February 12, 2019
Some states have already adopted their own version of a plan to address climate change while creating jobs. Others are being urged to.
February 12, 2019
In an unprecedented move that will cut costs for low-income households and cut emissions for everyone, the state is paying for some homes to install energy-efficient appliances.
January 31, 2019
Critics argue that the revenue raised isn't worth weakening the incentives to buy more environmentally friendly vehicles.
November 1, 2018
It's leading an increasing number of state and local governments to commit to 100 percent clean energy goals.
October 9, 2018
To meet their energy goals, cities are starting to make new buildings have solar panels or vegetation atop.
August 6, 2018
David Gadis, DC Water's new CEO, has big shoes to fill. He wants to make his own mark.
July 24, 2018
The state has a history of inspiring environmental movements across the country.
June 11, 2018
Lax building codes and poor enforcement are a big problem in some places.
March 20, 2018
Washington state won’t be enacting the nation’s first tax on greenhouse gas emissions this year. But the idea has grown more popular in the states since President Trump pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement.
March 14, 2018
A new study soothes worries of massive power outages but points to the need for future planning to consider EVs.
February 1, 2018
It's difficult to put a price tag on global warming, but the effort can help manage risks.
January 3, 2018
Starting this month, the country's new policy will likely send more recyclable materials to the landfill. But many environmentalists also see it as a golden opportunity.
November 30, 2017
They’re being used around the country to build better open spaces, but most urban planners still haven’t heard about them.
November 30, 2017
The new Buy Clean California Act is the world’s first legislative effort to address supply chain carbon emissions.
October 1, 2017
At 24, Atlanta’s new sustainability director has already spent a lifetime in the field. He attributes that to cartoons and his famous family.
September 12, 2017
Its big and small, Democratic and Republican cities are going green. Other states want to know how.
July 1, 2017
“Zero waste” and “circular economy” are often used interchangeably.
June 5, 2017
To survive and prosper, local recycling efforts are forging ways to update, upgrade and educate.
June 2, 2017
The state’s cities and counties embarked on a rare kind of collaboration.
May 2, 2017
After a natural disaster hits the California city, the environmental department is among the first on the ground.
April 1, 2017
Industry experts are predicting (and warning) that a decade-old retrofit program will finally boom.
March 24, 2017
Portland, Ore., is one of the nation's first cities to fully consider how environmental policies impact minority communities.
February 23, 2017
Visual illustrations can give meaning to overwhelming emissions numbers.
January 19, 2017
With Republicans in full control in half the states, climate change skeptics have more power to target environmental programs.
December 20, 2016
San Francisco has built some of the most beautiful and colorful stairs.
December 8, 2016
The city’s new open data website breaks down how sustainability is defined -- and how it’s being achieved.
November 29, 2016
Americans want to live more sustainable lives. Can governments keep up?
November 4, 2016
Yuba County, Calif., is just the latest government to join the craze.
October 19, 2016
It’s also one of the oldest tourist destinations.
October 7, 2016
But there's a major difference between today’s efforts and the tobacco lawsuits of the 1990s.
September 30, 2016
A roundup of money (and other) news governments can use.
September 23, 2016
It’s the most littered item in the U.S. -- but it might not be if more places adopted this approach.
July 25, 2016
The nation's driest city wants to market its water-saving efforts to the rest of the world.
July 22, 2016
The city recently unearthed a man-made marvel.
July 18, 2016
The state is working toward becoming the first to get 100 percent of its energy from renewable sources. Getting there won’t be easy.
July 6, 2016
Many municipalities have switched to LED streetlights to save energy and money. But the change still comes at a cost.
June 24, 2016
The titleholder has been replaced -- by itself.
June 23, 2016
A new tool could help cities test whether (and how much) specific energy policies can slow global warming.
March 30, 2016
A few cities are using leftovers to power buses and buildings.
March 22, 2016
Panama City Beach, Fla., gives new meaning to the phrase drunk tank.
March 21, 2016
In a decision that could spell the end for coal in the West, Oregon became the first state in the nation to pass legislation to completely do away with the dirty energy source.
February 10, 2016
Massachusetts launched a website that details not just the effects of climate change but also how people can help.
January 20, 2016
Bees are vital to the food we eat, and they’re vanishing. Michigan State University is coordinating efforts to save them.
January 5, 2016
After two brutal winters and allegedly being overcharged for road salt, Cleveland is ready for snow.
December 6, 2015
You most likely saw a photo or video of the millions of black plastic balls covering the Los Angeles Reservoir. They protect the region’s drinking water, but now they're being replaced.
November 25, 2015
There are reasons to believe America is at a turning point for changing the cars that cops and other public employees drive.
October 12, 2015
Dozens of U.S. communities have launched similar programs, but Blacksburg, Va.'s is different.
October 1, 2015
The once bustling hamlet of Johnsonville, Conn., now a ghost town, is up for sale -- again.
September 16, 2015
Playful bus stop designs are common overseas but relatively new to America.
August 21, 2015
The kitty loaner program helps humans relieve stress at work and helps cats acclimate to humans.
August 12, 2015
The more water people save, the more money utilities lose. But new pricing models could change that.
August 4, 2015
Even before Obama released his rules to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, dozens of cities pledged to become carbon-neutral. But how they will achieve that isn't always known.
June 1, 2015
The Cannabis Corner is the only (but probably not the last) place where public workers are paid to sell pot.
June 1, 2015
Phoenix is building a research and technology campus in an effort to transform itself into a center for waste innovation.
May 1, 2015
In an effort to make rentals more sustainable, 14 college towns banded together to create a website that shows people what they would pay in utilities.
May 1, 2015
Several cities are starting to see more potential in once dangerous and usually underused backstreets.
March 1, 2015
Despite states’ e-recycling laws, electronics are the fastest-growing type of waste in landfills.
March 1, 2015
An artist in Chicago uses the city’s potholes as his canvas.
February 1, 2015
Houston Mayor Annise Parker and her executive team bonded at 14,000 feet.
February 1, 2015
Sprucing up a park can spur unintended gentrification. Is there a way to green a neighborhood without displacing its residents?
January 1, 2015
Every state that’s tried to repeal renewable energy standards has failed, but attacks may resurface in several states this year.
December 1, 2014
Artificial light is a growing problem that’s hurting humans and animals. What are cities doing about it?
December 1, 2014
Following a trend of jazzing up roadways, the city installed rainbow crosswalks in honor of the LGBT community.
November 1, 2014
Solar energy is one of the nation’s fastest-growing industries. But it and other renewables are eating into utilities' profits, which have begun asking cities and states for help.
September 1, 2014
After struggling to restore millions of people's power in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, New Jersey has become the first state with a “green” bank focused on energy resilience.
September 1, 2014
In the early 1900s, Charles Mallory Hatfield was hired to cure California's drought.
August 1, 2014
Wastewater treatment plants are often the biggest consumers of electricity in their areas. Gresham, Ore., and Washington, D.C., are making moves to change that.
August 1, 2014
Last year, Phil Scott became the first acting governor to drive a stock car professionally.
June 1, 2014
The old approach to how humans interact with nature is getting new life in an effort to make cities more sustainable.
