TABLE of CONTENTS February 2006Cover Story
BY Ellen Perlman
When it comes to health insurance for mental illness, states are still wary of full coverage.
As baby boomers retire, governments are trying to keep knowledge and experience from going out the door with them.
This is a busy gubernatorial year, with contests in more than two- thirds of the states. It may also be a year of significant change.
Does an unconventional coalition in Colorado offer a model for Democrats around the country?
New high-tech tools can make buses a lot more efficient than they used to be. Will that be enough to satisfy riders?
Muni bond borrowing costs may rise, as well as state and local credit ratings.
Ron Dellums, the angry Berkeley radical of the 1960s, is making a comeback. But he doesn't sound so angry anymore.
Residents of Los Angeles spend an average of 93 hours stuck in traffic per year, according to the Texas Transportation Institute--by far the highest degree of congestion in any American city. Frustrated drivers who turn to L.A.'s public transportation system--historically something of a joke--don't find the going much smoother, as the feature on p. 44 of this magazine shows.
States are the main forum for debate on reproductive issues, and the trend is for greater restriction.
The Business of Government
Should the building of vital infrastructure be left to big business or big government?
New Jersey has put its chemical processing plants--all 140 of them--on notice. Under a state order signed last fall, those facilities will have to outline their security weaknesses and report them to state officials. That makes the state, which is among a handful of states with the most potentially dangerous chemical sites, the first to change from a voluntary to mandatory reporting system.
Hoping to shore up its ailing hospital industry, New York is shrinking the number of health care facilities in the state. It is doing so by using a process similar to the way the Pentagon closes military bases.
Inconsistencies in how patients' bodies are marked for surgery can have serious consequences.
An innovative program in Flint, Michigan--the Genesee County Land Bank--is helping to salvage vacant and abandoned properties and transfer them to new owners for redevelopment.