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Penelope Lemov

correspondent

Penelope Lemov is a correspondent and part-time editor for GOVERNING. She writes two e-newsletters -- one on finance, the other on taxes and revenue -- and edits features and columns every month. She is the former Health columnist for GOVERNING and was senior editor for several award-winning GOVERNING features. She is also the founder and writer of the blog, www.grownchildren.net.

California is saving millions making people compare prices for certain medical services.
Meditation can improve inmates’ mental health better than traditional care, which is why it’s being reintroduced in some prisons.
Studies are mixed on the effectiveness of incentivizing employees to get healthier. But one county is chalking up some big savings.
Will Congress be swayed by the entry of a Chinese e-commerce competitor?
Pension plans want to support environmental projects, but there is one thing holding them back.
Two researchers say the answer comes down to how a tax cut is financed.
Many states are rethinking once-popular production incentives -- a contrast from California, which is offering more to protect one of its biggest industries.
Industrial development bonds historically have the highest default rate, but a bill in Congress would revamp them.
After years of planning, the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act is finally in effect. How will it affect your state?
The president’s public retirement savings account only goes so far, so about a dozen states are looking for alternative ways to help their many constituents who have no nest egg.