November 26, 2018
The system is broken. But the midterms laid the foundation for reforming it.
November 19, 2018
Federal policy, and other factors, are disrupting efforts to improve transit and forcing urban planners to make tough choices.
September 7, 2018
When it comes to dirty lakes and rivers, governments have learned how to cooperate.
July 12, 2018
Our federal system is tied up in knots. We have to try to untie them.
May 21, 2018
Our toughest problems can’t be solved unless we learn to work together.
March 21, 2018
Cities are beginning to rethink their relationship with automobiles.
January 10, 2018
One of them, Paul Posner, who recently died, spent decades advocating for a stronger relationship between federal, state and local governments.
November 16, 2017
In his new book, David Osborne argues the best way to fix the education system is to increase charter schools and create a survival-of-the-fittest system.
September 1, 2017
It's hard to tell who's in charge of what in American government these days.
July 13, 2017
It saved the economy, but that isn't always acknowledged.
May 9, 2017
His policy choices will challenge places from Manhattan to Mobile, Ala.
March 1, 2017
U.S. politics isn't all poisonous. You just have to leave Washington to realize that.
January 9, 2017
D.C. may be an object of Republican disdain, but it’s now at the center of governmental change.
November 28, 2016
They’re stepping down in cities across the country, opening up opportunities for major change.
September 14, 2016
We can’t be sure how much states and localities owe.
July 26, 2016
The uncertainty of where they'll live is creating new challenges.
May 3, 2016
In D.C., above and below ground, historic and vital infrastructure is in bad shape. There’s plenty of blame to spread around for that.
March 1, 2016
Some of the skeptics are also the people with the most power to make a difference. Ignoring or denying the issue isn’t an option.
January 1, 2016
Most important, their prospects for survival can teach us about the resiliency of urban areas everywhere.
November 1, 2015
Federal firearm laws are unlikely to change, so it’s up to states and localities to lead a societal effort.
September 9, 2015
The U.S. may not be the next Greece, but it must face up to some hard decisions.
July 1, 2015
As public education becomes less public, what new economic model will emerge?
May 1, 2015
Why improving our schools looks hopeless on Capitol Hill.
March 1, 2015
Most governments don’t plan for population growth well. But Utah’s grassroots, nonideological, research-based approach has become a model for other states and localities.
March 1, 2015
Dan Gilbert of Detroit is just one example of what a CEO determined to help their communities can accomplish.
January 1, 2015
With practically no legislation moving through Congress, the Washington press corps is beginning to focus on action in states and localities.
November 1, 2014
Innovation is happening in a lot of places, just in different ways.
September 1, 2014
Even though airports and public transportation systems are in need of upgrades, all anyone ever talks about is roads and bridges.
July 1, 2014
With far too little water in some places and far too much in others, U.S. governments can no longer ignore climate change.
May 1, 2014
As urban populations have grown, cities have become centers of innovation.
March 1, 2014
Since Congress has trouble tying its shoes, states and localities must take the lead reversing the dangerous trends of rising inequality and stagnant mobility.
January 1, 2014
Hydraulic fracking holds so much promise for generating inexpensive, relatively clean energy. But first, we need to figure out how to regulate it.
September 1, 2013
Congress is back, but don’t expect the players in this sad comedy to know or care much about how any pieces of legislation they pass will affect our states, regions or metros.
February 28, 2013
More than ever, the feds need states and local regions to take the lead in crafting promising new programs.
December 28, 2012
States don’t just want money to rebuild -- they want money to make far-reaching changes to infrastructure too.
October 31, 2012
Elections and governance have become so intertwined that it’s hard to know when campaigns begin or end. We do know we need big ideas.
August 31, 2012
The nation’s capital is more about what you own these days than what you do.
June 29, 2012
Obama blames the states, but the problem is more complicated.
May 31, 2012
Severe funding cuts and the record-high numbers of people going to college are forcing state university systems to make tough decisions about financial aid, curriculums, research and more.
April 30, 2012
If the health reform law is upheld, the flexibility it will give states on health insurance exchanges could be a model for healthy federal-state relations.
February 29, 2012
Amid several ethics scandals, the city government has dramatically improved its delivery of services -- even as demand has increased.
January 1, 2012
Obama’s mixed approach of coercion and collaboration seems to be working, but that may not last.
October 31, 2011
GOVERNING Publisher Emeritus Peter Harkness says it may be time for government to get out of the business of promoting homeownership.
August 31, 2011
With stimulus funding gone, a misinformed citizenry is unprepared for the funding cuts on the horizon.
June 30, 2011
With Washington paralyzed by its debt and states facing deficits, the pressure is on local governments to raise more revenue or make significant structural changes to reduce costs.
April 29, 2011
Exaggerating problems is more about politics than budget balancing.
February 28, 2011
At all levels, denigration of public service is a legacy of the recession.
January 1, 2011
Bullet trains may be sidetracked, but not commuter rail.
November 1, 2010
As problems cry out for solutions, we need more Richard Daleys.
The politics of immigration policy are tricky for both parties.
In the recession's wake, states and localities face new realities.
What's not to like about the Race to the Top? Plenty, it seems.
Economic recovery will be slow, subduing any ambitions state and local governments may harbor to play a role in shaping national policy.
States, localities and the private sector are already confronting climate change. Washington has just scratched the surface.
In this state and local fiscal mess, realism may be the only option.
For the White House, the new mantra is 'metro regions.'
Right now, federalism means the feds are running the show.
The stimulus won't last forever. That's worth remembering.
We can't keep pretending tax increases are a fatal disease.
President Bush promised governors a close relationship and didn't deliver. Can states trust the reassuring words of his successor?
March 31, 2007
When some labor unions in Rockford, Ill., came out in support of an increase in the local sales tax last month, it wasn't big news....
March 25, 2007
Almost two years ago, this space discussed George W. Bush's centerpiece education program in a column that started off this way: "There is a rebellion...