September 27, 2017
Debt-affordability studies are a powerful tool for prudent borrowing. Some states are making good use of them.
June 21, 2017
They can effectively smooth economic bumps. But it's important to have clear rules for how and when to use the money.
March 22, 2017
There's much that governments can do to lessen the impact of the natural disasters that are becoming increasingly common.
December 7, 2016
State and local decision-makers are learning to harness it as a strategic asset.
August 24, 2016
They don't have to produce fiscal uncertainty. States are finding ways to bring these important economic development tools under prudent controls.
June 1, 2016
As states begin stepping in to fill a void left by private employers, there are management challenges to keep in mind.
February 16, 2016
Pension investments are increasingly complex, but disclosure standards have not kept pace.
October 27, 2015
More and more, governments are turning to data to answer a crucial question: What works?
July 28, 2015
In delivering social services and other programs, measuring effectiveness is critical.
April 28, 2015
As they search for ways to reduce incarceration and improve public safety, federal policymakers can look beyond the Beltway for inspiration.
January 27, 2015
Promising new approaches have emerged to overcome rules that inhibit the sharing of information critical to evidence-based policymaking.
October 8, 2014
To head off problems before they become crises, states need to monitor their local governments' finances and borrowing practices.
June 25, 2014
A decade-long revenue decline is about to get worse.
April 2, 2014
The nation has been seeing a slowing in the rise of health-care costs. Whether the fiscal pressures on governments will ease remains to be seen.
January 8, 2014
With revenue on the upswing, now is the time for states to set money aside to cope with the next downturn. But they also should take steps to dampen revenue volatility.
October 2, 2013
No matter what Washington does, it will fall to the states and localities to address the social, fiscal and economic effects. We need to talk about how that will play out.
June 12, 2013
Many cities and counties are tied to state pension systems. That can be a liability, but it also can be an asset.
March 27, 2013
A new tool gives administrators and policymakers crucial benchmarking data they need to make the voting process fair, accurate and convenient.
January 16, 2013
Last year's elections demonstrated how teamwork between governments and the technology sector can make voting information more accessible, save taxpayer dollars and improve the efficiency of the voting process.
October 31, 2012
The "sequester" and other looming federal budget actions will affect governments at every level. These fiscal decisions will be made without adequate data and without the intergovernmental forums we need.
August 22, 2012
Corrections is one area in which a handful of states and their local governments are seeing big improvements in results — and saving millions in the process — through a novel funding approach.
June 13, 2012
States generally don’t measure whether the billions of dollars in tax breaks they hand out for economic development are working. But there are some worthwhile efforts under way.
April 11, 2012
The outdated systems we use to register voters are often inaccurate, costly and inefficient. A new collaboration among states promises to go a long way toward bringing these systems into the modern age.
February 1, 2012
A group of states is adapting a successful model to target scarce funds for the greatest return on investment.