Governing 2010 December cover

Cover Story

A Cap-and-Trade Program That Works

BY John Buntin

Northeastern states have developed an efficient way to reduce greenhouse gases. So why won't the feds follow suit?


Management & Labor

America's Oldest Town Hall Meeting

The 267-year-old tradition is alive and well in Pelham, Mass. BY
Management & Labor

The Pros and Cons of Privatizing Government Functions

Outsourcing may seem like a perfect solution for deficit-plagued governments, but the morning after can bring some unpleasant surprises. BY
Public Safety & Justice

The Nation's Evolving Cyber-Security Issue

Are states shoring up their defenses enough to protect critical data and computer infrastructure? BY

Five Reasons Why Cybersecurity Should Be a Priority for Public Officials

Without action, government investments in information, communications and technology improvements could be derailed. BY



Maintaining Productivity During the Holidays

State and local officials are thinking pragmatically this holiday season. BY

Politics + Policy

Public Safety & Justice

States Get Tough on Bullies

States and localities across the country are adopting tougher anti-bullying laws. BY

Rethinking Urban Poverty

More "cradle-to-career" programs are springing in an effort to rescue poverty-stricken neighborhoods across the country. BY
Politics & Elections

Why is Election Day Always a Tuesday?

Does holding elections on a workday contribute to low voter turnout? BY
Politics & Elections

Republicans Flip the 'Electoral Backstop'

If a presidential election results in a tie in the electoral college, the election is then thrown into a GOP-controlled House. BY
Washington Watch

Dealing With Deficits in Anti-Big Government Administrations

Governors who campaigned against stimulus spending face hard choices. BY
Infrastructure & Environment

The School Bus Seat Belt Debate

Legislators face opposition in passing school bus seat belt laws, but support is growing. BY
Health & Human Services

The Effects of California and Colorado's Immunization Schemes

Two states exempt their kids from vaccinations -- but pertussis is rampant in only one. BY

Weatherization Starting to Gain Steam

The federal weatherization program was bogged down in red tape, but it’s recovering. BY
Transportation & Infrastructure

Bicycles' Popularity Grows in Cities

Bicycling has become fashionable. Urban and transportation policymakers take note. BY
Urban Notebook

Managing Cities' Growing Volunteer Pools

Cities are using new grant money to install ‘chief volunteer officers.’ BY

Problem Solver

One Florida County Keeps Foreclosure-Stricken Neighborhoods Afloat

Miami-Dade County is keeping its neighborhoods fit despite the default-mortgage mess. BY
Smart Management

Administrative Cuts Affect Governments' Functionality

Deep managerial workforce cuts change how tightly and rightly governments run. BY
Tech Talk

A Better Brand of Information Security

A U.S. Defense official leads the charge for a less restrictive, more effective approach. BY
Public Money

Bending the Medical-Cost Curve

Health-care reformers say it can be done. Girard Miller doubts it. BY
Politics & Elections

New Mexico's Mold-Breaking New Governor

Susana Martinez’s win in New Mexico’s gubernatorial election means she’ll be the nation’s first Latina governor. BY


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