TABLE of CONTENTS June 2015
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?
Billionaire Rex Sinquefield's crusade to control Missouri politics sheds light on the power and limits of money in contemporary American politics.
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.
The progressive governor has the business acumen to lure companies and jobs to the state, but can he win over an increasingly conservative legislature?
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.
After Los Angeles banned the expansion of fast-food places in some parts, obesity actually increased.
Critics say the president’s new program to help young black men unfairly excludes black girls who, by many measures, experience the same problems.
POLITICS & POLICY
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?
A primary challenge this week sent a message to politicians nationwide about how much freedom they have to step outside party lines.
A congressional bill that aims to encourage drug breakthroughs leaves unanswered the question of who will foot the bill for medical miracles.
Phoenix is building a research and technology campus in an effort to transform itself into a center for waste innovation.
We travel much quicker than we used to and are still pushing to increase the speed. But that’s not necessarily a good thing.
Most of them actually live in the suburbs.
In localities badly hurting for revenue, public employment may never return to pre-recession levels.
And without proof of its value, cash-strapped states are increasingly cutting training budgets.
It’s infrastructure, yet pensions get more of policymakers' attention.
But only one of these three modernization methods of revenue raising has a chance.