States Look at Pulling Pension Investments From Russia

The state response to Russia's attack on Ukraine could affect hundreds of millions of dollars in some cases, but the sums are modest compared to overall public pension assets.

Gas Tax Proposal Threatens to Spark Trade War Among Northwest States

To pay for a transportation package, Washington state lawmakers want to tax refined gasoline sent to other states. Neighboring states are talking about ways to retaliate if the plan goes through.

States Lawmakers are Taking On Housing Policy Once Left to Locals

Legislators are looking at new—and sometimes controversial—ways to spur denser development and more affordable homes.

State Sets Up Tip Line for Parents to Snitch on Schools Teaching ‘Divisive Concepts’

Virginia’s new governor, Glenn Youngkin, signed an executive order to stop critical race theory from being taught in schools, even though it’s not in the state's curriculum.

Federal Infrastructure Funding Creates Huge Broadband Responsibilities for States

COMMENTARY | States will receive billions to improve broadband access, but have limited experience administering broadband grant programs. Here are important priorities to consider to effectively use the money.

Democratic Governors Hold Out Hope for Build Back Better Legislation

The state leaders highlighted early childhood care and housing programs as especially important parts of the massive budget bill. But their GOP counterparts are wary of more federal spending.

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.

5 Challenges States Must Anticipate Before the Next Emergency

COMMENTARY | After acquiring a vast amount of personal protective equipment, states will need to determine how to manage it so it doesn’t go to waste.

Legislation Seeks to Block Secrecy With Economic Development Deals

Bills put forward in at least three states aim to ensure there's transparency around tax breaks and other incentives.

How States and Localities Can Use Data to Spend Federal Funds Wisely

COMMENTARY | Applying an evidence-based approach to funding new infrastructure problems can ensure communities get the biggest bang for each federal buck.

8 States Ask for Further Interest Reprieve on Unemployment Loans

An interest waiver on the federal loans to states expired in September. Now states that face millions in borrowing costs are looking for more of a break.

Infrastructure Update: Governors Try to Unclog the Supply Chain

But are the proposals from the Republican state leaders all about politics? Or can they really help improve the flow of goods?

A Pandemic Silver Lining: Public Meetings Have Become More Public

Covid-19 forced governments to have all virtual gatherings. There are disadvantages, government leaders say, but a hybrid meeting model may be here to stay.

Extra, Extra! State Lawmakers Propose Tax Credit to Help Save Local Journalism

A New York bill would offer tax credits to offset the cost of salaries for journalists at local outlets, as well as a subsidy for their subscribers.

Surgeons Sometimes Deny Organ Transplants for Disabled Patients. State Lawmakers Are Changing That.

Twenty-nine states prevent doctors from considering a person's disability when determining eligibility for an organ transplant. Wisconsin could join them.

'Love Letter' Legislation Leads to Lawsuit

A real estate firm filed a lawsuit to contest a new law in Oregon that prohibits sellers from presenting their clients with letters from prospective homebuyers, a common practice in competitive markets.

The Country’s Most Cost-Effective Highway Systems

North Dakota’s highways are in the best condition for the least amount of money, according to an annual report released this month.

Should Rap Lyrics Be Used as Evidence in Criminal Trials?

A proposal in the New York State Assembly would require prosecutors to meet stricter standards to use rap lyrics as evidence, a relatively common practice that in most states has gone unregulated.

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