Finance

States move to cut grocery taxes

Amid rising food prices, more states are reducing or eliminating a sales tax that impacts lower-income households the most.

Management

Lawmakers across the U.S. seek to curb utility spending on politics, ads and more extras

At least a dozen states have considered bills to limit how gas, water and electric utilities can spend customers’ money.

Infrastructure

Biden administration announces new efforts to boost the nation’s housing supply

Federal officials will extend a program that has helped develop or rehabilitate nearly 12,000 affordable rental homes.

Sponsor Content

5 ways commercial Earth observation data is benefitting state and local governments

Learn about how satellite imaging data can reduce information gathering costs, speed up government processes and improve insights into remote areas.

Management

What does a state’s secretary of state do? Most run elections, a once-routine job facing increasing scrutiny

COMMENTARY | As the chief election official, a secretary of state’s influence over the democratic process can extend to every single elected office.

Finance

White House beefs up child care block grants

A new rule caps the total amount low-income families have to pay for child care at 7% of their income and directs states to pay child care providers more fairly and on time.

Emerging Tech

AI could help clear food stamp backlogs plaguing some states

States are increasingly seeing it as a way to better process public benefit programs amid workforce shortages and outdated technology issues. But change can be incremental amid policy and money concerns.

Digital Government

4 considerations for launching an effective digital ID system

COMMENTARY | Successful digital identification programs need to provide equal access, security, interoperability and user convenience.

Digital Government

More than 17M low-income households will experience service disruptions if internet subsidy ends

Without the the Affordable Connectivity program, millions of families could lose internet access that they rely on for work, school and health care, new survey data shows.

Management

Bathroom bills are back—broader and stricter—in several states

State lawmakers are continuing efforts to prohibit transgender people from using public restrooms and other “sex-designated spaces,” including domestic violence shelters and crisis centers, which experts say could violate anti-discrimination laws and jeopardize federal funding.

Management

As COVID-19 emergency funding dries up, some rural schools may face a steep fiscal cliff in 2024

Lower-income districts are likely to face bigger budget reductions, along with districts who spent relief aid on teacher salaries and new faculty hires.

Management

One state looks to collect multiyear data to address the mental health crisis

Ohio has launched a $20 million research project to study the social and biological factors influencing mental health. Researchers hope the study will continue for two decades and deliver actionable insights for policymakers nationwide.

Sponsor Content

Supporting Today’s Public Sector Workforce

Explote the current state of the public sector workforce, the fundamental shifts in workers’ needs, and the role of modernization in supporting and developing workers.

Infrastructure

Traffic deaths decline slightly, but remain higher than before the pandemic

Safety experts have struggled to pinpoint why traffic and pedestrian fatalities have remained so stubbornly high.

Finance

Amid rising costs, states scramble to budget for natural disasters

The U.S. set a new record for billion-dollar climate disasters in 2023. State budgets are increasingly shouldering the costs of more frequent and expensive weather events.

Workforce

With federal funds flowing, weatherization workforce poised for growth

Industry and community leaders are trying to build organizational systems to match the supply of weatherization workers with growing demand.

Digital Government

A transparent, open-source vision for U.S. elections

Voting technology in the U.S. is secretive and often expensive. Can an open-source alternative take its place?

Digital Government

New toll transponders cut costs for agencies and drivers

Illinois is the latest state to roll out sticker tags, which are gaining popularity over the clunky boxes that drivers have been mounting on their windshields for decades.

Infrastructure

Biden administration waives certain ‘Build America’ requirements for broadband

Even with the waiver, though, the administration estimates that roughly 90% of funding for equipment will still be used to purchase U.S.-made products.

Finance

Ending health care’s affordability crisis begins with actions to fix state markets

COMMENTARY | Because states can more easily engage with local employers, health care providers and payers, they are addressing the challenge by analyzing spending, overseeing mergers and reducing the costs of medication.

Management

E-bike incentives are a costly way to cut carbon emissions, but they also promote health, equity and cleaner air

COMMENTARY | Many incentive programs promote e-bike use, but they aren’t necessarily targeting the right people for the right reasons.