TABLE of CONTENTS April 2011Cover Story
BY Alan Greenblatt
States are asking cities to take charge of more programs, but they may not provide enough support.
In October 1987, the first-ever issue of Governing debuted with a cover story on how in 1980, power and responsibility shifted from the federal government to the state and local level. Now, the same process is taking place again -- but from the states to cities and counties.
State and local governments are fending for themselves in unprecedented and imaginative ways. Things will never be quite the same.
While critics question the fairness of the bail bonds industry, proponents argue that its services save states money and keep defendants from fleeing.
Volunteers are taking on jobs once performed by public employees.
Angry voters are increasingly using recall elections to remove local leaders.
For e-health records to work, physicians need to be brought online.
Almost a third of the state's workforce is neither a knowledge worker or a service worker. How will the state train and create jobs for this sect of the workforce?
POLITICS + POLICY
Mayors and county leaders are angrily and aggressively pushing back against proposed cuts against CDBG.
The recent economic crisis suggests that state lotteries and other forms of gambling may not be the predictable cash cows they once were.
What connects government default, short selling and union bashing?
Many question health-care reform's status -- but it's still law, and likely will remain so.
Performance measurement isn't a once-a-year event -- it's an ongoing process.