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Last year, we launched GovExec State & Local. Now we’ve expanded our team, built a new digital home and are energized even more to connect the ideas and people advancing state, county and municipal government across the United States.

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This Unusual Affordable Housing Plan in Jersey City Might Actually Work

Tax incentives will steer mixed-income development to all neighborhoods if everything goes according to plan.

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Alabama Looks to Lottery for Budget Fix; Michigan Clears Its Rape-Kit Backlog as Minnesota’s Persists

Also: A raid on Palm Springs City Hall and how should Missouri fund infrastructure upgrades?

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Route Fifty Illinois Auditor General William Holland, left, Illinois Rep. Frank J. Mautino, D-Spring Valley, center, and Illinois Rep. Fred Crespo, D-Steamwood, right, talk at the state Capitol on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, in Springfield, Ill.

Challenges State Auditors Face According to Illinois' Auditor General

Recruiting and retaining qualified staff and cybersecurity are pressing problems for state auditors, comptrollers and treasurers.

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Do-It-Yourself Marijuana Pesticides Pose Problems

Many pot farmers have turned to harmful chemicals to protect their crops because federal drug law has left them without any approved pesticides.

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Scrambling for High Ground in FEMA Flood Map Disputes

A complex cartographic process that affects flood insurance rates has stirred pushback in places like New York City and New Orleans.

Route Fifty Fort Worth, Texas

Fort Worth Is Sharing Data With the Private Sector Faster

Cities have a new standard for releasing building permit data. Now what?

Route Fifty The Grand Rapids Public Museum sits just above the Grand River during floods in April 2013.

Route Fifty City-County Roadtrip Recap: Grand Rapids Learns to Live With Its River Risks

Instead of building up its floodwalls, Michigan’s second-largest city looks to try something different.

Route Fifty U.S. Sen. Cory Booker

Ending Unlimited Solitary Confinement in California; Booker to the Rescue for New Jersey’s Tunnel Mess?

Also: The Texas Supreme Court weighs education funding suit and suing Kansas for voting-machine tapes.

Route Fifty Rowan County Courthouse

How the Kentucky Clerk Who Won't Wed Same-Sex Couples Has Kept Her Job

A Rowan County attorney filed misconduct charges against Kim Davis.

Route Fifty Sacramento, California on the Sacramento River.

Could 'Katrina' Come to Sacramento?

A catastrophic flood could be right around the corner, no hurricane necessary.

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States Are Filling the Federal Drone Rules Void

But their laws may conflict with pending federal regulations on commercial drone use.

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A Pacific Northwest Megaquake Will Test Government Response in Ways Katrina Never Did

When weighing the risks the entire region faces from next Cascadia megathrust earthquake, this future disaster is likely to rival anything the United States has ever faced.