TABLE of CONTENTS January 2013Cover Story
BY Alan Greenblatt
Thanks to term limits and anti-incumbent fervor, half the lawmakers across the country have less than two years’ experience.
Here are 10 of the biggest topics states will tackle in the year ahead.
Young leaders -- like Holyoke, Mass., Mayor Alex Morse who was 22 years old when he took office -- are injecting cities with a new energy.
POBs have bankrupted cities, including Stockton, yet some are still big players.
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For the first time in a long time, one party holds both the legislature and governorship in 37 states.
Whether anyone is there or not, New York state Assemblyman John J. McEneny calls a session every three days. There’s a reason why.
There are conflicting pressures on the universal service fee to maintain “plain old telephone service” on one hand and help pay for a broadband future on the other.
The federal tax code has, in effect, subsidized the cost of borrowing for state and local governments. Some say that could be poised to change.
Investigations uncovered a loophole that some compounding pharmacies exploited for financial gain. Now, regulators and policymakers must decide who’s going to close it -- the feds or the states.
Louisville, Ky., is pushing the limits of how government can use data to create a healthier living environment.
Can a collaborative network help 2nd tier cities?
Despite strained finances, there’s been no significant shift toward consolidation in recent years.
A community just outside the city offers homeless people a paycheck and place to live in exchange for work on a sustainable urban farm.
Nine-week program that teaches good morals, ethics and behaviors has resulted in increased reporting of incidents.
Letting the public test unfinished products saves agencies money and time.