June 1, 2014
Since 2005, students at Auburn University have been building homes designed for just about anyone to afford.
May 1, 2014
Thanks to desalination plants, Israel is no longer worried about its water supply. So why aren't there more desalination plants in the United States?
April 1, 2014
Gray Davis was recalled as governor of California -- and recalled again by a minor league baseball team.
March 1, 2014
A few municipalities have banned the use of pesticides on private property, but some state lawmakers don't think it should be up to the localities to decide.
February 1, 2014
75 percent of Americans can’t put solar panels on their property. Community-owned solar gardens allow those people to take advantage of renewable energy for a fraction of the cost, but they need state and local support to grow.
February 1, 2014
This 20-foot sculpture is made from 90,000 stainless steel pet tags.
January 1, 2014
After its driest year on record, the state is trying one of the cheaper ways of staving off drought: cloud seeding. But is it safe and does it work?
December 1, 2013
The cost of picking up people’s recycling bins is high, but the portion of people who actually recycle is low. That’s why Houston wants to get rid of recycling bins.
December 1, 2013
The nation’s first truly transcontinental road, the Lincoln Highway once made its way through 14 states but has gradually slipped into obscurity.
November 1, 2013
If it’s successful, it could drastically change how environmental projects are funded by states and localities.
September 1, 2013
As states set ambitious goals to increase their use of renewable energies, hydropower could help them meet their goals. But environmental concerns have kept investment in hydropower to a trickle.
August 1, 2013
With so many states and localities pruning money from parks and tree-planting programs to balance budgets, a free app helps public officials put a monetary value on the benefits of growing them.
August 1, 2013
Seattle's so-called "ramps to nowhere" will be torn down in 2014.
June 28, 2013
Massachusetts was the first state to offer so-called green bonds to fund environmentally friendly projects. The only thing new about the bonds, though, is the word ‘green’ -- a small addition that may be making the state big bucks.
June 28, 2013
Denver’s newest development will promote healthy living, mass transit and energy efficiency. It also happens to be public housing.
May 31, 2013
Cities across the country require commercial buildings to track and publicize their energy and water use in an effort to reduce it. A recent report, however, suggests it may not be working.
April 30, 2013
The world needs water. Milwaukee not only has lots of it, but it also has transformed itself into a hub for water research and technology.
November 30, 2012
Two public buildings competed to see which type of roof would reduce their electric bill the most. The result may surprise you.
October 31, 2012
After two storms left nearly 1 million Connecticut homes and businesses without power last year, the state began testing whether small electric grids can provide power even when the main grid loses it.
September 28, 2012
The concept has been used for the past 40 years as a means of restoring the health of rivers, streams, lakes and oceans -- but it's getting new attention.
July 31, 2012
Nearly 60 percent of all new academic programs or training opportunities in 2011 focused on green careers, which are in demand now more than ever.
March 30, 2012
Municipal drinking water is safer, more cost effective and better for the environment -- three facts cities want their residents to know.
February 29, 2012
The number of farmers markets has exploded in recent years, and states want to make sure they stay in business.
January 31, 2012
Nearly 100 cities now divert food waste from landfills. It’s far from becoming the norm, though, considering most major cities still don’t even have curbside recycling.
January 1, 2012
The public-private partnership, Envision Utah, is a national model for cities grappling with how to ease congestion, stop sprawl and clean the air.
December 30, 2011
These nine topics will shape debate in state legislatures in 2012.
November 30, 2011
Companies are legally obligated to try to maximize profits. Some states are creating companies that can also factor employees, the community and the environment into financial decisions.
September 30, 2011
The feds cut funding for a satellite that predicts the location and intensity of tornadoes, hurricanes and snowfall.
August 31, 2011
The Tennessee Valley Authority, a public utility in the Southeast, is testing small nuclear reactors as a source for cheaper, cleaner energy.
July 29, 2011
Hoping to inspire energy-efficient upgrades, more cities are requiring large buildings to publicly disclose their energy ratings online.
June 30, 2011
San Francisco became the first city in the country to ban phone books that many say are wasteful and outdated.
May 31, 2011
The electric grid could become overloaded with increased use of electric cars. Public utilities in Austin and Los Angeles have already begun tackling the issue.
May 31, 2011
A true high-speed rail network may be years away. But despite some setbacks, plans for fast trains are moving ahead around the country.
April 29, 2011
More leaders are trying to cut costs by merging environmental agencies. Critics worry this will water down the impact of environmental protection.
March 31, 2011
In October 1987, the first-ever issue of Governing debuted with a cover story on how in 1980, power and responsibility shifted from the federal government to the state and local level. Now, the same process is taking place again -- but from the states to cities and counties.
March 10, 2011
The program's aim is to help teachers broaden and deepen their ability to use student data to improve instruction and learning.
March 3, 2011
The technology cuts phone bills and makes waiting 'on hold' a thing of the past.
February 28, 2011
From mayors to police departments to high schools, tablet computers are changing the way government works.
February 28, 2011
The interdepartmental system will make permitting quicker, more efficient and paperless.
February 10, 2011
The Tax Credits for Working Families website compiles information on federal and state tax credits available.
February 3, 2011
A pilot in Mississippi will determine if constant electronic surveillance can help cut correction costs and crime.
January 27, 2011
A new website helps taxpayers, legislators and transportation partners track the Idaho Transportation Department's progress in nine performance areas.
December 23, 2010
These topics will capture the attention of state legislators in 2011.
December 1, 2010
Susana Martinez’s win in New Mexico’s gubernatorial election means she’ll be the nation’s first Latina governor.
November 1, 2010
U.S. sportsmen are declining. Will a new generation materialize to fuel conservation efforts?
July 30, 2010
Can laws against using public money to purchase bottled water save our tap water?
June 1, 2010
With its growing population, the South must determine how to reduce energy consumption.
May 1, 2010
Closing state parks may be a politically palatable option, but is it the smart financial choice?
March 31, 2010
Green-minded consumers looking for certified energy-saving alternatives can find the Energy Star logo on products such as refrigerators, freezers, light bulbs, TVs and windows, to...
March 22, 2010
Selling any kind of property in this economic climate is a challenge. That's why a recent property sales blitz by Missouri's Department of Transportation is...
March 18, 2010
Public libraries have long been a daytime sanctuary for the homeless. Now, they're starting to see even more of the down-and-out among the bookshelves. As...
March 15, 2010
With so much emphasis on test scores these days, recess has become an unintended casualty at most schools. It is estimated that up to 40 percent...
March 11, 2010
This week, Google went live with an experimental tool that allows people to explore various public data sets - from unemployment in the U.S....
March 4, 2010
It may be commonplace in Washington, D.C., but in New York City, sharing a cab ride is still a rarity. That's changing with a...
March 1, 2010
Thirty-one years ago this month, residents in Dauphin County, Pa., awoke to news that a reactor at the Three Mile Island nuclear plant was reportedly...
February 25, 2010
Once a week on television's "Numb3rs", a mathematical genius helps his FBI brother solve a crime using his prowess in math. In real life,...
February 22, 2010
The annual winter meeting of the National Governors Association this past weekend in D.C. began -- as all state and local meetings must nowadays ...
