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Teaching Caregivers to Also Care for Themselves

A stress-busting course for caregivers offered by a New Jersey county aims to counteract the negative physical and emotional effects that come with providing support for a loved one.

Census Bureau Begins to Ramp Up Field Operations for 2020 Count

The bureau plans to send out thousands of workers to verify addresses in the weeks ahead.

A Bid to Restore and Update the Long-Dormant Intergovernmental Commission

The bipartisan House proposal emerged out of a special intergovernmental affairs task force that met over the past two years.

Trump Administration Will Print Census Forms Without Citizenship Question

The decision follows a Supreme Court ruling that rejected the administration’s justification for adding a question about citizenship status to the once-a-decade survey.

‘There Are No Yachts in Falls Church’: Debate Over State and Local Tax Deduction Flares

GOP House members say Democrats’ claim that eliminating the deduction has hurt ordinary taxpayers is a “false narrative.”

Federal Infrastructure Funding is Good, but Local Governments Want Flexibility Too

Accessing federal funds for infrastructure projects is much too difficult, county leaders say. With reauthorization of the FAST Act on the table, they want a bigger say in how money can be spent.

Feds Have More Information About Russian Hacking They Could Tell Florida, U.S. Senator Confirms

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FCC Announces $20 Billion Rural Broadband Fund

At a briefing with President Trump, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai also said the agency will move forward with a 5G wireless spectrum auction at the end of the year.

Poor Taxpayers in Rural Counties Most Likely to be Audited

New research finds that low-income taxpayers who receive the earned-income tax credit are more likely to be audited than wealthier Americans.

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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.

Counties Push for Sustainable Public Lands Payment Programs

Local and federal officials argue two funding streams they count on are part of a “social safety net” for primarily rural, Western jurisdictions.

Finding the Flaws in the Federal Broadband Maps

Frustrated with the FCC maps, the National Association of Counties and other federal agencies are looking to figure out which communities lack broadband access.

This Rural Priority Won Big in the Federal Spending Bill

Some infrastructure funding was included in the final legislation signed by President Trump last week.

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.

Federal Agencies Ramp Up Classified Plans to Protect 2020 Elections

The departments of Justice and Homeland Security delivered their joint review of meddling during 2018 to the White House.

A Prolonged Shutdown Will Hit Counties With Tight Cash Flows Hardest

From wildfire prevention efforts to farm loans to mass transit, here are the latest potential casualties of a long-term funding hiatus.