Category: State & Local

Policy, State & Local

Trump demands California return $3.5 billion in funds for state’s ‘disaster’ bullet train project

February 14, 2019


President Donald Trump late Wednesday demanded California return the $3.5 billion it received from the federal government for a “disaster” high-speed rail project. “California has been forced to cancel the massive bullet train project after having spent and wasted many […]

Policy, State & Local

The Government May Be Shut Down, But Taxpayers Are Footing The Bill For Mar-a-Lago Party Tents

December 26, 2018

Via: Government Executive

At loggerheads with Congress over funding his signature border wall, president Donald Trump shut down large swaths of the federal government at midnight on Friday. Roughly 800,000 federal employees are affected, many of whom will remain on furlough without pay […]

Policy, State & Local

How Can California Prevent Such Deadly Wildfires? Experts Offer Straightforward Solutions

November 14, 2018

Via: Fortune

California’s deadly wildfires have a straightforward solution, experts say: stop building homes in places that are likely to burn—and make homes that already exist in those areas a whole lot tougher. That approach, wildfire and climate policy experts are quick […]

Policy, State & Local

California’s gas tax repeal is in danger of losing – and it could could spell trouble for the GOP

October 26, 2018


Republicans in California had rallied around a gas tax repeal known as Proposition 6, but the measure is now at risk of failing, according to a new poll. That could mean trouble for some GOP candidates who pinned hopes on […]

Policy, State & Local

California sees China impact, soft job growth but no sign of recession, say economists

August 10, 2018

Via: CNBC – Top News

California’s $2.7 trillion economy may face pain from the U.S.-China trade spat and show signs of slowing job growth but economists don’t see a recession in the cards. The Golden State added a mere 800 new nonfarm jobs in June […]

Policy, State & Local

Report: Trump admin has plan to end California’s emissions standards power

July 24, 2018

Via: ArsTechnica

The Trump administration will propose a plan to freeze emissions standards at 2020 levels while undercutting California’s legal waiver to set emissions standards that are stricter than those set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), according to three sources that […]

Policy, State & Local

California Beat Its 2020 Emissions Target Four Years Early

July 12, 2018

Via: Fortune

California has cleaned up its air. In 2016, California’s greenhouse gas emissions were lower than in 1990, despite a larger population and booming economy, the state’s air resources board reported. Emissions in 1990 were 431 million metric tons and they […]

Attacks & Breaches, Policy, Security, State & Local

Idaho state government hacked twice in three days

May 29, 2018

Via: StateScoop

Idaho’s recent cybersecurity-training efforts haven’t panned out for the state government so far. Earlier this month, Idaho fell victim to two separate cyberattacks in just three days, including an the use malware that security experts say they had not previously […]

Federal, Policy, State & Local

States advance talks with federal officials on harmonizing regulations

April 26, 2018

Via: StateScoop

A group representing state chief information officers says progress was made in private talks with federal officials Wednesday on solving state government’s woes in complying with a varied and sometimes conflicting mass of regulations. The talks were held between approximately […]

Operations Security, Policy, Security, State & Local

Improving cybersecurity visibility and state and local government agencies

April 24, 2018

Via: StateScoop

A significant portion of state and local government technology officials in a new survey say they are under-equipped, under-staffed and under-resourced in addressing cybersecurity concerns. Four in 10 state and local IT leaders say they lack the tools they need […]