TABLE of CONTENTS February 2005

Cover Story

A Crossroads for Telecom Taxes

BY Alan Greenblatt

State and local revenue bases are threatened as more companies offer communication services via the untaxable Internet.

Up Front

Smart Management

Loyalty Everlasting

Decades ago, on a long car ride home from college, a friend of mine and I were talking about whether the liberal arts education we were getting had any practical use. He said he thought his might. He was majoring in medieval history, and in the event of a new Dark Age-- post-nuclear chaos or the aftermath of a huge natural catastrophe--he would know exactly what to do. BY Sarah Harney
Potomac Chronicle

Special Dilemma

The feds are promising to help with special education costs. They've been making that promise for the past 30 years. BY Sarah Harney
Politics

Easy Enforcer

Terry Tamminen brings a Southern California mellowness to the un- mellow job of reorganizing state government. BY Sarah Harney
Urban Notebook

Freeways (For a Fee)

Mark this in your diary: The great American free ride is fast coming to an end. In the years ahead, the solution to traffic congestion will be toll roads. From San Francisco to Houston, Washington, D.C. to Atlanta, transportation officials have decided that the next great wave of highway construction will come with an explicit price--and sometimes not a cheap one. BY Sarah Harney

The Business of Government

Economic Engines

The Long View

When we decide to build a new highway or train line, we think about unclogging traffic jams. That is shortsighted. BY Sarah Harney
Economic Engines

The Long View

When we decide to build a new highway or train line, we think about unclogging traffic jams. That is shortsighted. BY Sarah Harney
Education

The Clintonian Classroom

Arkansas to Open a Public Service School BY Sarah Harney
Management & Labor

IES IN IOWA TURN TOGETTING TO KNOW YOU: CIT CITIZENS FGetting to Know You: Cities in Iowa Turn to Citizens for Performance InputsOR PERFORMANCE INPUTS

Many states and localities collect performance measurement data but don't necessarily make good use if it. In Iowa, a group of cities has used the data to make real changes in policy as the result of a program that actively solicits input from citizens' panels. BY Sarah Harney
Technology

The eHealth Impulse

States and localities will play a key role in developing regional systems to track medical records digitally. BY Sarah Harney
Public Workforce

Easing the Nursing Burden

A Georgia prison frees up its infirmary staff BY Sarah Harney
Finance

Amy Resnick's Bond Bits: Foul Winds and Foresight

In response to a dozen insurance failures following the 1992 Hurricane Andrew disaster, Florida in 2002 created the Citizens Property Insurance Corp. BY Sarah Harney
Economic Development

The Year of Living Dangerously

"There are some remedies worse than the disease," a playwright wrote more than two millennia ago. Publilius Syrus could have been referring to the current state of the 50 states. BY Sarah Harney
Public Safety & Justice

Shop Talk

Training beauticians to direct battered women toward help. BY Sarah Harney
Education

Teaching in a Bubble

Nancy S. Grasmick, Maryland's superintendent of schools, has fond memories of reading comic books as a child. She liked Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse, and especially enjoyed Archie. BY Sarah Harney
Health & Human Services

The Chill Factor

Like most cities with large homeless populations, Berkeley, California, has a problem with transients abandoning bags or shopping carts of their belongings on the streets. What's unusual about Berkeley is what city officials do with all that stuff: They freeze it. BY Sarah Harney
Health & Human Services

Where Truckers and Soccer Moms Dine

Chicago is one of the great restaurant cities in America, but some suburban residents prefer to eat out closer to home. In fact, locals have become so enamored with the new dining options at tollway rest areas that the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority is working to ease pedestrian access and construct parking spaces along local access roads. BY Sarah Harney
Infrastructure & Environment

Embracing Racing

Rev your engine and floor it! Take it up to 100 mph if you can. Not only will the cops not arrest you, they'll probably be there cheering you on. They may even race with you. BY Sarah Harney
Economic Development

Biotech Sprawl?

Palm Beach County's biotech dreams are temporarily on hold, as a plan to turn a 1,900 acre orange grove into a cluster of life science businesses has triggered an anti-sprawl backlash. BY Sarah Harney
Politics

Kansas Court Says Pay Up

Kansas lawmakers have until April 12 to increase funding for education in the wake of a state Supreme Court ruling last month. BY Sarah Harney
Politics

Florida Keeps Contracting

Florida Governor Jeb Bush may award a $701 million contract that would turn over the functions of determining eligibility for Medicaid, food stamps and other social service programs to a private company. BY Sarah Harney
Finance

The Boiling Point

New York Counties Under Extreme Fiscal Pressure BY Sarah Harney
Energy & Environment

A Pox on Both Houses

When it comes to the acrimonious debate over threats to the environment, neither side has anything to be proud of right now. BY Sarah Harney
Economic Engines

Upping the Ante

California's stem-cell gamble could profoundly alter the stakes for creating jobs and business opportunities in a state. BY Sarah Harney