Michigan Has a Growing Salt-Water Problem

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Lime squeezed out of a Nevada city … more Valley fever cases in California … and a judge says Louisville must release its Amazon HQ2 proposal.

A Grassroots Call to Ban Gerrymandering

Voters Not Politicians gathered an astounding 425,000 signatures in Michigan to secure a spot on the November ballot for a proposed constitutional amendment creating a citizens’ commission for redistricting.

Water Quality Concerns Prompt Shut-Offs for All Detroit Schools

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Another real-life test for quake early-warning tech … Vermont leaders see a hotspot for blockchain … and a not-so-secret “secret” DMV in N.C.

Enhancing Access to Federal Benefits Through State Pilot Projects

The Integrated Benefits Initiative, a partnership between Code for America, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and Nava Public Benefit Corporation, is spearheading the effort.

State Official in Mich. Will Face Trial for Involuntary Manslaughter in Flint Deaths

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Trump vs. Portland’s mayor … pathway to six-figure teacher salaries in Texas … and Saratoga Springs, N.Y. scrambles after City Hall fire.

The Policy Trifecta Resilient Communities Are Built On

“To truly be a resilient community you can't just pay attention to one leg of the stool. You really have to look at all three,” according to Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss.

Michigan Daycare Center Reports High PFAS in Its Water

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Trial runs for the dreaded L train shutdown in N.Y.C. … job losses in Trump counties … and Maine is not prepared as tick-borne diseases spread north.

Michigan Local Government Officials More Optimistic About State

The Center for Local State and Urban Policy found more local leaders than last year saying they are optimistic Michigan is heading in the right direction.

Years of Slower Population Growth Persisted in 2017

A new analysis looks at population growth across the states, which is tied to state finances. Only two states saw a population drop over the last decade.

Autonomous Vehicles Must Put People First

COMMENTARY | The mayor of Rochester Hills, Michigan, on why mayors are looking to shape the future of AVs.

Detroit Residents Can Receive Free Condoms By Mail

The program, which began in April, has distributed roughly 6,000 condoms.

How Exposed Is Your State to Trade Tensions?

More than a dozen states have above-average international trade exposure, per a new Moody’s report.

City in Michigan Removes Fountain Offensive to Native Americans

Kalamazoo officials have not yet decided what to do with a 1940 monument or how to repurpose the park space.

A State Where Working at a Chick-fil-A Is More Lucrative Than Teaching

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | A low-profile, but very dangerous Wash. volcano ... Nev. county will vote on brothels … Pa.’s major Lyme disease risk … and an Ohio rural broadband bill.

Ann Arbor Puts a Cork in Public Tree Tapping

“Not only is tapping street and park trees illegal, but doing so causes damage, leaving trees susceptible to insects and diseases,” the city said in a newsletter.

6 Pilots the Detroit Mobility Innovation Initiative May Deploy

The public-private partnership wants one up and running in the next six months.

Michigan Senator Wants to Ban Marijuana-Infused Alcohol

Sen. Rick Jones says the legislation is necessary because Michigan voters may soon decide whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use.

Nestle’s Bottled Water Permit in Michigan to Face New Challenges

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Atlanta mayor declares her city the ‘crown jewel’ of the nation … Nashville transit proposal fails … Maine lawmakers override governor’s veto ... and Buffalo eyes parking ticket amnesty.

Detroit Reaches Major Fiscal Milestone

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Rideshare protests in Portland … Philly council considers vetoes for real estate assessments … Iowa lawmakers trim energy-efficiency rebates … and Funkmaster Flex’s police escort.