TABLE of CONTENTS September 2015Cover Story
BY Chris Kardish
The region's coastal marshes are disappearing, making it even more vulnerable to storms like Katrina. Municipalities want to make the state’s biggest industry pay for the damage.
Oklahoma’s Republican attorney general sues the federal government -- and even other states -- every chance he can get. Will his legal battles change the future of American politics?
As states around the country embrace Tennessee’s turnaround model, the experience of one Memphis high school shows policymakers about its potential and perils.
In many ways, Colorado Springs and other cities have rebounded. But things aren’t as good as they seem.
Politics and funding have often stymied the legislative push to pay employees forced to take time off to care for newborns or sick family members. But attitudes about work-life balance are shifting.
The business community has a reputation for being skeptical about public spending and regulations. But on some issues, they're actually government’s strongest ally.
Women make up nearly half of public-sector workers but just over 10 percent of city managers -- a rate that's barely budged in three decades.
To deter questionable (but not necessarily illegal) conduct, the state plans to publicize when officials abuse their power.
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When cities try to regulate them, they find themselves in a legal minefield.
Maine Gov. Paul LePage has become so unpopular with lawmakers that many Democrats and Republicans have united against him. What does that mean for the next three years?
New research shows that having affordable health insurance can improve people's health -- but only if a state’s health-care system actually works.
The more water people save, the more money utilities lose. But new pricing models could change that.
Minorities are underrepresented in nearly every large law enforcement agency in America. Some police agencies are now looking to change that.
Government agencies can learn a lot from tracking and analyzing grievance claims.
Laws and regulations make it increasingly difficult for public officials to get anything done. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible.
In Roanoke, Va., Facebook, Twitter and all their social-network cousins have a home in every government agency.