New State and City ‘Pay to Move’ Programs Attract People—Not Employers

New initiatives starting this month in Vermont and Tulsa are part of a larger trend aimed at attracting workers to places that need to grow.

Why Vermont Digital Services Kept Employees Embedded in Agencies

The agency is eying an April launch of its security operations center.

Enhancing Access to Federal Benefits Through State Pilot Projects

The Integrated Benefits Initiative, a partnership between Code for America, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and Nava Public Benefit Corporation, is spearheading the effort.

Vermont Secretary of State Slams ‘Unfunded Mandate’ in Election Security Bill

Jim Condos says the latest draft will force states like his to spend more money on auditing. Meanwhile, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission says states are focused on cybersecurity ahead of 2018 midterms.

What It's Really Like to Work Remotely From Vermont

The Green Mountain State is offering relocation incentives. If you’re intrigued, seeking change, or just over urban life, here’s what it’s really like to relocate.

Vermont Will Pay You $10,000 to Move There and Work Remotely

A rapidly shrinking tax base has prompted some creative solutions from state officials.

Federal Ban on Methadone Vans Seen as Barrier to Treatment

"If we’re going to be effective, we need to be nimble and bring the medication to them instead of asking everybody to trudge across town to get their daily dose at a fixed facility,” according to Brad Finegood, a behavioral health official in King County, Washington.

Moody's Highlights States Most Vulnerable to NAFTA Exit

Talks are ongoing between the U.S., Canada and Mexico over the future of the trade deal, which President Trump has criticized.

Municipal Leaders Gather for Resilient Cities Summit

Climate change presents complex and interwoven policy challenges for local governments, all of which will be front and center during discussions in Vermont.

Health Care Experiment Aims for Healthier Patients, Lower Costs

Should insurers pay doctors and hospitals based on what they do or how well they do it?

Vermont City Wants to Be an Opioid 'Role Model'; Iowa Mayor's Solution for Local Minimum Wage Hikes

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Colorado's marijuana "gray market" dangerous?; Trump supporters harass Seattle council member; Florida panther's river crossing a good sign.

Is This Vermont City's Refugee Resettlement Plan Sustainable?

Part 2: Resettling 100 refugees could be complicated if there isn't adequate affordable housing or employment. “There are so many unanswered questions,” according to Alderwoman Sharon Davis.

How a Refugee Resettlement Plan Stirred Controversy in Vermont

Part 1: One mayor sees economic promise in opening his city’s doors to displaced Syrians and other refugees. But some critics see peril. “Rutland really is a microcosm for the rest of the nation in the summer of 2016,” according to Mayor Chris Louras.

Vermont Passes Legislation Authorizing Dental Therapists

Midlevel providers will help dentists deliver care to more underserved residents statewide.

Vermont Governor’s Wife Depicts Reporters as Feral Cows; Another Controversial North Carolina Bill

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Pennsylvania closes in on liquor system overhaul; Alaskans might not get as much money from the state government this year; and Colin forces St. Petersburg sewage dumping.

Vermont’s $20,000 Price for Releasing Emails; Hockey Team’s Move Burns County Taxpayers

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Two tough options for NYC subway closure; Seattle’s female council members face misogynistic attacks on arena vote; and Idaho’s public land sales.

State DOTs Are Turning to Drones for Bridge Inspections and Other Work

The agencies see unmanned aircraft as a way to save money and curb risks, according to new information from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.

Vermont Governor: To Combat Opioid Crisis, the Way Pain Pills Are Prescribed Must Change

“It isn’t the drug dealers from South America that are our biggest challenge, it’s our federally-approved drugs that we’re passing out like candy,” according to Gov. Peter Shumlin.

Vermont Wants Federal OK for Its ‘All Payer’ Health Care Proposal

The state hopes its plan will help eliminate inefficiencies that stem from the different rules, standards and payment methods now found across those three types of “payers.”

Vermont State Workers Duped in Tax-Season Phishing Scam

This attack may have “looked more professional” than others, but there was a big red flag, too.

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