TABLE of CONTENTS September 2005

Cover Story

Say Hello to Kyoto

BY Alan Greenblatt

Global warming is being addressed by the states.


The Impatience of Paul Vallas

Philadelphia's school superintendent is brimming with ideas about how to improve things, and he's trying all of them at once. BY Alan Greenblatt

Chip on Your Shoulder

Radio frequency technology offers government some breakthrough possibilities. It also scares people. BY Ellen Perlman

Chip on Your Shoulder

Radio frequency technology offers government some breakthrough possibilities. It also scares people. BY Ellen Perlman

Battle of the Badges

Tense relations between police and fire departments, long a fact of life in many cities, are now emerging as a serious domestic- preparedness problem. BY John Buntin


Midwestern states are experiencing a round of legal challenges to longstanding laws that ban corporate ownership of farms. BY Ben Delman

Up Front

Potomac Chronicle

Whose Guard Is It, Anyway?

The part-time soldiers fighting for the Pentagon overseas have work to do at home. BY Jonathan Walters
Health & Human Services

Blunt Instrument

Lillian Koller likes to cut through red tape--even if that means bending a few rules of courtesy. BY Rob Gurwitt
Public Safety & Justice

The Immigration Challenge

Some bureaucracies know how to solve human problems. Some don't. BY Alan Greenblatt

School Finance Forever

When it comes to education funding, only one word seems to count: more. BY Alan Greenblatt

Stuck on Contracts

Everybody agrees John Rowland made a mess managing Connecticut. What they don't agree on is how to fix it. BY Alan Greenblatt

Security by the Barrel

The politics of staying safe is still politics, whatever you choose to call it. BY Alan Greenblatt
Health & Human Services

Not Getting Married

Short of reaching the altar, the gay-rights campaign is making gains. BY Alan Greenblatt
Urban Notebook

Do Cameras Prevent Crime?

The London bombings show the promise and limitations of surveillance cameras. In the July bombings, the cameras were extremely valuable as investigative tools, capturing the bombers and an accomplice on tape, but did nothing to deter the crime itself. BY Otis White
Smart Management

Big Bucks to Buckle Up

Seat-Belt mandates are no panacea, no matter how much money is thrown at them. BY Alan Ehrenhalt

The Business of Government

BY Alan Ehrenhalt

BY Alan Ehrenhalt
Infrastructure & Environment

A Tenncare Tune-Up

Putting medical records online BY Zach Patton

Data Delivery: Rap Sheets in Real Time

Crime fighters in New York City have a new high-tech tool for catching perps. It's a massive data warehouse, run by a team of analysts and investigators who can put valuable information in detectives' hands before they even arrive at a crime scene. BY Christopher Swope
Smart Management

Apples to Umbrellas

Criteria and formulas for basic performance measures are so varied, comparing data from one state to another is often a fruitless exercise. BY Katherine Barrett & Richard Greene
Health & Human Services

Wellness: Carrots and Sticks

There's danger in expecting wellness programs to work miracles and abandoning them when they don't. BY Penelope Lemov
Health & Human Services

Civilizing the Alley

New Urbanists promote back streets to bring neighbors together. BY Christopher Swope
Public Money

Costing Out Security

The economic burdens of "hardening" transit systems are huge--and raise politically divisive questions. BY John E. Petersen
Energy & Environment

Repaving Those Parking Lots

Austin targets coal-tar sealants as polluters BY Josh Goodman
Energy & Environment

Trailblazers: Regulators Put a Lid On Burn Offs

Two California air quality management districts have taken the lead in regulating flaring at oil refineries. BY Josh Goodman
Economic Development

A Beef Plant Goes Bust

Mississippi's failed plan is costly BY Ben Delman
Economic Development

Trading Up: Show-Me-State Shows Business New Bait

Missouri is paying employers to pay their employees more. A new law-- the Quality Jobs Act--gives companies tax breaks for hiring workers but asks a lot in return. BY Ben Delman