TABLE of CONTENTS August 2012Cover Story
BY Dylan Scott
Colorado’s decade-long debate over how to manage medical marijuana has produced a tightly controlled approach that more states are starting to emulate.
Hit harder by the economic downturn than either cities or states, counties are feeling pressure from all sides, leading many to reexamine county functions altogether.
Unable to continue making payments on traditional retirement benefits, officials are trading in the old model and looking for a more efficient option.
Administering services to vulnerable populations is hard work. But tough public-sector jobs have a way of attracting top talent.
Localities from San Francisco to Jacksonville, Fla., are embracing bus rapid transit -- even if not everyone in the transportation community is sold on the idea.
In 1971, the Olin chemical company pulled out of Saltville, leaving the tiny town to fend for itself.
POLITICS + POLICY
In an attempt to curb the rising number of overdose-related deaths, several states passed legislation this year that gives legal immunity to people who call 911 to report a drug overdose.
American Planning Association poll finds only 6 percent of respondents oppose UN policy.
How states’ decisions to not require vaccinations and general budget cuts to public health have impacted the nation’s ability to prevent, track and treat disease outbreaks.
Louisiana was the first state to embrace “express lane eligibility."
Without laws protecting pedestrians and bikers, the goal of having truly livable cities in America remains out of reach.
Requiring freshman to “specialize” in particular subjects helped Florida significantly increase its graduation rate and decrease its dropout rate. Georgia is hoping for similar results.
New York will become the first state to make pro bono work mandatory for admittance to the state bar.
The state will begin a pilot program aimed at providing more child care in it's booming western oil region.
A rapidly spreading rumor about the California city last year offers a cautionary tale for public officials who think social media has little to do with the business of governing.