TABLE of CONTENTS July 2005Cover Story
BY Ellen Perlman
Pennsylvania's plan to use gambling revenue for property tax relief has turned into a political lemon.
In the latest round of budget cuts, mid-level managers are considered the easiest and most defenseless target.
Minority-contracting programs can be undone by a city's inability to distinguish between a real and a fake minority firm.
In Kansas politics, the Christian Right doesn't just pressure the establishment anymore. It is the establishment.
A new generation of web scribes is shaking up state capitol politics.
Pennsylvania is moving its big construction contracts away from the low-bid model.
Under a new federal law, state DMVs will be forced into the role of immigration police.
Getting reelected as a party outcast isn't easy, but Randy Kelly is trying.
Nothing in government lasts forever--but consent decrees come close. Is that necessary?
It's easy to boost school test scores--if you don't care how you do it.
When American Airlines pulled 200 daily flights out of St. Louis's Lambert Field airport in 2003, it wrecked the airport's finances. As you might have guessed, airports are weighted down with fixed costs-- things they must pay for regardless of how many people they serve, such as runways, terminals and baggage systems.
The Business of Government
King County has taken to the Internet to persuade commuters to keep their cars in the garage.
Award-winning programs usually spawn copycats, but there may be good ideas to replicate from innovative projects that falter.
Even if it's nailed down, thieves are stealing government property to sell for scrap.