Feds File Lawsuit to Stop 'Safe Injection' Site for Drug Users

A Philadelphia non-profit, with the support of city leaders, has been moving forward with a plan to open a facility where they said drug users could more safely use heroin and other illegal opioids.

Airbnb Still Isn’t Collecting Local Taxes Everywhere

While the company has stepped up collection efforts in recent years, a new report argues that local lawmakers should ensure Airbnb collects all lodging taxes.

President Trump Signs Extension of Federal Welfare Program

“While short-term extensions can be challenging for states, we are committed to working with Congress on a long-term reauthorization that provides certainty for states and families,” according to Scott Pattison, the executive director of the National Governors Association.

A Key in Census Outreach: Finding Trusted People to Pitch Participation

“We are making some progress, as you well know, but certainly not progress enough,” said Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh.

Restrictive Handgun Law to Be Considered by Supreme Court

The New York City law restricts gun owners from transporting an unloaded handgun, locked in a container away from ammunition, outside their homes unless heading to a gun range in the city.

As States Monitor Federal Shutdown, One Could Run Out of TANF Funding in February

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program's authorization expired in December, prompting states to use limited leftover funds.

Where Public Sector Union Membership Is Shrinking and Growing

Newly released employment numbers show a small decline last year in the rate of public sector union membership.

Microsoft’s Big Pledge to Help Build Affordable Housing in the Seattle Area

The move by the company is “potentially groundbreaking” and an acknowledgment that “government alone cannot really solve” the housing crisis.

A Warning for Elected Officials on Social Media—Court Says Don't Block Critics

A social media page can be the equivalent of a public meeting, a federal appellate court found for the first time last week.

Amid Shutdown, Feds Figure Out Ways to Fund Food Stamp Benefits. For Now.

States have until Jan. 20 to request an early issuance to make sure they receive February SNAP funding.

The Transportation Quandary for Older and Disabled People Is Two-Fold

A recent survey shows the “great need” to serve those who can’t drive or will no longer be able to.

‘Peace Cross’ Case Could Affect Hundreds of Monuments, States Say

States and localities argue the U.S. Supreme Court should use the case of the 40-foot cross to provide “clear guidance” on war memorials that use religious motifs.

Where Asian Longhorned Ticks Will Likely Spread in the U.S.

After being discovered in New Jersey in August 2017, the invasive species has been spotted in 45 counties in eight other states.

The Trickle-Down Impacts of the Federal Shutdown on States and Localities

The disruption in Washington, D.C. “could have a significant impact,” if there is a protracted partial shutdown, according to Steve Benjamin, the president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Crime and Murder Rates Drop in Most Big Cities

While the trend isn’t universal, Brennan Center for Justice research findings “definitively reject any claims” of the nation being in a “crime wave.”

Wisconsin’s Outgoing Governor OKs Bills to Limit Executive Powers of His Successor

Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers criticized the legislation as ignoring "the will of the people."

U.S. Senate Passes Farm Bill Without Food Stamp Work Requirements

The compromise package could be considered by the House as soon as Wednesday.

Fears Raised of ‘Chilling Effect’ on Kids If Trump Proposal Is Adopted

Changes to the “public charge” rule could make it harder for immigrants to secure green cards if they seek government services like Medicaid.

Report on Uninsured Children in the U.S. Shows Distressing Trend

“With an improving economy and a very low unemployment rate, the fact that our nation is going backwards on children’s health coverage is very troubling,” said Joan Alker, executive director of the Center for Children and Families.

Building a Program to Help Young Men Find Work in St. Louis

2018 NAVIGATOR AWARD WINNER: Michael P. McMillan, Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis president and CEO