Management

Texas Estimates Hurricane Harvey Won’t Be an Overall Economic Hit

The large geography of the affected region and a significant influx of rebuilding funds helped lessen the disaster’s economic damage to the Lone Star State, according to a new analysis.

Tech & Data

Using Data to Figure Out Where Transit Should Go

Fixed-route bus use, in particular, has seen steep declines in use while ride-sharing continues to grow in popularity, according to a new report.

Public Safety

Supreme Court Restrains States' Power to Seize Property

Eighth Amendment protections from excessive fines are enforceable against the states the court ruled in an Indiana case.

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.

Infrastructure

Ohio Governor Says Raising State’s Gas Tax Is Unavoidable

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | What-if megastorm scenarios for L.A. area ... New Jersey “dirt broker” loopholes … and Orlando autonomous bus shuttles.

Public Safety

FAA Wants to Protect First Responders from Drone Bombs

Under a new ruling, law enforcement officers would be able to identify drones from afar.

Infrastructure

This Rural Priority Won Big in the Federal Spending Bill

Some infrastructure funding was included in the final legislation signed by President Trump last week.

Public Safety

The Gun Violence That’s a Bigger Threat to Kids Than School Shootings

Mass killings on school grounds account for a very small percent of victims, but they capture far more public attention than other shootings.

Management

California Town Launches 'Goat Fund Me' for Fire Prevention

Officials from Nevada City are crowdfunding the rental of a grazing goat herd to eat flammable plants on city-owned land.

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.

Public Safety

Town Can Prohibit Union's Inflatable Rat Display, Appeals Court Rules

Grand Chute, Wisconsin didn't violate the Constitution when it ordered a union to remove "Scabby the Rat" from a road median.

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.