February 18, 2010
Even in eco-friendly Boulder, where voters approved the first carbon tax in the nation and where residents bike to work at 20 times the national average,...
February 15, 2010
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that his city's ambitious experiment that closed parts of Broadway to vehicles last spring will become permanent, even...
February 15, 2010
Number of Americans who have become ill from the H1N1 influenza virus, of which nearly 11,700 have died, according to estimates by the Centers for...
February 11, 2010
Tooth decay is the most common, chronic childhood ailment, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In Massachusetts, where one in four kindergartners...
February 4, 2010
Census data determine how federal funds are distributed and influence redistricting efforts. So, it should go without saying that census participation is important, especially mail-in...
January 28, 2010
Hoping to do for roads what LEED has done for buildings and Energy Star for household appliances, Greenroads has unveiled a new rating system for...
January 21, 2010
If you've ever seen "Wife Swap", the reality television show where two wildly different women swap families for two weeks, then you'll have an idea...
January 14, 2010
Online matchmaking has come to government. The two agencies in charge of awarding $7.2 billion in stimulus funds to broadband projects have launched a new Web...
January 7, 2010
In Dallas, it's unknown how many men and women engage in prostitution, but street prostitution alone results in several thousand arrests a year. It's a...
December 31, 2009
It's been almost a year since Congress passed the $787 billion stimulus package. With the first projects funded and under way, states and localities now have...
December 28, 2009
When it comes to progress, nothing says it better than paved roads. But in these economic times, paved roads are too costly. In Michigan, 20 of...
December 21, 2009
Smoking-related illnesses cost the Medicaid system more than $22 billion a year. Nationally, the rate of smoking among Medicaid patients is about 18 percent. In Massachusetts, the...
December 18, 2009
Finalist #2 in our 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, Government edition contest is from North Carolina:
Twas' the night before Christmas, and all through the State ...
December 18, 2009
Yesterday, Governing announced the winner of our government-holiday poem contest. Today, we'll publish the other finalists throughout the day. To start us off, finalist #1 is ...
December 17, 2009
Good state and local governments thrive on fresh ideas, and it is ideas that are the future of our cities. At least, that's what a...
December 14, 2009
Since 2006, New Jersey's Office of the Attorney General has lost about 150 lawyers, and because of a hiring freeze, hasn't been allowed to replace them. Unable...
December 10, 2009
It seems every day there's a new story on how government is using Twitter to reach out to its constituents. That's why an effort to...
December 3, 2009
North Carolina recently launched a Craigslist-like exchange for biomass materials. Need drums of cooking oil for biofuel? Trying to find industrial-sized mounds of manure for...
November 19, 2009
Coming off two of the harshest and most costly winters in Chicago's history, the Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation is looking to avoid budget-busting...
November 12, 2009
Hospital-acquired infections are among the leading causes of preventable death in the U.S., accounting for 1.7 million infections annually; 100,000 deaths and $30 billion in additional health...
November 5, 2009
Admittedly, this is a public relations initiative by Volkswagen, but the Web site, Thefuntheory.com, has a lot of potential ideas for state and local...
October 29, 2009
When it comes to progress in math proficiency, U.S. fourth-graders made no improvement in 2008. Not so in Orange County, California. Officials there think they've...
October 28, 2009
This stairway leads down tow the largest hand-dug well in the world. Photo by David Kidd
I recently flew into Wichita on my way to ...
October 20, 2009
Photo courtesy of Jorge R. Perez/City of Miami Updated November 3, 2009: This post has been corrected to show that the above image is an actual ...
October 7, 2009
Alan Greenblatt, writer of this month's feature on what age states and towns should consider teens as adults, is scheduled to appear on NPR'...
September 30, 2009
If you're looking for a snapshot of the hard times states are going through in this Great Recession, look no further than new numbers from ...
September 24, 2009
Cameras are everywhere these days. There are red light cameras, speed cameras, parking enforcement cameras, survellience cameras and now, there are cameras that capture the...
September 17, 2009
In the American West, where precipitation is scarce and agriculture is a major industry, water management is a big deal. Trying to track who uses...
September 10, 2009
It has been eight years since the September 11 terrorist attacks, and many of the students entering middle and high school were too young to have...
September 3, 2009
Detroit neighborhoods are dominated by liquor stores and corner markets that carry few, if any, fresh fruits and vegetables. This lack of fresh food is...
September 1, 2009
I'm currently working on a story for Governing's November issue about an innovative approach to enforcing probation being pioneered by a judge in ...
August 27, 2009
With energy costs still reasonable, now more than ever is the time to lock in prices. An innovative program in Boston helps small businesses do...
August 20, 2009
Hoping to avert the dangers of predatory lending and improve its workers' financial fitness, Virginia is giving its employees access to small, emergency loans. The...
August 18, 2009
A behind-the-scenes look at John Buntin's August 2009 feature, Job Freedom. Story Behind the Story will appear on the 13th Floor each Tuesday.
August 13, 2009
When Hurricane Isabel struck Maryland in 2003, Duck tour boats were used to evacuate residents from flooded coastal areas. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Wal-Mart...
August 6, 2009
Some 40 percent of U.S. households currently are without broadband access. That rate rises to 60 percent among low-income and rural sectors of the population. For...
August 5, 2009
The Los Angeles Times is reporting that LAPD Chief Bill Bratton plans to announce his resignation later today. Evidently, he's stepping down to head ...
July 30, 2009
It started with the idea that running can restore stability to homeless lives. Two years later, a nonprofit has given that idea weight. Back on...
July 23, 2009
The Washington, D.C., region has one of the highest carpooling rates in the country -- 12 percent of regional commuters carpool -- and more say...
July 16, 2009
Utility companies have been trying for years to get their customers to be more energy-efficient, but with limited success. But a little experiment with the...
July 9, 2009
Since January of 2007, Ohio's unemployment rate has jumped from 5.3 percent, to roughly 11 percent. Northeast Ohio has felt the brunt of these losses, with income-tax collections...
July 2, 2009
Even before the current financial crisis, state and local governments struggled to find funding for historic preservation. For those grappling with preservation issues, a program...
June 25, 2009
Since 2007, the foreclosure rate in Pennsylvania has jumped 127 percent, and in the first quarter of 2009, nearly 115,000 Pennsylvania homeowners were delinquent with their mortgages. A new...
June 18, 2009
In the semi-retirement community of Palm Bay, Florida, law enforcement is taking flight to primarily look for lost kids and senior citizens who have wandered...
June 11, 2009
In sprawling metropolitan Denver, city and state officials are trying to restore wildlife to a nearly lifeless habitat. Washington Park's Smith Lake, in south central...
June 3, 2009
Moody's Economy.com is predicting that 70,000 financial workers in the New York area will lose their jobs by the middle of 2010. New Jersey, which is...
June 1, 2009
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak was in Asia last week, meeting with Chinese officials and promoting his city as a business and tourism destination. So ...
May 27, 2009
Streets make up over a quarter of New York City's land area, and occupy the bulk of its public space. Accordingly, the city has drawn...
May 21, 2009
Baltimore's housing department estimates it has about 30,000 abandoned structures and lots throughout the city, many of them in such poor condition that they are fire...
