TABLE of CONTENTS January 2011Cover Story
BY Russell Nichols
States with term-limited legislators are seeking ways to counteract the drawbacks of high turnover. Here, former Michigan state Sen. Dennis Olshove points to a picture of state Senators circa 2004, now out of office.
These topics will capture the attention of state legislators in 2011.
In small and large cities alike, firefighters have gone from heroes to budget bait.
Former president of the International Association of Fire Chiefs Jeff Johnson shares his thoughts on the firefighting game.
Offshore wind farms are on the cusp of becoming a serious source of energy for a host of states -- if they can only get those turbines in the water.
Politics + Policy
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is playing an extremely active role in local government affairs.
Attorneys general in several states are seeking to overturn the federal health-care law.
Two Missouri cities may soon be facing a huge drop in tax collections.
Bullet trains may be sidetracked, but not commuter rail.
Governments take child nutrition into their own hands.
Illinois is among a handful of states expanding their in-vehicle alcohol-sensor laws to include first-time DUI offenders.
As the feds help states and cities, a new relationship may be developing.
The Urban Living Lab will show real-world implications of energy-efficient technology.
When the federal government starts reducing its deficit, watch out below!