Melissa Maynard was a GOVERNING contributor, working as a project reporter on the Government Performance Project, a project of the Pew Center on the States.

April 1, 2013

Oregon Explores Treadmill Desks for State Workers

The legislature is exploring the use of the desks to decrease the health risks associated with sitting at a desk too long.
March 22, 2013

Before Right-to-Work Begins, Michigan Unions Rush to Sign Contracts

All over Michigan, public employee unions are scrambling to cement long-term contracts with school districts, higher education institutions and local units of government before the state’s right-to-work law takes effect March 28.
March 4, 2013

Labor Strike in Illinois State Government Avoided

A dramatic standoff between Illinois’ largest state-employee union and Democratic Governor Pat Quinn ended last Thursday morning with a tentative contract agreement after more than 15 months of negotiations.
May 1, 2010

Hot Stuff: States Look to Natural Energy

As states seek ways to meet their renewable-energy goals, solar and geothermal power may become major players--despite their expensive start-up costs.
May 1, 2010

Catching Up With Speed

Two states are adjusting the way they deal with lead-footed drivers.
April 30, 2008

Welcome to Wiki World

WIKI: A collaboratively edited Web page that allows users to edit or add content. The most famous wiki is Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia, and the...
July 1, 2007

In Orbit: A Spaceport Takes Off

Economic development isn't rocket science. It's more like risk management--making strategic investments to stay competitive in the global market.
July 1, 2007

A Little Sunshine

After a period of eclipse, anti-secrecy and open-government laws are making a comeback.
June 1, 2007

Revenue Raiser: Going After Corporate Taxes

The revenue losses are huge. According to an analysis by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, the 252 largest and most profitable American corporations collectively avoided $41.7 billion in state income taxes between 2001 and 2003. More than a quarter of the companies managed to pay no state corporate taxes during at least one of the years in question.
May 7, 2007

Trash Talk

Canada and Michigan have long had a bizarre relationship. Michigan sends its teenagers across the border to get trashed (legal drinking age in Ontario: 19), and ...
May 2, 2007

The Young Invincibles

Young adults aren't a politically viable demographic in the health insurance debate, but they comprise the largest uninsured segment of the population. Healthy twentysomethings fretting ...
March 20, 2007

All Over But the Shooting

A college-bound family friend recently solicited my advice in the great roommate debate. I advised her to take her chances and room with a stranger ...
March 13, 2007

Patrol Less, Ticket More

The relationship between budget shortfalls and speeding tickets is becoming infinitely more complex in Michigan. More state troopers will soon likely be parked on the ...