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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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California’s Great Leap Forward on Food Waste; Springfield Revisits Residency Rules

Also: Tacoma considers budgetary impacts of a looming minimum wage increase.

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Texas Makes Officer-Involved Shooting Information Public

But do its electronic reporting forms go far enough?


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Top stories on how innovation is driving smarter government across the country.

Route Fifty Charlotte, North Carolina

Is Behavioral Economics the Key to Local Government Innovation?

In North Carolina, about 30 jurisdictions got together to discuss how ‘behavioral interventions’ could solve some of their biggest challenges.

Route Fifty George Jenkins, with the South Carolina Department of Transportation, calls to officials asking whether to close Dorchester Road as floodwaters caused by high tide begin to flood the road again at Sawmill Branch Canal in Summerville, S.C., Thursday, Oct.

Severe Flooding Continues in South Carolina as Waters Rush Toward Coast

Officials are having trouble convincing some residents to evacuate in advance of coming floodwaters that may not recede for 12 days, Gov. Nikki Haley says.

Route Fifty Blue Lake in Alaska.

A Plan to Ship Water From Alaska to California; In Montana, No Sodium Pentathol, No Executions

Also: Colorado forms an Indian mascot commission and Miami-Dade inching into the open-data era.

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Is This the Way States Can Sell Tax Hikes for Transportation?

With federal funds stalled, Utah found a way to raise taxes to pay for transportation projects. Could it be a model for other states?

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Did California Just Pass the Strongest Wage Discrimination Protections in the U.S.?

Working to close the gender pay gap is the aim of the state's Fair Pay Act, signed into law Tuesday.

Route Fifty Downtown Baltimore

Partisan Divides In Washington Are Hurting City Governments, Baltimore Mayor Says

On Wednesday, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake also acknowledged that her city could have been more prepared for the unrest and rioting that unfolded there earlier this year.

Route Fifty The Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg.

Pa. Budget Battle Pushes Non-Profits to ‘Crisis Point’; Houston Mayor Takes on Ex-Astros Star

Also: A simple idea that saved a New Jersey beach community and what Midwestern states can learn from Washington state about farm safety.

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How Vendors Can Make the Most of SLED Procurement Opportunities

Diversifying among more levels of the government contracting market is a start.