TABLE of CONTENTS May 2013
BY Rob Gurwitt
Overshadowed by baby boomers on one side and millennials on the other, it’s Generation X that’s actually shaping the way government and citizens interact.
Washington used to know how to listen to the states; there was even a commission for intergovernmental relations. Can Washington overcome politics and partisanship to work together again?
Nobody knows exactly what the Affordable Care Act will do to the insurance industry. But many in the private sector, including Aetna’s CEO, are saying it’s time for the industry to change.
Four years after President Barack Obama declared high-speed rail a national priority, the financial hurdles seem higher than ever.
In Santa Rosa, Calif., the electricity powering a lamp may very well come from recycled wastewater.
POLITICS + POLICY
Local boards were designed to take politics out of education. But increasing politicization of the boards themselves has led to calls to eliminate them.
California’s lieutenant governor, widely seen as a potential gubernatorial candidate, writes about the importance of citizen engagement in his new book “Citizenville.”
Many municipalities prohibit sex offenders from living near parks. L.A. and Miami are taking it one step further and calling patches of grass “parks” in order to rid their cities of the offenders who currently reside there.
The laboratories of democracy have reopened after the recession. But they’re not delivering the results that most experts have been conditioned to expect from them.
These demographics will have a profound effect on the needs of the country, and state and local officials need to take notice.
The legislation fizzled last year as Congress became mired in the fiscal cliff debate. But advocates are hopeful for a different result this time.
As health care for the poor expands, so does the potential for Medicaid abuse. Three states’ experiences with fraud prevention give insight into its value.
The world needs water. Milwaukee not only has lots of it, but it also has transformed itself into a hub for water research and technology.
Gov. Rick Perry often touts Texas’ economic success, which he attributes to lower taxes and fewer regulations than cash-strapped California. But if Texas is so compelling, why did Perry go to California looking for new companies?
The historic tax credit, which has helped preserve thousands of old buildings in cities across the country, is at risk of being eliminated.
Rural populations are shrinking as Americans migrate to cities and suburbs. As a result, rural areas are mobilizing to grow and convince residents to stay.
Healthy reserve funds allow governments to be careful and smart.