TABLE of CONTENTS March 2011Cover Story
BY Russell Nichols
With venture capital firms scaling back, state governments are stepping in to fund early-state, high-risk startups.
State and local governments are questioning the need for large, centralized, costly IT departments.
With governments facing fiscal pressures, IT services and applications delivered through computer servers may save on costs.
From mayors to police departments to high schools, tablet computers are changing the way government works.
When it comes to easing inept teachers out of the classroom, Toledo has been charting the way.
Eco-friendly fleets aren't all stalled, but they've shifted to a lower gear.
Politics + Policy
States have cut mental health funding by more than $2 billion. Things may get worse this year.
Different circumstances and a favorable political climate make school vouchers more attractive than before.
At all levels, denigration of public service is a legacy of the recession.
Public libraries are now the place to stretch your mind and body.
In his State of the Union speech, President Obama was using the language of economic investment -- language mayors and governors use all the time.
City motorists need to remember that streets aren't just for cars anymore.
Times are tough for libraries. To keep the doors open, one city is turning its operations over to the county.
Can self-service laptop dispensers help libraries offer more public computers?
Former City Councilmember Jean Quan hopes to make her office more accessible and transparent.