5G Compromise Bill Still a Hit to Local Government

Wireless industry groups support the new Senate bill, but the Institute for Local Self-Reliance argues it sacrifices too much local government authority.

What Trump's Pick for Supreme Court Could Mean for States' Rights

Nominee Brett Kavanaugh's skepticism about some federal regulatory power could end up reflected in states' rights cases.

Mid-Atlantic Officials Share Regional Efforts to Regulate the Environment

Frustrated by federal environmental deregulation, states are turning to ‘cooperative federalism’ to achieve clean air and water goals.

If Forced to Provide Job Training to Food Stamp Recipients, Many States Couldn't

One idea on the table as House and Senate negotiators wrangle over the farm bill is work requirements for SNAP recipients. But that would also require states to run job training programs.

Watchdog Projects Ongoing Drop in Share of Federal Spending on Kids

The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget released its estimates as the nation's debt and deficits are on the rise.

What Iowa Can Tell Us About Full Employment

Want to know where the economy is headed? Look at Des Moines.

California’s ‘Sanctuary State’ Laws Withstand Federal Suit

DOJ did manage to block a provision in one preventing employers from reverifying employee immigration status.

GOP Senator Proposes More State Control of Endangered Species Act

Sen. John Barrasso, of Wyoming, unveiled draft legislation Monday to amend one of the nation’s bedrock environmental laws.

Kentucky Not Giving Up on Medicaid Work Requirements After Judge’s Ruling

Gov. Matt Bevin says the plan is the best way to keep the popular program solvent. Critics say he’s ignoring key data and thousands risk losing coverage.

Trump's Postal Privatization Plan Met With Bipartisan Rebuke in Congress

Lawmakers across the ideological spectrum who have expressed an interest in postal issues showed little interest in Trump’s transformation, defending the Postal Service as an essential government service.

'Now Comes the Interesting Part' With Online Sales Tax Collections

Questions abound about how online retail sales tax policies will play out following a landmark Supreme Court decision.

U.S. Supreme Court Finds That California Crisis Pregnancy Law Violates Free Speech

The decision likely will have broader implications as other jurisdictions have disclosure requirements on the books for pregnancy centers, although those have also been subject to legal challenges.

Opportunity Zone Communities May Require Additional Investments

Experts said the program could benefit from more structured oversight.

Feds Give Texas an OK to Spend $5 Billion on Hurricane Harvey Recovery

Housing programs are still being developed, so money won't begin flowing to struggling families immediately.

California Tries to Ditch the Daylight Saving Time Clock-Switch

A bill that would keep the state on Daylight Saving Time year-round awaits Gov. Jerry Brown's signature.

States Sue Trump Administration as Feds Deny Mayors Entry to Detention Center

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Santa Barbara leaders scold Lime over “rouge” launch … Philadelphia construction tax … and a Michigan “zombie deer.”

State Sales Tax Collections Finally Move Into the Internet Age

The Supreme Court's ruling in South Dakota v. Wayfair scraps a precedent that dates back to the heyday of mail order catalogs.

Trump's Federal Reorganization Plan Could Affect Major State and Local Government Programs

The 132-page plan affects a host of federal agencies and programs, including some that pay for benefits and initiatives for vulnerable and low-income populations.

U.S. Supreme Court Clears Way for Greater Online Sales Tax Collections by States

The 5-4 decision in the case South Dakota v. Wayfair overturns a 1992 case that said states could only require internet retailers to collect sales taxes if they had a physical presence in the state.