State & Local

Colorado’s New Local Control Oil and Gas Rules Fuel Ballot Battle

While the state maintains primacy in regulating oil and gas drilling, activist groups have been pushing hard for more municipal and county control.

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As California’s Transportation Funding Package Stalls, Road-Shaming Continues

Trinity County’s unplowed roads cost emergency personnel precious hours.

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Why the Collaboration of Government and High-Tech Is Smart

Public-private partnerships help local IT departments afford meaningful solutions that handle vast amounts of high-value data.

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‘For All Practical Purposes, Louisiana Is in Its Own Recession’

As the state’s budget situation worsens, revenue estimates are revised downward.

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The Benefits of Smart Cities Are Apparent, But Is Local Government Ready for Them?

And a bigger question: Is the widespread adoption of the smart cities model really just six to 10 years away?

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State and Local Health Spending Flat in First Year of Medicaid Expansion

Nevertheless, health care spending remains a potential source of long-term fiscal pressure for states and localities.

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Pennsylvania’s Governor: Budget ‘Time Bomb’ Is Ticking

In Harrisburg, Tom Wolf warns that the state risks a ‘fiscal catastrophe’ as tensions with General Assembly lawmakers show no signs of abating.

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Denver’s Path to Integrating Enterprise Content and Business Process Management

The Mile High City has been seeking a unified, cost-saving IT strategy since 2005.

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Restoring Voting Rights for Felons in Maryland

The Maryland General Assembly overrode Governor Larry Hogan's veto.

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USDOT’s ‘Smart City’ Payout Could Be A Mobility Model-Maker

Seventy-seven municipalities pitched their transportation visions for a shot at the $40 million in winnings.

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Cross-Sector Data Can Help Leverage Community Health Across Disciplines

“All these new, promising data sets may one day become useful, helpful information that many can use to improve health.”

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Are States Obligated to Provide Expensive Hepatitis C Drugs?

New hepatitis C drugs boast cure rates of at least 95 percent. But states are restricting their use for Medicaid patients and prisoners because the cost is so high.

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Boise’s Sound Approach to Engaging Its Local Skateboarders

Instead of viewing them as a nuisance, local leaders have been expanding recreational infrastructure and planning efforts.