TABLE of CONTENTS September 2016
BY John Buntin
The ambitious public management crusade of the 1990s has made a mark on governments everywhere. But it’s fallen short of some of its goals.
The water crisis in Michigan highlighted major problems with not just federal regulations but the way localities enforce them. That's all likely to change soon.
Every 20 years, the United Nations has a conference to discuss the future of cities. So far, it appears almost no mayors from America will attend.
People in remote areas have long lacked access to mental health services. The movement to fix that is showing signs of life.
The retailers are deploying a ‘dark store’ strategy that’s hurting cities and counties around the country.
The controversy surrounding Trump University showcases some of the sticky political situations that many attorneys general have been getting themselves in.
Even if Greg Abbott spurs a national constitutional convention, there are many unanswered questions surrounding such an event.
The plan to achieve statehood easily won voters' support on Tuesday. But will it win the support of Congress?
POLITICS + POLICY
It's making a comeback in public schools. But to really make voters more informed, the curriculum could use an overhaul.
Several Republican governors have actively campaigned against lawmakers in their own party this year -- in most cases, only to see their efforts backfire.
Vermont, one of the nation’s most solar-friendly states, is about to find out.
Some say police officers are increasingly reluctant to intervene in dangerous situations, fueling a crime wave in cities throughout the nation. Others say that's just not true.
Solving homicide cases is the best way to prevent future ones.
Cities are experimenting with ways to meet the goals of affordable housing while still reaping the benefits of the sharing economy.
It’s the most littered item in the U.S. -- but it might not be if more places adopted this approach.