Local Government Management

Here's What 12 Democratic Presidential Candidates Have to Say About Public Servants and Their Unions

All candidates at a union forum said they support federal legislation to ensure that public employees in every state have the right to join a union and bargain collectively.

The Old College Try: Getting Students Into Government

A new initiative will establish regional councils to create talent pipelines from universities to state, local and federal government agencies.

To Save a Neighborhood, Ban a Dollar Store?

Some local governments hope that more grocery stores will blossom in “food deserts” if the number of discount convenience retailers can be limited.

As Temperatures Heat Up, Cities Need to Keep People Safe

A new guidebook, released by a disaster relief agency, offers strategies for cities to prepare for and learn from stretches of hot weather.

Why Local Governments Are Considering Balloon Release Bans

Releasing balloons is tantamount to littering, according to one Maryland elected official.

What Will Local Government Look Like in Space?

Lessons from early American colonies might provide best practices and cautionary lessons for future settlements on other planets.

When a Kid's Lemonade Stand is Illegal

Children's lemonade stands are technically prohibited in 34 states. Several state legislatures are considering proposals to change that.

Property Rights Claims Against Local Governments Gain Clearer Path to Federal Court

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned a precedent that has pushed many of the cases into state-level proceedings.

The Economic Cost of Devastating Hurricanes and Other Extreme Weather Events is Even Worse Than We Thought

With hurricane season starting in June, coastal areas should understand the comprehensive cost of storm damage.

Having a Library or Cafe Down the Block Could Change Your Life

COMMENTARY | Living close to public amenities—from parks to grocery stores—increases trust, decreases loneliness, and restores faith in local government.

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.

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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.