Analysis: How Governments Can Effectively Spend American Rescue Plan Funds

If they spend wisely, states and localities can put their budgets and economies in a better position—now and in the future, according to The Pew Charitable Trusts.

A Dangerous Fire Season Looms as the Drought-stricken Western US Heads for a Water Crisis

COMMENTARY | Dry conditions across the West follow a hot, dry year of record-setting wildfires in 2020.

There Has Never Been a Black Woman Governor. Will Virginia Change That?

Former state delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy is picking up high-profile endorsements from groups that support women and people of color, including Higher Heights. But the Democratic primary hasn’t been easy.

The Cicadas Aren’t Coming. Billions are Already Here.

The 17-year cicadas are set to emerge from their underground lairs in multiple areas, with some cities and states finding creative ways to celebrate these large, noisy, clumsy insects.

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Boosting Covid-19 Vaccinations with $1 million Prizes, Free Crawfish, Hunting Licenses and More

Along with businesses, state and local governments are offering a growing variety of perks to get residents hesitant about the shots to roll up their sleeves.

Biden Wants to Offer More Housing Vouchers. Many Landlords Won’t Accept Them

Over 2.2 million households receive subsidies through the Housing Choice Voucher Program.

Senate Committee Clashes over Sweeping Election Reform Bill

Lawmakers failed to advance the For the People Act out of committee, but Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is expected to bring the bill to the floor anyhow.

Unearthing an Origin Story for Gentrification

COMMENTARY | The growth of the medieval city of Angkor involved wealthy elites pushing people off the land they had made valuable.

To Budget for Equity, Cities First Must Define Equity

COMMENTARY | Without a clear and shared definition of equity, city leaders cannot understand the underlying conditions that create existing disparities in their community, let alone make informed budget decisions that foster equity.

Report: How the American Rescue Plan will Affect State Taxes

Increases in the federal earned income tax credit and child tax credit will boost state tax credits in 25 states, according to the Tax Policy Center.

Texas’ Larger Cities Would Face Financial Penalties for Cutting Police Budgets Under Bill Approved by House

Previously, the Senate approved a bill that would ask for an election if cities decide to reduce law enforcement budgets.

Water Wells Are at Risk of Going Dry in the US and Worldwide

COMMENTARY | Unfortunately, pervasive pumping is causing groundwater levels to decline.

States, Cities Begin to Order Workers Back to the Office

The ACLU is challenging a directive from South Carolina’s governor that requires state employees to return to in-person work. Other state and local orders are under fire as well.

Report: The 4 Biggest State Redistricting Challenges

Political strife, legal matters, population shifts and census data delays are issues that will make redistricting in the next year the most onerous in history, according to the Brennan Center for Justice.

One State’s Proposal to Regulate—or Recall—Obscene License Plates

Three bills under consideration in Maine would broaden the state’s authority to reject vulgar or obscene vanity license plates, and to recall those already on the road.

Bidenomics Really Is Something New

COMMENTARY | The president is willing to take on political fights that Obama and Clinton considered unwise, if not unwinnable. Will that strategy pay off?

Wildfires Can Poison Drinking Water – Here’s How Communities Can be Better Prepared

COMMENTARY | Communities need to upgrade building codes to keep wildfires from causing this kind of widespread contamination of drinking water systems.

GOP Lawmakers Want to Ban 'Woke Philosophies' Like Critical Race Theory in Texas Schools

Gov. Greg Abbott has called for expanding the state's civic education curriculum, but the House and Senate are quickly advancing bills that would restrict the discussion of current events and public policy in the classroom and prohibit critical race theory in public schools.

Amid Drought, California Contests Nestlé’s Water Rights

Nestlé siphoned 58 million gallons of water from a creek outside of LA last year. Are they taking more than their share?

What Workism Is Doing to Parents

COMMENTARY | Public Policy should assist families--but not by helping adults spend more time on the job.