‘We Really, Really … Need You Not to Commit Any Crimes While It’s -10 Degrees Out’

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Conn. toll scofflaws owe big bucks to Mass. … pricey port upgrades in Anchorage … and challenges with Oakland’s vacant property tax.

State Lawmaker Seeks Relief for Those Struggling to Pay for Insulin

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Oklahoma teachers may see political payback … a measles outbreak in Pacific Northwest … and Maine waterfront property is losing value.

Setting the Tone for Their Tenures as Governors

A sampling of 5 inauguration speeches from the newly sworn-in governors of California, Minnesota, Nevada, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Minnesota’s ‘Remarkable Recovery From the Shambles’

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Mayoral memo on e-scooter geofencing … active-shooter kits for police … and improving Boston-area commuter rail.

Another City Adopts a $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

Nearly one-third of workers in St. Paul, Minnesota will be seeing pay increases, eventually.

Finding Jobs for the Hard-to-Employ

In Minnesota, a training and hiring program is working on getting people into employment, including for the Hennepin County government.

Second Bloomberg Mayoral Initiative Is Its Most Diverse Yet

St. Paul, Minnesota’s first black mayor shared his biggest takeaways from the program opener.

Minnesota’s Largest Homeless Camp Is in a Race Against Colder Weather

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Outflanking New York state’s stubborn legislature … an independent auditing office for Mass. State Police … and L.A.’s new golden Gold tribute.

Feds Say Marketplace Will Expose Bad Colleges, But States Find It’s Not So Easy

Many states have come up with tools to help college students find out information about future earnings and debt, but they often rely on partial data that can limit their usefulness.

‘The Truth Will Come Out’ in Fisticuffs Incident at City Hall

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Surge in Ohio, Ky. HIV cases … Colo.’s pollination corridor … and Maine Gov. LePage digs in his heels.

Which Major City Has the Best Parks?

For the third year in a row, Minneapolis claimed the top spot in the Trust for Public Land's ParkScore index.

Why States Worry That 'Association Health Plans' Will Be Magnets for Scam Artists

Some insurance regulators agitate for power to regulate plans to ensure consumers are protected.

To Curb Rising Health Insurance Costs, Some States Try 'Reinsurance Pools'

In its first year, Minnesota's reinsurance pool has performed even better than expected.

Mayor Has His Office Trained to Respond to Drug Overdoses

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Six months since Hurricane Harvey; a fatal stabbing in Mass. library; states legislatures with the most women; Penn State alcohol binge strains local ambulance response time; and S.F. ferries are stuffed to the gills.

The CHIP Reauthorization Saga Is Over But the Damage Has Already Been Done

State officials aren’t likely to forget this episode of Congressional paralysis—and the precedent it set—any time soon.

Highlighting Minnesota Government’s IT Innovations

A new awards program in the Land of 10,000 Lakes selected these four winners.

How Operational Intelligence Is Saving One County Time and Money on Troubleshooting

An IT operations use case has spawned a security use case as well in Hennepin County, and they’re not alone.

Minnesota Health Commissioner: CHIP Failure Calls Reliability of Federal ‘Partners’ Into Question

“We rely on a functioning federal partner ... and when our federal partners don’t perform the basic functions necessary for us to continue to operate these programs for the benefit of people, there’s consequences to that.”