TABLE of CONTENTS June 2014Cover Story
BY John Buntin
Painkillers prescribed by both well-intentioned doctors and so-called "criminals in white coats" are driving the overdose epidemic. States and cities are pioneering ways to control it.
In hopes of reducing the city's high crime rate, Camden, N.J., made a controversial and unprecedented move a year ago to replace its police force.
There’s no sure-fire way to get fiscal policy right. But there are a few simple ways to get it disastrously wrong.
Is the Ohio governor a conservative or an ideologue -- and will it even matter in November?
Increased partisanship in state and local government has caused the organizations representing them to lose some of their influence on federal policy. Can they get it back?
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The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is expanding its reach beyond the states to local governments.
After the Silicon Valley city that Facebook calls home slashed its police services, Facebook put funding down for a new police officer.
Nearly every state has faced lawsuits over school funding. But only in Kansas have judges tried to quantify the quality of education.
By letting citizens live in vulnerable places even after disaster strikes, governments plant the seeds for future disasters.
Which incumbent governors face a tough road ahead and which are expected to win re-election easily?
A new study suggests dental therapists would boost dentists’ profits and help more Medicaid patients get care. So why are dentists so opposed to states’ efforts to license them?
The old approach to how humans interact with nature is getting new life in an effort to make cities more sustainable.
Before streetcars practically disappeared, they carried millions of people around our cities. Will light rail systems decline too?
Policymakers are looking to attract immigrants in an effort to offset some regions' population declines.
ESOPs give employees part ownership of their companies and prevent major job losses when owners retire. But only two states support them.
After suffering deep cuts during the recession, public health officials are rethinking how to fund these essential services.