County Government

Governments Begin Pushing Back on Investors Snatching Up Homes

Institutional investors purchased nearly 20% of all U.S. homes for sale in the last three months of 2021, turning most into rentals. Now, some state and local officials want to slow the trend, worried it is boxing residents out of homeownership.

Fireworks Are Cancelled Yet Again in Cities and Counties Across the US

Potential fire risks, supply chain issues and worker shortages have put a damper on these popular Independence Day events.

Why People Are Moving Away From Big Urban Counties

New research suggests that housing costs and remote work are fueling a lasting shift in where people are choosing to live.

Cybersecurity is No. 1 Priority for City, County IT Leaders

Thanks to the attack on Colonial Pipeline and the growing risk of international threats related to the war in Ukraine, 97% of IT leaders cited cybersecurity as their biggest concern in an annual survey.

Largest US Counties Lost Record Number of Residents in 2021

Nearly 70% of urban counties with more than 250,000 people saw their populations erode last year, “an exceptionally high share by historical standards,” a new report says.

How Data-driven Policies Can Help States and Localities

Officials say that following the numbers and looking at evidence has proven useful in tackling a range of equity issues and with steering clear of partisan fights.

Facing Violent Threats and Abuse, State and Local Officials Are Calling It Quits

It's fueling concerns that qualified people may abandon or avoid public service. "That’s a big price to pay," warns one expert.

To Republicans, State Surpluses and ‘Liberal Spending’ Illustrate ARPA Was ‘Reckless’

Mayors and county officials, though, tell House lawmakers that the funds provided much-needed pandemic relief for businesses and individuals.

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.

‘Mental Health First Aid’ Training Prescribed for Public Sector Workers

The National Association of Counties says its new program will help government employees identify when coworkers and others are suffering from mental health issues or substance abuse.

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.

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 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.

One County Will Give $76 Million in ‘Hero Pay’ to Public Employees for Covid Response

Most full-time workers in California’s Santa Clara County will receive $2,500 bonuses, all paid for with the county's federal Covid-19 relief allotment.

Taking Race Out of Criminal Charges

Prosecutors in Yolo County, California, are attempting “race-blind charging” by using software to redact identifying information, including race and other descriptors, from police reports.