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Alex Brown

Alex Brown
Alex Brown is a Technology reporter for National Journal.
Health & Human Services

States Are Growing Fewer Trees. Forest Owners Say That’s a Problem.

Washington produces about 8 million seedlings a year for reforestation on state and private lands, but many other states have closed nurseries or cut production in recent years, leaving small forest owners without a crucial supply of trees.

Management

Huge Winter Storm Gas Bills Push Cities to the Brink

The freezing temperatures that lingered over much of the country last month led to astronomical natural gas prices and put some cities on the verge of bankruptcy.

Management

A Bipartisan Push Could Change State Wildlife Protection

A bill in Congress would direct nearly $1.4 billion annually to state and tribal wildlife agencies to protect overlooked species.

Health & Human Services

Tenants Struggle Amid Patchwork of State Rental Relief Efforts

Whether billions of dollars in aid will help save renters depends on how effectively states distribute the money.

Management

Environmentalists Make Long-Shot Attempt to Ban New Factory Farms

It’s becoming clear that some lawmakers no longer see factory farming as a nuisance, but an emergency, as the industry's operations degrade water quality and cause other problems.

Health & Human Services

‘Tidal Wave’ of Evictions, Utility Shutoffs Tests Lawmakers

Few states have established a safety net to help millions of Americans handle accumulating debt from rent and utility bills that have piled up during the pandemic.

Management

Many States Resist Adapting Worker Safety Rules to Pandemic

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued no new rules during the pandemic. And states with their own workplace safety agencies lack a strong benchmark to follow.

Public Safety

Many State Capitols Have Security Holes

“We're deeply concerned for what's likely to come in the coming months in state capitols."

Management

Landmark Climate Policy Faces Growing Claims of Environmental Racism

Concerns about California’s cap-and-trade program derailed a likely EPA chief.

Management

The Pandemic Created New Hunters. States Need to Keep Them.

“If we let them go next year, they're not going to be coming back.”

Management

State Climate Action Unlikely After Democrats Fail to Flip Statehouses

After Democratic gains failed to materialize, the prospects of sweeping climate action—at least at the state level—have dimmed.

Management

Rising Waters Threaten Great Lakes Communities

“You have built in a place that’s naturally giving into the lake.”

Management

California May Need More Fire to Fix its Wildfire Problem

The longstanding default position of suppressing every fire has created problems throughout the West.

Management

Search and Rescue Teams, Already Stretched Thin, See Surge in Calls

The pandemic is exposing the vulnerabilities of America’s search and rescue model.