TABLE of CONTENTS November 2013Cover Story
BY Alan Greenblatt
By making it more difficult to get and keep government assistance like welfare, Kansas and a half-dozen other states are hoping people will make more of an effort to lift themselves out of poverty.
Public-private partnerships have become a trendy way to finance transportation projects. But there are big questions to ask before entering into a P3.
Three new books offer public officials insights into how people make judgments — and how institutions can make better decisions.
The Bay State is hoping its aggressive funding plan for community colleges will close its job skills gap. But not everyone is convinced.
The photo-sharing app isn't just for artfully filtered food pics. Governments are increasingly using Instagram to connect with citizens.
POLITICS + POLICY
As the District of Columbia’s CFO for more than decade, Natwar Gandhi’s turnaround story has been the envy of other financially struggling cities.
Some say striving for efficiency only sets governments up for problems.
Oklahoma is one of only a few states in which one executive oversees both cornfields and oil fields.
Privatizing parking meters was a disaster for Chicago. So why is Cincinnati doing it?
After watching some of their peers get into messy mishaps, public officials are increasingly avoiding traceable channels of communication like email, social media and online commenting.
The latest movement isn't so much a policy disagreement about health care as it is a no-holds-barred war for the future direction of domestic policy.
The law's new excise tax on high-cost health insurance plans leaves government officials with three choices -- all of which have undesirable consequences.
Municipalities across the country are cutting part-time workers' hours. Some say it's because of the new health insurance mandate, but others say doing so will actually cost governments more money.
Troubled cities need to look honestly at their trajectory and forecast for the future -- or else they may become the next Detroit.
Camden, N.J., one of America's poorest cities, has received hundreds of millions of dollars in state aid to keep it going. Yet by most measures, it's still failing.
Midland, Texas, ranks at or near the top of the list in every measure of recent economic and population growth. See how your area compares.
Facing a wave of retirements, governments are looking for new ways to build up the expertise and knowledge of people coming up in the organization.
Bridgeport, Conn., illustrates why governance, debt and demographics are so crucial for a healthy functioning city.
When a city is bankrupt, judges have a big say in whose bills will be paid. For now, all eyes are on Detroit and San Bernardino, Calif.
Following a precedent set by a Playboy installation that was deemed an unlicensed advertisement, Texas ordered the demolition of an iconic art installation.