Amanda Andreavich and many of the other people at the Elwyn center in Wilmington, Del., work both in integrated jobs and at sheltered workshops.
Amanda Andreavich and many of the other people at the Elwyn center in Wilmington, Del., work both in integrated jobs and at sheltered workshops. (Photos by David Kidd)
Cover Story

Hidden or Unemployed: America's Failure to Get Disabled People Jobs

BY Chris Kardish

A generation after the Americans with Disabilities Act, states are facing federal demands to rethink their approach to helping disabled people find work. But could the policy shift worsen their prospects?


The Tyrannosaurus Rex of State Politics

Billionaire Rex Sinquefield's crusade to control Missouri politics sheds light on the power and limits of money in contemporary American politics. BY Alan Greenblatt

Farmers and Cities Play the Water Pollution Blame Game

The White House finalized a rule last week to strengthen the Clean Water Act. But it doesn't resolve the fights going on between urban and rural interests in Iowa and elsewhere over how to clean up. BY Daniel C. Vock

Terry McAuliffe’s Barnstorming of Virginia

The progressive governor has the business acumen to lure companies and jobs to the state, but can he win over an increasingly conservative legislature? BY Zach Patton

The Struggle to Tax the Cloud

As the economy shifts from one that relies on goods to one that relies on services, states are finding it hard to capture revenue from constantly evolving technologies like cloud computing. BY Liz Farmer


Health & Human Services

Lessons From L.A.'s Failed Fast-Food Ban

After Los Angeles banned the expansion of fast-food places in some parts, obesity actually increased. BY Mike Maciag

My Brother’s Keeper Is Great, But What About the Girls?

Critics say the president’s new program to help young black men unfairly excludes black girls who, by many measures, experience the same problems. BY J.B. Wogan

The Story Behind the Prominent Rise of State AGs

The role of attorney general in states has evolved from policy enforcer to policy creator. BY Alan Greenblatt



One Iconoclast’s Blunt Message on Transportation Funding

After advising municipalities on how to construct roads for years, Charles Marohn now believes America needs to stop building new highways. Will his new way of thinking catch on? BY Alan Ehrenhalt
Potomac Chronicle

Are Schools Overregulating What Students Eat?

A recent incident involving Double Stuf Oreos highlights the debate about how much supervision of children is too much. BY Donald F. Kettl

A Win for Political Compromise

A primary challenge this week sent a message to politicians nationwide about how much freedom they have to step outside party lines. BY Alan Greenblatt
Health & Human Services

Congress' (Maybe More Than) Million-Dollar Medical Question: Who Will Pay for Cures?

A congressional bill that aims to encourage drug breakthroughs leaves unanswered the question of who will foot the bill for medical miracles. BY Chris Kardish
Infrastructure & Environment

One City's Quest to Turn Trash Into Cash

Phoenix is building a research and technology campus in an effort to transform itself into a center for waste innovation. BY Elizabeth Daigneau
Economic Engines

When Are Planes, Trains and Automobiles Fast Enough?

We travel much quicker than we used to and are still pushing to increase the speed. But that’s not necessarily a good thing. BY Alex Marshall
Urban Notebook

Are Millennials Really More Urban Than Previous Generations?

Most of them actually live in the suburbs. BY William Fulton


Management & Labor

Are Some Government Jobs Gone for Good?

In localities badly hurting for revenue, public employment may never return to pre-recession levels. BY Mike Maciag
Smart Management

Training May Be Valuable, But Few Governments Measure Its Success

And without proof of its value, cash-strapped states are increasingly cutting training budgets. BY Katherine Barrett and Richard Greene
Better Government

Why the Fiscal Issue That Matters Most Isn't Pensions

It’s infrastructure, yet pensions get more of policymakers' attention. BY Mark Funkhouser
Tech Talk

Advice for State CIOs: Make IT Interesting

New CIOs need to learn the importance of marketing technology to leadership. BY Tod Newcombe
Public Money

3 Ways to Bring Taxes Into the 21st Century

But only one of these three modernization methods of revenue raising has a chance. BY Justin Marlowe
Management & Labor

America's First Government-Owned Marijuana Store

The Cannabis Corner is the only (but probably not the last) place where public workers are paid to sell pot. BY Elizabeth Daigneau