Ranking America's Small and Large Cities

Washington D.C. jumped six spots in this year's America's Best Cities rankings, which judge cities on 23 metrics sorted into six categories.

The Rise, Fall, and Possible Rebirth of 100 Resilient Cities

Internal communications shed new light on the Rockefeller Foundation’s decision to stop funding the global climate nonprofit, and hint at what might come next.

Welfare Money Is Paying for a Lot of Things Besides Welfare

COMMENTARY | Instead of giving cash assistance to poor families, states are widening the racial divide.

Report: State Expenditures Now Growing at Greatest Clip Since Before the Recession

A new report estimates state expenditures will grow to $883 billion and rainy day funds will reach $68.2 billion in fiscal 2019.

Ohio Governor Requests Federal Disaster Funding for Tornadoes

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | New Jersey mandates panic buttons for hotel housekeepers … Florida allows paramedics to carry firearms … Mayor in Maryland resigns amid racist bullying.

When a Boss Shoots Down Ideas, Employees Won’t Speak Up

Bosses who reject suggestions harshly can shut up their employees, research suggests.

How Forgotten Ports Have a Big Role to Play in the Future of Offshore Wind

Along the East Coast, states and companies are joining to make big investments in port upgrades, as the region eyes a decade of job growth tied to renewable energy.

Boxing As a Solution to Help End Gun Violence

Baltimore Mayor Jack Young suggested that letting young people settle their differences in a boxing ring might stop people from shooting each other. But would an intervention like that really make a dent in the murder rate?

American Patients Are the Worst in the World

COMMENTARY | Americans are hypochondriacs, yet we skip our checkups. We demand drugs we don’t need, and fail to take the ones we do. No wonder the U.S. leads the world in health spending.

How Should We Define the Suburbs?

Based on census boundaries, ways of life, and physical characteristics, respectively, three new definitions offer a composite portrait of American suburbia.

So Far, Real Estate Dominates a Tax Break Meant for Businesses

Only a handful of people have started investment funds that focus on operating businesses.

Washington Supreme Court Hears Arguments about Legislature’s Public Documents

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Alabama may eliminate an elected state school board … Oregon tries to manage a growing wolf population … A men-only retreat stirs controversy.

Treasury Blocks State Charitable Deduction Workarounds to SALT Cap

Taxpayers won't be able to write off contributions they make as charitable donations, if they receive tax credits in return.

U.S. Cities Are Seeing a Big Drop in Tourism From China

Travel from China to the U.S. fell for the first time in over a decade. That could mean money lost for big cities as well as smaller places near national parks.

In Kansas, Using an App to Streamline DMV Registrations

The state launched the iKan app as a way to make it easier for residents to renew driver’s licenses or vehicle registrations. A state official said it also ended up generating new revenue.

Using Data to Predict Coastal Flood Risk

A new online tool compiles NOAA water-level data and storm forecasts to help coastal residents prepare for floods.

Are McMansions Making Everyone Unhappy?

Homes have gotten bigger, but Americans aren’t any more pleased with the extra space.

Driverless Cars Are Going to Disrupt the Airline Industry

COMMENTARY | A future with driverless cars means people will have more options to avoid driving on their own, beyond trains, planes, and buses.