Heather Kerrigan is the author of GOVERNING's Public Workforce newsletter. Prior to joining GOVERNING in 2006, she worked in the Office of Congressman Ron Kind of Wisconsin. Kerrigan graduated from The George Washington University with a degree in journalism and mass communication.
After years of cutting public workers' retirement benefits, states are slowly adopting common private-sector practices that automatically enroll employees in savings plans and automatically increase how much people put away each month.
The only police department with more Facebook "likes" than Brimfield, Ohio's is New York City's. We interviewed Brimfield's police chief to see how his department got 88,000 people from around the world to care about his community.
In the next few years, states and localities will face new fees and taxes on the health plans they offer. One of their biggest challenges may be keeping employees informed even though the feds are leaving them in the dark.
We examine proposals still brewing in legislatures, how already-enacted reforms are playing out, and the model based on one of the world's strongest pension systems that a Canadian province is using to keep costs under control.
With its 15,000 lakes, 25,000 miles of waterways and many geological
wonders, Wisconsin is working to promote eco-friendly tourism by
creating "Travel Green Wisconsin," a business certification program.
St. Lucie County, Florida, will be making the most of its trash. Geoplasma, an Atlanta-based waste processing company, is set to invest $425 million to build a plant that will vaporize garbage using temperatures hotter than the sun.