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How Do State Rainy Day Fund Balances Look These Days?

Not bad compared to the run-up to the Great Recession. But at least five states appear to have depleted their reserve accounts in the current fiscal year.

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‘Ban the Box’ Movement Scores Win in America’s Most Incarcerated State

In Louisiana, public universities will be prohibited from asking about criminal history on admission applications.

How a Chicago Program Cut Violent Arrests in Half

Former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy thinks emotional well-being can help reduce gun deaths.


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Bill Clinton: Mayors Are the Cure to Rising Tribalism in the U.S.

In a possible subtle jab at Trump, the former president said: “Diverse groups make better decisions than lone geniuses.”

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President Kennedy’s Important Message to Today’s U.S. Mayors

This weekend, city hall leaders listened to an address from the 35th president that resonates 55 years later.

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What’s the ‘Most Impactful Thing’ Trump Will Do for Infrastructure?

At the U.S. Conference of Mayors annual meeting, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti spoke with the White House’s point person on infrastructure about the need for federal grants to incentivize innovation and maintenance.

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Labor Secretary to Mayors: Localized Apprenticeship Programs Won’t ‘Water Down’ Workforce Skills

The Trump administration wants cities and industries to spearhead such initiatives and incorporate them into two- and four-year education programs.

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Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley: I Would Encourage Other Cities to Sue

Her city filed a lawsuit against the pharmaceutical companies, distributors and doctors it believes caused the opioid epidemic. And Whaley thinks other cities should do the same.

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What to Watch For as U.S. Mayors Meet in Miami Beach

There are some big political and policy moments we can expect at the 85th meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

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Nonprofits Poised for Bigger Role in Disaster Recovery

Nonprofits and foundations are working to fill the gap between federal funding and disaster recovery needs as natural disasters become more frequent and expensive.

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San Francisco's New Bike Racks Are Self-Aware

They make security cameras take your picture and cry for help if somebody is stealing your bike.

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Making the Business Case for Cities-Driven Climate Protections

“Today it is no longer the case that greater prosperity means increased carbon emissions,” said Phoenix's mayor, ahead of the U.S. Conference of Mayors 85th Annual Meeting in Miami Beach this weekend.

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Juvenile Justice Reforms in Kansas Show Early Signs of Success

Passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in 2016, S.B. 367 creates standards to improve juvenile justice system