Federal Immigration Reform Could Boost Boston’s Economy

The city faces a potential labor shortage in key industries it’s typically filled with immigrants.

Study Casts Doubt on Feasibility of Boston’s Proposed Flood Barrier

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Virginia on path to expand Medicaid ... another jail torture lawsuit in Utah … Georgia governor talks up Atlanta’s Amazon HQ2 bid.

Trump Wants Medicaid to Push for Lower Drug Prices—But Will Patients Be Hurt?

Five states will be able to experiment with negotiating directly with drugmakers to lower prices. They can also close their formularies, so they don't need to cover all prescription drugs.

So States Ban Bump Stocks. Now How Do They Enforce the Law?

New Jersey is not the only state having trouble enforcing its ban. In Massachusetts, where residents had until February to surrender their bump stocks, State Police received just three devices.

Cities Must Change the Way They Manage Crises

Rising cyber attacks and mass shootings have altered the equation for local governments, but natural disasters remain their biggest threat.

Why Would the Government Stop States From Helping Student Borrowers?

Massachusetts, Maine, and others want to police companies that collect loan payments. The Department of Education says they can't.

Mass. Gov. Announces Big State Police Reforms Following Overtime Scandal

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Atlanta councilman loses access to 16 years of records … Oregon is a “beacon” for families struggling with fertility … Texas city poised to sell off more local parks ... and a Michigan county seeks to divert 90 percent of its trash.

State AGs Have Questions for Facebook’s Zuckerberg

And they expect the social network CEO’s ‘full cooperation’ while they ensure the consumer privacy of users.

A Small Town Kept Walmart Out. Now It Faces Amazon.

How can local businesses compete with a company so local it lets people shop from their couches?

Low-Lying Boston’s Frigid Flood Risk Reminder

A powerful Nor’easter storm brought some of the highest tides on record to Massachusetts—and they’re a taste of what’s to come.

With ‘Bomb Cyclone,’ Boston Points Residents to This Important Map

Before citizens can help the city keep fire hydrants and catch basins clear of snow, they first need to know where they’re located.

Massachusetts Offers In-State Tuition Break for Students From Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

It’s the latest way the Bay State has assisted the U.S. territories in the wake of the destruction brought by hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Yes, Boston Faces a Very Real Earthquake Risk

A repeat of the 1755 Cape Ann quake could devastate one of the nation’s oldest cities. But the costs of strengthening vulnerable buildings and infrastructure may not be worth it.

Boston’s Smarter 3-1-1 System Is Coming

Residents will soon be able to describe their problem in a sentence or less and have case types suggested to them.

Governors Back Bipartisan Senate Plan to Stabilize Health Markets

Three Republicans and two Democrats teamed up to urge the Senate to act quickly.

Beyond Rooftops: States Move to Encourage Community Solar

Community solar can drastically expand the base of people and business that can access solar power. But regulating the evolving industry is tricky.

Boston’s Unparalleled Effort to Incorporate Racial Equity Into Urban Planning

“To be a strong city, we must learn to understand one another, break down the systemic racism of our history, and advocate for the rights of every Bostonian,” Mayor Marty Walsh said.

A Former Whaling and Textiles Hub in New England Seeks Regeneration

New Bedford, Mass., Mayor Jonathan Mitchell pushes for infrastructure investments and a better business climate.

How a Local Drug Diversion Program Is Trying to Break the Cycle of Addiction in Massachusetts

In a guest article, the district attorney in Essex County, Massachusetts, details a local effort to offer treatment on demand to non-violent offenders rather than prosecuting them.