Senate Passes $19 Billion Disaster Aid Bill

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Code for America turns ten and looks for a new leader … New mayor says Chicago suburb’s bureaucracy in shambles … Louisiana braces as Midwest flood waters flow south.

Congress Must Give States The Tools To Rebuild America’s Infrastructure

COMMENTARY | The federal government hurt state and local governments’ ability to invest in our failing infrastructure last year; now they have a chance to correct that mistake.

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.

Economists Remain Worried About Slow-Growing Middle Class

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

Sports Betting Not Proving to Be a Tax Bonanza For States

Revenues have largely been modest and in some places have fallen far short of projections.

Pensions Have Shifted To Riskier Investments, Ratings Agency Finds

But the new report says that this trend isn’t necessarily producing stronger returns.

States Are Allowing Bank Accounts to Link Savings to Prizes. Customers Aren't Biting.

The idea is to encourage people to build up their savings by enrolling them in lotteries to win prizes. But that hasn't necessarily drawn people to sign up.

A State Reconsiders Its Ban on Local Minimum Wage Laws

Cities and counties would be allowed to set a wage floor higher than the one authorized by Colorado if a bill passed by state legislators becomes law.

Some Arizona Republicans Pushing a State Tax Hike for Education

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Unemployment up in Illinois … Firefighters experiment with body cameras … What’s the future of the soda tax in Philadelphia?

Teachers Earn Less Than Their Private-Sector Counterparts, Research Shows

Teachers have a 21.4 percent "wage penalty" compared to college graduates with similar education and experience, according to new research from the Economic Policy Institute.

Nine States Where Tax Revenues Have Been Slow to Recover Since the Great Recession

Budgets remain off in some states nearly a decade after the downturn ended, a new analysis shows.

Latest Opportunity Zones Guidelines Offer More Clarity For Business Investments

"This reg removes a lot of the most obvious impediments that have kept capital on the sidelines,” says one expert.

An Economic Development Package for a Major Tourist Attraction

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Different and escalated citations for homeless people in Sacramento ... Rethinking fare evasion in Philadelphia ... Changes for drones in a New Jersey town.

Texas May Owe Feds $223 Million for Shortchanging Special Ed

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Massachusetts city council won’t skimp on laundry units for firefighters… Phoenix police make arrest in fifth road-rage attack in the last three weeks … More hay going to Midwest to help flooded farmers.

Poor Taxpayers in Rural Counties Most Likely to be Audited

New research finds that low-income taxpayers who receive the earned-income tax credit are more likely to be audited than wealthier Americans.