November 30, 2011
Massachusetts may be the first state to use social impact bonds, a unique model that started in the U.K. for financing social programs.
September 30, 2011
Georgia is the latest state to comply with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling to move mental health patients out of hospitals and into the community.
September 30, 2011
In 2006, the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) graded states' mental health-care systems. The national average was a D. In a follow-up three years later, that average didn't change.
September 30, 2011
Under the agreement with the Justice Department, Georgia will end new admissions to state mental hospitals and develop assertive community treatment, intensive care management, supported housing and supported employment programs to serve 9,000 people with mental illness over the next four years.
August 31, 2011
The successful landing of NASA’s rover Curiosity on the surface of Mars is a reminder that America’s space exploration program is in a state of transition.
August 17, 2011
A coalition of social welfare groups urges Californians to cancel Amazon accounts until the online retailer starts collecting state sales taxes.
August 3, 2011
California's high-speed rail project suffers another blow as federal cuts threaten its future. Can a trip to China help legislators put the project on the right track?
July 19, 2011
To save redevelopment agencies, cities and organizations have two bleak choices: sue or pony up $1.7 billion.
July 12, 2011
Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone believes that the state is “ungovernable” and proposes that 13 conservative counties split from California.
June 30, 2011
Companies have been pitching the cloud as a virtual field of dreams that can help make storage issues and server problems disappear. But is that true?
June 30, 2011
In opposing the strict federal education law, state education leaders seek to take control by defying requirements.
June 28, 2011
In a recent ruling, the Supreme Court shot down a California law, which bans the sale of violent video games to minors.
June 21, 2011
On the heels of a comprehensive study about the huge price tag on California's death row, one state senator proposes to abolish the death penalty once and for all.
June 17, 2011
Stanford University lawyers gear up with a political consultant to pitch a reform initiative for one of the harshest sentencing laws in the nation.
June 14, 2011
After four decades of destructive drug control policies, will the U.S. change its ways?
June 9, 2011
Despite the popular picture of states divided by red and blue lines, researchers found that most citizens share a diverse range of liberal and conservative beliefs.
June 8, 2011
With a budget deadline approaching, California lawmakers can learn a thing or two from the Nevada Legislature on finding common ground.
June 6, 2011
Shortchanged foster parents in California are expected to receive long-overdue raises in payment rates, no thanks to the state Department of Social Services.
June 3, 2011
California schools use control over spending decisions to plug budget holes, special programs suffer, study finds.
June 1, 2011
Across the country, the process of drilling for natural gas has created an explosion of controversy around the rules of disclosure.
May 31, 2011
Here's how to plan, fund and make a safer, more efficient transportation system.
May 27, 2011
Inmates in cramped cells and lawmakers outside of them feel the pressure of funding shortage.
May 25, 2011
California education cuts may be less severe then originally thought. But overall, schools still need help.
May 17, 2011
Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to demolish California’s wall of debt can’t get around GOP’s wall of doubt.
May 13, 2011
Even though states may not have the data to know how well their transportation investments fared, they still need to consider options that could maximize the value of any transportation spending.
May 10, 2011
To get a bigger fence along the border with Mexico, lawmakers propose online donations and prison labor.
May 6, 2011
To charge or not to charge? With gas tax revenues on the decline, states are exploring electric car fees as a way to help maintain roads.
May 5, 2011
In the wake of a catastrophe, an effective recovery effort requires a functioning government -- an issue a number of legislatures are addressing.
May 3, 2011
In this commentary, Russell Nichols writes that to recruit and retain great teachers, let’s start by razing our standards.
April 29, 2011
States are increasingly utilizing prison labor to plug budget holes, but public employee unions aren’t happy.
April 29, 2011
The only things certain in California are debt and taxes, and the country's oldest current governor is struggling to erase the former without raising the latter.
April 28, 2011
Gov. Neil Abercrombie calls on citizens to direct homeless people to medical, mental and housing services.
April 21, 2011
To save more money, state lawmakers propose new exit strategies for inmates and patients.
April 18, 2011
Due to restrictive rules, money for urgent seismic repairs eludes California schools.
April 14, 2011
A study from the Pew Center on the States finds that more than four in 10 offenders return to prison within three years. The report comes at a time when prison spending has spiked over the years.
April 12, 2011
The war on drugs rattles the U.S.-Mexico border as illicit drug use in the U.S. rises and cartels infiltrate American law enforcement.
April 6, 2011
Gov. Jerry Brown’s new law aims to reduce overcrowding, but the program lacks funding support and local sheriffs fear they’ll pay the price.
March 31, 2011
While critics question the fairness of the bail bonds industry, proponents argue that its services save states money and keep defendants from fleeing.
March 30, 2011
Stalled energy projects drive up costs in a state already plagued by excessive debt, but is there a quick fix?
March 25, 2011
Cannon Beach, Ore., aims to get the nation’s first tsunami evacuation building off the ground by 2014.
March 18, 2011
With some 5,000 miles of Pacific Ocean between Japan and California, public health officials say there’s no reason for concern.
March 16, 2011
On quakes, tsunamis and radiation leaks, one expert says, "the U.S. is not nearly as well prepared as Japan was."
March 14, 2011
Across the state, budget cuts threaten stability of programs and services that benefit children in need.
March 8, 2011
Adult education throughout the state feels the burns of harsh budget cuts.
February 28, 2011
With venture capital firms scaling back, state governments are stepping in to fund early-state, high-risk startups.
February 10, 2011
Californians for Public Union Reform seeks to end collective bargaining for public employees.
January 1, 2011
States with term-limited legislators are seeking ways to counteract the drawbacks of high turnover. Here, former Michigan state Sen. Dennis Olshove points to a picture of state Senators circa 2004, now out of office.
December 10, 2010
Grappling with strict budgets, governments redefine how local museums operate.
December 7, 2010
Over the past year, more states and cities started considering and creating social media policies to address acceptable uses and minimize risks.
December 1, 2010
Outsourcing may seem like a perfect solution for deficit-plagued governments, but the morning after can bring some unpleasant surprises.
November 10, 2010
Reports on police stops in New York and in England and Wales bring attention to police departments regarding patterns of racial profiling.
June 30, 2010
Will the needed investment in new infrastructure for electric cars pay off?