How to Change Policy Without Politicians

As Arkansas politics becomes more conservative, voters are using the ballot for progressive ends.

Figuring Out Exactly Where Hard-to-Count People Live

In New York, California and other states, officials are focused on how to ensure the U.S. Census counts everybody. That means investing money and conducting research to identify where to spend it.

Celebrating the Best of State and Local Government

It’s time for our journalists to hear from you about the state and local leadership and programs with the biggest impact—nominate the cream of the crop for our fourth annual Navigator Awards!

States Use Different Strategies to Teach Students Who Need to Learn English

The percentage of students who are classified as English learners, or ELs, is growing. Here’s how some states are adjusting to this education challenge.

Budgeting for Asylum-Seekers Challenges States and Cities

Many cities and states stepped up when federal immigration authorities stopped housing asylum-seekers.

California Housing Development Proposal Shelved in Legislature

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Illinois governor vows changes at the state child welfare agency … Santa Monica, California, bans micro housing units … Connecticut moves to establish offshore wind turbines.

Mayors Score Win in Lawsuit Over Troubled Retirement Plan Endorsement Deal

The U.S. Conference of Mayors has been locked in a court dispute for several years over the soured arrangement.

How Passion For Your Job Can Backfire

Showing passion at work can make people more vulnerable to exploitation, a new study says.

Prettier Cities Are Better at Attracting Jobs and New Residents

A study finds that the more beautiful a city is, the more successful its economic development prospects, including attracting highly educated and affluent new residents.

To Control Forest Fires, Western States Light More of Their Own

Prescribed fires were burned on over 3 million acres in Western states in 2017.

San Diego (Again) Bans Sleeping in Cars

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Seminole Tribe stops casino payments to Florida … Texas moves to make internet more accessible in rural areas … Wisconsin passes crime victim rights bill.

Coral Reefs Provide Flood Protection Worth $1.8 Billion Every Year—It’s Time to Protect Them

COMMENTARY | A new report shows that coral reefs reduce damage from floods across the United States and its trust territories by more than $1.8 billion every year—and pinpoints that value state by state.

Memphis Charts a New City Plan, Despite Lawsuit Against It

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Connecticut millionaires ask for higher taxes … Midwest cleans up after floods, but more rain coming … D.C. tables amendment to limit FOIA requests.

As Congress Mulls Retirement Savings Shortfalls, New State Programs Get Attention

Initiatives in Oregon and other states are targeting people without employer-sponsored retirement plans.

The Best—and Worst—States to Live In

Washington ranks first in U.S. News & World Report's annual "Best States" rankings, while Louisiana took last place for the third consecutive year.

Proposal in Oregon Would Allow Farmers to Sue GMO Patent Holders for Contamination

So-called "GMO contamination" occurs when genetically modified plants come into contact with non-GMO or organic crops, usually through cross-pollination.

Behind the Movement to Kick Chicago Out of Illinois

Many rural, often conservative, residents of large Democratic-controlled states are pushing to create their own states.