TABLE of CONTENTS January 2003

Cover Story

Cloaked In Security

BY Christopher Swope

Creative approaches to the design and retrofit of public buildings prove that safety doesn't have to be ugly.

Features

States Approve Sales-Tax Pact

As it heads to state legislatures, the agreement brings taxes on Internet and catalog sales one step closer. BY Christopher Swope

New Day Under The Dome

Republicans control more legislatures this year than they have in decades. They didn't pick the easiest time to take over. BY Rob Gurwitt

The Anti-Silo Solution

Coming up with the cash and willpower to build IT projects across agency lines BY Ellen Perlman

The Gubernatorial Baby Boom

State politics is awash in fresh faces. Will that mean fresh ideas as well? Perhaps. BY Alan Greenblatt

The Gubernatorial Baby Boom

State politics is awash in fresh faces. Will that mean fresh ideas as well? Perhaps. BY Alan Greenblatt

Up Front

Potomac Chronicle

Fear of Fingerprinting

There's a form of gun regulation that could save thousands of lives a year. If we weren't so paranoid, we'd adopt it. BY Jonathan Walters
Health & Human Services

Michael Spence: Health Detective

Last December, Michael Spence, Montana's chief medical officer, got an unexpected piece of mail. It was a Christmas card from the management of the Super 8 motel in Libby, Montana--a reminder of just how much time he had spent in the small town more than 300 miles away from his office in the state capitol of Helena. BY Anya Sostek
Urban Notebook

Is Bigger Better?

Some cities have long had an appealingly simple answer to urban problems: annex their way out of them. The problem of cities, they say, is that affluent suburbs have surrounded them, so the secret is to annex those areas before they can incorporate. BY Otis White
Management & Labor

Beware The Amnesty Binge

Amnesty and forgiveness are two different things. Amnesty is indiscriminate--the canceling of debt, obligation or penalty not out of a desire for individual justice but out of a belief that there is something to be gained by simply wiping the slate clean. BY Alan Ehrenhalt

The Business of Government

Tech Talk

Techies At The Top

When the governor or mayor comes from the IT business world, it makes implementing e-government easier--at least it should. BY Ellen Perlman
Tech Talk

Techies At The Top

When the governor or mayor comes from the IT business world, it makes implementing e-government easier--at least it should. BY Ellen Perlman
Technology

A 'Sim City' For City Planner Wannabes

The latter is the case in Massachusetts, where a new program allows players in some 350 communities to virtually rebuild their cities and learn the economic, fiscal and political ramifications of their choices. BY Ellen Perlman
Smart Management

A Data Deficiency

The lack of good information to help voters make intelligent decisions on ballot measures is startling. BY Katherine Barrett & Richard Greene
Health & Human Services

Can Schip Stay Afloat?

By touting its success, advocates hope to spare the children's health insurance program from the budget ax. BY Penelope Lemov
Politics

Good Spirits

Governments hope lower prices on high-quality liquor will boost tax revenues. BY Ellen Perlman
Politics

The Scarlet Ad

Occasionally, a well-meaning piece of legislation turns out to embody the law of unintended consequences. BY Christopher Swope
Politics

Haunted House--Or Senate

The people who work in the North Carolina state capitol building ain't afraid of no ghosts. But that's not because they think the apparitions are a hoax. BY Alan Greenblatt
Politics

Haunted House--Or Senate

The people who work in the North Carolina state capitol building ain't afraid of no ghosts. But that's not because they think the apparitions are a hoax. BY Alan Greenblatt
Health & Human Services

Sweat Inequity

Cops in Chicago are trading doughnuts for dollars under the police department's new incentive plan that pays them $250 for passing a physical fitness test. BY Christopher Swope
Public Money

Rating The Body Politic

A key factor in muni bond ratings these days is the quality of governance or 'political risk' of an issuer. BY John E. Petersen
Public Money

Rating The Body Politic

A key factor in muni bond ratings these days is the quality of governance or 'political risk' of an issuer. BY John E. Petersen
Energy & Environment

Atlanta To Spend Billions To Clean Water

Thirty years ago, Atlanta was one of the first cities the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency took to court to clean up its municipal sewage discharges. BY Tom Arrandale
Economic Development

Game Plans For Outmoded Stadiums

When Memphis' new sports and entertainment center opens in 2004, the Pyramid of Memphis will join a parade of underused and unpaid-for sports stadiums. Among other arenas struggling to compete with newer, nearby facilities are Minneapolis' Target Center and the Miami Arena. BY John Buntin
Economic Development

Nassau Seeks Its Fortune in Forbes

Back when he was the mayor of Glen Cove, New York, Thomas Suozzi was fond of advertising the city's benefits in newspapers. Now that he is county executive of Nassau County, Suozzi is using the same technique, only on a much grander scale. BY Alan Greenblatt
Management & Labor

Managing Performance: People Power

The power of people to improve the way government works was the recurring theme of Governing's annual management conference, held September 17-19, 2002, in Austin, Texas. The program dialogue moved beyond the nuts and bolts of measuring performance to the finer points of using measures to motivate and improve performance. BY Anya Sostek