State & Local

Wisconsin Awaits Implementation of Scott Walker’s Civil Service Reform Law

Supporters say it will help the state government be more effective in hiring and firing but opponents fear weakened worker protections.

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States Struggle to Provide Housing for Migrant Farmworkers

Unsanitary and crowded living conditions pose risks to migrant workers’ health, increasing their vulnerability to everything from infectious diseases to heat strokes. In a handful of states, efforts are underway to improve living conditions for these workers.

Internal Memo Panned Wisconsin’s Civil Service Law; Colo. Supreme Court Bars Local Fracking Bans

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: New York Mayor’s ‘secret pizza party’; Puerto Rico defaults on $370 million in debts; and Seattle May Day protesters get violent.


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Route Fifty Gina Macaluso, an employee of Covered California, the state's health insurance exchange, provides information at a call center. California, Kentucky and Vermont had "significant" cybersecurity weakesses in their exchanges, federal investigators found.

Examining the Risks and Realities Facing Cybersecurity Decision-Makers

In a Route Fifty Special Report, we take a look at issues like state budgeting for cyber defense, intergovernmental coordination, analytics and training for effective cyber response.

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Minnesota Governor’s Big Cybersecurity Spending Plan Gets Iffy Support in Legislature

Debate about funding levels reflects national discussion about whether states are investing enough to keep computer systems and data safe from hackers and other threats.

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Big Drop in Fla. HIV Cases Raises Questions; Texas High Court Blocks Houston’s Air Quality Rules

Also in our State & Local Weekend Digest: Mysterious odors in N.Y.’s Capital Region; Cincinnati boosts municipal minimum wage; and Oklahoma’s definition of rape.

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Local Governments Still Don’t Quite Understand Federal Web Accessibility Rules

89 percent of local government leaders recently surveyed had little or no knowledge of the requirements for digital accessibility.

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How States Can Use Economic Development Data More Effectively

Businesses, federal records and other third-party databases are full of valuable information.

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These States Don't Want You to Get Solar Power

High legal barriers in 10 states make it especially difficult to put solar panels on rooftops.

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The Poor and Middle Class Are Fleeing America’s Booming Cities

Rising housing prices have a lot to do with the migration.

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Automatic Voter Registration Comes to Vermont

The Green Mountain State could expand its electorate by thousands under a new law signed Thursday.

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The Voter-ID Fight in Missouri

After a decade of battles, Republicans hope to call a referendum to amend the state constitution to require photo identification to cast a ballot.

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Where Millennials and the Working Class Can No Longer Afford to Live

A new Trulia report looks at which cities have the highest housing burdens.