TABLE of CONTENTS June 2005

Cover Story

Wilder's Last Crusade

BY Rob Gurwitt

Virginia's ex-governor has made a career out of accomplishing the unexpected. He is betting he can do it one more time as mayor of a proud but messed-up city.

Features

The Politics of Preschool

Most states are sold on the benefits of universal preschool, but limited funding may compromise its quality and availability. BY Christopher Conte

Power Alignment

Four Western states agree to back a "superhighway" for electricity. BY Christopher Swope

Dock Shock

The competition for federal grants pits the security concerns of small ports against big ones and leaves all of them short of what they say they need. BY Zach Patton

Opening the Mail

When is an e-mail like a phone call--and when is it a public record or a secret meeting? BY Ellen Perlman

Stranded Seniors

Suburban life revolves around the car. When elderly residents are no longer able to drive, getting around gets complicated. BY Christopher Swope

Up Front

Potomac Chronicle

Border Wars

Immigration used to be considered strictly a federal issue. But it's heating up in legislatures all over the country. BY Donald F. Kettl
Politics

Local Avenger

Todd Smith has declared war against the red tape his state imposes on county government. BY Rob Gurwitt
Economic Development

Be a Ref, Give a Kidney, Save a Bundle

Every legislator has a list of constituents who need a break BY Alan Greenblatt
Economic Development

A Brake on Breaks?

States still like giving tax subsidies to big corporations, but they get nervous when their localities do it. BY Alan Greenblatt
Economic Development

White-Collar Blues

Public employee unions have suffered setbacks, but they're not as weak as they sometimes claim to be. BY Alan Greenblatt
Politics

Sagging in Sacramento

Somewhere between last year and this year, Arnold Schwarzenegger forgot how to focus. BY Alan Greenblatt
Politics

Sagging in Sacramento

Somewhere between last year and this year, Arnold Schwarzenegger forgot how to focus. BY Alan Greenblatt
Health & Human Services

Curbing Parking

Local zoning laws mandate parking spaces as if empty lots were a virtue. BY Alan Ehrenhalt

The Business of Government

Economic Engines

Survivor's Guide

It's federal, state and local governments--not individuals or even companies--that determine if a transportation idea sinks or swims. BY Alex Marshall
Economic Engines

Survivor's Guide

It's federal, state and local governments--not individuals or even companies--that determine if a transportation idea sinks or swims. BY Alex Marshall
Public Safety & Justice

Hurricane Hubris

Evacuating residents from the path of a storm is often a frustrating task for emergency officials. BY Ellen Perlman
Management & Labor

Portfolio Pressures

A Regular Way to Run a Pension Fund BY Alan Greenblatt
Management & Labor

Splish Splash

A City Sees a New Way To Keep Kids Cool BY Christopher Swope
Health & Human Services

Price Shopper: Vermont Mandates Details on Drug Prices

In an effort to check the increase in prescription drug prices, Vermont in March became the first state in the nation to require pharmaceutical companies to disclose to doctors the average wholesale price of a given drug. BY Zach Patton
Health & Human Services

Rx Data on Demand

A computer system helps reduce pain-killer abuse. BY Ellen Perlman
Economic Development

Easy Ride: California Will Figure Out Your Taxes For You

As tax season rolled around for Californians this past April, residents got an unexpected present from Uncle Sam: a pre-prepared state tax return. BY Elizabeth Daigneau
Finance

Topping Out

State and local sales tax rates inch higher BY Elizabeth Daigneau
Energy & Environment

Keeping the Outdoors Open

The opportunities for Americans to explore those places in the natural world that molded their country may be dwindling. BY Tom Arrandale
Economic Engines

The Stimulator

President Bush's proposal to change the way urban grants work raises questions about local economic development that have been ignored for too long. BY William Fulton