TABLE of CONTENTS June 2013

Jamie LaRue, the man charged with running Douglas County, Colo.'s library system.
Facing higher prices and limited access to e-books from the major publishers, Jamie LaRue, the man charged with running Douglas County, Colo.'s library system, has inspired a national movement to promote smaller, digitally based presses and self-published authors. Barry Staver
Cover Story

Can Libraries Survive the E-Book Revolution?

Facing higher prices and limited access to e-books from the major publishers, one man has inspired a national movement to promote smaller, digitally based presses and self-published authors.

FEATURES

Does Puerto Rico Really Want to be the 51st State?

For the first time ever, a majority of the island's voters favor statehood. But while many think it's the answer to the territory's economic woes, others disagree. BY Zach Patton

Denver’s Making Public Housing Desirable

Denver’s newest development will promote healthy living, mass transit and energy efficiency. It also happens to be public housing. BY Zach Patton

Mississippi AG Jim Hood: The Last Democrat in Dixie

Somebody forgot to tell Mississippi’s attorney general that his party doesn’t win in the Deep South anymore. BY Zach Patton

Is Florida Gov. Rick Scott Misunderstood?

The Florida governor came into office with no political experience and promising to overturn Obamacare. But his switch to support Medicaid expansion suggests he’s learning on the job. BY Zach Patton

What Makes a Schwinn Bike?

Schwinn bikes first appeared on streets in the 19th century and were built in such a unique way that decades-old Schwinns can still be seen in Chicago and other bike-friendly cities. BY Zach Patton

POLITICS + POLICY

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Florida, Massachusetts and Nebraska's Lieutenant Governors Resigned in 2013

Three lieutenant governors -- in Florida, Massachusetts and Nebraska -- have resigned in the last four months. BY Zach Patton
Public Safety & Justice

Marijuana Legalization Blurs Lines Between Medicinal and Recreational Dispensaries

In creating regulations for its now-legal pot industry, Colorado referred to the rules already in place for its medical marijuana system – so much so that it can be hard to distinguish between the two. BY Zach Patton
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Bike-Share Technology Takes Trial Run in Hoboken

As New York City rolls out its bike-share program, Hoboken, N.J., is debuting its own that could offer a new way cities -- both large and small -- can encourage bicycling. BY Zach Patton
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Will San Francisco's Kindergartener Bank Accounts Catch On?

San Francisco was the first city to create college savings accounts for every kindergartener in public school. Now other jurisdictions are contemplating a similar program. BY Zach Patton
Politics

Supermajorities Aren’t Always so Super

Quite often, fighting breaks out within the parties -- not just between them. BY Zach Patton
Dispatch

Are State Shield Laws a Double-Edged Sword?

Shield laws provide predictability, say media advocates. But some worry that championing such laws puts journalists in the same arena with those they cover. BY Zach Patton
Potomac Chronicle

Feds Must be Part of the Climate-Change Equation

The problems associated with climate change can’t improve without collaboration between federal, state and local governments. BY Zach Patton
FedWatch

Who Should Regulate Guns?

After gun control measures failed in Washington, states are taking matters into their own hands. BY J.B. Wogan
Health & Human Services

States Cut Hospice-Care Coverage Despite Savings

According to recent studies, hospice care saves states millions of dollars every year -- yet some states are cutting the service from their Medicaid benefits. BY J.B. Wogan
Infrastructure & Environment

Massachusetts Uses Popularity of Environmental Stewardship to Pad Its Bottom Line

Massachusetts was the first state to offer so-called green bonds to fund environmentally friendly projects. The only thing new about the bonds, though, is the word ‘green’ -- a small addition that may be making the state big bucks. BY J.B. Wogan
Economic Engines

The Rolls-Royce of Private Partnerships

A new building in Virginia symbolizes a radical shift in economic development. BY J.B. Wogan
Urban Notebook

Is Big Data Just for Big Cities?

Small and midsize cities are behind in harnessing data to make a city run smarter. Dubuque, Iowa, is bucking that trend. BY J.B. Wogan

PROBLEM SOLVER

By the Numbers

What the GAO Predicts for States and Localities’ Future

A recent report by the Government Accountability Office finds a widening gap between projected revenues and expenses for years to come. Rising health and pension costs and less federal funding are just a few of the reasons. BY Mike Maciag
Smart Management

States and Localities Realize the Importance of Inspectors General

Although not every city and state is eager to form inspector general offices -- New York City leaders, for example, are currently debating the benefits of one for the police department -- the trend toward more of them has been steady. BY Mike Maciag
Better Government

Raleigh and Oakland Are Overdoing Hands-On Government

In these cities, as in many more across the country, elected council members have confused governing with administering. BY Mark Funkhouser
Tech Talk

Speeding Up IT Procurement

One of the surest ways to crush innovation is to run it through the typical government procurement process. Government purchasers have to act faster. BY Mark Funkhouser
Public Money

Could Medicaid be a Moneymaker?

Health reform may bend the cost curve for services well beyond health care. BY Mark Funkhouser