TABLE of CONTENTS April 2005

Cover Story

Tap Dance

BY Tom Arrandale

Tricky balancing can be required to remove lead from drinking water while also meeting other water-quality mandates.

Features

Brave New Telecom World

Internet telephone communication is an exciting new prospect. Unless it's your job to regulate it. BY Christopher Swope

Pride of Place

Fred Kent has spent three decades developing a common-sense approach to streets, buildings and human sociability. BY Rob Gurwitt

A Suprising Uprising

Big cities have revived and upgraded recycling programs. BY Rob Gurwitt

Contract Lens

As states continue to outsource corrections services, they are struggling to find the right level of private-prison scrutiny. BY Zach Patton

Courting Cuba

States have been wooing trade with Havana, but politics may put an end to it. BY Ellen Perlman

Up Front

Potomac Chronicle

Looking For a Real Crisis: Try Medicaid

Social Security may be running out of money, but at least it's a single coherent program. Medicaid is a monster with countless heads. BY Sarah Harney
Politics

Special Assignment

Chicago's procurement process has been broken for years. Mary A. Dempsey has been given a mandate to repair it. BY Sarah Harney
Politics

Rhode Island and Reform: Still an Oxymoron?

Legislators balk at giving up power. BY Sarah Harney
Politics

The Urge to Merge: Still Waiting For a Surge

Consolidating local governments is as difficult a political task as it ever was. BY Sarah Harney
Politics

Who Won? Sometime's There's No Real Answer

In the closest elections, there are issues impossible to resolve. BY Sarah Harney
Politics

Term Limits Aren't Working

Does that bother anybody? Not the voters, at least so far. BY Sarah Harney
Urban Notebook

Creatures of the State

Mayor Bill White's efforts to speed traffic on Houston's freeways spawned the "Safe Clear" program, under which any car stalled on a city highway would immediately be towed away, even if it were in an emergency lane and the driver could fix the problem. Cost of the tows: $75. The public response was overwhelmingly negative. After a few weeks, White softened the program, directing that people with flat tires would be towed for free. BY Sarah Harney
Smart Management

Clockwork Blues

It can be a nuisance changing every clock in your house twice a year. But Daylight Savings Time is not a subject of public controversy-- except in Indiana. BY Sarah Harney

The Business of Government

Bad Air Days

Airline deregulators promised more non-stop flights, simpler ticketing and reliably cheaper prices. Those promises have not been kept. BY Sarah Harney

Bad Air Days

Airline deregulators promised more non-stop flights, simpler ticketing and reliably cheaper prices. Those promises have not been kept. BY Sarah Harney
Management & Labor

Pushing the Limit: Minn. Localities Chafe at Pay Constraints

Municipalities in Minnesota, constrained by a state law that limits public employee salaries to 95 percent of the governor's pay, have been trying to figure out ways to get around the $114,000 a year cap. BY Sarah Harney
Management & Labor

Helping the Homeless

San Diego tackles a drinking problem. BY Sarah Harney
Health & Human Services

Coming Clean: States Ask Hospitals to Report Infection Rates

A growing number of states are requiring hospitals to report how many patients come down with infections while in their care. Disclosure is meant to inform consumers, while pressuring hospitals to deliver better care. BY Sarah Harney
Health & Human Services

Boarding the Rx Express

States are honing their approaches to lowering drug costs. BY Sarah Harney
Finance

Bond Bits: The Big Board

The more information, the better. At least that is the thinking behind the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board's launch of a system requiring that price information for all muni bond trades be available for the market within 15 minutes of a trade. BY Sarah Harney
Finance

States Probe a Kickback Scam

Title insurance is focus of investigation BY Sarah Harney
Energy & Environment

Diesel in Distress

The workhorses of our economic life are churning out an exhaust that sickens and kills people. BY Sarah Harney
Economic Engines

Pushback Time

Economic development officials may be going too far and being too secretive in their deal making. BY Sarah Harney
Economic Engines

Pushback Time

Economic development officials may be going too far and being too secretive in their deal making. BY Sarah Harney