TABLE of CONTENTS March 2007Cover Story
BY Tom Arrandale
Despite spending millions on security upgrades, drinking-water systems are still vulnerable to sabotage.
Cities are finding ways to raise revenue from suburbanites, without actually calling the levy a commuter tax.
A downturn in the housing market is beginning to spell a slowdown in local revenue.
Changes are afoot--some welcome, others less so.
When Otto Doll shows up at NASCIO meetings, the South Dakota CIO is often treated with a subtle degree of deference -- the kind you...
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...
Tougher lobby laws are being discussed all over the country. A few states have enacted them. Whether they will work remains to be seen.
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.
Andrew Cuomo still wants to be governor. But there's work to do first.
The Business of Government
Hospital emergency departments are finding a good reason to charge ahead with electronic medical systems: They save money.
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.
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.
Policy makers are wary of how citizens will react to capitol improvements.
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...