TABLE of CONTENTS December 2006Cover Story
BY Josh Goodman
Juicy retirement plans for legislators are mostly a myth. But it can be hard explaining that to voters.
Recent court rulings fail to settle a firestorm over how localities should deal with overtime pay for paramedics.
Big-city newspapers aren't telling citizens the things they need to know.
The ability to share GIS data across agency and jurisdictional lines makes service delivery more efficient and effective.
The rise of health clinics in retail stores could affect both health policy and regulation.
Jeb Bush's eight-year reign in Florida is almost over. Tallahassee may never be the same.
States believe the new Congress will listen to them more than the old one did.
The Business of Government
Not since the expansion of railroads in the 19th century has such a horde of international capitalists been so eager to invest in our transportation.
During emergencies, citizens and even some disaster workers depend on libraries for Internet connections to the world.
In many metro areas, distinct periods of congestion have morphed into heavy traffic all day long.
The Illinois Department of Revenue has revoked the tax-exempt status of a hospital in Champaign, finding that it doesn't provide enough free care to justify that status. The move was unprecedented for a state agency but was just one salvo in the war Illinois regulators are waging against nonprofit hospitals.
EPA funding for research is shrinking, and findings are being denigrated.