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Andrea Noble

Andrea Noble is a Staff Correspondent at Route Fifty. She most recently worked as an investigator for the House Energy and Commerce Committee through a fellowship with the Project on Government Oversight. Previously, she covered law enforcement and the Justice Department for The Washington Times and local government in Maryland for The Gazette.
Tech & Data

Use of Artificial Intelligence Poised to Grow in State Government, Survey Finds

Experimentation is key to the Utah chief information officer’s expanded use of artificial intelligence.

Tech & Data

Customer Service, State and Local Partnerships Key for CIOs

The findings of NASCIO’s 2019 survey of chief information officers highlights areas of concern and evolving priorities among state information technology leaders.

Management

Texas Chief Information Officer Shares Lessons Learned from Ransomware Attack

The 23 municipalities hit in a July ransomware attack put themselves at risk by failing “to follow good cyber hygiene,” the state’s CIO said.

Health & Human Services

College Towns Ranked Among Best Locations for Retired Life

Seniors may benefit from low cost of living in college towns as well as the cultural amenities and healthcare options related to universities, according to a new report.

Health & Human Services

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.

Finance

Sin Taxes Not a Reliable Source of Revenue, Report Says

States collected $34 million in alcohol and tobacco taxes in 2017, but a tax increase doesn’t always equate to more money as consumer behavior changes.

Management

How One Community Embraced and Saved its Oddball Roadside Attraction

Facing safety concerns, Jones County, Iowa found a way to preserve its famed hula hoop tree.

Tech & Data

Protection from Ransomware Attacks Isn’t as Simple as Insurance

In the wake of high-profile ransomware attacks, local governments are looking to cyberinsurance to mitigate risk. But not all policies are equal and merit close scrutiny, experts say.

Public Safety

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.

Tech & Data

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.

Management

Cities, States Urge Supreme Court to Hear Homeless Camping Ban Case

After a Boise, Idaho law that prohibits sleeping in public spaces was ruled unconstitutional by an appellate court, some local governments are raising concerns about how they can now legally address problems stemming from homeless people living on the streets.

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Management

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.

Health & Human Services

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.

Infrastructure

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.

Management

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.

Infrastructure

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.

Management

A 51st State? The District of Columbia Aims for Its Star

Washington, D.C. leaders made their case for statehood at the first U.S. House of Representatives hearing on the issue in 25 years, while Republicans raised concerns about corruption and fiscal stability.

Management

As Trump Moves to Revoke California Emissions Authority, State Leaders Poised to Challenge

President Trump announced his plan Wednesday to strip California of its ability to set vehicle emissions standards, which have become the defacto national standard.

Health & Human Services

Advocates Push Back on Trump Administration Call for 'Humane Policing' of Homeless People

Ahead of President Trump’s trip to California this week, the administration has outlined strategies including housing deregulation and increased law enforcement involvement.

Infrastructure

Report: Federal Flood Program Takes Years to Complete Home Buyouts

The five years it takes to complete a buyout of homes damaged by floods is too lengthy for many homeowners to endure, a new Natural Defense Resources Council study says.