City Leaders Back Biden in Controversy Over Infrastructure Spending

Local transportation officials praised the administration’s focus on how public works dollars could further environmental and social goals, despite pushback from state DOTs and Republicans.

Biden's Municipal Broadband Push Clashes With State Restrictions

The new infrastructure law says states can't exclude municipalities from broadband funds. But many block localities from operating internet networks. Will the Biden administration try to strongarm states into changing their policies?

More Than Books: Libraries Offer Free Meals, 3-D Printers, Counseling and More

Public libraries have evolved to focus on the most-pressing community needs. But not all librarians are embracing the new duties and are leaving the profession.

Microsoft Tells Workers to Prepare for Office Reopenings

The move by the software giant is noteworthy for cities and local governments eager to see how remote work will look long term and what it will mean for downtown areas.

Pittsburgh Bridge Collapses Ahead of Biden Visit

The Fern Hollow Bridge, flagged by inspectors as being in poor condition, buckled, injuring 10 people.

Survey: 52% of State, Local Public Workers Considering Leaving Jobs

State and local governments are, as one expert puts it, "teetering on the brink of a public sector workforce crisis."

Taking Control of Ransomware With a Zero-Trust Strategy

COMMENTARY | Antivirus, sandboxing and similar detection techniques can’t keep up. It’s time for governments and agencies to transform their approach to thwarting malware.

Biden's Infrastructure Czar Offers Tips for Cities Seeking Grants

Mitch Landrieu, a former mayor, suggested that local governments can act now to prepare for competitive funding programs available under the new $1.2 trillion public works law.

Mayors Struggle With How to Push Vaccination Rates Higher

Incentive programs remain on the table, along with requirements for showing proof of vaccine to enter indoor spaces.

Federal Policies Help Spur Municipal Bond Market, but Headwinds Remain

Analysts are generally optimistic about the stability of government finances, but lingering issues—Covid, inflation and supply chain bottlenecks—pose economic and fiscal risks in the short term.

Traffic Fines Lead to Potential 'Misaligned Fiscal Incentives'

More than 40 states use money generated from speeding tickets for criminal justice and other services, but even minor adjustments to shore up local budgets can hit individuals hard, according to a new report.

The Messiest Local Government Issue

The problem of building, maintaining and expanding sewer systems never seems to go away. 

How Cities Should Think About Equity and Revenues

COMMENTARY | City leaders are tackling structural inequities in access to wealth and opportunity. An infusion of federal dollars provides an opportunity to rethink past fiscal choices.

The $1.6B Federal Plan to Spur Local Zoning Reforms

A grant program proposed in Democrats’ massive spending bill is designed to help with zoning code rewrites. But how much can it do to boost the supply of affordable housing?

How One City is Working to Make Spending Data More Transparent

Efforts by Los Angeles' controller to open up city fiscal data took on an added dimension when Covid-19 hit.

How Cities Are Addressing Mental Distress

Successful programs include partnerships between social workers and first responders, incorporate data and recognize larger social factors affecting health and well-being, like racism, experts say.

Buttigieg Emphasizes Need for Regional Cooperation on Infrastructure Grants

Speaking to city leaders, the transportation secretary also said his department would strive to make programs "user friendly" for communities of all sizes and highlighted road safety efforts.

For City Leaders, an Upbeat Moment Mixed With Challenges Old and New

Historic amounts of federal funding are flowing to the local level. But cities are also grappling with a host of difficult problems.

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