TABLE of CONTENTS May 2007Cover Story
BY Anya Sostek
With mortgage foreclosures at record levels, states are scrambling to regulate lending practices and products.
Current law prohibits it, but the SEC chairman is talking about reasons to regulate the municipal bond market.
This year, lawmakers in Washington tried everything to extend health coverage to the uninsured. They earmarked money to cover more children, allowed small employers to...
Rhode Island's been quick off the mark. When it comes to health IT, it's got a lot going for it. The governor, Donald Carcieri, doesn't...
For the past five years, clerks at the Colorado Department of Motor Vehicles have been enforcing new rules for getting a driver's license. It hasn't...
Tracy Finch would prefer to show visitors around the south side of Charlotte by train. But the city's first light-rail line won't open until this...
In the late 1990s, as an alderman in Somerville, Massachusetts, Joseph Curtatone was perpetually frustrated by the budgets his local legislature was supposed to be...
When Virginia reacted to the Supreme Court's eminent-domain decision, no one had a trickier balancing act than Governor Tim Kaine.
Governor Mike Beebe has split up his state's huge health and social services agency after a painful two-year experiment with consolidation.
Political success is never simple. But it seems the new governors who are making a mark are the ones who've paid their dues in state politics.
The Business of Government
A push is on in state legislatures to ease the serious shortage of organ donors. With more than 94,000 Americans waiting for a liver, kidney, cornea or other organ, many states are looking at the uniform organ donation laws they adopted in 1968 and debating an update.
The revenue losses are huge. According to an analysis by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, the 252 largest and most profitable American corporations collectively avoided $41.7 billion in state income taxes between 2001 and 2003. More than a quarter of the companies managed to pay no state corporate taxes during at least one of the years in question.
It takes far longer to build a major project today than it did a century ago. Why is that?
State legislators are taking a new interest in DNA databases and in whether the evidence stored in them skirts rules about privacy and security.
Liability rather than serendipity is the focus of playground design. Some are trying to change that.
It's tough to imagine that steamy Florida may be running out of water. Yet state and local water managers this spring barred homeowners from sprinkling...