TABLE of CONTENTS June 2012Cover Story
BY Alan Greenblatt
After nearly a century of moving north, African-Americans are reshaping cities and suburbs in the South.
Severe funding cuts and the record-high numbers of people going to college are forcing state university systems to make tough decisions about financial aid, curriculums, research and more.
President Barack Obama and the 26 states trying to overturn his federal health reform law say no, but some states have some real-world experience that could answer that question.
In the past, cities have resisted big-box stores. But now, government leaders from New York to New Orleans are actively courting places like Walmart and Home Depot to move in.
Cities from coast to coast are giving up parking spaces (and the revenue that comes from them) to create green public places for people to sit.
POLITICS + POLICY
A new law likely makes Indiana the only state where people are allowed to shoot cops under certain circumstances. The change, police officials say, not only puts officer’s safety at risk but the public’s too.
At least six states this year issued their tax refunds on debit cards, in a move they say will save money for both the taxpayer and the government.
A federal judge rejected part of a law that voter registration groups argued was so onerous it forced them to stop their voter drives in the state.
The McAllen school district is within the nation’s poorest metro area, and it's reduced spending on instruction. But district officials are betting their tech investment will pay off.
The State Legislative Leaders Foundation strives to provide “serious learning experiences” for its core constituency of about 500 legislative officials -- regardless of what party they belong to.
States can no longer rely on federal bailouts or taxes. For the latest on state revenues, click here.
Several Florida cities have on-site clinics that are free for public employees and result in fewer long-term health problems and lower costs for everyone.
Have we lost our capacity to think big? Asia and Western Europe are building a series of infrastructure mega-projects that dwarf our efforts.
Cities are finding creative uses for these environmentally unfriendly spaces.
Mental disorders are more common than heart disease and cancer combined -- one reason states and localities are teaching their employees how to recognize the signs of mental health problems and how to help.
Quality measures are transforming everything from billing practices to patient behavior.
By creating a collaborative community of entrepreneurs in Chicago's Merchandise Mart, the state of Illinois aims to increase innovation and job-growth in the region.
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation and an export services company want to help the state's businesses with unique opportunity to access on one of China's e-commerce sites.
In too many instances, they aren’t on the same page -- or even speaking the same language.