May 13, 2009
Since the recession's start, North Carolina's employers have eliminated more than 175,000 jobs. Responding to the state's need to get people back to work, the North...
March 18, 2009
An estimated 2 million Pennsylvanians are smokers, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the average smoker tries to quit at least seven...
March 11, 2009
Since consumer warnings were issued about lead in lipstick, mercury in medicine and BPA in baby products last year, concerns over toxic chemicals in everyday...
March 4, 2009
With spring just around the corner and temperatures thawing, drought-stricken parts of the country are under severe threat of wildfires, with many officials predicting an...
March 1, 2009
The Port Authority of Allegheny County is testing a new service that sends bus schedules by text message. The free service, known as RouteShout, is...
February 26, 2009
Food safety is on everybody's mind. Remember the spinach-salmonella outbreak of 2007? How about the salmonella-tainted tomatoes of 2008? And who could forget the current peanut products...
February 22, 2009
In these tough economic times, regional cooperation is key to helping cities and counties cope, local officials at Governing's recent Outlook in the States and...
February 11, 2009
Even when the devastating hurricanes of 2005 -- Katrina, Rita and Wilma -- are not included, flood damage in the U.S. increased sixfold from the...
February 8, 2009
Although New York City's foreclosure rate remains lower than those in many other major U.S. cities, the city still saw 15,000 foreclosure filings in 2007 --...
February 4, 2009
Could combating America's obesity epidemic just be a matter of incorporating the ABCs of eating well into the purchasing environment? Dr. Arthur Garson Jr., executive...
February 3, 2009
Today, we heard the bad news from our Outlook in the States and Localities panelists. But I doubt the grim fiscal outlook is a surprise ...
February 3, 2009
Nancy Killefer, Obama's pick to serve as the federal government's first chief performance officer, is withdrawing from the administration.
More to come on ...
February 3, 2009
Today's Washington Post has a huge A2 story about Mark Zandi, the founder of Moody's Economy.com and the most quoted guy around ...
February 1, 2009
Main streets across the nation are being hit by dried-up tax revenues and state budget cuts that have amounted to more than $50 billion so far....
January 28, 2009
There are more than 700,000 active geocaches around the world, and now 78 of them are in Maryland. Geocaches are hidden containers, and geocaching is a relatively...
January 25, 2009
In St. Lillo, a medic's job never ends. First responders find themselves responding to chemical, biological and even nuclear disasters, treating large numbers of patients...
January 21, 2009
Internet security experts believe the next terrorist attack on the United States, if and when it happens, may not involve airplanes or bombs but may...
January 14, 2009
Compared with urban Americans, rural residents tend to be in poorer health, have fewer doctors, hospitals and other health resources, and face more difficulty getting...
January 11, 2009
Utah.gov, which has been honored for raising "the bar among states by providing 24/7 live online help" to its constituents and for providing "easy access...
January 9, 2009
Ah, a performance czar for the feds. What a concept. That Barack Obama has appointed Nancy Killefer, a former treasury official under President Clinton and ...
January 7, 2009
Thousands of U.S. military personnel, including nearly half of all Army National Guard soldiers who served in Iraq or Afghanistan,reported psychological problems when...
January 4, 2009
As the economy worsens, governors are finding they can't wait for President-elect Obama's stimulus package. Instead, two governors are taking matters into their own hands:...
December 31, 2008
It would be easy to conclude that New Mexico's program of tax incentives for film and TV producers has been a big success. The ...
December 28, 2008
Renewable energy and energy efficiency industries have the potential to generate more than $4.5 trillion in revenues and create 40 million jobs in the United States by 2030....
December 26, 2008
When the insurer AIG failed, at a cost to taxpayers thus far of $150 billion, a few federal lawmakers felt they knew just whom to blame: ...
December 24, 2008
When Congress finally passed the $700 billion Wall Street bailout in October, it was a triumph -- oddly enough -- for counties in the rural West. ...
December 21, 2008
If first you don't succeed, the saying goes, try, try again. That's what the town of Needham, Mass., did when traditional traffic signs near a...
December 17, 2008
More than ever, Web 2.0 technologies offer governments a way to improve citizen services and communication. The problem for government information-technology officials is deciding what tools...
December 14, 2008
Approximately 100 firefighters are killed in the line of duty each year, and, since documentation began in 1792, more than 19,000 law enforcement officers have been killed in...
December 10, 2008
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, known as something of a policy wonk, did away with his hour-long State of the City address, typically delivered to...
December 7, 2008
While everyone else is paying more for their drug prescriptions and growing increasingly dissatisfied with their health coverage, Maricopa County, Ariz., employees are paying less...
November 30, 2008
In 2007, just over 1,000 immigration-related bills and resolutions were introduced in state legislatures nationwide, of which only about 16 percent were enacted into law. A free, searchable...
November 23, 2008
Any outstanding investigative work done by state or federal government agencies that expose corruption and hold those in power accountable are eligible for recognition under...
November 22, 2008
Rhode Island paid over $220 million in unemployment insurance benefits last year, of which $1.4 million was obtained fraudulently. To prevent fraud, protect beneficiaries' identities and reduce...
November 5, 2008
New York City's 75,900 parking meters produced $114 million in 2007, and city officials anticipate $120 million in meter revenue this year. The estimated increase is due in small...
October 29, 2008
Since almost three out of four adults use the Internet, what better way to reach and educate voters? That's the motivation behind two new programs...
October 26, 2008
Alternative energy sources, such as wind, biomass and geothermal, are far more widely deployed than solar power, largely because solar can be prohibitively expensive. But...
October 22, 2008
Since January, 35 police officers have been shot and killed in the line of duty; two of those were from Texas. Adopting the successes of its...
October 19, 2008
Almost three in four American adults now use the Internet, and according to the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project, two-thirds of those...
October 8, 2008
At Idea Center, we feature replicable government programs, online innovations and useful resources. This year's recently announced Innovations in American Government Awards went to six...
October 5, 2008
Every year, 5 percent of healthy employees become sick as a result of risk factors that include unhealthy lifestyle choices, according to health insurance provider CIGNA....
October 1, 2008
It takes 45 million kilowatt-hours of electricity annually to run Oregon's state transportation system -- power that comes mostly from non-renewable sources. Change is underway, however,...
September 28, 2008
Most voters, even the best-informed ones, find it difficult to vote intelligently for judges. The culprit is often the lack of nonpartisan information about their...
September 25, 2008
As Congress debates whether or not to pass a $700 billion bailout proposal, one of the issues that has arisen is how to include a rescue ...
September 24, 2008
Hoping the second time's a charm, Texas officials launched a new prepaid college tuition plan, four years after the state's old program was closed because...
September 21, 2008
As satellite imagery and aerial photography have become more accessible, state and local governments are finding multiple uses for them in areas that include disaster...
September 17, 2008
A new Web site featuring a searchable database of training events for local public officials was launched in New York State earlier this month. Local...
September 14, 2008
Rather than the usual campaigns municipalities run to lure new residents or attract industries, Federal Way, Wash., is running an economic-development campaign to fill its 500,000...
September 10, 2008
In these tough times, the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency is having to combat urban blight on a lean budget. The agency has found a...
September 7, 2008
In the next 20 years the number of elderly drivers -- persons 70 and over -- is predicted to triple in the United States, and statistics show...
