‘Progressive’ Tax on Inherited Wealth Could Net 33 States as Much as $6.1B

New York currently makes the most off its estate tax, but California has the most to gain, a liberal policy group argues.

Watch This State Office Building Twist and Sway

For the past 15 years, the Atwood Building in downtown Anchorage has been outfitted with instruments to measure how it performs during big earthquakes.

Wisconsin’s Outgoing Governor OKs Bills to Limit Executive Powers of His Successor

Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers criticized the legislation as ignoring "the will of the people."

Floodwaters May Have Inundated Private Wells, But Few Were Tested For Contamination

The four states hit by hurricanes earlier this year offer free well testing, but not many homeowners have used the programs.

Why One Governor-Elect Skipped a White House Meeting With Trump

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Pennsylvania’s naloxone distribution … PG&E scrutiny in California … and mapping climate change attitudes on the Jersey Shore.

California Moves Another Step Toward Open-Source Government

The comprehensive open-source plan rolled out this week is the latest chapter in a story that has been developing for years.

Apple to Build a New Campus and Add Thousands of Jobs

Along with a new Austin campus, the company says it will add jobs at sites around the country.

Federal Watchdog Offers Gloomy Outlook for State and Local Budgets

U.S. Government Accountability Office estimates show mounting fiscal pressures over the next 50 years.

Farm Bill Expands Rural Broadband Funding

But some remain concerned that the money will not get to many places that need it to expand access.

The Reason Why Kentucky’s Pension Reform Law Was Struck Down

Gov. Matt Bevin, who championed the legislation, called Thursday’s state Supreme Court ruling “an unprecedented power grab by activists judges.”

10 Tips for Becoming a Better Leader

No one comes to this role fully prepared for the challenges.

Young Farmers Can't Farm Without Land

Just 4 percent of America’s family farms have principal operators younger than 35, while nearly a third are led by someone age 65 or older.

Chicago’s Pension Fix Might Involve Marijuana

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | California proposal calls for text messaging fees … Philly mayor’s office to pay interns … and Anchorage quake damage data.

Actually, Millennials May Be the Wealthiest Generation

Recent coverage about millennials' wealth, debt and income could be missing the bigger picture.

Major Takeaways From the Volcker Alliance’s New Grades for State Fiscal Health

COMMENTARY | New Jersey’s former budget director and state comptroller highlights some of the good, bad and the ugly budget practices.

State Attorneys General Could Become More of a Factor in Antitrust

One FTC commissioner thinks that’s a possibility as the Trump administration returns to a laissez-faire approach toward mergers and acquisitions.

Parents Are Biased Against Even Quality ‘Urban’ Schools

Many of these schools are improving, but the persistent stigma against them contributes to segregation.

How Some Shrinking Cities Are Thriving in the New Economy

Despite conventional wisdom, cities don’t necessarily need population growth and more jobs to be economically healthy.

White House Will Launch Multi-Agency Council Focused on Opportunity Zones

The council will engage with state and local government officials on development in zones, a White House adviser said.