TABLE of CONTENTS February 2007Cover Story
BY Rob Gurwitt
During the first week of December 2006, about a dozen Los Angeles hotel workers set up a week-long fast outside the Westin LAX hotel, not far...
Call it the six stages of GASB 45: anger, denial, sorrow, acceptance, study and action. That's been the general response to a new set of governmental...
This is not your father's procurement process. When Virginia wants to overhaul its aging IT infrastructure, its information technology officials don't gather together to make...
On a rainy day last June, local officials in Washington, D.C., gathered under tents erected on a public plaza to be tested for HIV....
There's a new and higher level of strain in the already-tense relationship between GASB and state and local officials.
Insurance companies see a potential Katrina almost everywhere they look. And they want homeowners to pay in advance.
New Jersey's ill-fated pension reform plan is history. As 2006 drew to a close, the governor and legislature, hoping to pay for property-tax reduction through pension plan reforms, failed to come to an agreement--much to the relief of thousands of state workers, unionized and otherwise, who marched on Trenton to make known their concerns about benefit adjustments.
When it comes to fiscal problems, Michigan is in a league of its own.
Over a long career, George Washington seemed genuinely scornful of personal ambition. In the 21st century, a political leader displaying his humility and reticence is inconceivable.
A new federal law gives the military a domestic function it hasn't had before.
The Business of Government
The Colorado city's citizens are going along with a "carbon tax" to control greenhouse gases that affect the climate. No doubt the new U.S....
A vibrant local economy needs a good supply of housing for sale at lots of price points. But that's not what's happening right now.
A new generation of technology is driving crackdowns on ticket scofflaws and making it easier to find a parking space.
A growing number of states and localities are turning to incentives to move the employees they insure into healthier lifestyles. Indiana is going one step further. It is trying to target employees who are at risk for illnesses and offering them special services to improve their odds of staying healthy.