FEMA Acknowledges Shortcomings In Puerto Rico Hurricane Response

A new report also suggests that states and territories should shoulder more of the burden after disasters.

Income Is More Than Just a Product of Location

A new tool shows state to state, county to county, and city to city differences but offers an even more comprehensive picture.

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.

Automatic Voter Registration Could Increase Turnout, Advocates Say

It's one of a handful of voter-friendly policies recommended in a new report from the Democratic-leaning Center for American Progress.

Louisiana Debuts Digital Driver's License

About 27,000 residents have downloaded the LA Wallet app, which launched last week.

Maine Legislature Returns to Consider LePage Vetoes

Lawmakers are expected to come back into session on Monday to consider dozens of recent vetoes by Gov. Paul LePage on bills ranging from Medicaid expansion to banning "conversion therapy."

New Battleground Emerges Over State, Local Government Union Fees

Workers are seeking refunds after a recent Supreme Court ruling. The legal wrangling threatens to ensnare states and localities.

What Governor-Led Autonomous Vehicle Adoption Should Look Like

The transition to self-driving vehicles could breed more congestion, not less, in the short term, one new report predicts. How should states prepare the proper policy environment?

Index Shows States Have Work to Do Combating Youth Homelessness

Cyndi Lauper, who co-founded one of the groups that issued the report, said her hope is it will help states “amp up” their efforts.

Mayor at Citizenship Ceremony: ‘This Is the Greatness of Our Country’

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Kobach brings gun float to another Kansas parade … torrential rains swamp Houston … and a tornado touches down in a Minnesota city.

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.

July Brings New Minimum Wage Hikes for Some U.S. Cities and States

The highest minimum wage currently listed is in Emeryville, Calif., where businesses with more than 55 employees must pay at least $15.69 an hour.

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.

An Annoying Hiccup to Complete New Jersey’s Budget Deal

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Dystopian skies shroud San Francisco … what Duluth paid in Trump visit costs … and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Michigan mission.

Jerry Brown’s Message About Daylight Saving Time in California

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Absent Pennsylvania mayor may lead to city’s shuttering … Austin’s $925 bond issue vote … and Don Jr.’s Chicago City Hall meeting.

New Website Allows Washington State Residents to Research Health-Care Costs

Washington's HealthCareCompare, created by a state agency, allows residents to research the cost and quality of hundreds of medical, dental and pharmacy services and procedures.

The States That Exercise Least

A new CDC report highlights geographical trends in leisure-time physical activity.

Public Worker Unions Brace for Fallout From Court Decision

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that fees the unions have been able to collect in over 20 states are unconstitutional.

Budget Plan OK’d by Calif. Governor ‘Fills Rainy Day Fund to the Brim’

The Golden State’s finances are far more golden than when Jerry Brown found them seven and a half years ago.