TABLE of CONTENTS April 2017Cover Story
BY Daniel C. Vock
The state wants to expand an already hated highway in an impoverished Denver neighborhood. The neighbors are fighting back.
Cities and counties across the country recently elected reform-minded DAs who are taking a more strategic approach to prosecutors' typical tough-on-crime policies.
Using data to measure government performance has caught on in much of the country. But the tactic is in trouble in Maryland.
The billionaire philanthropist has vowed to secure retirement for public employees. So why do so many public employees despise him?
Many cities and states have made commitments to support and promote farm-to-table food. But few have fraud protections in place to make sure people are eating truly "local."
States had a cheaper option for investing in infrastructure, but they didn't take it. Now, they must pay the price.
Republicans want to do with health care what they already did with cash assistance for the poor. There are lessons to be learned.
The city has created a huge problem for itself -- one so big that bankruptcy isn’t off the table.
When it comes to certain issues, they put pragmatism before politics.
POLITICS + POLICY
In the past, politicians have ignored the realities that exist in big cities. They seem to be doing it again.
People who have HIV and lack stable housing are less likely to get the care they need. Some places are trying to solve both problems at once.
Industry experts are predicting (and warning) that a decade-old retrofit program will finally boom.
Experts say cities will be the new place for innovative policy. But there are two reasons that might not happen.
Decades of research has largely rejected claims associating immigrants with higher crime. A new Governing analysis finds the same to be true for undocumented immigrants in particular.
Cities and universities may finally be learning to work together.
Many public employees use unsanctioned software on work computers. It poses serious security risks.
Their drive to make a meaningful impact could provide the public sector a new pool of investors.