TABLE of CONTENTS August 2015
BY John Buntin
America’s jails are filled with people suffering from severe psychological problems. But largely thanks to one judge, Miami found ways to keep the mentally ill out of incarceration and in treatment.
While other cities have struggled to finance their existing transit, Sun Belt cities like Phoenix have embraced light rail as a way to transform urban life.
Republicans want to make Kentucky the next Southern state with a GOP governor. It won't be easy.
A social policy experiment is spreading across the country as a new way to finance, deliver, and improve public services and problems. But its merits are so far unproven.
But can he survive in an increasingly liberal Seattle?
With so many governors running for president, new attention is being given to how out-of-state political trips are funded.
In some of the country’s most expensive cities to live, economists worry increased incomes will put even more pressure on housing markets.
Clementa Pinckney was killed in the Charleston church shooting, but his legislative legacies will live on.
POLITICS + POLICY
Wealthier people often move to gentrifying neighborhoods for the mom-and-pop stores, but their presence is driving the shops away. Can cities save them?
Republicans may have a supermajority in the legislature, but they can't seem to win statewide offices.
Even before Obama released his rules to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, dozens of cities pledged to become carbon-neutral. But how they will achieve that isn't always known.
Not that long ago, we hardly ever used or even knew the term. What changed?
Fiscally and politically troubled states can solve some of their money problems by increasing cigarette taxes, but it’s no long-term solution. Here's why.
Knowing why employees quit might keep others on the job, something governments struggle to do.
Auditors are irrelevant in most places. Two things could change that.