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Public Pay and the Cost of Transparency
| April 26, 2012
Many public officials don’t want their compensation posted online for all to see. That’s understandable. But making government workers’ pay public is probably inevitable, and it raises some difficult questions.
The Expensive Folly of Tax Incentives
| April 23, 2012
There is little evidence that giving away the taxpayers’ money for economic development works. Only the market can create jobs.
Leading from the Middle
| April 19, 2012
Organizational change, the mantra goes, must come from the top. Not necessarily.
Five Reasons for Hope and Optimism
| April 16, 2012
Amid all the gloom and doom, with our constant focus on what’s wrong, there are some hopeful things happening.
Charles Dickens’ Fiscal Lessons for Government
| April 12, 2012
Managing the taxpayers’ money wisely is about more than balancing the books. The daily lives of ordinary people are at stake.
The Wastebusters that Government Needs
| April 9, 2012
The scandal at the General Services Administration illustrates the value of inspectors general. Trust in government is at stake, so why are so many federal IG positions vacant?
The Big Mistake that Unions Are Making
| April 5, 2012
Accepting wage and benefit cuts to preserve jobs is bad for unions, and it’s bad for the rest of us.
Public Pensions and the Infrastructure We Need
| April 2, 2012
It's going to cost a lot of money to bring our infrastructure systems up to snuff. Public pensions could have a big role to play.
A Competition for Ideas in Public Policy
| March 29, 2012
An event coming up in Philadelphia promises to go a long way toward matching the challenges government faces with ideas coming out of some of the top schools of public policy.
The Incalculable Things that Define Us
| March 26, 2012
As we try to measure everything that moves, we need to remember that some of the most important things about us can’t be measured.
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