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Time Ticking for States to Opt In or Out of FirstNet

The federal government wants to create a single network for emergency communications, and it’s up to states to decide whether they want to join.

When Cities and Counties Fight, Sometimes It's the Animals That Suffer

A dispute this fall between the city of Bakersfield and Kern County in California over animal shelter costs shows just how inter-local agreements can easily fall apart without proper nurturing.

Boston Mayor Blogs His Way Out of Office

Outgoing Mayor Tom Menino, who was in office for 20 years, has launched what may be the first-ever transition blog to help his successor succeed.


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Limited Visibility: The Public Sector Absence Management Challenge

WHITE PAPER: Public-sector organizations are under increasing pressure to reduce operating costs — a pressure that has thrust absence management into the spotlight as a potential area for significant savings. This white paper dives into the impact of employee absence, common absence causes, and how workforce management can make a difference. Get it here.
December 17, 2013

Report Ranks States with Best and Worst Tax Administration

A new study by the Council on State Taxation compares states' tax appeals processes and procedural requirements. See how your state ranks.


Today's Headlines from Around the Nation

Iowa's Voter Fraud Investigation Exposes Few Issues
Idaho Lawmaker Not Resigning Despite Rape Scandal
California's Crucial 2014 Races
N.J. Affordable Housing Agency Not Following Court Orders, Lawsuit Claims
Health & Human Services
If Virginia Expands Medicaid, Governor Wants 2-Year Review of Whether State 'Can Afford Expansion'
Lawmaker Suggests Feds Might do Better Than Maryland Health Exchange
Infrastructure & Environment
New York Works to Combat Truck Traffic
Management & Labor
Detroit Bankruptcy Judge Allows Appeal of Eligibility, Pension Rulings
Illinois Governor Drops Appeal over Lawmakers' Withheld Paychecks
Public Safety & Justice
Arizonans Work to Address Border Problems

What You Don't Know Can Hurt You

This 18-page eBook from ACL explores how government departments can mine data to fix issues, validate business processes, mitigate risk, and improve financial statement reporting. Learn more.


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Diane Ravitch and the Angry Rebellion Against Common Core

Wielding her influential blog as a weapon, this 75-year-old activist has created a powerful network united by revulsion against top-down, elite policymaking.


Community Airspace and the Invasion of the Drones

Unmanned aircraft are coming, and they will raise a lot of issues for local governments to sort out.


Detroit's Bankruptcy Doesn't Mean More Cities Will Follow

With every municipal bankruptcy, there usually comes the chorus of warnings that more cities will join.

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Limited Insurer Participation in Obama’s Health Care 'Fix'

Despite the president's recommendations, nearly half the states, including some of the staunchest supporters of Obamacare, have refused to allow insurers to reissue canceled health plans.


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