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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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See Where Your State Stands on the Preemption of Local Government

The number of states passing laws superseding city ordinances is on the rise, spurred by industry lobbying and single-party dominance of legislatures.

Trump’s Unproven Voter Fraud Claims Put Secretaries of State in Spotlight

When top state election officials gathered in D.C. last week, details about the president’s proposed voter fraud inquiry were unclear.

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Embracing a Priority-Focused Approach to Local Government Budgeting

“Every program is scored by mandate, reliance, recovery cost, demand and population served. And this is where policy questions come to life.”

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Welcome to the New and Improved Route Fifty

As we continue to connect state and local leaders across the United States, our laboratory of ideas continues to grow.

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The Worst State Capitals to Live In; Kansas House Overrides Brownback’s Budget Veto

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Early impacts of Philly’s soda tax; Florida city faces whistleblower lawsuit; and officials in Mich. city want more halfway house regulations.

Route Fifty Protesters seeking a higher minimum wage in New York City in April of 2015. As more Americans work nontraditional jobs, demand is growing to restructure employment benefits for them.

With Growth of the Gig Economy, States Rethink How Workers Get Benefits

Lawmakers in Washington state and New York are thinking about reforming the social safety net for the 21st century.

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Mapping Miami’s Flood Risk and Other Resiliency Challenges

An important question facing communities in South Florida: “How do we get the right information we need to inform changes in building codes and prioritizing infrastructure for investment?”

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Okla. Senate OKs Bill to Strip Local Non-Discrimination Ordinances

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Proposal to block new wind development in N.D.; N.C. governor’s plan to raise teacher salaries; and a Mich. freeway’s bumpy deterioration.

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A Telecommunications Fable: Struggles for Service in Rural Maine

Our editor-at-large documents how some small coastal communities are fighting for better telephone and internet services, but are advancing at a crawl.

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UPS Tests Delivery Drone in Florida

'We’re an engineering company at UPS, it’s part of our DNA, of who we are.'

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An Uncertain Future Ahead for Florida’s Economic Development Programs

Gov. Rick Scott is battling members of his own party who want to scrap Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida.

Donald Trump’s Plan to Outsource Immigration Enforcement to Local Cops

The president pledged to detain and deport millions of undocumented immigrants, but to do so, he’ll need to enlist the help of local authorities.


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