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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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Albuquerque Leverages P3 to Restore a ‘Special But Difficult’ Historic Route 66 Landmark

America’s byways are dotted with boarded-up motels, but in New Mexico’s largest city, the old El Vado is set to be transformed through a public-private partnership.

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A New Path to Authorize an Income Tax in Washington State May Start in Seattle

Advocates think that there’s “a great moment to seize” locally but Republicans in Olympia may be one step ahead.

Read more February 17, 2017 Leave a comment

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The State With the Most Structurally-Deficient Bridges Retains Its Title

More than 20 percent of its 24,184-bridge inventory is compromised.

Route Fifty The Maryland State Capitol. In Maryland, the pay gap among state employees was largest in Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s office, where men hold more senior positions and women earn 68 percent of what men earn.

States Struggle to Close Their Own Gender Pay Gaps

Despite transparency rules, anti-discrimination laws and standardized pay rates, states still struggle with gender pay inequities in their government workforces.

Route Fifty members of the Ku Klux Klan participate in cross burnings after a "White Pride," rally, in rural Paulding County near Cedar Town, Ga. in 2016.

How Many Hate Groups Does Your State Have?

“2016 was an unprecedented year for hate,” according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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Trump Intergovernmental Affairs Official: ‘We Have an Open Door Policy’

The deputy director of the White House’s Office of Intergovernmental Affairs encouraged state and local officials to reach out: “Come in, meet with us, let us know what’s going on.”

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States Would Feel Impact of Federal Tax Reform

How would changes to the U.S. tax code‎ affect state revenue?

Route Fifty Eagle Stadium in Allen, Texas, cost more than $72 million and holds as many fans as an NBA arena. But an even pricier high school football stadium is getting built just a few miles away.

The Stadiums That Ate Texas

Why are these Dallas suburbs funding the most expensive high school football stadiums ever built?

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Alaska Declares ‘Public Health Disaster’ for Opioids; Palm Springs Ex-Mayor Facing 21 Counts

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Phoenix City Council rejects “sanctuary city” request; San Francisco may toll famous street; and Maine governor’s low salary.

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ACA Repeal Could Mean Return to ‘High-Risk Pools’

Are “high-risk pools” a smart insurance solution or a recipe for high premiums, limited coverage and long waiting lists?

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Female Prison Workers Stood up for Their Rights—and Won

They've been harassed by inmates and ignored by bosses.

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Route Fifty Special Report: The Health Data Equation

We’re featuring three stories of state and local governments using data to deliver critical health services, make better decisions and improve their communities in the process.


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