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.

Questions About City Services? In These Places, Turn to Alexa.

Increasing numbers of state and local governments are allowing residents to query Amazon's Alexa for information about services and sometimes even make requests.

Are Local Politics As Polarized As National? Depends on the Issue.

Republican or Democrat, even if we battle over national concerns, research finds that in local politics, it seems we can all just get along—most of the time.

Teachers Earn Less Than Their Private-Sector Counterparts, Research Shows

Teachers have a 21.4 percent "wage penalty" compared to college graduates with similar education and experience, according to new research from the Economic Policy Institute.

What Happens When a Big Business Tries to Take Over and Rename a Neighborhood

COMMENTARY | As big tech companies rename the neighborhoods that they move into, community members and local governments are finding ways to fight back.

STDs Surging Across the Country

Local health departments struggle to treat and prevent the spread of STDs amid ongoing budget cuts.

Measles Outbreak on Pace to Be Largest in Decades

Ninety new cases were confirmed last week, bringing the nationwide total to 555, according to federal health officials.

Church Scores Federal Court Win in Zoning Dispute With Village

The case involved religious discrimination claims and attracted the attention of the Justice Department.

Trump Administration Wades Into Local Zoning Dispute, Backing a Church Over a Village

Christian Fellowship Centers of New York claims the local regulations are discriminatory and unconstitutional.

Cities' Affordable Housing Practices are Limited by State Government

New research from the National League of Cities illustrates the broad differences in housing policy from place to place.

How a School District Did Away with Snow Days

In Anderson, South Carolina, school officials traded inclement weather closures for remote learning.

Big Tech Must Help Cities Bridge The Divide

COMMENTARY | The two should view each other as "co-creators, sharing tools and information," according to the head of Bloomberg Philanthropies' What Works Cities.

Considering a State Bank for Local Governments

Proponents say it could help with infrastructure financing, particularly for smaller jurisdictions. Bankers are skeptical.

The Importance of Looking Beyond Your Own Boundaries

Route Fifty’s executive editor shares insights covering state and local government day in and day out for nearly five years.

8 Things Governments Can Do to Use Disruptive Technology Better

Making sure officials know what things like artificial intelligence do is a good starting point, according to a new report.

Why Local Governments Aren’t All Aboard the Blockchain Train

From high costs of implementation to more pressing regulatory concerns, current barriers to entry make the technology difficult to implement.

Latest School Superintendent Salary Figures Highlighted in New Research

The figures show variations between male and female superintendents and school district sizes.

A New Call to Scrap Portland’s Unusual Form of Government

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Proposal would shutter Syracuse freeway … Palo Alto parking garage proposal scrutinized … and Massachusetts vaporizer tax.

New Accounting Standards Could Disrupt Access to Financing

COMMENTARY | Start planning now to make sure your finance team is prepared for GASB changes.