TABLE of CONTENTS January 2006

Cover Story

The Truth About Term Limits

BY Alan Greenblatt

Term limit laws have created some clear winners and losers. Among the losers are the legislatures themselves.

Features

Buy By Data

States that can apply "strategic sourcing" to their purchasing operations stand to save millions of dollars. BY Zach Patton

A Looser Lockup

Get-tough programs for juvenile offenders have largely failed to reduce recidivism. Missouri has had success with a less punitive approach. BY Ellen Perlman

An Unusual Outsourcing

Virginia partners for technology overhaul. BY Ellen Perlman

Legislatures 2006: Issues to Watch

As legislatures in most states come back into session this month, their members will be spending an unusual amount of time dealing with issues that involve other levels of government. BY Josh Goodman

Deficit Discipline

Elected Leaders Refocus on Results BY Elizabeth Daigneau

The Code War

As governments move toward uniform building codes, they are being lobbied by two rival groups that offer competing sets of standards. BY Christopher Swope

Up Front

Politics

Stressed Responders

Federal disaster money doesn't help much unless governments get together on how to use it. BY Sarah Harney
Health & Human Services

Medical Experiment

Should doctors run EMS programs? Louisville thought so--that's how Neal Richmond got there. BY Sarah Harney
Public Safety & Justice

When to Say When

Why some public officials in trouble don't step down BY Sarah Harney
Economic Development

Merit In the Classroom

Good teachers doing tough jobs are closer to a bonus. BY Sarah Harney
Economic Development

If You Build It...

Cities hope big arts venues will wow visitors. BY Sarah Harney
Politics

The Fellow Behind the Tree

A business-dominated commission may help Texas out of its school funding mess. BY Sarah Harney
Politics

Chips Fall In North Carolina

The nation's newest lottery may be more of a gamble than anybody thought. BY Sarah Harney
Politics

Chips Fall In North Carolina

The nation's newest lottery may be more of a gamble than anybody thought. BY Sarah Harney
Politics

Uniquely Unicameral

Nebraska's single-house legislative body is unlike any that has existed in any state before or since. BY Sarah Harney

The Business of Government

Infrastructure & Environment

Opening Up Gridlock

Voters put their money where the pain is. BY Sarah Harney
Infrastructure & Environment

The Bell Tolls: Revenue Relief for a Traffic Slump

Transportation officials in Orange County, California, have agreed to bail out the financially beleaguered San Joaquin Hills tollway. The deal will keep the toll road from defaulting on nearly $2 billion in bonds. BY Sarah Harney
Infrastructure & Environment

The Bell Tolls: Revenue Relief for a Traffic Slump

Transportation officials in Orange County, California, have agreed to bail out the financially beleaguered San Joaquin Hills tollway. The deal will keep the toll road from defaulting on nearly $2 billion in bonds. BY Sarah Harney
Technology

Child Proofing

Georgia Automates Its Family Services System BY Sarah Harney
Tech Talk

A Simple Solution

Success can depend as much on tweaking the way people use tools as on what those tools are. BY Sarah Harney
Smart Management

Gaming the Numbers

Many of the statistics policy makers use today are set in concrete but made of quicksand. BY Sarah Harney
Management & Labor

Talk of the Town

It's time to walk people through the choices they have to make in order to get health care that works for everyone. BY Sarah Harney
Politics

Median as Marketplace

Increasingly, local governments are limiting or banning solicitations along public rights-of-way. BY Sarah Harney
Public Money

Hedging Bets

With slow growth from traditional investments, pension fund managers are tempted by the snappy returns of alternatives. BY Sarah Harney
Energy & Environment

Meters Matter

Water limits finally set by a holdout city BY Sarah Harney
Energy & Environment

Gassing Up in Minnesota

A state ups the ante on alternative fuels. BY Sarah Harney
Economic Development

Mining the Future

For 125 years, miners hauled gold out of the Homestake mine in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Now that the mine has closed, Governor Mike Rounds thinks Homestake is due for a second gold rush, led by scientists whose work must be performed deep underground. BY Sarah Harney
Economic Development

Kansas City Goes Global

Local growth comes from ties to Canada and Mexico BY Sarah Harney