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Will Wilson  |  Former Correspondent

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Will Wilson is a former GOVERNING correspondent.

Management & Labor

Hold That Hire

"It's not an easy job being a jailer," says Captain Hunter Petray, who works in the sheriff's office in Benton County, Arkansas. Few would dispute...

June 30, 2009
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Infrastructure & Environment

Venture Governmentalist

Aneesh Chopra has entered the nail-biting phase of the venture capital investing cycle. He has scoured his market carefully for new uses of technology. And...

June 30, 2008
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Management & Labor

The Pain of Cutting Payroll

Whacked by budget deficits and with no end to sluggish economies in sight, states, cities and counties have been forced to make the hardest cuts...

March 31, 2009
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Management & Labor

Second Spin

When Steve Gendler retired 16 years ago from a career as an Arizona law enforcement officer, he figured he'd spend a lot of his time doing...

December 31, 2008
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Infrastructure & Environment

How Green Is My Blacktop

Illinois is Moving Ahead With a New Formula for Rubber-Tire Roadways.

July 1, 2007
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Health & Human Services

A Counselor's Calling

If there's a way to tame long-term-care costs, a program that puts patients in control may be it.

July 1, 2007
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Politics & Elections

Highway Helper: States Add Leverage To P3 Deals

Chicago and Indiana were the pioneers: They tapped into public-private partnerships--known as P3s--to improve their highways and infuse their coffers with billions of dollars.

May 1, 2007
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Not a Pretty Picture

From Google, state-by-state and county-by-county graphs of unemployment figures for easy comparison. Soon, we'll be able to do this with more data. Hat tip: ...

May 4, 2009
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Finally, Data We Can Use: Per Capita Beer Brewing by State

Here's a map, courtesy of SloshSpot, of brewery density per capita in these United States: As a native Montanan, I'm not surprised we'...

April 21, 2009
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Florida Workforce and the Budget Crisis of 2009

The Florida Legislature is considering cutting every state worker's salary by 5%. Let's put that in some context. In the 2008 Grading the States, here'...

March 25, 2009
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If You're A Happy State And You Know It...

Utah is the happiest state;  West Virginia the least. That's according to a Gallup self-reporting happiness survey. Broadly speaking, there seems to be a &...

March 12, 2009
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That Pesky 17th Amendment

Some state budget stabilization funds wound up on the stimulus cutting room floor yesterday. Matthew Yglesias wonders why seemingly strong political constituencies like state-level politicians ...

February 10, 2009
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Watch That Stimulus

Stimulus Watch looks like a website that probably should have been around long before the stimulus package: a thumbnail glance at all of the "...

February 9, 2009
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Is Government Technology Intentionally Frustrating?

Apropos of the Obama staff's rude tech awakening in the White House, Megan McArdle asks, "Why is government IT so awful?" And ...

January 26, 2009
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Start-Up Government

Today's Washington Post has a nice story on DC chief technology officer Vivek Kundra. The opening of the article especially underscores how Kundra not ...

January 5, 2009
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The Yankees and the Mayor's Office

When the stories began leaking out about New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's office pressuring the Yankees for a luxury suite in the new ...

December 18, 2008
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The Answer is No. What's Your Question?

Washington state is looking at about a $5 billion budget shortfall over the next couple years, given current projections. That doesn't necessarily mean legislators in ...

December 16, 2008
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Financial Crisis's Non-Economic Impact on States

States were already facing big revenue hits before Wall Street started to melt down. The fall of AIG might portend regulatory effects on states as ...

September 26, 2008
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Probably a Good Idea

I'm usually a fan of hard line approaches and creative incentives. But Edmonds (WA) School District went a little overboard, even for me, and it's ...

September 16, 2008
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Architect Bullfighter Designs by Committee

The centerpiece of Seattle's now complete "Libraries for All" initiative is the downtown Central Branch co-designed by Rem Koolhaas, one of the creators ...

September 10, 2008
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So Goes Texas So Goes the World?

Maybe I'm not reading these numbers right, but the YTD change in Texas' state revenues by major tax type (second table) shows Franchise Tax down 68.5% ...

July 29, 2008
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Traffic Congestion Scorecard: A Reason to Hit the Snooze?

Inrix just released a national traffic scorecard, including a list of the 100 most congested metro areas. The great thing about the report is that it ...

