State & Local

Making Data-Driven Government Fundamental and Sustainable in City Halls

As the What Works Cities program, funded by the Bloomberg Philanthropies, celebrates its first year, municipal leaders and experts are looking at ways to make the results of their data efforts “so essential that nobody can take it away.”

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Vermont’s $20,000 Price for Releasing Emails; Hockey Team’s Move Burns County Taxpayers

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Two tough options for NYC subway closure; Seattle’s female council members face misogynistic attacks on arena vote; and Idaho’s public land sales.

To Be Rich, Be a Doctor . . . in Oklahoma

A new analysis shows not just which jobs make the most money, but where that money goes the furthest.


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Washington State Is Running IT Workforce Experiments to Understand Millennials

They include hiring by prioritizing values and improving office environments.

You Can Help the National Park Service Study Coyote Poop in L.A.

Scientists want to know what the animals are eating while surrounded by lots of concrete, cars, and people.

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Why Cities Need to Care About Native Plants

Across the U.S., groups are working to fend off invasive species by helping local ones take root.

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How Ohio and IBM Co-Manage the State’s Data Center

The State of Ohio Computing Center consolidates 26 agencies on one floor.

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Feds Alert North Carolina About Its Civil Rights Act Violation

In a letter to Gov. Pat McCrory, the Department of Justice said HB2, the controversial law on transgender bathrooms, runs afoul of the landmark legislation and demanded the state not enforce it.

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State CIOs Must Be ‘Resource Managers’ Throughout the Procurement Process

A panel of experts talked procurement reform at NASCIO’s midyear conference in Baltimore.

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Missouri County’s Big Spending on Birthday Cards; No Pay Raise for N.C. State Workers

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Wichita’s vulnerable sewage pipe; Maine city’s solar plant plan; and L.A. County’s parks tax proposal.

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Safety of Workers in New York City Commercial Waste Operations Questioned

“We have people that are losing limbs, losing fingers, dying,” says the chairman of the New York City Council’s Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste.

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Immigration: Down in Farm Country, Up in Some Cities

Many high-tech centers, like Seattle, are seeing more immigration than they did 10 years ago. At the same time, a drop in immigration to rural agricultural counties has led to critical farm labor shortages.

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San Francisco's Energy-Use Benchmarking Is Shaping California Rules

State officials are poised to adopt a version under recently enacted energy policies, with the details still being determined.