TABLE of CONTENTS May 2011Cover Story
BY Ryan Holeywell
State and local leaders have taken to saying, ‘We’re broke.’ The true story is a lot more complicated.
Nonprofits deliver crucial health and human services to the most vulnerable populations, but state budget constraints are endangering their operations.
Cities are struggling to increase residential density without destroying single-family neighborhoods. That means the return of the backyard cottage.
Governments are adopting new and strengthening existing building codes, hoping others will follow their lead.
States are increasingly utilizing prison labor to plug budget holes, but public employee unions aren’t happy.
Politics + Policy
Unpopular governors have good chances of winning re-election -- as long as they push their most controversial policies early on.
While some states offer extra protection for statutes enacted by popular vote, legislatures can still overturn ballot initiatives in most states.
Exaggerating problems is more about politics than budget balancing.
An Ariz. county will begin testing its employees and offering health insurance discounts to nonsmokers. But is it right to find and penalize those who smoke?
Temporary work is becoming the norm. Economic developers must change their focus if they want to create jobs in this new economy.
With little or no additional funding, geomapping can help law enforcement fight crime while lowering traffic incidents.
The distinctions between gaps and deficits can show just how dire a city or state's condition is.
The industries that David C. Boyd regulates tend to fly under the radar until a crisis like the tsunami in Japan arises.