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Tax Measures Seen as Essential for Big Infrastructure Programs

Experts debate raising money from repatriation of offshore profits, tout importance of municipal bonds.

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Confronting the Challenges of Getting Timely Opioid Abuse Data

“We get quarterly, sometimes monthly economic data, but when it comes to drug overdoses we have to wait two years. It’s about setting priorities. It’s absolutely insane.”

One Lax State Can Make the Other 49 Vulnerable to a Cyberattack

“If it’s your state and your system, they’re going to say, ‘The governor was responsible.’”

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Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin on Medicaid: ‘We Need to Rethink the System’

GOP and Democratic governors were at odds as they convened for their winter meeting over possible changes to the health care entitlement program.

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Kansas Republicans Sour on Their Tax-Cut Experiment

The state legislature nearly reversed Governor Sam Brownback’s signature policy after a voter rebellion. His economic legacy, one GOP lawmaker says, “is going down in flames.”

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Should People Be Barred From Buying Junk Food With Food Stamps?

Some say snacks and soda don’t belong in the federal Food Stamp Program. They’re counting on the new administration to let them test new rules.

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CDC: Drug Overdose Deaths Have Doubled Since 1999

The drugs that are killing people have evolved—from pills to heroin to fentanyl.

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White House Suggests Feds Could Crack Down on Recreational Pot

“I do believe that you’ll see greater enforcement,” press secretary Sean Spicer said Thursday.

Route Fifty Mayor Marty Walsh and Mayor Mitch Landrieu with Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has also been a vocal supporter of the Affordable Care Act.

Mayors to Congress: We Need to Be a Part of the ACA Conversation

“You’re going to hear from mayors loudly and clearly on these issues because we’re the ones that are going to have to deal with the people.”

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As Trump Eyes Infrastructure, State and Local Leaders Defend Tax-Exempt ‘Muni Bonds’

Some Republicans on Capitol Hill want to end the tax-exempt status of muni bonds as part of broader changes to the federal tax code. And that has many state and local officials worried.

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Chicago Clears Red-Light Camera Vendor Involved in Bribery

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Arizona proposal on protesters decried by free speech advocates; whooping cough outbreak in Kentucky; activists shut down Portland City Council meeting.

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Pennsylvania Poll: 24% of Voters See ‘Government, Politicians’ as State’s Top Problem

Also 52% of registered voters feel that the Keystone State is on the wrong track.

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