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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 Would Medicaid Expansion Mean for Kansas’ Rural Hospitals?

There’s reason to believe rural hospitals in expansion states are doing better.


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A Data-Driven Governance Test for Seattle: Transforming Homeless Services

Two years ago, the Emerald City was among the first to be named to the What Works Cities program and chose to focus on human-services contracting reform. What can other cities learn from Seattle’s experience?

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‘Surge Parking’ Pilot Prompts ‘Revenue Piggy Bank’ Worries in Chicago

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: California’s big infrastructure funding proposal; Bridgegate sentencing; and Nevada’s state worker unionization bill.

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The Trump Administration’s Mixed Messages on ‘Sanctuary Cities’ Continue

City Halls now want a legal definition of the term, with Seattle even suing for one.

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Merging Colleges to Cut Costs and Still Boost Graduation Rates

Increasing college graduation rates without increasing funding is a goal in many states. At least one is demonstrating it’s possible to use the merger of two- and four-year schools to help boost graduation rates.

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When Self-Driving Cars Will Be on the Road, According to the People Making Them

A disparity in responses is exacerbated by varying definitions of “autonomous.”

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How Stockton Is Using Predictive Policing to Thwart Violent Gun Crimes

Non-domestic gun violence-related crimes in "forecast zones" decreased 40 to 60 percent month-to-month between March and May of last year.

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How a Florida Police Chief Broke Major U.S. Diplomatic News

Normally, Washington and Beijing would announce a meeting between the two top leaders simultaneously, a way for both governments to make a display of mutual respect. This time, a local cop played a role.

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More States Are Jumping on the Medicaid Expansion Train

Which state will become the 32nd in the nation to join “team expansion?”


A Meeting Between the World's Two Most Powerful Leaders Was Announced By a Local Police Chief

Lantana, Florida, has suddenly become the world leader in diplomatic protocol.

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What Works Cities Launches New Certification Program for Municipal Data Practices

As the footprint of the WWC network grows, “other cities will want to copy the cities that do well,” according to former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.


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