TABLE of CONTENTS December 2011Cover Story
BY John Buntin
The South has more green jobs than any other region. But will politicians keep investing in something many Southern voters don’t believe in?
The American Legislative Exchange Council’s conservative ideas are resonating in practically every area of state government. And its opponents aren’t happy about it.
Massachusetts may be the first state to use social impact bonds, a unique model that started in the U.K. for financing social programs.
Houston’s sports teams left the Astrodome over a decade ago, and leaders still don’t have the answer.
As more public employees use social media, mobile devices and cloud computing, cyberattacks are becoming a bigger concern. Is small-town America prepared?
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Several states increased taxes on the wealthy in recent years. The move brought in extra revenue but didn’t solve all of states’ budget problems.
In the nineteenth century, some states took control of local police forces. Today, St. Louis is the last big city whose force is still under state control.
After Lexington, Ky., earned the award for least active city, residents and the mayor took to the streets to boast their win in a Sedentary Parade.
Most states and cities stopped requiring that recipients be fingerprinted because it was costly and slowed the application process. New York City and Arizona are the last jurisdictions that still do it.
Without getting wonky, Gary Hustwit's latest shows what's working -- and what isn't -- in cities across the globe.
Republicans and Democrats call for fewer mandates. Both parties, however, have yet to answer fundamental questions about what government should do and how it should pay for it.
Companies are legally obligated to try to maximize profits. Some states are creating companies that can also factor employees, the community and the environment into financial decisions.
A Georgia program that President Obama wants to expand nationwide shows that businesses might hire more workers if they don’t have to pay for training.
Milwaukee hopes to pioneer new tech advances in farming that would create jobs and eliminate food deserts in depressed neighborhoods.
After instituting new bike lanes and one of the nation’s largest bikeshare programs in D.C., Klein hopes to have similar success as Chicago’s new transit chief.