State and City Relations

Sin Taxes Not a Reliable Source of Revenue, Report Says

States collected $34 million in alcohol and tobacco taxes in 2017, but a tax increase doesn’t always equate to more money as consumer behavior changes.

Barred from Removing Confederate Statues, Cities Are Contextualizing Them Instead

Some cities are adding plaques and launching educational initiatives to tell a more complete story of the Civil War. But even if they aren’t removing Confederate statues, some still face pushback.

To Rein in Cities, Texas Tries to Ban Their Lobbying

Anti-lobbying efforts illustrate the chasm between statehouses and cities.

Judge Rules all U.S. Cities, Counties Have Stake in Opioid Settlements

U.S. District Judge Daniel Polster’s ruling broadens the scope of participants in the ongoing multi-district litigation brought against prescription drug companies.

State Preemption of Local Legislation Is Getting Worse

A new report shows that state legislatures have been expanding their reach in preempting cities from localized regulation on issues like gun control.

A Local Government Strategy to Reduce Smoking: Refuse to Hire Smokers

Across the country, cities and counties have instituted policies that bar people who use any nicotine products from applying to government jobs.

How Best to Save a Struggling City? Agency by Agency

COMMENTARY | Flint, Michigan, offered a devastating lesson in how state takeover of a city can fail. Agency control—“de-municipalization”—is a better idea.

The NIMBY Principle

The advocacy group Livable California has led the resistance to the state’s biggest housing proposals. What's their appeal for “local control” really about?

Cities and States Continue to Face Challenges with Rape Kit Backlogs

With untested rape kits sometimes numbering in the thousands, local crime labs are struggling to solve cold cases with little funding and tackle a slew of active cases that also require investigation.

A State Reconsiders Its Ban on Local Minimum Wage Laws

Cities and counties would be allowed to set a wage floor higher than the one authorized by Colorado if a bill passed by state legislators becomes law.

Baltimore Mayor Takes Health-Related Leave as Book Scandal Grows

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Cities' Affordable Housing Practices are Limited by State Government

New research from the National League of Cities illustrates the broad differences in housing policy from place to place.

Los Angeles Moves to California’s IT Infrastructure

“We can only succeed better as we do more collaboration among all the government entities,” said the state’s CTO.

How One State Struggles to Enforce Its Immigration Law

In Georgia, a state-created board is charged with monitoring whether cities are helping crack down on illegal immigration.

The Benefits of Being a Mayor Between Separate Stints as Governor

Something that paved the way for the success of Jerry Brown’s second tour as California governor: His eight years at Oakland City Hall.

Rent Control Is Making a Comeback. But Is That a Good Idea?

Cities are taking up rent control again, while the issue is also getting some traction in a handful of states.

Austin's Paid Sick-Leave Law Scrapped by Court

A three-judge panel found the city ordinance essentially regulated workers’ wages, which Texas law mandates can only be done by the state.

Eliminating Tech Tribalism in Government

Are public sector agencies ready take tech collaboration to the next level? Our survey says government officials want to, but don’t know where to start.

Most Big Cities Are Planning for Autonomous Vehicles

The National League of Cities has seven recommendations for those looking to launch pilots.