Paying the Homeless to Clean Up City Parks

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Civil asset forfeiture reform bills … New Orleans short-term rental restrictions … and Oregon roadkill consumption rules.

Mayor Wants City to Be First in Nation to Mandate Paid Personal Time Off

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Tsunami of sewage led to Michigan landslide … Florida governor using seized drug plane … and pastor sues St. Louis after bologna sandwich ticket.

In States Embracing More Toll Roads, Freeways May No Longer Be Free

Some transportation officials are considering road-funding plans that were once unthinkable.

First-in-the-Nation ‘Skip the Slip’ Bill Introduced

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Florida State Capitol sexual harassment settlement … Mayor De Blasio announces NYC Care … and Pennsylvania’s carbon goals.

Detroit Gears Up for Decennial Effort to Avoid Census Undercounting

In a city with a long history of population losses, Mayor Mike Duggan announces the city’s point person to lead community outreach to promote the 2020 count.

City Leader Wants Residents to Try Balancing the Parks and Rec Budget

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Federal shutdown delays hurricane recovery funds … another Flint water crisis plea deal …. and confusion comes with Conn. town’s pay-per-bag trash collection proposal.

Setting the Tone for Their Tenures as Governors

A sampling of 5 inauguration speeches from the newly sworn-in governors of California, Minnesota, Nevada, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

New Governor Has 1st State Budget Due This Week

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Minn. is falling behind on goals to reduce emissions … Airbnb sees big growth in rural areas … and a lawsuit could drain Pa. transit funding.

Places Where Flu Activity Has Been the Highest

Many localities haven’t yet felt the full brunt of influenza season.

Another Locality Cuts Back on Recycling Amid Industry-Wide Disruption

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Powerful Chicago alderman indicted … Maine governor signs Medicaid executive order … and Texas county’s new district attorney fires 15 people.

High-Tech Band-Aids for New York’s Deteriorating Subway

“Necessity is the mother of invention,” says Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who plans to “break the box” on a long-planned tunnel rehabilitation project three months before its scheduled start.

Michigan’s New Governor Sends Strong Message to State Employees

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Pennsylvania pension changes … N.Y. gov.’s about-face on marijuana ... San Diego scooter safety ... and Kentucky open-records lawsuits.

Quake Early-Warning App Now Available to Anyone in Los Angeles

Making seismic alerts available to the public has been a priority for Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Explore Route Fifty’s 2018 Newsmap

From Akron, Ohio, to Yavapai County, Arizona, and countless other places, navigate the year in state and local government news from around the nation.

The Benefits of Being a Mayor Between Separate Stints as Governor

Something that paved the way for the success of Jerry Brown’s second tour as California governor: His eight years at Oakland City Hall.

N.Y. Mayor Sees Major Opportunities for Marijuana Legalization

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Alaska mayor killed in D.C. … New Orleans delays short-term rental vote … and Colorado city’s grocery tax refund plan.

Tough But Important Lessons From San Diego’s 2017 Hepatitis A Emergency

A California state auditor’s report focuses much attention on a slow public health response as the highly-contagious liver disease spread.

Governor-Elect’s Advisory Board Endorses More Expansive Tolling Plan

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Texas driver’s license problems … unused computer equipment in Kansas … and Los Angeles teachers are set to strike in January.

’Tis the Season for One of the Most Underreported Crimes

Package thefts aren’t a new problem for police departments, some of which are using creative tactics in order to nab “porch pirates.”

Police Layoffs Likely in Houston After Judge’s Pay-Parity Ruling

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Oklahoma’s unaccredited teachers … Connecticut’s new budget chief … and New Mexico’s backlog in unpaid film incentives.