Author Archive

Molly Bolan

Tech & Data

Nearly 40% of Americans Are Tired of the Two-Party Political System

The sentiment is even stronger among those 18 to 49 years old, with nearly half of people in that age group saying they wish they had alternatives to Democrats and Republicans.


How 3 States Are Trying to Help Their Farmers Deal With Drought

Swaths of the country have baked this summer under hot and dry conditions, making it tougher to keep crops growing and livestock healthy. In some cases, state governments are stepping up work with their agriculture sectors in response.

Health & Human Services

HUD’s New Plan to Help Low-Income Renters

The department of Housing and Urban Development is looking to give households a boost building credit, saving money and improving financial literacy.


More Governments Join National Fine and Fee Reform Effort

Seven additional cities and counties are set to take part in the initiative, which is seeking to rework fines and fees that often fall most heavily on low-income and minority residents.


The Rising Costs of Extreme Heat

Hot weather can be deadly. It’s also putting a dent in the nation's economy and forcing new expenses on states and localities.

Health & Human Services

Minimum Wage Workers Cannot Afford a 2-bedroom Rental Home Anywhere

Plus, these workers can’t rent a one bedroom in 91% of U.S. counties, according to a new report.

Health & Human Services

New 5-State Pilot Will Link Low-Income Households to Solar Power

Households could see electricity bill savings from the program in the 10% to 50% range, according the Biden administration.

Health & Human Services

Monkeypox Forces a New Public Health Test on Local Governments

Experts point to steps health departments and others can take to meet the challenges posed by the spreading disease.


‘I No Longer Feel Safe’: A Mayor Resigns, Citing Threats

The mayor of The Village, Oklahoma, said he’d been followed home after meetings, had his tires slashed and faced other abuse. The episode mirrors a disturbing national trend.

Tech & Data

Support Slips for Phase Out of Gas-Powered Cars and Trucks

A slight but rising majority of Americans are against a transition towards manufacturing only zero-emission vehicles, a new survey finds.

Tech & Data

Mayors' Initiative to Harness Data to Improve Government Functions, Constituent Services

The new effort, funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, has 22 members in the initial cohort and is expected to grow to 100 mayors during the next two years.


States and Localities Plan for Billions in ARPA Workforce Spending

White House figures suggest over $40 billion from the pandemic relief law could go to workforce development, with a sizable chunk of investment through state and local programs.


Nearly Half of States Raised Their Minimum Wage This Year

The increases range from 22 cents to $1.50 per hour, but most states’ pay floors are not high enough to ensure economic stability, according to a new report.


One of the Nation's Biggest Cities Begins Cash Payments to Low-Income Residents

For the next year, Chicago plans to distribute $500 a month to thousands of households who can use the money as they see fit.

Tech & Data

The States That Saw a Rise in People Moving In (or Out) During the Pandemic

Overall state-to-state migration in the U.S. decreased after Covid hit. But new research shows the states that saw notable upticks with inbound and outbound movers.


85 Airports Awarded Nearly $1B for Terminal Improvements

The federal dollars will go to airports in metro and rural areas across the country and will help pay for a variety of upgrades.