Measles Outbreak Hits 25-Year High

Officials confirmed 78 new cases of the measles, making the current outbreak the largest in more than two decades.

New York Bans Single-Use Plastic Bags

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Investigating earthquakes in Alabama ... A fight about Chik-Fil-A in San Antonio ... Considering a seasonal gas tax hike.

Measles Crackdown: County Begins Ban of Unvaccinated Children from Public Places

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Maryland Gov. vetoes school start bill, along with other legislation ... Crackdown on bike lane enforcement ... A police department faces possible closure in Maine.

'Free College' Is Increasingly Popular—and Complicated for States

At least 15 states now cover two-year or four-year college tuition for some students.

New York's Online Voter Registration Will Become Accessible to Blind Voters

Websites for the board of elections and DMV must be accessible by the end of the year under the terms of a lawsuit settlement.

Coalition of Governors Push to Restore State, Local Tax Deduction

“This is politics masquerading as tax policy,” New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said.

Appeal to Trump on SALT Cap Appears to Get Cool Reception

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says "there is no more vital long-term issue" for his state's finances than a limit on the state and local tax costs taxpayers can write off on their federal returns.

States See a Slip in Tax Collections That's Not Totally Unexpected

The federal tax overhaul and stock market volatility help to explain some recent income tax revenue trends.

Cuomo Proposes Statewide Plastic Bag Ban in New York

The state would join California in implementing such a ban if it is enacted.

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.