September 7, 2008
Each year, Alabama spends $4 billion on health care for its 100,000 state employees. Aiming to alleviate some of that load in the future, the state Employees'...
August 27, 2008
Come November, gubernatorial, legislative and local races won't be the only items on the ballot. Initiatives and referenda will top ballots in more than a...
August 27, 2008
Ever wondered what your town's identity might look like based on color? (No, not skin color. We've got Census data for that.)
August 24, 2008
With kids heading back to school, parents in California might find a new tool for comparing schools handy. The California Department of Education, touting the...
August 20, 2008
With each passing of a generation, millions of human memories and experiences are lost forever. Efforts to preserve these stories through oral histories are popping...
August 17, 2008
Stroke is the third-leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of disability. In Delaware, where the disease affects about 1,200 residents...
August 13, 2008
Poorly designed ballots have disenfranchised hundreds of thousands of voters in recent elections. Better Ballots , draws on results from the 2000, 2002 and 2006 elections in both state...
August 10, 2008
Half of the 42,000 automobile-crash-related fatalities that occur in the United States each year are on two-lane rural roads. To help drivers and public officials make...
August 6, 2008
This weekend marks the start of New York City's experiment in car-free zones. For three Saturdays in August, a 6.9-mile stretch of streets through Manhattan...
August 3, 2008
With innovations in green technology arriving every day, it should come as no surprise that even street trash receptacles are going green. Philadelphia's Department of...
July 30, 2008
Foreclosures are at their highest level in at least three decades, and until recently, only state and local governments were acting to ease the crisis...
July 27, 2008
Only about 13 percent of physicians have a basic electronic medical records system, according to a new study by the New England Journal of Medicine. In...
July 23, 2008
CompStat famously cut New York City's crime rate in the 1990s by allowing police officers to map crime and create crime-intervention strategies. Using CompStat as...
July 20, 2008
Today's development practices consume enormous amounts of land and natural resources. To help communities plan for sustainable development, the American Institute of Architects created the...
July 17, 2008
Here at Governing, we get random promotional stuff sent to the office all the time. (If you need a copy of a new book about ...
July 16, 2008
To reduce excessive speeding and agressive driving in its residential neighborhoods, Philadelphia has resorted to tricking drivers. As part of its "Drive CarePhilly" campaign, the...
July 15, 2008
Whether you agree with city-enforced smoking bans or not, you can probably at least see the arguments for them -- people shouldn't be subjected to ...
July 13, 2008
The last time Indianapolis surveyed abandoned properties under its jurisdiction, the number came to 7,913. That was in 2003, before recent job losses, bankruptcies and foreclosures worsened...
July 11, 2008
Washington, D.C. is well on its way toward implementing the nation's first large-scale bike-sharing program (although the launch has been delayed a bit).
July 9, 2008
At $355 a run, dispatching an ambulance in Richmond, Va., unnecessarily can be pricey, not to mention dangerous should a true emergency arise and no other...
July 6, 2008
Whether it's rising entitlement, health care, pension or infrastructure costs, governments are under pressure to make resources go further. Unfortunately, 48 percent of government leaders don't...
June 29, 2008
With gas prices soaring, air pollution growing and traffic congestion worsening, a lot of state and local governments are considering four-day work weeks. Starting in...
June 25, 2008
A movement to bring locally grown food into schools is gaining popularity -- more than 8,000 schools in 39 states participate in some sort of farm-to-school program....
June 22, 2008
At a value of more than $17 billion to the local economy, California volunteers donated 858 million hours of service in 2006. To add another $1 billion to its...
June 18, 2008
The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally brings half a million motorcycle enthusiasts to South Dakota each year in August -- the two-week event brought in well over $12...
June 16, 2008
from the Government Finance Officers Association meeting in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Last year there were fireworks: At its annual conference, GFOA leaders threw down the ...
June 15, 2008
The nation's transportation sector is 97 percent reliant on oil. With the price of crude hitting a record $135 a barrel and alternative fuels and vehicle technologies...
June 11, 2008
With Philadelphia expecting home-foreclosure filings this year to be around 8,500--up from 6,200 last year--the city is attempting to tackle the crisis with a $2 million public...
June 8, 2008
The elderly and disabled make up 24 percent of Medicaid enrollees, yet account for 70 percent of the programs's $275 billion in expenditures. Identifying health care programs that...
June 4, 2008
Last year, Weld County, Colo., had 98 human cases of the West Nile virus -- the highest number in the state. To curtail the incidence of...
June 1, 2008
In the scenic oceanfront city of Santa Barbara, Calif., where a fixer-upper can cost more than a $1 million, it is not unusual for a lower-...
May 28, 2008
Over recent years, cities have increasingly seen success in their efforts to revitalize downtowns, waterfronts and brownfields. To help its mayors, city councils and other...
May 21, 2008
Whether it's mosquitoes and the West Nile Virus or birds and avian influenza, wildlife-borne diseases have often resulted in human pandemics. An online map makes...
May 18, 2008
There are a lot of advantages to green gardening, including conserving resources, reducing yard waste and protecting the quality of local streams and lakes. To...
May 14, 2008
Clark County, Nev., has roughly 3,000 children in foster care, and only about 1,000 licensed foster families. To recruit more families, the county department of Family Services...
May 11, 2008
Starting this month, our nation's capital will launch North America's first bike-sharing program. The program, SmartBike DC, signs participants up for a $40 annual membership in...
May 7, 2008
The need to increase access to health care in rural America is a big priority for state and local governments. A new program to electronically...
May 4, 2008
Just in the past month, floods, tornadoes and earthquakes have put Aroostook County, Maine, Suffolk County, Va., and Reno, Nev., in the headlines. Preparing for...
April 30, 2008
Vehicles account for about 30 percent of Denver's greenhouse-gas emissions. That's one reason the city has agreed to participate in a new public-private initiative, Driving Change....
April 27, 2008
Between 24 and 33 percent of the population searches online for information on how government is generating and spending money, according to a January survey by the...
April 23, 2008
It is estimated that about 70 percent of the U.S. prison population committed a drug- or alcohol-related crime. California's San Quentin State Prison is part...
April 20, 2008
People stuck working odd hours -- early morning or late night -- are usually out of luck if their ride is public transportation. Outside of...
April 13, 2008
Small firms with fewer than 20 employees are the greatest source of new net employment in inner cities, and account for 80 percent of total employment in...
April 9, 2008
At Idea Center a lot of the programs and trends highlighted here are written about while they're still being piloted, and before they even catch...
April 6, 2008
Every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood, according to the American Red Cross. But only 5 percent of the eligible population donates blood...
April 2, 2008
Physicians practicing in rural areas typically have little or no access to high-speed Internet, and as result can't take advantage of the latest breakthroughs in...
March 30, 2008
Ecotourism is big business in Pennsylvania, where more than $2 billion is spent annually on outdoor activities. Yet the state park system, which doesn't charge admission...
March 26, 2008
Today's high-tech global economy requires that youths entering the job market have the training and life skills necessary to get and keep available jobs. In...
March 23, 2008
More than 95 percent of Wisconsin's communities rely on groundwater as their drinking-water source. In some areas of the state, 40 percent of that water shows detectable...
