TABLE of CONTENTS October 2010Cover Story
BY John Buntin
Bobby Jindal took office with a mandate to change state government. Three years later, it’s the governor’s approach to leadership that has changed instead.
From Vermont to Hawaii, moderate governors are leaving office after the fall elections. Will partisan purists soon be running state government?
Democrats are poised to lose a slew of state legislative chambers and attorney general offices.
In the nine states that don’t levy a personal income tax, the politics of staying that course remains powerful.
Could algae be the next big thing in biofuels? Some states are finding out.
Politics + Policy
Growing concerns about the risks associated with serious head injuries are catching the attention of state legislatures.
Oregon's public pension performance in the past decade has been stellar, but can they maintain it in years to come?
Is this the perfect year for Florida voters to constrain development?
Court cases rarely travel up to the Supreme Court, so lower courts are often the last stop for controversial cases.
Students design medical technologies with the patient in mind.
A new rating system seeks to make sustainable landscapes standard.
Government keeps adapting to how information and people travel.
A nearly two decades-old reporting system designed to prevent benefit fraud is helping cash-strapped states save millions -- but not in the way originally intended.
Michigan broadens its IT consolidation initiative to facilities and administrative services.
Even in tough times, North Carolina's Parks and Recreation Director Lewis Ledford keeps state parks bustling.