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.

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.

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

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.

Management

Latest School Superintendent Salary Figures Highlighted in New Research

The figures show variations between male and female superintendents and school district sizes.

Management

Riders Aren't Quitting Transit—Just Using It Less Often

New research from a transit-reform nonprofit found that riders are likely to return to public transit if service improves.

Management

When Newspapers Close, Voters Become More Partisan

Local newspapers keep readers’ focus on local politics and issues.

Tech & Data

How the Census Will Reach Urban Millennials

Mailing a paper form and then following up with a house visit just won't work for everybody. State and local governments are trying to help figure out how to reach people in danger of being undercounted.

Management

The East Coast Is Going to Get Arkansas-ified

A new study finds the climate “twin city” for hundreds of places across the United States.

Infrastructure

California Governor Scales Back State’s High-Speed Rail Plans

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Baltimore targets trash burning … Illinois looks for way to dig out of pension mess … and Maine’s pragmatic budget.

Finance

Appeal to Trump on SALT Cap Appears to Get Cool Reception

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says "there is no more vital long-term issue" for his state's finances than a limit on the state and local tax costs taxpayers can write off on their federal returns.