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Paul W. Taylor, Ph.D., is the editor of Governing. He also serves as the chief content officer of e.Republic, Governing’s parent organization, as well as senior advisor to the Governing Institute. Prior to joining e.Republic, Taylor served as deputy Washington state CIO and chief of staff of the state Information Services Board (ISB). Dr. Taylor came to public service following decades of work in media, Internet start-ups and academia. He is also among a number of affiliated experts with the non-profit, non-partisan Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) in Washington, D.C.

THE FUTURE OF Work

Five Changes Facing Public Employees When They Return to the Office – If They Do

May 14, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

Reopening the Economy Under COVID-19: States Plot a Way Back

Governing is building a 50-state map to visualize the changes underway to declare states “Open for Business” even as the coronavirus remains at large across the country.

May 22, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

More Help Is Likely on the Way for States and Localities and the Coronavirus-caused Recession — Including an Obscure Source of Federal Aid for Muni Bonds

Plus, drafting a fourth stimulus bill before the $2 trillion package is sorted out, considering recession scenarios, state positioning as economy shudders, and credit ratings could be more vulnerable than budgets.

March 31, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF What’s Happening Now

It's Phreaking 2020: Curiosity and Humor Key to Keep Driving Tech Forward

Disruption has long been a cornerstone of technology innovation, and new “hacks” to old problems remain essential to dreaming up and creating what’s new and what’s next — and asking whether we even need it.

March 25, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

New Stimulus Plan Intended to Soften Effects of COVID-19 Recession

Plus, U.S. now logs 100 cases across all 50 states, IMF lays out three-part global strategy, Muni bonds hit hard by coronavirus, and other budget effects.

March 17, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

Continuing Volatility Over Coronavirus, Cashlessness and Crypto

Plus, more tax software woes, fintech financial raises for building projects soften for 2020, Texas school district loses millions in phishing scam, and Americans would sell their privacy out for cheap on Facebook.

March 3, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

Climate Change as Catalyst for New Discipline of Spatial Finance

Plus, 50-State Fiscal Forecast Looking Up, New Bonding for CA Public Schools, and Privatization of NYC Public Housing.

February 18, 2020
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THE FUTURE OF Finance

Tax Pre-Season Is Underway with (Un)usual Jockeying, a New Simpler W-4 and a Better Deal for Low-Income Tax Filers

This week, Governing’s Future of Finance examines the moves made in advance of tax season, California’s crackdown on traffic fine scofflaws, the world’s largest money manager is making the climate crisis its primary investment criterion, and MIT’s “significant” Jeffrey Epstein mistakes.

January 21, 2020
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Go Public

The Tech Companies Helping Government Meet Its Mission

The fourth annual GovTech 100 list will be released this week.

January 8, 2019
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Go Public

Can Free Money Make Up for Widescale Job Loss?

Faced with the prospect of up to a third of jobs being eliminated by automation in the next decade, governments are taking another look at Universal Basic Income.

November 1, 2018
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Go Public

Homeless Donations Are Missing Something: Tampons

A nonprofit helped Athens, Ga., address this often-ignored need and wants to expand its services.

October 18, 2018
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Go Public

An Experiment in Civic Engagement

MIT researchers are trying something new to see if they can explain -- if not repair -- the relationship between the public and the government.

July 26, 2018
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Go Public

Governments Don't Always Pay Hackers, But What If They Did?

Going against the FBI's ransomware advice is one way state chief information officers are thinking for themselves.

May 31, 2018
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Go Public

Data Is Improving Government Services, But at What Cost to Citizens' Privacy?

Data now informs almost everything the public sector does, and it also informs on us.

May 17, 2018
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Go Public

Managing Citizen Engagement Overload

When government gets too much of a good thing, can open-source technology help?

April 18, 2018
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Go Public

SXSW Takeaways: 'The Immediate Future Is All About Cities'

Austin Mayor Steve Adler and several other city leaders discuss their experience at this year's South by Southwest conference.

March 14, 2018
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Go Public

SXSW 2018: What Mayors Want

Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson of Gary, Ind., and Mayor Darrell Steinberg of Sacramento spoke on a special SXSW preview episode of Governing's newest podcast, Go Public.

March 9, 2018
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Go Public

2 Strategies, 1 Goal: Helping Cities Solve Problems

NYCx and Urban-X have similar names but different models for coming up with better ways to deliver government services.

February 22, 2018
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Innovation Perspectives

Podcast: As Cities Look At Options For Financing Infrastructure, They Keep An Eye Out For Low-Income Residents

Four cities -- Pittsburgh, St. Paul, the District of Columbia and San Francisco -- field-tested collaborative approaches to paying for things that cities need.

November 28, 2017
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Stay informed.

The Districts Podcast: Getting to Know Capital Metro in Austin, Texas

Taking a brief look back at our recent on-the-ground events and getting to know Texas' Capital Metropolitan Authority.

August 24, 2017
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Stay informed.

The Districts Podcast: Detroit and Houston or Bust

Going deep on The Districts' program and purpose.

