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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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Mayors Celebrate Immigrants While Facing ICE’s New ‘Non-Cooperative’ City List

“We’re all trying to figure out what is accomplished by this list and how it is going to be used,” according to Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza.

What Is Denver Learning From Its Public Restroom Pilot Program?

Some preliminary observations and trends already have surfaced in the year since the project’s launch.


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Attacks, Crashes Underscore Need for New 911 Systems

State and local 911 call centers increasingly are besieged by pranksters and buggy software. Next-generation technology may provide relief, but few states or localities can afford it without help.

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Acting FEMA Chief Spotlights Agency’s Priorities for State and Local Emergency Managers

President Trump “wants to make sure FEMA is responsive ... and make sure that we’re there for you.”

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On the Brink of AHCA Vote, Kansas Lawmakers Make Their Own Move on Medicaid

“I think if we waited for Washington to sort themselves out, we wouldn’t vote for anything,” one Kansas state senator told Route Fifty.

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Cincinnati Seeks P3 Deal to Develop a ‘Wi-Fi Superhighway’

“We want the marketplace to organically build this thing out,” according to City Manager Harry Black.

Route Fifty Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson proposes, during a news conference on March 6 in Little Rock, adding a work requirement to the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion.

The Trouble With Medicaid Work Requirements

The new Republican provision to allow states to deny health assistance for lacking employment will only make the program worse.

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Is Seattle ‘Holding Its Gunpowder’ in Legal Fight With Trump?

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Repairing Ferguson’s ‘tattered’ image; Philly mayor’s plan hits roadblock; and Alaska may give green light to Uber and Lyft.

Route Fifty Las Vegas, Nevada is the hottest urban heat island.

Cities Throw Shade at Rising Heat

To cool the “urban heat islands” that they’ve become, cities are planting trees and more trees.

Route Fifty Fans stand behind a large sign for equal pay for the women's soccer team during an international friendly soccer match in April 2016.

When Each State Will Achieve Equal Pay

Women workers in some might not achieve wage equality until the 22nd century, new research suggests.

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Moody’s: Any Big Infrastructure Spending Ramp-Up Likely to Be Slow

Among the constraints the ratings agency noted in a report issued Tuesday: “There is no bipartisan agreement on how to fund such investment.”

Route Fifty Parents, students and administrators recite the pledge of allegiance during a rally in support of school choice in Austin, Texas in January.

Do Private School Vouchers Promote Segregation?

A new report from the Century Foundation evaluates the claim.


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