Denver Voted to Decriminalize Magic Mushrooms. What Happens Next?

The mayor says he’ll respect Initiative 301. The district attorney says it’s open to interpretation. Drug policy experts say officials could ignore it altogether.

Wisconsin Legislators Push to Make Cash Tips Tax-Free

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Protesters disrupt hearing over Texas bill meant to prevent protests … New Orleans passes measure to clear homeless camps … Nebraska moves to ban shackling of pregnant women in prison.

Watchdog Questions FEMA Hurricane Relief Contracting

But the federal agency that has come under recent scrutiny for handling of contracts rejects Inspector General recommendations.

Composting, Clean-Ups and Comprehensive Planning to Combat Litter

Prince George's County, Maryland, has struggled for years with litter. Officials have launched a multi-year, multi-pronged effort to tackle it.

Denver Voters Decriminalize Psychedelic Mushrooms

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Police find over 1,000 guns in a home in Los Angeles … Ohio considers nixing film tax credits … New Orleans seeks infrastructure funding.

How Voter Access Laws and Passion Brought People to the Polls

Ballot initiatives on issues like medical marijuana helped get out the vote last fall, as did measures like allowing same-day registration.

The Sounds of State Parks—on Spotify

Michigan's tourism arm will drop an album this month of ambient music layered with sound recordings from 10 state parks.

Denver Homeless Camping Ballot Initiative Fails

Voters overwhelmingly rejected a ballot initiative that sought to give homeless people the right to camp in public places.

Making City Bureaucracy Less Bureaucratic With Better Forms

In Washington, D.C., the annual “Form-a-palooza” event confronts the confusion of government documents.

Why Uber and Lyft Drivers Are Striking

Uber and Lyft drivers plan to protest and picket this week. From companies, they want better wages and working conditions. From cities, they want regulations.

Most of America’s Rural Areas Are Doomed to Decline

COMMENTARY | Most of the nation’s smaller urban and rural counties are not growing and will not grow.

City's Restriction on Women Going Topless in Public Withstands Court Challenge

The ruling in the Missouri case follows at least two other court decisions this year involving the "free the nipple" movement.

At the Border, Local Governments Scramble to House Migrants

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Pennsylvania considers a gift-ban for lawmakers … Georgia passes law to identify children with dyslexia … Massachusetts enforces ban the box legislation.

New Jersey Task Force Examines Tax Breaks

The tax break program has been under scrutiny since the New Jersey comptroller’s office issued a report concluding that billions in tax breaks were approved without adequate state diligence.

The Geography of Brain Drain in America

States like Ohio and Hawaii have been considering initiatives to stem brain drain and hold onto their own talent.

Low-Income Communities in This City are More at Risk for Disasters

As Portland, Oregon considers ways to mitigate environmental risks for poorer neighborhoods, a simple answer is arising: trees.

Virginia Prepares for the Arrival of Amazon’s HQ2

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Not many people want to run for elected positions in this county … Texas deals with voting maps and databases … Tulsa improves on equality markers.

Western Communities Try to Chart New Economic Paths as Coal Declines

“We decided that a win is growing basically one job at a time,” says one economic development official.

Mueller Findings Raise Election Hacking Fears in States

Major breaches into state and local election systems worry election officials.