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Where Minority Populations Have Become the Majority

A Pew map shows that, between 2000 and 2013, whites became the minority in 78 U.S. counties.

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Ohio Makes Big Move to Boost Municipal Spending Transparency

The Buckeye State already gets high marks on making information available. Those efforts will now expand to the local level.


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Massachusetts Cities and Towns Still Feeling Fiscal Hit From Costly Winter

A new credit outlook: “[T]he full effect across all municipalities is significant because it eats into funding for other services or results in declining reserves.”

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Forget Bullet Trains, Amtrak Needs A New Bridge

With the Northeast Corridor in disrepair, the focus is on the present rather than the future.

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Obama Administration Tells Texas It Could Play Medicaid Hardball There, Too

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services holds a call with Lone Star State officials, as the drama in Florida heats up.

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With a May 31 Transportation Deadline Ticking, State Officials Wait for Congress to Act

A big challenge for state transportation directors: The “uncertainty of whether or not we’re going to have long-term federal funding.”

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Local Governments Could Play a Big Role in Helping to Shape Wikipedia

Wikipedia needs more information. And local governments just might have what the online encyclopedia needs.

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How Colorado Is Trying to Convince Marijuana Enthusiasts Not to Drive Stoned

Among the state’s 420-related tactics: A special car that’s filled with smoke.

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New NASCIO Survey Details State Government IT Challenges

Private sector opportunities pay more, making it difficult for states to attract and retain top workforce talent.

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This Might Be One of the Most Accessible Farmers Markets in the U.S.

From WIC and senior vouchers to SNAP/EBT benefits and “bonus bucks,” everything flies in Catawba County, North Carolina.

The State-Level Future of Healthcare Reform

While the national debate over the Affordable Care Act remains deadlocked in dispute, local-level reform trends towards bipartisan convergence.

California Bill Would Extend Health Insurance to Undocumented Immigrants

A bill proposed in the state senate would allow income-eligible undocumented immigrants to get coverage through Medi-Cal.