What the Camp Fire Revealed

ANALYSIS | Two months after disaster struck, the recovery in Paradise, California, is harder for some than for others.

Where Public Sector Union Membership Is Shrinking and Growing

Newly released employment numbers show a small decline last year in the rate of public sector union membership.

Black Southerners Are Bearing the Brunt of America’s Eviction Epidemic

Princeton's Eviction Lab has found that the South is home to most of the top-evicting large and mid-sized U.S. cities.

Trump Administration Tries to Thwart States’ Unemployment Plan

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Arizona’s rainy-day fund … Iowa mayor arrested for pot-growing operation … and Seattle mayor will pursue new streetcar.

Microsoft’s Big Pledge to Help Build Affordable Housing in the Seattle Area

The move by the company is “potentially groundbreaking” and an acknowledgment that “government alone cannot really solve” the housing crisis.

Sky-High Affordability Gap Strains Ski Town Economies

Mountain communities across the West huddle in Vail to discuss the challenges of high costs of living, low-paying jobs and a scarcity of places to live.

Is State and Local Cybersecurity Maturing Fast Enough?

Failure to use artificial intelligence to manage cyber programs and lack of cyber insurance remain weak points for governments.

Toward A Circular Economy: Tackling the Plastics Recycling Problem

China's decision to not accept as many plastic recyclables has created new problems for an already flawed recycling infrastructure.

Community-College Students Succeed at Elite Schools—When They’re Admitted

A new report finds that these students graduate from selective colleges at higher rates than first-time freshmen.

One City’s Solution for Airport Employees Working Without Pay

San José is considering a short-term, no-interest loan program to keep air traffic controllers, TSA screeners and customs officers at their posts during the federal shutdown.

Federal Agencies Recall Thousands of Furloughed Workers

While agencies like the FDA and USDA call some workers back to work without pay, House Democrats were unsuccessful in their bid to pass the latest proposal to temporarily fund the government.

A Regional Push to Clean Up Cars, Trucks and Mass Transit

Power plant emissions have fallen in the northeast. Could a new coalition do the same for transportation?

Denver Offers $5,000 in Mortgage Aid for Eligible Federal Workers Hit by Shutdown

“We’re stepping up to support our federal employees," said Denver Mayor Michael Hancock.

Are We Living Through Climate Change’s Worst-Case Scenario?

“We’re a lot closer than we should be,” one Stanford scientist warned.

New Efforts Will Push Redistricting Reform in States

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Barack Obama don’t agree on much—but they’ve both turned gerrymandering into their main political cause for the years ahead.

Federal Judge Rules Against Trump Administration's Citizenship Question on Census

State and local governments are among the groups that have objected to the Census asking about citizenship status.

States Are Crafting Laws to Help Determine Pet Custody in Messy Divorces

Lawmakers are looking at a California law that just went into effect this month.

Tens of Thousands of Teachers Strike in L.A. as Negotiations Stall

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | A handful of new governors are sworn in … N.Y.C. pursues illegal hotels in new lawsuit … and FBI raids Scranton City Hall, mayor’s house.