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Mike Maciag

Data Editor

Mike Maciag -- Data Editor. Mike analyzes databases and works on data journalism projects for the magazine. He writes on a variety of topics and manages the Governing Data portal for Prior to joining Governing, Mike worked at local newspapers in Erie, Pa., Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Atlanta. He holds a master's degree in public administration from George Mason University and undergraduate degrees in journalism and computer science from the University of Dayton.  Email | Twitter @mikemaciag

Small towns in much of the country are dangerously dependent on punitive fines and fees.
A new study reveals the downsides of running a city.
Hundreds of small cities and towns throughout the country rely significantly on fines to fund their budgets.
When a community is in fiscal trouble, nonprofits are often a big help. But some places have far fewer of them.
White enrollment in private schools creates stark disparities in many districts.
What's likely the most comprehensive research of its kind doesn't bode well for tax incentives.
Plus, where renting is gaining in popularity the fastest.
A few hundred thousand federal employees earn relatively low wages, and their numbers vary significantly across states.
There's a gender imbalance in many African-American neighborhoods. Mass incarceration is largely to blame.
Measures of segregation for different demographic groups, including whites, blacks, Hispanics and Asians.