Unlike mortgage and payday lenders, the growing number of institutions that offer quick cash to small businesses are still largely unregulated. Chicago is the first trying to change that.
Even though states spend more on payroll than anything else, many governors no longer look to human resources for advice on their workforce.
The latest Brookings report is perhaps the broadest ranking yet, rating more than 4,000 two- and four-year schools.
Most cities already freely share ideas with others, but some are starting to sell their best practices to other local governments.