TABLE of CONTENTS August 2011Cover Story
BY Ryan Holeywell
The state's oil boom is bringing unmatched growth and unanticipated problems.
One of the few remaining commercial-free zones in the country may need corporations to close budget gaps.
Some publicly funded universities may eliminate their Master of Public Administration programs, but schools are getting creative to avoid that.
Handling the onslaught of traffic, crime and health needs of the 80,000 people who attend Bonnaroo every year is an art form for local officials.
POLITICS + POLICY
After six were indicted for underfunding San Diego’s pension system, the city made some changes to close deficits with the unions on their side.
Businesses are tired of jumping across state lines for wasted tax incentives.
States that are cutting their K-12 budgets by billions of dollars can expect more lawsuits, but they may not have an immediate impact.
China embraces performance management in an effort to wring out greater productivity and transparency.
This year, more than half of the states decreased or eliminated funding for health centers, which provide an alternative to costly emergency rooms.
Hoping to inspire energy-efficient upgrades, more cities are requiring large buildings to publicly disclose their energy ratings online.
Bus travel between major cities is popular, but operators need strict regulation to avoid a race to the bottom.
A county in North Carolina created a community garden so the unemployed can work for benefits, training and food.
Vivek Kundra brought state IT leaders into policy discussions at an unprecedented level. They’re nervous about who might take his place.