July 19, 2017
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Innovation Perspectives

Podcast: Building a New Urban Practice, City by City

A pop-up podcast recorded with a live audience that captures key learnings from the cities that learned them - detailed here with a full transcript.

October 28, 2016
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Innovation Perspectives

Podcast: A People-Centric Approach to Producing Impact for Low-Income Residents

A pop-up podcast recorded with a live audience that captures key learnings from the cities that learned them - detailed here with a full transcript.

October 28, 2016
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Innovation Perspectives

Podcast: Inspiring, Enabling, and Teaching Teams to Become Public Entrepreneurs

A pop-up podcast recorded with a live audience that captures key learnings from the cities that learned them - detailed here with a full transcript.

October 28, 2016
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Urban

Will Urban Innovation Teams Outlast Political Change?

They have become a staple in several cities. Whether they stay around is up to new mayors in charge.

October 22, 2015
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News

Campaign Video: Republican Candidate to California - Stop Gov. Brown's High Speed 'Crazy Train'

A former US Treasury Official pivots toward run for Governor's office takes aim at $68 billion rail initiative

February 19, 2014
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News

Everything is Awesome: The LEGO Movie as Metaphor for FutureStructure

Animated feature about building blocks and the people who love them illustrates the softer side of FutureStructure

February 19, 2014
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Innovation Perspectives

How the City Accelerator Works

3-year, $3 million collaboration to kickstart urban innovation crowdsources reviews of city pitches in selecting which ones will enter the City Accelerator

June 30, 2014
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Dispatch

Texas Senator's Twitter Typo Causes Accidental Gay Marriage Endorsement

Politicians took to Twitter to respond to the court's decision to strike down Texas' ban on same-sex marriage.

February 27, 2014
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Dispatch

Anonymous Blogging: Helpful or Hurtful?

Some media websites allow people to blog without disclosing their identities, but some worry that can confuse readers and spread misinformation.

March 1, 2014
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Dispatch

When Social Media Hits Home

How one agency handled a tragedy as it unfolded live on Twitter.

February 1, 2014
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Dispatch

Video: Christie's 2-Hour Lesson in Damage Control

The governor put in one of the best performances of his career.

January 10, 2014
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Dispatch

Why Do Politicians Prefer Old Media?

Even though Americans are increasingly looking to online media for their news, public officials still give preference to TV and print newspapers when responding to requests for information.

January 1, 2014
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Latest News

VIDEO: Washington State's Tax Breaks for Boeing

The legislature's unusually short three-day special session delivered on half of what the company wanted; the rest is in the hands of unionized machinists.

November 11, 2013
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Dispatch

Can Online News Outlets Help Fill Statehouse Reporting's Void?

Some worry that the drop in the number of reporters covering state capitals and the slow death of print media are making public officials and institutions less accountable.

October 1, 2013
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Dispatch

The Blurred Lines Between Social Media & Censorship

Indiana’s governor and D.C.’s transit agency got caught up in controversies after removing comments off their social media accounts. The takeaway? Public officials need to learn to keep their fingers off the delete button.

September 1, 2013
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Dispatch

Public Officials Beware: Media Will Uncover Your Lies

A little lie the Seattle mayor told his constituents about a gun buyback program may now cost him his re-election. It’s a lesson for all public officials about dealing with reporters.

August 1, 2013
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Dispatch

Are State Shield Laws a Double-Edged Sword?

Shield laws provide predictability, say media advocates. But some worry that championing such laws puts journalists in the same arena with those they cover.

June 28, 2013
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Dispatch

Supreme Court Looks at State Public Records Rules

A case before the nation’s highest court could change the way citizens, journalists and entrepreneurs access government-held information.

April 30, 2013
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Dispatch

Manufacturing in 3-D

Three-dimensional printing could be the next big economic engine.

March 29, 2013
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Dispatch

The Tricky Business of Commercial Advertising in Public Places

Public transit systems have accepted advertising for a long time. But it’s not always without controversy.

February 28, 2013
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Dispatch

What Privacy Means to Americans vs. Europeans

Experts are worried that disparate privacy rules between the two could pose a threat to future growth.

January 31, 2013
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Columns

Is Universal Phone Service a Sleeper Issue to Watch in 2013?

There are conflicting pressures on the universal service fee to maintain “plain old telephone service” on one hand and help pay for a broadband future on the other.

December 28, 2012
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Columns

Santa Claus and a Civics Lesson

A 115-year-old editorial on the existence of Santa Claus sheds light on the future of civics in America.

November 30, 2012
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Dispatch

Georgia Attracts Unlikely Students to Government Jobs

An internship program in Georgia is hoping to open young minds to a career in public service.

October 31, 2012
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Dispatch

Electric Vehicles’ Role in Meeting New Efficiency Rules

One man’s test of the electric vehicle charging infrastructure along the West Coast highlights the hurdles ahead for states and localities in meeting the Obama administration’s new fuel efficiency rules.

September 28, 2012
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Dispatch

Rethinking the Parking Lot

Everything we know about the automobile is under scrutiny, and so is everything we know about the parking lot. Should they be made of concrete or grass? Is their greatest purpose to generate revenue, store cars or act as a public space for people?

