TABLE of CONTENTS April 2013Cover Story
BY John Buntin
Cities are contracting with Code for America -- what some call “the Peace Corps for geeks” -- in an effort to seed Silicon Valley virtues in local government.
Some places aren’t waiting for another Sandy. They're taking matters into their own hands. But what’s best for one city may not be best for the region.
The businessman-turned-mayor is turning Mesa around while leading the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Could this moderate Republican bring his pragmatism and policy knowledge to the governorship next?
When a city’s economy depends on one employer, leaders will go to great lengths to make them happy. But to survive, towns need to attract new businesses.
Most of Fayette County’s elected leaders are Tea Partiers, shedding light on how Tea Party reformers -- if given full control -- might shape public policy and overhaul Republican politics at the local level.
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A Governing exclusive: Because of an error in the language of the Affordable Care Act, millions of people will be able to purchase private health insurance next year.
A few schools are guaranteeing four-year tuition rates for incoming students while the higher education world watches to see how the experiment works.
Many states -- Washington being the latest -- have revised decades-old codes and statutes to remove any gender bias.
Created four years ago, the federal office was supposed to engage cities and metro areas in all major policy decisions. Today, the Obama administration has “little to show for its efforts.”
A test that could curb deaths from the leading cancer killer is fighting for approval.
Most insurance companies aren’t adequately preparing for the challenges of climate change, according to a new report, but they are still well-positioned to take the lead on the issue and become vocal advocates in statehouses and on Capitol Hill.
We've summarized all the key issues governors talked about in their speeches to kick off legislative sessions.
There are lots of problems with pay for performance, but one of the most salient is that it implies that employees are slackers.