation.

Public Safety

The Next Parkland Could Happen Anywhere

Schools are trying to bolster security, but they can only do so much to prevent another mass shooting.

Smart Cities

Managing the Risks Inherent to Smart Cities

A new guide for non-technologists aims to help local officials avoid technology and policy pitfalls.

Health & Human Services

How a Health Department Is Working to Contain a Measles Outbreak

When a case is suspected, public health employees launch an exhaustive investigative process that one official called "real gumshoe work."

Health & Human Services

Pay Attention to This Little-Noticed State Opioid Lawsuit

A case brought by the Oklahoma attorney general is expected to be the first against a drug company making prescription opioids to go to trial. A judge has ruled it can be televised.

Tech & Data

Government Watchdog Urges Congress to Start Moving on a Privacy Law

GAO researchers recommended lawmakers give regulators more power to write rules and punish the companies that break them.

Infrastructure

Making the Case Against Bigger and Longer Trucks on Capitol Hill

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Alaska budget pain … Utah hepatitis A outbreak is over … and Kentucky’s governor sends Louisville mayor critical letter.

Infrastructure

Trump Administration Releases Rural Broadband Strategy

Officials estimate that 24 million people in the United States can't get broadband internet service. Eighty percent of those people live in rural areas.

Infrastructure

Republican Senator Says Infrastructure Proponents Need to Be Realistic

“We can do little reauthorizations within the current constraints, but to do something big we’d have to fess up and agree that you have to pay for things,” said U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee.

Smart Cities

The Next E-Scooter Headache: Hackers

A cybersecurity firm showed they could take control of an e-scooter someone was riding from up to 100 meters.