States Hold Onto Federal Dollars Meant for Needy Families

One state has $732 million not being spent to help needy families.

Federal Recommendation for State Bike Helmet Laws Elicits Pushback

Cycling advocates and some city officials are bristling at the idea of requiring people to don helmets when they ride.

State Attorneys General Take On National Fights

A new kind of state attorney general is rising to prominence nationwide.

Democrats Launch Inquiry Into Opportunity Zones Program

They’re focused on whether political interference by Trump administration officials played a role in the selection of a Nevada zone. Meanwhile, a senator has put forward a bill that would impose new transparency requirements.

Citizenship Question Would Not Have Lowered Census Response, Test Finds

A test the Census Bureau conducted this summer found that people who were asked whether or not they are U.S. citizens were not significantly deterred from answering the survey.

California Fires Back Over Trump Administration’s Water, Air Complaints

State agencies said many of the water and air quality violations flagged by the EPA in a series of letters issued in September were already being addressed or were based on incorrect data.

States Fail to Step Up for Natural Gas Storage Safety Program

Following a 2015 leak in California, a federal agency took on new responsibilities for inspecting the natural gas sites, but a watchdog says that fewer states than expected are helping.

What Would Federal Preclearance Mean for State Abortion Laws?

Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris proposes requiring states that have a history of restricting abortion to submit new laws for federal approval before they can go into effect.

STDs Continue to Spread Nationwide

Cases of gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis rose for the fifth consecutive year, according to federal data released this week.

Federal, State Laws Help Corporations Avoid State Income Taxes

COMMENTARY | A little known federal law that dates back decades—along with subsequent state laws—shields many manufacturers and online retailers from state corporate income tax.

Food Stamp Rules Would Eliminate Benefits for 4 Million, Reduce State Autonomy

Recent changes pushed by the Trump administration are expected to result in about 10 percent of recipients losing benefits. Another 500,000 children would lose access to free or reduced-price meals at school.

Tackling the Teacher-Student Diversity Gap in K-12 Schools

A partnership between a university and three community colleges in California aims to create more bilingual teachers while also diversifying the state's teacher pool.

Local Law Enforcement Should Be Able to Protect Airports From Drones, Report Says

To address security risks, a task force recommends that Congress authorize local law enforcement to take down drones flown too close to airports.

States Can Craft Own Net Neutrality Rules, Appeals Court Rules

A federal appeals court upheld much of the FCC’s rollback of net neutrality rules but found that the commission overstepped its authority when it blocked states from enacting their own internet regulations.

Trump Administration to Give State, Local Governments a Say in Refugee Resettlement

A new executive order requires enhanced consultation with local and state leaders before placing refugees in their jurisdictions, which immigration advocates worry will amount to veto power.

EPA Again Targets California, Now Focusing on Water Quality

The Trump administration says California is “failing” on water quality, the latest EPA action against the Democrat-led state.

Beyond Sticker Shock: Experts Urge Congress to Rethink Infrastructure Priorities

Policy experts say lawmakers should think more broadly about infrastructure goals rather than just focusing on a dollar amount to be spent.

EPA Threatens California with Loss of Highway Funds Over Air Quality

The EPA told the California Air Resources Board on Tuesday that it must resubmit air quality plans or risk sanctions that could include the withholding of federal highway funding.

Weighing What Congress Could Learn From State Legislatures

“There is a wellspring of experience and knowledge from beyond the beltway that deserves to be explored," says one expert.

Senate Transportation Funding Bill Would Cut Small Project Transit Grants

Legislation advanced by the Senate Appropriations Committee would cut funding for the Small Starts grants program from $526 million to $78 million.