TABLE of CONTENTS March 2017
BY Alan Greenblatt
Arizona was the poster child for Tea Party politics. Now the state's Republican leaders are focusing instead on core establishment issues. The shift there could signal what's to come across the country.
When state laws drive so-called "debt traps" to shut down, the industry moves its business online. Do their low-income customers follow?
Few families use them -- and even fewer put enough money away to matter. Advocates, however, say the programs are too young to judge.
States are increasingly investing in community health workers to improve their residents' health.
Brooklyn, N.Y., has one of the most innovative courts in the country -- not just for its approach toward defendants but also for its success in reducing recidivism.
After fighting his own battle over where to house his Star Wars stuff, he let the cities duke it out.
But the days of having lawyers regulate their own conduct are numbered in California. The question now is whether that will prompt others to end the controversial practice.
Two new governors have surprised their states by keeping many of the previous administrations' cabinet members.
The state’s lawmakers have a history of ethics and legal problems -- yet their constituents don’t seem to care.
POLITICS + POLICY
Hip restaurants have helped revive cities. But is the boom fizzling out?
U.S. politics isn't all poisonous. You just have to leave Washington to realize that.
It’s time for a history lesson.
The places that treat the poorest and sickest often fail to meet safety standards. Some say the penalties need to be adjusted.
Portland, Ore., is one of the nation's first cities to fully consider how environmental policies impact minority communities.
It's a counter to the "not in my backyard" mentality that has led to housing shortages in some cities.
Governors can affect their states’ employment picture, but not in the way -- or with the speed -- that most people think.
It isn’t easy to achieve, but simplicity should be a vital goal when serving the public.
The state revamped its procurement system so that it's not missing out on smaller, innovative firms anymore. The new process is already catching fire in other states.
Changes are likely on the way, and they could damage budgets.