Cover Story

Health-Care Reform: Similar States, Different Views

BY John Buntin

Twenty-nine-year-old Samantha Brooks has a health problem: She just got a job. In October 2008, Brooks went into the hospital for an emergency gall bladder operation....



Health Care for the Needy

As the complex debate over health-care reform rages, local government hasn't really been figured in. While lawmakers in Washington at least considered the impact of... BY
Public Safety & Justice

Southeastern Water Wars

On June 10, 2009, state officials in Georgia declared that the severe three-year drought that parched metro Atlanta and much of the Southeast was finally over. But... BY
Health & Human Services

Stemming the Tide of Homelessness

Last year, when the city of Raleigh, N.C., partnered with Wake County to announce a new program to help homeless families find housing, officials... BY

Rushing to Pay for Education Reform

The week before Jan. 19, 2010, was a busy one for Tim Webb, Tennessee's commissioner of education. Webb and his aides were in meetings and briefings in... BY
Infrastructure & Environment

Keeping the Streets of America's Snowiest City Clean

There are places nationwide that get more snow, but among cities with populations greater than 100,000, Syracuse's snowfall is supreme. BY


Management & Labor

Taking Stock

Recalling 22 years of assessing the ebb and flow of states and localities. BY

Politics + Policy


Reaching for a Tuition Tax?

In cities from Boston to Baltimore to Birmingham, Ala., universities and hospitals have played key roles in revitalizing urban neighborhoods. But expansions of eds and... BY
Health & Human Services

Health Reform, Utah Style

Conservative Utah doesn't usually have a lot in common with liberal Massachusetts. But both states have embraced health exchanges - one of the big ideas... BY

Merging Historically Black Universities

Now that American higher education has been racially integrated for decades, what's the role of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs)? That's the question that... BY
Politics & Elections

A Candidate Takes on Taxes

When Lincoln Chafee kicked off his campaign for governor of Rhode Island in January, he did something unconventional: He actually made news. Rather than stick... BY
Washington Watch

A Decade To Remember

10 years, 10 highlights for federalism. BY
Health & Human Services

Texting to Better Health

As the days of traditional paper and file medical records start to fade, health care delivery is following suit. Patients want better access to care,... BY

The Controversy About Smart Meters

Utilities in California, Texas and the Northeast are spending billions of dollars outfitting homes and businesses with these meters. Not everyone thinks smart meters are so smart. BY
Transportation & Infrastructure

The Aughts: The Decade of Infrastructure

As the decade ends, there's little to cheer save a notable exception: infrastructure. BY
Urban Notebook

Empty Lot Syndrome

Cities explore temporary uses for vacant lots. BY

Problem Solver

Management & Labor

Driving Change: Go Big or Go Home

Forget incremental improvement, create a team focused solely on change. BY
Smart Management

Fatally-Flawed Mortality Statistics

Inaccurate information on death certificates impacts how states allocate health-care funds. BY
Tech Talk

Los Angeles Embraces Google's Gmail

An innovative technology deal turns political for the Los Angeles City Council president. BY
Public Money

Furlough Fever

Are four-day workweeks the beginning of a permanent trend or a passing phenomenon? BY
Public Safety & Justice

San Francisco's Populist Public Defender

Public defenders are often seen as the Rodney Dangerfields of local government: They get respect from neither the prosecutor-loving public nor other public officials. Not... BY


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