A State Where Working at a Chick-fil-A Is More Lucrative Than Teaching

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | A low-profile, but very dangerous Wash. volcano ... Nev. county will vote on brothels … Pa.’s major Lyme disease risk … and an Ohio rural broadband bill.

There's Fresh Interest in Reviving an Old Intergovernmental Commission

A U.S. House task force is looking at the possibility of a 2.0 version of the Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations.

Apple Is Reportedly Opening Its Second Campus in North Carolina

Unlike Amazon's public HQ2 search, Apple's selection process is taking place entirely behind closed doors.

Yanny or Laurel? Three State and Local Leaders Weigh In

Like any other pressing issue of the day, it’s important to know where local leaders stand—and what they’re hearing.

New Signs of Trouble Ahead for Colorado River Basin Water Managers

A warm winter and weak snowpack suggests that this “is the kind of drought we will have to deal with in the future.”

Documenting One Local Government’s Long History of Dysfunction

Michael Karlik discusses his new podcast, “Tear It Down,” and his ongoing work to track the goings-on of city council meetings around the world.

Some California Cities Are Siding With Trump on Immigration

While the number of jurisdictions rejecting California’s sanctuary rules has been growing, they remain in the minority.

Judge: Chicago Mayor’s Office Violated State Open Records Law

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Ind. school takeover bill OK’d … feds looking at Atlanta airport contracts … 6 states sue Purdue Pharma … and S.F. mayor’s public safety plan.

Democratic Governors: States Lead on Economy Equality and Climate Change

“Donald Trump cannot stop us in states and governors in building a clean energy future,” Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said during the Center for American Progress 2018 Ideas Conference.

Ann Arbor Puts a Cork in Public Tree Tapping

“Not only is tapping street and park trees illegal, but doing so causes damage, leaving trees susceptible to insects and diseases,” the city said in a newsletter.

The Importance of Scaling and Supporting Apprenticeship Programs

Whether it’s in high schools or vocational training, “we’ve got to find a better pipeline, and the federal government needs to be part of that partnership,” said National League of Cities president Mark Stodola.

New Jersey Bill Would Strip Pensions for Workers Convicted of Sexual Offenses

The bill, passed by committee, requires that the offenses be somehow related to an individual’s public employment.

This Small Nebraska City Uses Cash Incentives to Attract Skilled Workers

To be eligible for the matching grant program, employers must be recruiting for “quality jobs,” paying at or above the state’s median wage.

Agriculture States Are Bearing an ‘Unfair’ Brunt of Chinese Tariffs

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross assured senators Thursday he’s negotiating to ‘minimize the problem,’ but ‘the gap is wide.’

Michigan Senator Wants to Ban Marijuana-Infused Alcohol

Sen. Rick Jones says the legislation is necessary because Michigan voters may soon decide whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use.

Tracking State Preemption Just Got Easier

A new map from the Partnership for Working Families covers nine economic and racial justice issue areas where localities are being interfered with.

Senators Look at Policing Practices by Federal Land Management Agencies

“This issue is of great concern to communities throughout the West,” said Utah Sen. Mike Lee. “Increasingly, these communities find themselves as targets of overly zealous federal law-enforcement operations.”

Hawaii to Become Carbon Neutral by 2045

The goal is the most ambitious of any U.S. state.

This Alabama Town Reimagined Its Vacant Kmart

Gadsden offers a model for ‘getting beyond Kmart’ other cities can follow, even if their big-box stores haven’t shuttered yet.