March 19, 2008
Starting this week, Illinois joined Pennsylvania as only the second state to let senior citizens 65 and older ride public transportation for free. The fee waiver...
March 16, 2008
State and local officials looking for ways to make the legislative process more transparent might find a new experiment from the private sector interesting. A...
March 12, 2008
Collisions between vehicles and trains are one of the greatest sources of injuries and fatalities in the railroad industry. In Michigan in 2006, there were 72 train/...
March 10, 2008
LA City Hall's turf warfare over turf warfare. LA Times
NYC's unscripted mayoral radio chats end -- for now. NYT
Median ad kiosks raise driver ...
March 9, 2008
It's been a year since Denver first installed 36 red refurbished parking meters downtown to raise awareness -- and money -- for its 10-year plan to...
March 5, 2008
An estimated 600,000 Oregonians do not have health insurance. Starting this week, however, 3,000 of them will win health coverage in a one-of-a-kind lottery. The winners, who...
February 27, 2008
One day soon, Floridians might find that their electricity comes from a wind energy farm in St. Lucie County or from solar panels on their...
February 27, 2008
The nation's governors skipped the Academy Awards on Sunday night to attend a red-carpet event of their own: a State Dinner at the White House.
February 24, 2008
Billed as the first homeless shelter in the United States to be built from the ground up using green building technology, Crossroads is being described...
February 19, 2008
San Diego might dissolve its port district. Voice of San Diego
KY House approves bill to fight highway fund abuse in election years. Courier-Journal
February 19, 2008
When it comes to airport security lines, what's your style? Do you struggle to pile all your bags onto the conveyor belt while trying ...
February 14, 2008
The nation embraces railways. WSJ
North Carolina goes for plug-in electric cars. Raleigh News-Observer
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February 13, 2008
As you can see, we've spiffed up the joint. Hope you like it!
And by the way, if there are features you'd like to see ...
February 10, 2008
Overwhelmed by citizen requests for detailed crime information about their neighborhoods, law enforcement agencies across the country are teaming up with the private Web site...
February 6, 2008
By March, Indiana legislators expect to pass a property tax relief package that will likely cut an average homeowner's bill by a third. That's good...
February 3, 2008
Hoping to encourage more of its riders to pedal rather than drive to train stations, officials of San Francisco's Bay Area Rapid Transit are introducing...
January 30, 2008
About one-third of U.S. children are overweight or at risk of becoming overweight, according to an annual survey by the federal Centers for Disease...
January 27, 2008
Minneapolis is testing a fresh new approach to gathering public input. Frustrated by low attendance at public meetings, it has launched its first wiki --...
January 23, 2008
Just in time for winter's worst, Montgomery County, Md., unveiled a new Storm Operation Center that makes it the first to use the Web-based forecasting...
January 13, 2008
About 26 percent of the Southeast is experiencing an "exceptional drought" -- the National Weather Service's worst drought category. For North Carolina, 2007 was the driest year...
January 9, 2008
Last May, a tornado displaced 1,400 people in the rural town of Greensburg, Kansas, and left nearly every house, tree and business razed. In the weeks...
January 6, 2008
A citywide power outage, a small plane crashing into a 40-story apartment building and a fire at the Deutsche Bank building were all events that...
January 2, 2008
Losing weight consistently tops New Year's resolution lists, and for the second year in a row it also tops Alabama's resolutions. Scale Back Alabama is...
December 26, 2007
Drunk driving leads to more deaths during the Christmas and New Year's holiday period then the rest of the year. About four in 10 of the...
December 19, 2007
Oregon's gasoline tax hasn't increased since the early 1990s. At its current level, the per-gallon tax provides about 60 percent of the funding to repair, maintain...
December 16, 2007
Each day between 1985 and 2002, Connecticut lost an average of 18 acres of forest and added 12 acres of development. To combat unchecked sprawl, the Office for Responsible...
December 12, 2007
When the Alabama Department of Homeland Security was created in 2003, it was tasked with protecting 67 counties, several major waterways and nuclear plants, a port and 28...
December 9, 2007
Courts across the country are experiencing increases in the numbers of defendants who fail to appear for their court dates. Jefferson County, Colo., experienced just...
December 5, 2007
As holiday shopping enters its final stretch, it may be a good time for consumers to bone up on this year's product recalls. According to...
December 2, 2007
There are more than 10,000 vacant properties in Buffalo, the city estimates, and it has an ambitious plan to remove 1,000 of them every year over the...
December 1, 2007
Minnesota is the only state to limit gifts drug companies can give doctors, but its cap of no more than $50 a year in free food or other presents may catch on elsewhere. In September, New Jersey created a task force to examine ways to set similar limits. The freebies are seen as unduly influencing prescription-writing and raising costs.
November 28, 2007
Dry conditions have persistently plagued the West since 1999, says the National Climatic Data Center. Today, 57 percent of the region is in a drought, and only...
November 25, 2007
Oregon's eight public universities spent a total of $582.6 million on research last year; the state ranks sixth nationally in federal research and development expenditures per...
November 18, 2007
Invented in 1953 by a local musician, the Denver Boot--that bulky device that clamps onto the wheel of a car and renders it undriveable--has been the...
November 14, 2007
One year and 131,500 hits later, ACCESS NYC, an online eligibility screening tool for human services, has expanded its offerings. New York City has added seven...
November 11, 2007
Since the U.S. Geological Survey studied 139 streams around the county in 2000 and found that 80 percent of them contained residues of painkillers, hormones, antibiotics and...
November 7, 2007
As generations pass on and historic buildings and neighborhoods are torn down or allowed to deteriorate, our pasts mostly disappear with them. To help preserve...
November 4, 2007
About 68 percent of fatal vehicle accidents in Kansas last year were in rural areas, mainly on two-lane roadways. To make the roads safer, the Kansas...
October 31, 2007
Senior citizens who use computers display fewer symptoms of depression, have higher annual household incomes and report greater ease with daily tasks than seniors who...
October 29, 2007
Today's Chicago Tribune has a startlingly strong op-ed, in which the paper advocates a recall vote to take Gov. Rod Blagojevich out of office. Given ...
October 28, 2007
If a resident, reporter, vendor, government watchdog or even a state employee wants to know how Texas spent $74.5 billion last year, it's as easy as...
October 24, 2007
Accounting for about 7 percent of total U.S greenhouse gas emissions, California passed an aggressive anti-global-warming law last year that calls for reducing those emissions 25...
October 21, 2007
A projected 1.7 million patients nationwide will get an infection during a hospital stay this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate. To track...
October 17, 2007
Four in five of the youths held in Jacksonville, Fla., detention centers are considered functionally illiterate. In hopes of curbing the dropout and crime rates...
October 14, 2007
About 75 percent of today's workforce needs training just to keep the jobs they currently have, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce says. To boost its...
October 10, 2007
Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable illnesses and death in the nation. Most adults start smoking when they are teenagers, making prevention the...
October 3, 2007
More than 1,000 women and 300 men died in intimate-partner homicides across the U.S. in 2005, and of those victims, only 4 percent ever used domestic-violence services. In...
