Health & Human Services

Giving Group Homes a 21st Century Makeover

A new law caps the amount of time the federal government will pay to house children in group homes. New York state officials are concerned it will end up costing counties. Colorado, Rhode Island, West Virginia and Wyoming have the greatest percentage of foster children living in group homes.

Infrastructure

FAA Awards $677 Million in Airport Improvement Grants

The 241 grants will fund 346 infrastructure projects, including runways, taxiways, aprons and terminals.

Infrastructure

There Are Jobs to Be Had in the Nation's Waterworks Sector

New research takes a look at workforce opportunities and gaps tied to U.S. water infrastructure.

Tech & Data

How Using Open Wi-Fi Could Get Safer

A standard called Enhanced Open aims to make using free networks more secure than it is now.

Management

Boston Tightens Regulatory Screws on Airbnb

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | San Francisco mayor’s election is resolved … St. Louis airport privatization … Alaska governor uses line-item veto … and a “funny looking” but dangerous foam in Michigan.

Infrastructure

NYC DOT Chief: Feds Are Forgoing City Input on Self-Driving Vehicles

“I urge you to enlist cities as partners,” transportation commissioner Polly Trottenberg told Senate lawmakers.

Tech & Data

Here’s How That $380 Million in Election Security Funding Is Being Spent

State election officials are mostly using new election security money to shore up the basics.

Health & Human Services

In No State Can Minimum-Wage Workers Afford a Two-Bedroom Rental

“This will be a problem for the foreseeable future,” said Diane Yentel, president and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, which released a new study Wednesday.

Management

Encroaching Automation Can Negatively Affect Workers

Just the threat of automation can add stress and uncertainty to workers’ daily lives, according to a recent study by university researchers.

Public Safety

Chicago City Hall Pushes State to OK Use of Public Safety Drones

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Philly’s sloppy accounting … high eviction rates in rural Minnesota … New Orleans short-term rental freeze … and Jersey City clears newspaper box “clutter.”

Finance

Law Enforcement Grants Would Get Funding Bump Under Senate Bill

The draft measure also includes additional money for programs meant to help quell opioid and heroin abuse.

Management

What It's Really Like to Work Remotely From Vermont

The Green Mountain State is offering relocation incentives. If you’re intrigued, seeking change, or just over urban life, here’s what it’s really like to relocate.

Management

How Cities Can Respond When the State Legislature Says ‘No’

From defiance to exploiting legal loopholes, municipalities are trying everything to get around state preemption laws and maintain local authority.

Management

Will Two Major Floods Prompt Development Changes in Ellicott City?

The increased amount of impervious surfaces surrounding the watershed makes the area more susceptible to runoff, which contributes to the severity of flood impacts, though hydrologists have said development is not solely to blame.

Finance

Funding Steady for Environment, Interior Programs in Senate Bill

The draft legislation covers programs that help fund water infrastructure, and that provide payments to rural counties.

Finance

Seattle Leaders Set to Retreat After ‘Head Tax’ Furor

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Colo. wildfires … San Francisco mayoral race still in limbo … Lyme disease on Staten Island … and Va. Beach council members want city manager fired.

Management

Mayors Get a Crash Course on What Resonates With Millennials

A polling guru offered the city leaders advice on how to communicate with younger constituents.

Public Safety

Texas Town Uses 'Public-Pizza Partnership' to Fix an All Too Common Problem

“In my six years of local government, ‘Paving for Pizza’ is the coolest project I have worked on,” according to a town administrator.

Management

Supreme Court Sides With Ohio in Voter Roll Culling Case

The court’s narrow ruling is likely to have dramatic knock-on effects across the country.