TABLE of CONTENTS April 2007Cover Story
BY Will Wilson
A privatization program unravels in its first year and raises questions about how it could go so far south so fast.
Federal prosecutors are increasingly eager to invoke capital punishment--even in states that don't like it.
If you're looking for cadres of BlackBerry addicts or Bluetooth-heads, don't look in Corpus Christi. There's nary a laptop computer to be seen on the...
Usually, it's just a mild skin infection, an irritating outbreak of pimples. But it can get much worse: The pimples can become painful lesions or...
When it comes to the growing costs of government, one thing particularly rankles Dean Rich, the finance director for O'Fallon, Illinois: two police officers claiming...
L.A. County supervisors have done something unusual--given up power voluntarily.
By one vote, the U.S. Supreme Court has altered the politics of air pollution.
Whenever the revenue picture in most states is relatively bright, grocery taxes inevitably emerge as a political issue in those places that still impose them.
The Business of Government
The Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, welcomes 40 million annual visitors, spans 4.2 million square feet and houses 32 shoe stores alone. But the mall's managers want to double its size, and they want state and local governments to help pay for it--to the tune of more than $200 million in tax breaks.
One of the toughest things for states or localities to do is get bona fide input from citizens on how they're doing.
Allowing skinny houses to be built on small lots can increase both density and affordability.