TABLE of CONTENTS April 2006Cover Story
BY Christopher Swope
Cable and telecom companies are slugging it out over franchises. Some localities may get hurt.
New federal rules are forcing utilities to significantly upgrade how they treat drinking water supplies.
Local recycling programs are close to turning a profit on scrap metal shipped to Asia.
When citizens take to the streets, they learn more than just where problems are; they learn whose job it is to fix them.
Retiree costs are moving from the easy promise of a nest egg to the harshness of a political hot potato.
The Business of Government
The death of Seattle's monorail plan is a telling tale of the failure to capitalize on grassroots energy and gumption.
States are accentuating the positive to protect children.
Online profiles of politicians have become battlegrounds for both spin doctors and mischief makers.
State EPAs are suffering from federal budget cuts, but that may not be their worst problem.