Hartford Nears Bankruptcy as State Aid Remains Uncertain

Connecticut struggles in its third month without a budget and faces a deadline where Gov. Dannel Malloy will have to start cutting municipal aid.

Creative Workforce Programs Aim to Stave Off Economic Decline in Maine

Public officials and business leaders worry about a demographic implosion and lagging educational achievements that put the state’s economy at risk.

A Former Whaling and Textiles Hub in New England Seeks Regeneration

New Bedford, Mass., Mayor Jonathan Mitchell pushes for infrastructure investments and a better business climate.

Debt-Laden New Jersey Struggles to Make Ends Meet

The Garden State faces a tight squeeze on public programs and experts see big trouble in the not-so-distant future after years of pension underfunding.

Hartford Suffers Downgrade, as Connecticut Struggles With Its Budget

Uncertainty about state aid has analysts concerned about capital city’s general obligation and stadium bonds.

More Bad News as Connecticut Grapples With Its Deepening Budget Crisis

Revenue shortfalls put the state $5 billion in the hole against a $36 billion biennial spending plan.

The Poetry of Small-Town Mythologies in Arizona

Show Low and Winslow gained fame from an 1870s card game and a line in a hit Eagles song 100 years later.

An Arizona Town ‘That Would Like to Secede and Carry On Its Own Lifestyle’

Jerome embodies spirit of Wild West even as its buildings slide downhill toward Verde Valley.

Western States Negotiate Drought Contingency Plan Despite Wet Winter

A visit to Arizona’s Avra Valley highlights advanced hydrological, technological and conservation solutions to the Tucson area’s water concerns.

Connecticut’s Perpetual Fiscal Crisis

Poised on a financial cliff, the Nutmeg State vies for worst competitive condition in the nation as some of its municipalities look like they're on the road to possible bankruptcies.

Local Governments Lawyer Up to Protect Immigrant Populations

As cities and counties await the Trump administration’s next move on immigration, two D.C.-area jurisdictions hire top-tier counsel.

A Telecommunications Fable: Struggles for Service in Rural Maine

Our editor-at-large documents how some small coastal communities are fighting for better telephone and internet services, but are advancing at a crawl.

Dirty Air, Climate Change Preoccupy Salt Lake City Leaders

Local officials in smoggy Utah are fighting to reduce pollution and move toward solar and other renewable energy sources.

Boosting Their Brands in Front of the Nation’s Mayors

Commercial and non-profit groups seek favor and recognition at the U.S. Conference of Mayors winter meeting in the nation’s capital.

Draining More Than 1,000 Swamps in D.C. and Beyond the Beltway

Newt Gingrich sees an era of ‘extraordinary decentralization’ as regulatory reformers set their sights on 50 state capitals and 1,000 city halls and county seats.

Tax Measures Seen as Essential for Big Infrastructure Programs

Experts debate raising money from repatriation of offshore profits, tout importance of municipal bonds.

Analysis of U.S. Economic Stagnation Pins Blame on State and Local Regulations

In particular, health care, housing and education seen as contributors to citizens’ financial woes.

Trans-Hudson Tunnel Project Sheds Light on Permitting Advances

Federal and state authorities are making progress in cutting through the regulatory thicket.

Can We Hope for Better Intergovernmental Relations?

It’s one key to solving national problems, say federalism experts.

Route Fifty Roadmap: A Dispatch From a Remote U.S.-Canada Border Post

More than 15 years after 9/11 brought changes to border security at the first International Peace Park, this part of Montana and beyond is dealing with another challenge: seasonal labor shortages.