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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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For Many County Officials, the Opioid Epidemic Isn’t Political, It’s Personal

At a National Association of Counties Legislative Conference town hall meeting, local officials shared powerful firsthand connections to the opioid epidemic.

Governors Assert Their Role in Federal Health Care, Infrastructure Conversations

"I think the rhetoric of the campaign has hit the reality of governing,” said Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, also chair of the National Governors Association.

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What's Behind Declining Transit Ridership Nationwide?

Pick a culprit: The rise of ride-hailing services, budget cuts, cheap oil, or bad service.

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Can Florida's First Needle Exchange Help Curb HIV?

The state leads the nation in new diagnoses, and close to six percent are attributed to injection-drug users sharing used or infected needles.

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Outsourcing Proposal in Maine Worries Parks Advocates

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Ohio prisoner plan would pay county governments; Pa. Senate bill would undermine rules from Philly and Pittsburgh; and flu numbers jump in Connecticut.

Route Fifty President Donald Trump smiles while speaking to a meeting of the National Governors Association, Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, at the White House.

Trump to Governors: ‘We’re Going to Start Spending on Infrastructure Big’

The president spoke to governors from around the U.S. at the White House on Monday about a range of topics.

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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.”

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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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