Cover Story

Hydro Defense

BY Tom Arrandale

Despite spending millions on security upgrades, drinking-water systems are still vulnerable to sabotage.

Features

Finance

Tax Grab Game

Cities are finding ways to raise revenue from suburbanites, without actually calling the levy a commuter tax. BY
Infrastructure & Environment

The Real Estate Rub

A downturn in the housing market is beginning to spell a slowdown in local revenue. BY
Finance

The Muni Market's New Look

Changes are afoot--some welcome, others less so. BY

Topside Turnover

When Otto Doll shows up at NASCIO meetings, the South Dakota CIO is often treated with a subtle degree of deference -- the kind you... BY
Management & Labor

Citizen Surveys

With the city of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, facing a quarter of a million dollar revenue shortfall, as well as a continuing and contentious political dispute... BY
Politics

Cookie-Jar Clampdown

Tougher lobby laws are being discussed all over the country. A few states have enacted them. Whether they will work remains to be seen. BY

Up Front

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State News

Drug Doubter

Vermont prosecutor Robert Sand says what he thinks about marijuana. He's making people uncomfortable. BY

Saving Smart Growth

EPA has a program locals like. But maybe not for long. BY
Politics

Labor's List

Unions are playing offense for the first time in quite a while. BY
Infrastructure & Environment

Floating Absurdity

During the 1980s, Iowa was one of the earliest states to approve of casino gambling. And it pioneered a new idea for how to control the games: It required that its casinos be water-borne. In Iowa's case, they had to be actual riverboats offering no fewer than 100 excursion tours per year. BY
Education

Data? What Data?

The school reform movement learns to ignore bad results. BY

Albany Ambitions

Andrew Cuomo still wants to be governor. But there's work to do first. BY

The Power Broker Reconsidered

A recent exhibit on New York's master builder, Robert Moses, underscores the city's current inability to execute big projects. BY
Tech Talk

Keeping Personal Data Safe

Not many know how many cybersecurity breaches occur in state and local governments. BY
Potomac Chronicle

Do They Know Darfur?

Governors running for president will have some uncomfortable moments in the year ahead. BY

The Business of Government

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Health & Human Services

Hospitals Get a Dose of Help

Hospital emergency departments are finding a good reason to charge ahead with electronic medical systems: They save money. BY
Health & Human Services

Hospitals Get a Dose of Help

Hospital emergency departments are finding a good reason to charge ahead with electronic medical systems: They save money. BY
Management & Labor

Spitzer's Web: You Could Be on Youtube

Starting this summer, New York State meetings must be webcast for the public if they fall under the state's open meetings law. As one of his first official actions as governor, Eliot Spitzer signed an executive order requiring state agencies and public authorities to come up with plans to broadcast all such meetings on the Internet. BY
Politics

Girard Miller's Benefit Beat: Bonding with OPEB

Some municipal bond underwriters are peddling the idea that public agencies should sell bonds now to "pre-fund" their promised retiree medical-benefit-plan liabilities. BY
Politics

Girard Miller's Benefit Beat: Bonding with OPEB

Some municipal bond underwriters are peddling the idea that public agencies should sell bonds now to "pre-fund" their promised retiree medical-benefit-plan liabilities. BY

Reluctant to Renovate

Policy makers are wary of how citizens will react to capitol improvements. BY
Finance

The Muni Market's New Look

Changes are afoot--some welcome, others less so. BY

Oceans Ominous

Most days after work, I walk my old dog on the banks of the Yellowstone River. The Yellowstone's still running cold and swift, maybe 40 yards... BY
Economic Engines

A Business Decision

When it comes to making loans to local companies, should a city act like a banker or a venture capitalist? BY
Economic Engines

Changing Places

Autos and airplanes have a lot in common with the Web and cell phones. Moving people and information around are both transformative. BY

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