August 31, 2012
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Dispatch

Social Media and Public Finance: The Odd Couple

Public finance departments are significantly less likely than government in general to use social media or see its value in engaging with constituents. It might be time for this to change.

July 31, 2012
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Dispatch

North Carolina Politics Get in the Way of Governing

Gov. Bev Perdue and at least 30 state lawmakers have decided not to run for reelection this fall, many of them citing the loss of civility and willingness to compromise when it comes to doing the public’s business.

June 29, 2012
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Dispatch

One Legislative Organization Eschews Politics

The State Legislative Leaders Foundation strives to provide “serious learning experiences” for its core constituency of about 500 legislative officials -- regardless of what party they belong to.

May 31, 2012
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Dispatch

Mayor Brenda Lawrence Walks a Mile in Their Shoes

In Southfield, Mich., the mayor takes early morning walks with her constituents – a move that’s changed the physical and civic health of her city.

April 30, 2012
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Dispatch

Recession Recovery: Local Governments Must Guide the Way

People are finally starting to bounce back from the recession, and they’re looking to local governments -- not the feds or the states -- to guide them into a better future.

March 30, 2012
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Dispatch

Occupy Wall Street: What Does Its Future Hold?

The movement’s founder says short, surprise occupations and targeted messaging could force officials to address income inequality.

February 29, 2012
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Dispatch

Government Cloud Computing May Sustain Public Records

The fate of Data.gov, which housed hundreds of thousands of public data when its funding got cut, may contain the outlines of a model for sustaining digital records.

January 31, 2012
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Dispatch

Not Yet a State, Puerto Rico Practices Good Governance

Puerto Rico, which will vote on whether to become a state this summer, has reduced its spending by 20 percent in just two years with the help of public-private partnerships.

January 1, 2012
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Dispatch

A Call to Solve the National Obesity Problem

Less than twenty years ago, no states had an obesity rate higher than 20 percent. Today, no state has a rate lower than that.

November 30, 2011
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Dispatch

Full-Service Government Comes to an End

Whether we like it or not, it’s time to expect less -- lots less -- from government.

October 31, 2011
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Dispatch

Taking the Speed Out of High Speed Rail

Some studies say that sticking with faster (rather than the fastest) rail would allow the Northwest to transport more riders for half the cost.

September 30, 2011
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By the Numbers

GOVERNING Data: Stories Hiding in Plain Sight

GOVERNING is expanding our use of data and our efforts to put job-critical information in the hands of government leaders and practitioners

August 31, 2011
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Dispatch

The Nasty, Ineffective World of Politics

Politically-involved high school students could teach legislators a thing or two about compromise.

August 31, 2011
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Dispatch

Even the Sun Needs an Advocate

The success of New York City’s solar efforts wouldn’t have been possible without its on-the-ground ombudsmen.

July 29, 2011
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Dispatch

A Fundamentally Different-Looking Government

In Oregon, hard legislative choices reflect national structural changes under way.

June 30, 2011
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Dispatch

A Real Tea Party Moment?

State and local governments want to dump a costly tax provision that would bring more costs at a most inopportune time.

May 31, 2011
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Dispatch

Reinventing the Food Stamp Program

Free-market economists argue that replacing welfare programs with direct cash grants to the poor would require a smaller bureaucracy and be more beneficial to those in need.

April 29, 2011
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Dispatch

Can Texas Find a Future for a Third of its Workforce?

Almost a third of the state's workforce is neither a knowledge worker or a service worker. How will the state train and create jobs for this sect of the workforce?

March 31, 2011
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Dispatch

Why Hasn't Voting by Mail Spread?

Voting by mail is popular in the states that allow it. But some states are hesitant to make such a switch.

February 28, 2011
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Dispatch

Keeping Track of What's Important

A list of priorities and issues helps public officials remember what really matters in tough fiscal times.

February 1, 2011
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Dispatch

New York City's Ailment-Curing Prescription

America’s largest city shares lessons in urban renewal.

January 1, 2011
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Dispatch

Maintaining Productivity During the Holidays

State and local officials are thinking pragmatically this holiday season.

December 1, 2010
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Washington State Voters: No to Candy and Income Tax

The defeat of taxes on candy and income, plus approval of a supermajority needed for future take hikes, removes a "path forward" for policymakers.

November 4, 2010
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Dispatch

Politics: Problem or Solution?

Despite polarization, politics is still the way to get things done.

November 1, 2010
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Dispatch

The Resiliance of Procurement Reform in Georgia

A political transition down South will test the resilience of procurement reform.

October 1, 2010
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Confectionary Man Takes on Candy Tax

In this audio interview, the "candy man" featured this month's Dispatch column talks to GOVERNING about how taxes against candy are unfair.

July 6, 2010
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Dispatch

Revolving Around the Sun

A new model of how transparency works changes the view of open government.

June 1, 2010
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Dispatch

Pothole Principles

Preventing small problems from growing bigger takes on significance in today's economy.

May 1, 2010
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