FAA Greenlights Drone Company to Deliver Food in One Virginia Town

The Federal Aviation Administration gave its first OK to drone company to deliver commercial goods.

Arizona Mayor Declares Emergency as Border Patrol Increases Migrant Releases

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Oakland A’s waterfront ballpark plan draws port industry resistance … Washington passes clean energy and public-option health proposals … Litter clean-up in Philadelphia.

President Trump Suggests 'Sanctuary Cities' Take Migrants

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Ohio passes fetal heartbeat abortion ban ... A proposal to move lobbyists in St. Louis ... Legal challenge to the tax for homeless services in San Francisco.

Heartland Cities Are Stuck. Washington Can Help Them.

COMMENTARY | In an unprecedented era of winner-take-all urbanism, left-behind cities need federal help

What to Think About Next With Opportunity Zones? Community Input For One Thing.

“If you simply try to impose something on a community, you do so at your own peril,” says one mayor. This and other themes emerged this week at a summit focused on the program.

Trump's Budget Calls for Lower Medicaid Spending, New Infrastructure Money

The president's fiscal 2020 spending plan also renews calls for cutting popular grant programs.

Cities And Counties Unlikely To Heed FDA Warning On Importing Foreign Drugs

The localities use CanaRx to connect their workers with pharmacies in Canada and other places to fill prescriptions.

Frequent Shutdown Threats Prompt State and Local Safeguards

Lawmakers in several states are moving ahead on bills to help federal workers in future shutdowns. But others caution that cities and states can't prop up federal programs that residents depend upon.

Forget Smart Cities. It’s Regions That Need to Be Smarter.

Widespread digital access and comprehensive infrastructure inventories will be the keys to regional success, according to Brookings policy experts.

State and Local Lawmakers Pitch How to Pay for a Big Infrastructure Package

Congress has little time to reach consensus on ideas like increasing the gas tax and phasing in vehicle miles traveled before the 2020 election cycle shuts their window to fix and modernize everything from roads to water pipes.

What the Mayor of Youngstown Wants From Trump

“Cities like ours in northeast Ohio are in desperate need of federal funds,” Mayor Jamael Tito Brown wrote in a letter to the White House.

Trump Short on Infrastructure Details in State of the Union

The president said it's time to deal with ‘crumbling infrastructure,’ but delivered no concrete ideas on how to invest.

City Officials Push for National Housing Strategy

A new housing task force intends to publish a policy toolkit in June for localities looking to address the affordability crisis, but federal, state and private partnerships are key.

A Key in Census Outreach: Finding Trusted People to Pitch Participation

“We are making some progress, as you well know, but certainly not progress enough,” said Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh.

Mayors Eye Two-Pronged Attack on FCC’s Preemptive 5G Order

The latest effort is a new bill in Congress that would overturn the agency on its rule that strictly limits how much local governments can charge providers and how long officials can take to process applications.

Will There Be an Infrastructure Package This Year?

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told mayors she’s “optimistic” about bipartisan infrastructure legislation that avoids financially burdening cities.

More Rules Coming on Opportunity Zones

Two more rounds of guidance for the new economic development program are expected this year.