October 1, 2007
With health costs, retiree benefits and other local government
expenses increasing every year, localities are asking their agencies
to get creative in finding new revenue. The Department of Parks and
Recreation in Jefferson, Georgia, did just that this past August when
it launched a community radio station.
October 1, 2007
Nonprofits have always been subject to high performance benchmarks to ensure they provide quality services. Now, New York State is making sure that the state agencies that contract with nonprofits are doing a better job.
September 30, 2007
Between 1996 and 2003, cars in New York City injured more than 3,500 bicyclists and killed 225. In its efforts to make its streets safer for bikes, the city...
September 26, 2007
The technology isn't new, but the Web site is. The Vegetable Oil Exchange, created by officials in Montgomery County, Md., aims to make it easier...
September 23, 2007
About 12 million people move in and out of the nation's jails and prisons every year. These individuals also have high rates of infectious and chronic...
September 19, 2007
It's almost autumn, and for New England that means a new tourism season. As visitors from all over the world come to see the fall...
September 16, 2007
In Virginia, this September is the first "Internet Safety Month," marking the launch of a new statewide mandate requiring schools to teach Internet safety. While...
September 12, 2007
The National League of Cities, in partnership with TV Worldwide, launched an Internet-based TV channel in July in an effort to communicate the latest news,...
September 9, 2007
Statistically 25 percent of the 4,900 children in San Mateo County, Calif., are obese. In South San Francisco, the percentage is even higher: 32 percent. To reduce childhood...
September 5, 2007
Cellphone users sent more than 158 billion text messages in 2006 -- a 95 percent increase over the previous year -- according to CTIA, an international association for...
August 29, 2007
It's not surprising that Cary, N.C., calls itself the "Technology Town of North Carolina": 94 percent of Cary's citizenry is online, so that's where town...
August 26, 2007
Over half of all pre-kindergarten 3- to 5-year-olds attend some sort of early childhood care, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Yet many...
August 22, 2007
The U.S. Department of Transportation estimates the cost of maintaining the nation's highways, transit systems and bridges at about $90 billion a year. With states...
August 22, 2007
A recent study by the Pentagon found that about 49 percent of National Guard members report psychological conditions including brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder after...
August 19, 2007
Motorists who have been convicted of driving under the influence are 40 percent more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than drivers with no...
August 15, 2007
Nationally, only about 46 percent of people summoned for jury duty show up, according to a survey by the National Center for State Courts. To boost...
August 12, 2007
Nationally, 20,000 youth per year will age out of foster care over the next decade, leaving the system at high risk for homelessness and delinquency. To...
August 8, 2007
Promoting art is an important element of any great city. Denver recognizes that, and is funding creative projects through a year-old initiative that keeps art...
August 5, 2007
A series of disturbing crimes by young adults in New Haven last year inspired a new program that puts outreach workers on the streets to...
August 1, 2007
Each year, 10,000 migrant workers arrive in Oregon, and because they have little access to health care, suffer from some of the worst health outcomes in...
July 29, 2007
As traffic on two-lane rural roads increases, so do accidents. In 2005, 61 percent of those killed while driving died on rural, two-lane byways, according to the...
July 25, 2007
Many of Washington State's scenic spots and historic landmarks remain virtually untouched more than 65 years later -- at least the landmarks listed in a 1941 book, "...
July 18, 2007
Just by deciding to deposit more of its money in state banks, West Virginia has picked up an additional $139,000 since it began holding online certificate-of-deposit...
July 15, 2007
Since the Minnesota Energy Challenge was launched in October, Minneapolis and St. Paul have reduced emissions of carbon dioxide by over 21 million pounds. Under the...
July 11, 2007
In 2006, about 10 percent of Philadelphia's 406 homicide victims were younger than 18. That year, in response to concerns about increasing youth violence, Mayor John Street opened the...
July 8, 2007
The city and county of Honolulu recycles more than 600,000 tons of waste each year, and has one of the nation's highest recycling rates at 35 percent....
July 1, 2007
Chronic public inebriates cost government and social service agencies in King County, Wash., more than $100,000 per person per year in emergency-room costs alone, according to...
July 1, 2007
Milwaukee's school district will send the Internet to students' homes.
June 27, 2007
To reduce crime, aid victims and move to restore trust in the justice system, the Center for Court Innovation has been experimenting since 1996 with approaches...
June 24, 2007
The pharmaceutical sales force in America totals about 100,000. These drug-company reps, who sold over $250 billion in medicines last year, in many cases are physicians' primary...
June 20, 2007
The town of Whyville, founded in 1999, has a population of almost 2 million tweens. You won't find Whyville on a map. It's a virtual community for 11...
June 20, 2007
KC's Funkhouser changes his mind about that free car. KC Star
Balto's new(ish) mayor wants to change the city charter. Sun
How the passport ...
June 17, 2007
Public employees often get a bad rap, but that's not always the case in Washington State, where its employees are honored each year for the...
June 13, 2007
As summer arrives, park directors across the nation might take a page from Sacramento County's Department of Regional Parks. For two decades, it has successfully...
June 10, 2007
In recent years, the home foreclosure rate nationwide has been on the rise--the annual rate is double that of two years ago--leaving many minority and...
June 6, 2007
A nationwide survey of states by the nonprofit Consumer Federation of America found that only the District of Columbia lacked a Web site listing auto...
June 3, 2007
By 2030, the number people in the U.S. over 65 will double -- from 35 million to 71.5 million. To prepare local leaders interested in making their communities...
June 1, 2007
A push is on in state legislatures to ease the serious shortage of
organ donors. With more than 94,000 Americans waiting for a liver,
kidney, cornea or other organ, many states are looking at the uniform
organ donation laws they adopted in 1968 and debating an update.
May 30, 2007
When Florida launched its voter-mandated Voluntary Prekindergarten program in 2005, it promised to help Florida's children develop the skills to become good readers and successful students....
May 23, 2007
Nearly 90 percent of South Carolina residents said they would purchase state-grown produce if it were competitively priced and of good quality, according to the state...
May 20, 2007
Almost $122 billion was spent on nursing home care in 2005, according to the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services. The scary part is that most Americans, 59...
May 16, 2007
With a strained public transit budget and calls for transportation alternatives to cars, Annapolis, Maryland, is launching a bike-loan program in conjunction with annual Bike-to-Work...
May 13, 2007
Alcohol-related traffic fatalities accounted for 39 percent of the 43,443 traffic deaths reported in 2005 in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. To...
May 9, 2007
To help Connecticut municipalities collaborate more efficiently and effectively on regional projects, a council comprised of chief elected officials from the Hartford metro area has...
May 6, 2007
When the police department in High Point, N.C., began implementing a strategy to reduce drug crime in its West End neighborhood two years ago,...
May 2, 2007
Children in the United States watch an average of about four hours of TV every day -- more time then they spend outdoors. To reconnect...
May 1, 2007
States may tie strings to their helping hand.
April 25, 2007
When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, the city's communications infrastructure--Internet, radio transmissions, cell phones--went black. The incident underscored the need for multi-agency collaboration to...
April 22, 2007
After New Jersey's first attempt to drive special-interest money out of legislative elections failed in 2005, the state is at it again. The 2007 New Jersey Fair...
