TABLE of CONTENTS March 2005

Cover Story

Barrier-Free IT

BY Ellen Perlman

Making state and local government Web sites accessible to people with disabilities is less a matter of dollars than sensitivity.

Features

A Rage to Reorganize

Governors are bent on reshaping and updating the way their governments work. BY Alan Greenblatt

Rolling the Credits

States are competing to lure filmmakers from Hollywood by offering hefty tax breaks. Are they giving away too much? BY Christopher Swope

Setting Limits on Medicaid

From TennCare's end to Florida's proposed new beginning, state Medicaid programs are working through difficult times. BY Penelope Lemov

The Fiscal Fast Lane

When a county is growing like Topsy, its finance officers have to move even faster--just to keep up. BY Ellen Perlman

Father Time

There's a growing focus in welfare policy on a long-neglected part of the problem: fatherhood. BY John Buntin

Up Front

Potomac Chronicle

Good Deed, Punished

A noble notion to limit state contractors from contributing to political campaigns put New Jersey crosswise with the feds. BY Jonathan Walters
Politics

Fiscal Finagler

Illinois politicians admire John Filan's ability to balance a budget. Not all of them admire his way of doing it. BY Alan Greenblatt
Urban Notebook

Developers (Heart) NY

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. BY Otis White
Smart Management

States' Not-So-Dire Straits

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. BY Alan Ehrenhalt

The Business of Government

Public Safety & Justice

Thinking Inside the Jury Box

Courts are trying to make their proceedings less baffling and more bearable to jurors. BY Alan Greenblatt
Infrastructure & Environment

Space Hogs

SUVs Send Cities To the Redrawing Boards BY Ellen Perlman
Infrastructure & Environment

An Airport's Big Deal

LAX reaches out to keep expansion problems at bay. BY Alan Greenblatt
Tech Talk

The eTax Collector Cometh

As states streamline their sales tax codes, they are moving ahead with the technology to make it easy for online businesses to collect the tax. BY Ellen Perlman
Technology

CSI: Orange County

Building a Better DNA Database BY Ellen Perlman
Smart Management

A Balancing Act

Contracting out services can benefit the bottom line, but not always. The trick is to figure out when it does and doesn't. BY Katherine Barrett & Richard Greene
Health & Human Services

Adjusting for Age

A new accounting rule could seriously undermine the health insurance that states and localities provide to their retirees. BY Penelope Lemov
Politics

Municipal Makeovers

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. BY Christopher Swope
Politics

Municipal Makeovers

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. BY Christopher Swope
Energy & Environment

Look Ma, No Bait!

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. BY Elizabeth Daigneau
Energy & Environment

Look Ma, No Bait!

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. BY Elizabeth Daigneau
Economic Development

Conventional Wisdom

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. BY Elizabeth Daigneau
Public Money

Breaking a Bond

Advanced refundings are on the line as the federal government sees revenue in cutting off some muni bond tax breaks. BY John E. Petersen
Economic Development

Byte Bait

North Carolina Ponies Up for Computer Jobs BY Christopher Swope
Economic Development

Byte Bait

North Carolina Ponies Up for Computer Jobs BY Christopher Swope
Economic Development

Bay Property, Sleeps 6,000

Real estate values may condemn San Quentin. BY Alan Greenblatt