Every City Should Have a Toy Library

The “toyery” once made play a part of civic infrastructure. It’s time to bring it back.

Getting Out the Vote From the County Jail

In many states, people held without a felony conviction are eligible to vote—but confusion, fear, and a long list of logistical complications often stand in their way.

Finding Jobs for the Hard-to-Employ

In Minnesota, a training and hiring program is working on getting people into employment, including for the Hennepin County government.

Soda Makers, Grocers Dump Millions Into Anti-Tax Ballot Initiatives

Washington and Oregon voters will decide on measures that would prohibit certain taxes on sugary drinks and grocery businesses.

A New Approach for Hurricane Recovery Efforts

A coastal county in North Carolina created an entirely new office to coordinate recovery efforts among federal and state partners.

A Growing Gap Between Healthier and Worse Off Pension Plans

New research offers a dim assessment of some of the most poorly funded state and local public retirement systems.

Few People Want to Be Poll Workers, and That’s a Problem

A 2016 survey showed that the poll worker shortage faced by local elections officials has gotten worse, while current workers skew older. How can jurisdictions hire younger people to sign up for these gigs?

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Appeal of California Ruling on Lead Paint Remediation

A coalition of cities and counties sued manufacturers under the state’s “public nuisance” law. They have won a $400 million fund to help treat housing.

Throwing Shade: Reducing Urban Temperatures by Planting Trees

A Maryland county is planting free trees in urban areas to increase shaded areas and lower temperatures.

Cities and States Experiment With New Ways to Attract and Keep Talent

A new report looks at how states and localities are harnessing their “brands” and reworking benefits to bolster their workforces.

After the Storm Come the Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are all over North Carolina after Hurricane Florence. Counties will get $4 million in emergency funds to battle the pests.

This Florida Fire and Rescue District Changed Its Outlook on Drones

The district started using drones for more than situational awareness and eventually ended up expanding the fleet.

Engaging Teens With More Than Just a Summer Job

The Summer Youth Enrichment Program in Prince George's County, Maryland, aims to help teenagers long-term.

Emerging Plan Would Rework Payments for Forest Counties

Two senators are working on a proposal meant to get local governments in logging country off a funding "rollercoaster."

Testing Out Faster and Flexible Ways to Deploy Homeless Shelters and Services

Modular housing pilot projects in King County, Washington aim to create flexible and replicable prototypes of how to expand the number of beds and provide 24/7 case management.

Polling Places Remain a Target Ahead of November Elections

Nearly a thousand polling places have been closed in the five years since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down key parts of the Voting Rights Act.