TABLE of CONTENTS March 2015
BY Chris Kardish
More kids in the U.S., especially low-income and foster-care children, are on antipsychotics than in any other country. States are just starting to intervene.
Most governments don’t plan for population growth well. But Utah’s grassroots, nonideological, research-based approach has become a model for other states and localities.
Driven by fear and frustration, protesters are starting to drown out the supporters of the nation's most ambitious attempt to fix failing schools.
Southern California’s Salton Sea has been neglected for decades, but there’s reason to hope for its restoration.
POLITICS + POLICY
The use of the once-popular traffic devices has been in decline since 2013.
The head of the White House Office of Governmental Affairs talks about his plans for the job and what to expect on the domestic front during Obama’s remaining time in office.
Some worry the benefits of a better education don’t outweigh the new problems it brings.
Dan Gilbert of Detroit is just one example of what a CEO determined to help their communities can accomplish.
The lack of urban legislators in Republican states means cities will have their concerns largely ignored or challenged.
A looming court ruling will decide whether states have to give minimum wage and overtime pay to home health aides. Most states argue it would be financially crippling.
Decades of stagnant pay is costing states and localities tax revenue.
Most politicians fail to communicate the importance of policies to the public because they lack skills in the art of the anecdote.
Legal immigrants are some of the nation’s biggest job creators, which is why more cities are viewing them as a key to economic revival.
On-demand services like Uber and Airbnb will force state and local governments to rethink taxes, zoning and retirement.