TABLE of CONTENTS March 2003Cover Story
BY Christopher Swope
Lock up your laptops. Secure your airwaves. In the wide-open world of wireless, it isn't easy to keep out intruders.
"Tomorrow's tuition at today's prices." that's the slogan many states use to sell pre-paid tuition plans to parents and grandparents. The plans aim to make college affordable for the next generation of students while promoting in-state public schools.
This isn't the easiest time for localities to get money out of Washington. But they aren't about to quit asking.
In the midst of a fiscal crisis, many states are betting on the legalization or expansion of gambling to boost their revenues.
Commuting by water was all but dead a decade ago. Highway gridlock has brought it back to life.
Places can't stop drought from coming their way, but they can control its devastating effects.
Washington is trying to sweet-talk the states into a health care deal. The states should turn it down.
One of the handiest concepts for understanding how cities develop is the notion of "clustering," developed by Harvard business professor Michael Porter. Simple concept: It holds that, in some highly developed industries, leading practitioners need to be near one another, even when logic and high land costs might suggest that it's better to disperse.
The Business of Government
Protecting network systems against virus attacks takes good management--and a little bit of luck.
When California was in the throes of its energy crisis two years ago, state agencies did everything possible to conserve energy immediately. Employees unplugged coffee pots and refrigerators and even worked in the dark with flashlights.
Several health insurance companies have stepped up to say they intend to promote universal health care coverage.
Public interest in the Lewis and Clark bicentennial should benefit tourism in many states.
Tim Eyman has launched a number of successful anti-tax ballot initiatives in Washington State in recent years. Does that make Eyman a "horse's ass"?
The demise of the federal estate tax will take with it billions in state revenue--unless states distance themselves from the feds.
California's Coastal Commission was down--but now it is not necessarily out. Despite state and federal court rulings that deemed the agency unconstitutional, the California legislature is reviving it.
What, exactly, does a pilot's ability to right a plane after the tail fin snaps off have to do with the prosperity of Roswell, New Mexico? Plenty. The small city has landed a flight safety training center that will boost its image as an aviation hub and help attract more aviation-related businesses to the area.