Infrastructure

Cleaning Up Paper Recycling in South Florida

Waste Management reversed its decision to cut mixed paper recycling in 14 Broward County municipalities, but says reduced contamination is needed.

Local Housing Authorities Give Themselves Perfect Scores. Renters Disagree.

Nine in 10 local housing authorities say they’re doing well at helping the poor find housing in nice areas. But those who use Section 8 vouchers say the process is “hell.”

As US Coal Plants Shutter, One Town Tests an Off-Ramp

It's complicated for rural areas to recover from a coal plant closure — even with help.

Report: Two-Thirds of Counties Average Internet Speeds Slower Than Broadband

A new report by the National Association of Counties highlights slow internet connectivity speeds experienced acutely in small, rural counties.

A State Senator Had Thousands of Dollars in Ticket Debt. Now She’s Fighting to Make Sure Others Won’t.

A Q&A with Illinois state Sen. Celina Villanueva, who introduced a bill to end driver’s license suspensions for unpaid red-light and speed camera tickets.

Lawmakers Push to Restore Waterway, Coastal Storm Assessment Funds

The Trump administration has proposed significant reductions to a program that funds cleanup in the Chesapeake Bay and stopped funding studies that seek to address threats posed by coastal storm-related flooding.

Ensuring State Broadband Grants Go the Extra Mile

From grant matching to community engagement teams, officials who oversee state broadband grants say it’s important to require communities and companies that receive public funding to meet certain benchmarks.

Victims of NIMBYism, Unite

COMMENTARY | Solving the housing crisis means organizing everyone who suffers when communities block the construction of new apartments.

Buses Will Become the Priority on This City’s Streets

A measure passed in Portland, Oregon will create bus-specific lanes, an effort supporters say will help the city meet its climate change action goals.

Cities and Towns are Abandoning Glass Recycling. Can It Be Saved?

Glass is highly recyclable, but collection of the material through single-stream recycling programs is falling out of favor in many cities because of contamination problems and high costs.

New York City Reckless Drivers Could Face Mandatory Safe Driving Class

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Wisconsin working on tax breaks for struggling dairy farmers … Maryland comptroller bans disposable, flavored e-cigarettes ... Washington county sued over deportation flights.

Frustrated by Flawed Broadband Maps, States Are Trying to Create Their Own

The Federal Communications Commission’s broadband maps underestimate the number of households that lack internet service. State agencies are trying to gather better data.

A State Seeks to Boost Air Travel Within its Borders

There are no direct flights between cities in Idaho, so travelers must take connecting flights out of state to travel between them. One lawmaker hopes to establish a committee to tackle the problem.

Private Sector Leaders Encourage States to Simplify Government Approvals to Boost Infrastructure

Business executives told attendees at the National Governors Association meeting in Washington, D.C. that a simplified permitting process would encourage the private sector to engage on infrastructure projects.

Recycling Labels Don’t Reflect Reality for Local Governments

A local government official says the federal government could help by setting standards that make clear what plastics are recyclable.

Thy Neighbor’s Solar Panels

COMMENTARY | When our peers take actions to preserve the planet, we’re more likely to follow suit. How the human instinct to conform could help us address the climate crisis.

FCC Approves $20 Billion Rural Broadband Funding Plan

While proponents heralded the fund as a major step to close the "rural digital divide," Democrats on the commission warned that many areas that need internet won't get help.

House Democrats Unveil New $760 Billion Infrastructure Plan

The 19-page proposal recommends tapping existing federal programs to funnel money to infrastructure projects.

As States Prepare for Disasters, They Acknowledge Things Will Get Worse

Following the hottest decade on record, legislators in many states say it’s long past time to treat such events as the new normal.