Bill to Restore Full State, Local Tax Deduction Emerges in New Congress

The “SALT” deduction was curbed by the GOP-backed tax law passed in late 2017.

High-Tech Band-Aids for New York’s Deteriorating Subway

“Necessity is the mother of invention,” says Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who plans to “break the box” on a long-planned tunnel rehabilitation project three months before its scheduled start.

Democrats in New York Are Ready to Deploy Their Newfound Power

With its largest governing majority in decades, the party has a plan for an ambitious progressive agenda—if the governor and lawmakers can avoid the infighting that’s stymied them before.

Gov. Cuomo Asks: ‘What Would FDR Do Today?’

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | A cautionary note on Virginia’s economy … eliminating Indiana’s townships … and Oklahoma City’s new streetcar.

N.Y. Committee's Plan Restricts Outside Income of State Lawmakers

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Rural hospitals in Texas face strong-arm tactics … Oregon quake response playbook … and a new fire-risk estimation tool.

Making the Case to Curb Outside Pay for Lawmakers in Albany

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Farm bankruptcies increase in Upper Midwest … Bend, Ore.’s high wildfire risk … and Cincinnati City Council subpoenas in texting lawsuit.

New York IT Homes in on Agencies’ Business Challenges

Technology solutions come second, said the state’s executive deputy CIO.

This Region’s Home Prices Are Being Hit Hard by SALT Deduction Changes

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Super Typhoon Yutu’s destruction … Missing vote-by-mail applications in Ga. … Wis.’s slipping DMV performance … and Philly City Council honors Gritty mascot.

N.Y. Attorney General Sues ExxonMobil

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Maui may boost Airbnb fines in a big way … feds audit Ohio Medicaid program … and Boston sees an increase in shootings.

New York Corrects Decades-Old Misspelling

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Md. county will pay to remove 19 flood-vulnerable homes … Boston is ready for winter … small S.D. towns struggle to pay for road repairs.

Nuclear Plant Closures Bring Economic Pain to Cities and Towns

Four states have passed financial packages to help bolster nuclear plants.

N.Y. State Wants to Help Its Municipalities With Recycling Strategy

Amid China’s new restrictions on recycling imports, Gov. Cuomo wants a better game plan for waste management in the Empire State.

Lawmakers in Blue States Try to Protect Organized Labor

Even before the Supreme Court ruled against public sector unions in June, eight of the 22 states that allowed unions to charge non-member fees took steps to cushion the blow.

Judge to Allow Census Citizenship Question Lawsuit to Continue

A coalition of states, cities and advocacy groups argue that adding the question will drive down response rates ahead of the 2020 decennial count.

Marijuana Bills Increasingly Focus on Social Justice

When advocates now seek marijuana legalization, they also are focusing on investment in poor communities and fixing longstanding criminal justice problems.

N.Y. Subway Chief’s Lack of a Mayoral Meeting Raises Eyebrows

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Utah sexual assault evidence tracking … Pennsylvania weatherization funding … and a Guam official’s teachable moment.

Rising Inequity and Local Solutions

COMMENTARY | With programs to provide free college tuition for middle-class students to training workers for climate change-related jobs, state and local governments are looking to reduce inequality.

Giving Group Homes a 21st Century Makeover

A new law caps the amount of time the federal government will pay to house children in group homes. New York state officials are concerned it will end up costing counties. Colorado, Rhode Island, West Virginia and Wyoming have the greatest percentage of foster children living in group homes.