TABLE of CONTENTS December 2006

Cover Story

Pension Perils

BY Josh Goodman

Juicy retirement plans for legislators are mostly a myth. But it can be hard explaining that to voters.

Features

A Question of Hours

Recent court rulings fail to settle a firestorm over how localities should deal with overtime pay for paramedics. BY Christopher Swope

Blackout

Big-city newspapers aren't telling citizens the things they need to know. BY Rob Gurwitt

Linking The Layers

The ability to share GIS data across agency and jurisdictional lines makes service delivery more efficient and effective. BY Ellen Perlman

McMedical Care

The rise of health clinics in retail stores could affect both health policy and regulation. BY Penelope Lemov

Jebocracy

Jeb Bush's eight-year reign in Florida is almost over. Tallahassee may never be the same. BY Alan Greenblatt

Up Front

Potomac Chronicle

Mission Improbable

By the time you read this, the bipartisan fling may be over. BY Sarah Harney
Politics

Restoration Governor

It's been 16 years since a Democrat ruled Massachusetts. That won't make Deval Patrick's job any easier. BY Sarah Harney
Politics

Hoping to Be Heard

States believe the new Congress will listen to them more than the old one did. BY Sarah Harney
Politics

Hoping to Be Heard

States believe the new Congress will listen to them more than the old one did. BY Sarah Harney
Management & Labor

Defying Proverbial Wisdom

California governors have a penchant for reinventing themselves in an election year. And voters seem to admire the audacity of a chameleon. BY Sarah Harney

The Business of Government

Economic Engines

Private Assistance

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. BY Sarah Harney
Tech Talk

Critical Connectors

During emergencies, citizens and even some disaster workers depend on libraries for Internet connections to the world. BY Sarah Harney
Tech Talk

Critical Connectors

During emergencies, citizens and even some disaster workers depend on libraries for Internet connections to the world. BY Sarah Harney
Tech Talk

Critical Connectors

During emergencies, citizens and even some disaster workers depend on libraries for Internet connections to the world. BY Sarah Harney
Infrastructure & Environment

The 24-Hour Rush

In many metro areas, distinct periods of congestion have morphed into heavy traffic all day long. BY Sarah Harney
Finance

Tax Saving: Illinois Takes A Hard Line On An Exemption

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. BY Sarah Harney
Energy & Environment

Science, Interrupted

EPA funding for research is shrinking, and findings are being denigrated. BY Sarah Harney
Economic Engines

This Old Factory

In a number of states, there's starting to be pushback against rezoning industrial land for housing. BY Sarah Harney
Management & Labor

Persuasive Performance

The practice of performance management links elected officials with the front lines of government. BY Sarah Harney