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...
Infrastructure & Environment
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...
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...
Management & Labor
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...
Infrastructure & Environment
How Green Is My Blacktop
Illinois is Moving Ahead With a New Formula for Rubber-Tire Roadways.
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.
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.
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: ...
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'...
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'...
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 &...
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 ...
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 "...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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% ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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, ...
The NFL has banned mayors and governors.
Team owners have decided that the political pressure applied by elected officials "detracted" from Super Bowl ...
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 ...
In one of yesterday's "Heads Up" links, Montana House Republican Majority Leader Michael Lange lashes out at Governor Brian Schweitzer with ugly temper ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...