‘Really Disappointing’: For Housing Advocates, Democrats’ New Spending Law Is a Major Letdown

After $150 billion for affordable housing was stripped from the legislation, they’re looking for alternatives to secure funding they say is urgently needed to address rising rents and home prices.

Best US Cities to Rent an Apartment

Five of the top 10 cities are small, including No. 1 Round Rock, Texas, near Austin.

Feds Launch Website to Push Out Information on CHIPS Act Funding

Also on Thursday, President Biden signed an executive order laying out priorities for implementing the bipartisan semiconductor measure.

Economic Development Efforts Thriving in Repurposed Prisons

In recent years, former correctional facilities in seven states were converted into apartments, a sports complex, a movie studio and more, initiatives that are generating jobs and boosting local economies, according to a new report.

GOP Governors Bus Migrants to Blue Cities, but Many Exit in Red States

Many migrants sent to Washington, D.C., and New York are disembarking before they arrive.

Home Sale Prices Fall Swiftly in Pandemic Boomtowns

Many homes for sale in July nationwide experienced price drops, especially those in cities that saw an influx of residents during the pandemic. Boise, Idaho, led the pack with nearly 70% of houses on the market falling in price.

From Book Stacks to Psychosis and Food Stamps, Librarians Confront a New Workplace

As communities try to meet demand for social-net services, some librarians are finding their duties now extend beyond books and periodicals.

Housing Affordability Falls to Lowest Level Since Great Recession

Inflation, low inventory and rising mortgage rates are hampering housing availability for families nationwide, according to a report. But there are a few cities in the Midwest and Pennsylvania where housing is still reasonable.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Joins Key Republicans in Supporting Repealing 'Tampon Tax'

Advocates have previously called for repealing the sales tax on products like tampons, sanitary pads and pantyliners. Menstrual products are already tax-free in 24 states.

$550M in Federal Preparedness Grants Prioritize Security for State and Local Governments

The grant programs target six “critical areas,” including cybersecurity, information sharing and election security.

Elected Officials Past ‘Child-bearing Age’ Bristle at Lawmaker's Tweet

A New York state senator suggested older officials won’t fight as hard for reproductive rights. It reignited a longtime debate over what ageism looks like for people who hold political office.

A Mom’s Campaign to Ban Library Books Divided a Texas Town — and Her Own Family

Weston Brown thought he had fully come to terms with his mother's anti-LGBTQ beliefs. Then he saw the video of her speaking at a school board meeting. “I couldn’t stay quiet about that.”

Can Uber-like Public Transit Replace Old-fashioned Buses?

Transit agencies are turning to on-demand, shared-ride services to reach underserved communities.

States With the Largest and Smallest Teacher Pay Gaps

Teachers nationwide earn much less than other college-educated professionals, says a new report. Colorado has the greatest teacher pay gap and Rhode Island the smallest.

Reducing Gun Violence: A Complicated Problem Can’t Be Solved With Just One Approach

Indianapolis is trying programs ranging from job skills to therapy to violence interrupters to find out what works

25 Emerging Tech Trends Government Leaders Should Watch

The selected technologies in the 2022 Gartner Hype Cycle feature immersive tech, accelerated artificial intelligence and innovation around how products and services are built.

Prospect of SALT Deduction Increase Gone—at Least for a Few Years

The blow to local and state governments is the result of top House proponents supporting President Biden’s massive climate bill, even though the deductions were left out. 

House Sends Multibillion-Dollar Climate Bill to Biden for Signature

The bill, already approved by the Senate, brings praise for its climate provisions but disappoints those hoping for state and local tax changes and more spending on housing.

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