TABLE of CONTENTS March 2013Cover Story
BY John Buntin
Extreme goals are ambitious and attention grabbing. They also often seem impossible -- and that can be a problem.
Some states and localities are stepping in to fill the void left by federal aid. One successful model is emerging in Utica, N.Y.
There's a growing sense among some leaders that municipal bankruptcy -- unthinkable just a few years ago -- may be a valuable tool.
New management tools are a dime a dozen and often just old strategies with fancy new names. But a few do make measurable differences.
Under Bloomberg, the cityscape has been reshaped in unprecedented ways.
POLITICS + POLICY
As many as 20 million Americans are supposed to enroll in the online marketplaces and purchase health insurance this year. But many people still aren't aware that the exchanges even exist.
Four state legislatures meet every other year instead of annually. Lawmakers in North Dakota and Texas want to leave biennial budgeting in the past.
A new report examines 30 cities' online transparency efforts. View scores for each local government.
Ed Koch, the lively, contentious mayor of New York City who died at the age of 88 on Feb. 1, left an indelible mark on the city where he lived and worked for most of his life.
Public transit systems have accepted advertising for a long time. But it’s not always without controversy.
More than ever, the feds need states and local regions to take the lead in crafting promising new programs.
Rather than wait for lawmakers and insurers to provide adequate coverage, some dentists and public health advocates have taken it upon themselves to try to reduce the number of ER visits for dental problems.
Elected officials and experts aren’t sure if tax breaks actually create jobs. So why do they keep offering millions of dollars worth of subsidies to companies?
An analysis shows fatality rates vary by state, with most deaths in the South.
When management meets politics, management is generally the loser. What can policymakers do to heighten the chances that a reform will, at least, be given the opportunity to succeed or fail?
States are moving into the void left by Washington’s paralysis.
If there was any doubt about citizen desire to register online, California’s one-month experience with it running up to the November general election erased it.