Indiana’s Medicaid Experiment May Reveal Obamacare’s Future

The state’s health-care system was expanded under the Affordable Care Act. Now, it may serve as a model nationwide.

Undermining the Middle Class in Wisconsin

Strangling public-sector unions in the Badger State has shrunk teachers’ pay and benefits. Who’s next?

The Promise and Pitfalls of Privatizing Public Transit

Start-ups are proving more efficient than government in areas like transportation. Should some services be privatized?

Don't Blame Delaware

Its loose laws make it a tax haven, but other states' weak rules are also complicit.

The Tiny State Whose Laws Affect Workers Everywhere

Because so many companies are incorporated in Delaware, their cases fall under that state’s law, even when their operations and workforces are based elsewhere.

An Unsteady Future for New England's Suburbs

As people move to warmer climates and cities, small towns throughout the region are weathering decline.

A Middle-Class Stronghold’s Uncertain Future

As incomes fall across the nation, even better-off areas like Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, are faltering.

Is There a Better Way to Build a Stadium?

In the past, publicly financed arenas have left cities footing hefty bills. Now, the state of Wisconsin is putting $250 million into a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks—will this venture be any different?

A Welfare Utopia in the Beaver State

Oregon, one of the whitest states in the union, also has one of the most generous safety nets. Is that a coincidence or something more troubling?

Can Portland Avoid Repeating San Francisco’s Mistakes?

The city is facing a housing crisis, but despite its progressive reputation, it’s done little to ensure affordability for longtime residents.

The Folly of State-Level Tax Cuts

In a strong national economy, places like Louisiana, Illinois, and Oklahoma are nevertheless struggling. Why?

The American Neighborhoods Without Water, Sewers, or Building Codes

Low-income residents bought cheap land outside of border cities decades ago. But the promised infrastructure never came.

Budget Woes in One of America's Wealthiest Cities

If San Jose can’t afford its basic public services, what city can?

The Super Bowl and a Broken San Francisco

The NFL championship game descends on a city failing to deal with questions of affordability and inclusion.

The Fleeting Allure of the Walkable Neighborhood

If El Paso and other Southwestern cities prove anything, it's that many residents just want space.

With Declining Oil Revenues, Alaska Targets Its Incarceration Costs

In the Last Frontier, a new prison reform plan could save nealy half a billion dollars.

New York Invests in Ex-Convicts

A promising initiative to reduce recidivism provides payouts to financial backers whose money yields results.

When the Government Tells Poor People How to Live

Residents in some public-housing units in Worcester, Massachusetts, must now get a job or go back to school. If they don’t, they’ll be evicted.

The Housing Crisis Isn't Over for Some Americans

In some counties, the number of people who still owe more on their mortgages than their homes are worth is climbing up from about 7.5 million.

The Problem With Public Transit in Small Cities

Residents of booming metros like Charlotte and Nashville love their cars, so support—and justification—for expanding bus and rail systems is hard to find.