State and Federal Relations
STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Santa Barbara leaders scold Lime over “rouge” launch … Philadelphia construction tax … and a Michigan “zombie deer.”
The Supreme Court's ruling in South Dakota v. Wayfair scraps a precedent that dates back to the heyday of mail order catalogs.
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.
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.
But some note progress. “I think we’re in a much better position than two years ago,” says Minn. Secretary of State Steve Simon.
Just over 1,500 acres in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, is at the center of a case the U.S. Supreme Court will consider this fall that asks the question of how much power the federal government has to protect habitat for an endangered species, the dusky gopher frog, even though that frog hasn't lived there for decades.
A new report from The Pew Charitable Trusts highlights some of the reasons policy makers may want to tackle the issue.
STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | N.J. state government faces shutdown risk … flash floods rip through Mich. city … and Philly mayor responds to city controller’s ‘recklessly inflated’ audit.
Constitutional limits on local and state criminal fines, as well as "civil asset forfeiture" policies, are the focus of Timbs v. Indiana.
Lawsuits in South Carolina and California accuse the states of failing to provide "medically necessary" services for children with autism because Medicaid reimbursement rates are so low that no providers will accept them.
Guidance for the “Opportunity Zones” program, which will provide tax breaks for investments in low-income areas, is still forthcoming.
House Republicans are pushing a plan that would financially incentivize states to drill for oil and gas and punish those that don’t.
The 241 grants will fund 346 infrastructure projects, including runways, taxiways, aprons and terminals.
“I urge you to enlist cities as partners,” transportation commissioner Polly Trottenberg told Senate lawmakers.
State election officials are mostly using new election security money to shore up the basics.
“This will be a problem for the foreseeable future,” said Diane Yentel, president and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, which released a new study Wednesday.
The draft legislation covers programs that help fund water infrastructure, and that provide payments to rural counties.
City leaders are faced with how to prepare for a major economic development opportunity “with very few guardrails at the federal level.”
The bill comes amid an encryption debate that pits national security against cybersecurity.
David Couch, chief information officer for the Kentucky Department of Education, discusses student data privacy, the biggest threats to his state's system and cutting down on the information that school districts collect.
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