TABLE of CONTENTS March 2005Cover Story
BY Ellen Perlman
Making state and local government Web sites accessible to people with disabilities is less a matter of dollars than sensitivity.
Governors are bent on reshaping and updating the way their governments work.
States are competing to lure filmmakers from Hollywood by offering hefty tax breaks. Are they giving away too much?
From TennCare's end to Florida's proposed new beginning, state Medicaid programs are working through difficult times.
When a county is growing like Topsy, its finance officers have to move even faster--just to keep up.
There's a growing focus in welfare policy on a long-neglected part of the problem: fatherhood.
A noble notion to limit state contractors from contributing to political campaigns put New Jersey crosswise with the feds.
In the future, we'll study different cities for how they managed the great urban turnaround at the end of the 20th century. We'll go to Philadelphia to learn how to revive a downtown and manage homelessness. We'll study Chicago for urban vision and street beautification.
This is a season of lamentation for believers in the American federal system, or at least for those who believe state governments ought to occupy a position of honor and respect within it. States and their advocates complain that they are being bullied and pushed around by every branch of government in Washington: preempted, mandated, zeroed out, lectured to and generally dissed.
The Business of Government
Courts are trying to make their proceedings less baffling and more bearable to jurors.
LAX reaches out to keep expansion problems at bay.
A new accounting rule could seriously undermine the health insurance that states and localities provide to their retirees.
Had Robert Moses, New York City's legendary planning commissioner, lived to see reality television, he probably would have loved the premise of "Town Haul," a new show on The Learning Channel.
In Vermont, residents are allowed to shoot fish. In Wisconsin, they can spear fish. And in Missouri, they soon will be able to catch fish with their bare hands.
Cities are still hot on the idea that if they build it, it will pay off. Over the past decade, new public capital spending on convention centers has doubled to $2.4 billion annually, and 44 new or expanded convention centers are currently in planning or construction stages.
Advanced refundings are on the line as the federal government sees revenue in cutting off some muni bond tax breaks.