April 16, 2007
In Wisconsin, health workers are seeing a steady rise in the number of seniors being abused, neglected and targeted for financial scams. In 2006, more than 4,000...
April 1, 2007
Hospital emergency departments are finding a good reason to charge
ahead with electronic medical systems: They save money.
January 1, 2007
Voters ante up to address traffic and transit concerns.
December 19, 2006
Yeah, yeah, he's running for Prez. But Tom Vilsack is still a Guv for now. Here he is on the Daily Show last night.
December 1, 2006
In an experiment with the city of Houston, the Johnson Space Center
this spring let its employees work flexible hours. As a result, the
average travel time along the NASA Parkway was cut by about 5 minutes-
-from 22.7 minutes to 17.5 minutes.
October 3, 2006
Looks like Daley's gearing up for a sixth term. Chicago Sun-Times
A public hospital on life support. LA Times
IL county recruits nation's first volunteer ...
September 22, 2006
On the ballot: 187 propositions in 32 states. Here's all of them. Initiative & Referendum Institute
The rise of CA's "exclusive electorate." Public Policy Institute ...
June 6, 2006
posted by Elizabeth Daigneau
With the official start of summer just two weeks away, 8 million Americans are revving up their RVs and planning their summer ...
May 10, 2006
Okay. Everyone take a deep breath. The made-for-TV movie that aired on ABC last night about the bird flu is just a movie. It's fictional. ...
May 1, 2006
An unconventional design should ease traffic at a major interchange
April 6, 2006
Connecticut legislators are in the midst of debating a "truth in music" law. According to NPR, the law seeks to prevent musicians from ...
April 1, 2006
Breakthrough waivers for Vermont and Arkansas
March 1, 2006
Over the past five years, Indiana has lost money on its toll road. In January, its fortunes changed: The state was offered $3.85 billion by a Spanish-Australian consortium for the right to maintain and operate the road. If the offer is approved by Indiana's legislature, the influx of cash would fund all of Indiana's road projects for the next 10 years with money to spare.
February 24, 2006
The lethal injection debate unfolding in California this week has garnered a lot of attention because of the medical ethics questions it brings up. But ...
February 8, 2006
If you live on the East Coast, as we on the 13th Floor do, it is hard to miss the ongoing debate surrounding Venezuelan President ...
February 1, 2006
A Web site asks citizens to help cops solve crimes.
January 15, 2006
Watch out Oprah. Lewis Billings, the mayor of Provo, Utah, is getting his own television talk show.
Billings claims "Inside Provo with Lewis K. ...
January 1, 2006
Elected Leaders Refocus on Results
Increasingly, local governments are limiting or banning solicitations
along public rights-of-way.
December 13, 2005
One of the most interesting developments at the National League of Cities meeting last week in Charlotte was the announcement of an NLC task force ...
December 12, 2005
I've just returned from the National League of Cities meeting in Charlotte, where the highlight was a panel with New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin on ...
November 1, 2005
This year's Recognition Awards from the National Association of State
Chief Information Officers focus on turning technology into an
effective management tool. The eight award winners--from four states--
were honored for adaptations that led to substantial cost savings and
November 1, 2005
Utah finds a sensitive way to build a road through a bird sanctuary.
October 17, 2005
There's a new threat emerging in our major urban centers according to police and prosecutors--and it's a fashion trend. To be more specific, it is ...
October 11, 2005
I've just returned from Governing's annual Managing Performance conference. A few things stood out from the last day.
A session on Hurricane Katrina revealed some ...
October 1, 2005
Nobody likes to do emissions testing. A few states have decided it's
time to stop. EPA is willing to listen.
September 16, 2005
I really like public transportation. I prefer to commute with my head buried in a book or magazine, and let someone else do the driving. ...
September 5, 2005
Texas' past legislative session produced 1,000 new laws going into effect this month that deal with everything from teen drivers to a resolution outlawing gay marriage ...
August 19, 2005
As yet another round of plans are released for the 40-year-old landmark, the Astrodome, I can't help but wonder if it's time to implode the ...
August 12, 2005
Pennsylvania lawmakers gave themselves a pay raise last month cloak and dagger style. They crafted the package without debate or public scrutiny and left town, ...
August 3, 2005
Until now, Texas has always been a politically dynamic state. Known for the larger than life personalities of Sam Houston, LBJ, Bob Bullock, Ann Richards, ...
August 2, 2005
Discovery Channel's "American Chopper" may meet its match yet. The Nevada legislative Committee on Prison Industries gave the official OK to a group ...
June 13, 2005
This past February Iowa lawmakers were considering eliminating the income tax on anyone 30 or younger to stop the state brain drain. In a 2000 Census study ...
May 1, 2005
A new way to texturize roadways tempers highway noise.
April 1, 2005
States are honing their approaches to lowering drug costs.
February 1, 2005
Arkansas to Open a Public Service School
January 1, 2005
In the aftermath of the attacks on September 11, 2001, private ferry
company NY Waterway proved a lifesaver for 65,000 commuters as highway
and rail access between New Jersey and Manhattan was cut off ["Do You
Believe in Ferries?" March 2003].
January 1, 2005
Cracked concrete and calls for walkability are pushing cities to focus
on long-neglected pavement.
January 1, 2005
In the aftermath of the attacks on September 11, 2001, private ferry company NY Waterway proved a lifesaver for 65,000 commuters as highway and rail access between New Jersey and Manhattan was cut off ["Do You Believe in Ferries?" March 2003]. Now, the once successful ferry service is in financial trouble.
December 1, 2004
The price of government cannot rise, author David Osborne told 400 high-level state and local officials at Governing's annual management conference, Managing Performance 2004.
October 1, 2004
Online commerce continues to erode the sales tax take.
October 1, 2004
A ruling in August may signal an end to a long-standing San Bernardino County corruption scandal ["Addicted to Corruption," November 2002].
October 1, 2004
The Democratic convention wasn't the only thing that caused a stir in Boston this summer. After declaring bankruptcy, the FAO Schwarz toy company abandoned its Back Bay store along with its 12-foot, 3-ton bear outside on the corner.
September 1, 2002
Growth in mentally ill prisoners sparks debate over incarceration vs.
July 1, 2002
A growing number of municipalities are using 'reverse 911' to alert
residents in the event of an emergency.
June 1, 2002
Santa Clara couldn't keep its teachers. Despite increasing beginning-
teacher salaries, the county's unified school district found its new
teachers walking away.
May 1, 2002
Faith Ireland isn't someone to mess with. When she isn't administering justice from the bench of the Washington State Supreme Court, Ireland is bench pressing 120 pounds, squat lifting 215 pounds and dead lifting 242 pounds.
April 1, 2002
The Alameda County Board of Supervisors recently doled out $8,720 in an effort to reduce bickering among its members.
April 1, 2002
By 2050, Wichita's water supply is expected to fall short of demand. But this Kansas city is working on a solution: aquifer storage and recovery, also known as artificial groundwater recharge.
March 1, 2002
Fort Lauderdale's efforts to project an upscale image now extend to its lifeguard stands. The city has installed eight new stands that come with spacious interiors, aluminum siding, bulletproof glass and ramps--at a cost of $28,000 each.