TABLE of CONTENTS March 2016Cover Story
BY John Buntin
Can the strategy, which was originally developed to reduce gang violence, be replicated elsewhere?
In order for driverless cars to conquer the road, someone has to write the rules for their use. Right now, it’s not clear who that someone will be.
Divided government is always challenging, but what's happening in Maine right now -- where Gov. Paul LePage and the legislature are barely on speaking terms -- is an exercise in extreme political hostility.
Procurement is at the heart of almost everything a government does. But states vary widely when it comes to how well they manage the things they buy.
Puerto Rican immigrants -- many of them sick and in need of care -- are flocking to the states in unprecedented numbers. New York has volunteered to help the island, but it may not be able to.
With more qualified people in the position, the job is becoming more of a stepping stone to higher office.
New York governors and mayors have often squabbled, but no one can remember a time when relations were worse -- and costing New York City so much.
One of the nation’s most prominent libertarian legal activists is the newest member of the Arizona Supreme Court.
POLITICS + POLICY
A gritty blue-collar town in Minnesota reflects the tensions in many places located between cities and suburbs.
More than half a dozen governors are worth more than $100 million, worrying many about the influence of money on state politics.
With federal incentives to go electronic expiring this year, many wonder what can be done to reach physicians who still rely on paper.
A few cities are using leftovers to power buses and buildings.
Cities tend to favor building stadiums and convention centers over investing in education or human services. It's an understandable but troublesome trend.
New Orleans has been battling an increase in noise complaints ever since outsiders moved there after Hurricane Katrina. Its found a way, though, to keep residents happier and music going.
These are the top challenges governments will need to address in 2016.
It shows how technology can come to people’s aid -- sometimes faster than government.
Panama City Beach, Fla., gives new meaning to the phrase drunk tank.