Florida’s New Governor Wants to Oust Another Local Official

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Albuquerque crime decrease … Baltimore’s new online nudge … and “thorny” questions about marijuana legalization in New York.

A Warning for Elected Officials on Social Media—Court Says Don't Block Critics

A social media page can be the equivalent of a public meeting, a federal appellate court found for the first time last week.

County Leader Seeks to Stop Sewage Spills Along Border Amid Shutdown Fight

With tensions high over a wall, a San Diego County supervisor is focused on funding for waterworks.

A Turbulent Stock Market Can Benefit State and Local Borrowers

When stocks get dicey, one place investors turn to is municipal bonds.

Rural Recycling Hit Hard by Shifting Scrap Market

The fallout of China's decision to tighten its recycling standards has changed the industry in this country. It's particularly tough for rural governments.

The Trickle-Down Impacts of the Federal Shutdown on States and Localities

The disruption in Washington, D.C. “could have a significant impact,” if there is a protracted partial shutdown, according to Steve Benjamin, the president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Tough But Important Lessons From San Diego’s 2017 Hepatitis A Emergency

A California state auditor’s report focuses much attention on a slow public health response as the highly-contagious liver disease spread.

Auto Loan Delinquencies Higher in Southern States

States with delinquency hotspots should reconsider harsh vehicle repossession policies and improve consumer protections, said one Urban Institute researcher.

Jails May Not Be Able to Hold Juveniles Pretrial Much Longer

Local governments would have three years to find space for youths elsewhere, space a recent UCLA Law School report argues already exists.

Data Show Sluggish Economic Output in Smaller Counties

For the first time, the Bureau of Economic Analysis has released GDP figures for all of the nation's counties.

Federal Watchdog Offers Gloomy Outlook for State and Local Budgets

U.S. Government Accountability Office estimates show mounting fiscal pressures over the next 50 years.

State Government Civics Survey Leaves Many People Stumped

A striking number of respondents couldn't answer questions about their elected officials, or the mechanics of state government.

Evacuation Center Needs Time to Recover From Disaster Recovery

Hundreds of Kīlauea lavaflow evacuees ended up at a recently built rec center on the Big Island. Now it needs to close for months of repairs.

Measuring Results of Early Childhood Spending

Finding more resources to help struggling populations “needs to be reframed as an economic imperative, even a national security issue.”

Debt Dispute in Missouri Unresolved, as Payment Deadline Passes

Platte County's reluctance to pay debt costs linked to a shopping center has captured attention within the municipal bond market.

County Official’s Claim Her Firing Was Political Retaliation Fails in Federal Court

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals says the financial resources director position falls under a special exception.

When a Local Government is ‘Unwilling’ to Cover Debt Costs

Lawmakers in Platte County, Missouri are hesitant to assist in picking up the tab for bonds related to a retail project.

Public Access Channels Threatened Under FCC Proposal, Advocates Say

Proponents, however, argue changes are needed because localities charge licensing fees at the expense of cable companies’ efforts to expand broadband access.

Every City Should Have a Toy Library

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