TABLE of CONTENTS December 2007Cover Story
BY Josh Goodman
Borrowing a page from private health insurers, state Medicaid programs are testing the wellness waters.
Jon Corzine worked miracles at Goldman Sachs. Doing it in Trenton is a different story.
A recent survey finds that state and local employees have certain compensatory advantages.
It's a blue-sky morning in Seattle, which means that Ron Sims can see the Cascades all the way from his downtown office. The mountain range...
For more than 200 years, St. Mary's Catholic Church Cemetery has anchored the corner of Washington and Church streets in Alexandria, Virginia, while several enterprises have...
Viking Terrace Apartments, a low-income housing complex in rural Worthington, Minnesota, boasts some amenities. Thanks to an extensive renovation completed this summer, the four-building, 60-unit...
D.C.'s cab system will soon cease to be an irrational anomaly. Not everyone approves of that change.
Cutting pensions saves states money, right? Maybe eventually.
There's a longstanding impression that something is seriously out of control in the civil justice system.
The Business of Government
The West Virginia legislature recently gave the thumbs up to a radical experiment in health care: doctor-run pay-in-advance plans that provide a family unlimited primary and urgent care for $125 a month. No insurance coverage is involved.
A fire department taps into microblogging to keep itself on top of situations.
The lack of "fee transparency" in 401(k) plans has caught the attention of the U.S. Congress, which may require defined-contribution (DC) plan providers to disclose all service fees. That's because fees in public and private DC plans are seldom presented clearly.
Minnesota is the only state to limit gifts drug companies can give doctors, but its cap of no more than $50 a year in free food or other presents may catch on elsewhere. In September, New Jersey created a task force to examine ways to set similar limits. The freebies are seen as unduly influencing prescription-writing and raising costs.
Airports are catering to busy travelers and their animals with kennels fit for Fideaux.
State tax collections had a strong case of the milds in the second quarter of 2007--a 6.1 percent increase in tax revenue, compared to the same quarter of 2006. That said, this nominal growth rate, as measured by the Rockfeller Institute's "State Revenue Report," was weak by long-term historical standards.