June 18, 2008
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Tough Crowd

from Governing's Managing Technology Conference in Seattle Bill Gregoricus, a senior consultant in Tennessee's Office of State Planning and Policy, had an interesting--and somewhat disheartening--explanation ...

May 30, 2008
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SeattleCAN

Seattle has just launched a new initiative to get drivers off the roads in the interests of meeting Mayor Greg Nickels pledge of making the ...

May 22, 2008
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Bearers of Bad News

It's getting pretty hard to remain an optimist about the mortgage/foreclosure mess. This week, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke displayed a set of maps (cycle ...

May 9, 2008
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Paper vs. Plastic: A Third Way

With Earth Day looming over my quick-trigger guilty conscience again, the Boston Herald raises an old debate that has never been satisfactorily settled in my ...

April 22, 2008
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Are You Nuts?

A new Gallup poll reports that Republicans are more likely than Democrats to consider themselves in good mental health. Of course, the study also notes ...

December 5, 2007
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What Is a Speed Limit?

I had to find out for myself if Virginia's new speeding fines  were slowing down the traffic and if officers were fleecing speeders. So ...

July 24, 2007
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Where Do Old Ballparks Go When They Die?

Detroit can't decide whether to blow up the old Tiger Stadium in order to make room for new development or to renovate the old stadium.

July 18, 2007
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Ballpark Gestation

Yesterday, Josh offered an intriguing comparison of pandas and baseball stadiums as economic development strategies. If you're wondering just how that stadium is coming along, ...

July 12, 2007
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The Good Gets Bad and Ugly: DC Vote

DC Vote, the bill that would give DC and Utah each one new representative, just made it through Senate committee and is headed to the ...

June 15, 2007
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Poor Management Compartmentalization

I just received a call from my cell phone service company asking if I wanted to renew my contract. I said, "No. I have ...

June 12, 2007
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Water Wars

Things are heating up in Montana v. Wyoming . Earlier this week, the Supreme Court asked the U.S. Solicitor General for his thoughts on the ...

May 22, 2007
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Representative Government: A Follow Up

Three weeks ago, Montana House Majority Leader Michael Lange got nasty on the chamber floor, replete with profanity and unpleasant anatomical imagery. As of yesterday, ...

May 16, 2007
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Pigskin Politics

The NFL has banned mayors and governors. Team owners have decided that the political pressure applied by elected officials "detracted" from Super Bowl ...

May 9, 2007
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Yuppies Want Camden Town

posted by Will Wilson On Tuesday night, I had the pleasure to participate in a focus group conducted by the team that will be designing ...

May 3, 2007
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Representative Government

In one of yesterday's "Heads Up" links, Montana House Republican Majority Leader Michael Lange lashes out at Governor Brian Schweitzer with ugly temper ...

April 27, 2007
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Let's Make "Rovers" Official

The Ohio legislature is setting up a committee on how to handle "e-mails about government business sent through private e-mail accounts." "It ...

April 27, 2007
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The Tough Fifth-Grade Lobby

Auto emissions regulations are the rage in Vermont. The state recently adopted the "California standards," a policy stance that is now playing out ...

April 23, 2007
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Does ANYTHING Sound Tastier than Salmonberry Wine?

Alaskan salmonberry wine might be the tastiest stuff on earth, but the world would never know. Alaska's anti-Alaskan wine laws have kept the sweet sauce ...

April 18, 2007
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A New Twist on a Last Period Problem

Kansas legislators wonder if they cut a little too deep. Actually, only the state senators feel that way about the tax cuts the legislature passed ...

April 9, 2007
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Aerial Wolf-Killing

Today, Alaska Superior Court Judge Bill Morse will preside over an injunction hearing that should be an unintentional comedy goldmine -- if rather darkly-humored gold. ...

March 30, 2007
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Super Drunk and Drive

Michigan could soon become the 36th state to enact "super drunk and drive" legislation.  Gov. Jennifer Granholm is working with the legislature ...

March 21, 2007
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Constitutional Stability on the Rockies

In the legislative Man Bites Dog story of the day, Colorado state legislators are examining bills that would make it harder for voters to change ...

March 16, 2007
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Hometown INS

The ACLU won't often get caught up defending the Bush administration's right to regulate, but that is the situation developing in the federal case regarding ...

March 13, 2007
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