State and Local Government

This School District Normally Gets $66,000 a Year for Library Books. This Year — $500,000.

Money from the American Rescue Plan will be used to replace items that went missing when schools closed at the start of the pandemic and enhance the district’s overall collection, St. Paul officials say.

Governors Promise Return to Normalcy Once States Hit Target Vaccination Rates

The announcements come as vaccination rates continue to decline nationwide.

Gov. Greg Abbott Signs Bill to Punish Businesses that Require Proof of Covid-19 Vaccination

Abbott's signature means that businesses that require so-called vaccine passports can't get state contracts and could lose state licenses or operating permits.

Democrats’ Elections Bill in Peril with Key Senator’s Opposition

Sen. Joe Manchin said he would not support the For the People Act, which would create national voting standards, making it difficult for supporters to propel the legislation forward.

Why New Jersey's Governor Started Memorializing Covid-19 Victims—and Won't Stop

Since March 2020, Gov. Phil Murphy has used his Covid-19 briefings to eulogize residents who died from the virus, a practice he says is necessary to remember the humanity behind the data.

State and Local Employment Remains Stubbornly Down

There's been some improvement in recent months, but there are still about 1.2 million fewer state and local public sector jobs compared to pre-pandemic levels. Most losses are in education.

From New Hampshire to California, Parks Departments Embrace Video Games

Esports leagues, where gamers of all ages compete online in tournaments, are an increasingly popular programming choice for parks and recreation departments.

Cities and States Scramble to Get Aid to Renters as Federal Eviction Ban Nears Its End

Some states and localities are extending their eviction moratoriums as they try to distribute billions in federal rental assistance. When to let the bans lapse is a pressing question.

Nevada Pushes to Hold First Presidential Primary in 2024

A bill, awaiting a signature from Gov. Steve Sisolak, would switch the state from a caucus to a primary system and push it ahead of Iowa and New Hampshire, traditionally the first two states to vote for presidential candidates.

States Look to Ban Police From Lying During Interrogations

Lawmakers in Illinois approved legislation that would prohibit police from lying to minors during interrogations, and similar proposals are underway in other states.

Ohio Lawmakers Approve Bill to Allow Teleworkers to Seek Commuter Tax Refunds

The issue of how to tax remote workers has been debated in several states, including New Hampshire, which filed a federal lawsuit against Massachusetts over the practice.

Report: Governments Need to Share More Data to Solve Complex Issues, Grow Economy

But governments should use the expertise of private companies to help guard sensitive data that is shared, according to a Georgetown University study.

Some States Update Child Neglect Laws to Allow 'Reasonable Independence' For Kids

A handful of states have clarified neglect laws to allow parents to permit their children to walk to school and play outside alone without fear of intervention from police or Child Protective Services.

Multiple States Offer Bonuses to Entice Residents Back to Work

The payments, largely funded by federal coronavirus relief money, are designed to address a labor shortage that some economists say is due to slow wage growth.

Report: 1 out of 6 Americans Stay in Jobs They Hate to Keep Their Health Insurance

Black employees and people making less than $48,000 per year were more likely to not quit to ensure continued access to health benefits, according to a West Health-Gallup survey.

As States Ease Covid-19 Mandates, (Some) Legislative Buildings Reopen

State capitols and legislative chambers are beginning to reopen their doors to the public amid increasing vaccination rates and shifting health guidelines.

Treasury Says It Has Already Distributed $105B in State, Local Aid

That's about one-third of the total $350 billion available from the American Rescue Plan relief fund for states and localities, which launched less than two weeks ago.

America Saw a Historic Surge in Pedestrian Deaths Last Year

The fatality rate for people on foot who were struck by vehicles jumped 21%, despite the lowest driving activity in two decades, according to data from the Governors Highway Safety Association.

Libraries Eligible for Billions in Federal Funding to Improve Connectivity for Residents

The Emergency Connectivity Fund Program, announced by the Federal Communications Commission, will help libraries purchase laptops, Wi-Fi hot spots and more for patrons.