July 2005 Cover Image

Cover Story

Hard Luck on Slots

BY Ellen Perlman

Pennsylvania's plan to use gambling revenue for property tax relief has turned into a political lemon.


Management & Labor

Open Season on Middle Managers

In the latest round of budget cuts, mid-level managers are considered the easiest and most defenseless target. BY
Public Safety & Justice

The Set-Aside Syndrome

Minority-contracting programs can be undone by a city's inability to distinguish between a real and a fake minority firm. BY
Politics & Elections

Church and State

In Kansas politics, the Christian Right doesn't just pressure the establishment anymore. It is the establishment. BY

Instant Influence

A new generation of web scribes is shaking up state capitol politics. BY
Politics & Elections

Trying to Buy Smarter

Pennsylvania is moving its big construction contracts away from the low-bid model. BY

Up Front

Washington Watch

Licensing Trouble

Under a new federal law, state DMVs will be forced into the role of immigration police. BY
Public Safety & Justice

Rainbow Strategist

Anthony Thigpenn has spent years promoting reconciliation among blacks and Hispanics. L.A.'s new mayor needs him. BY
Politics & Elections

Minnesota Maverick

Getting reelected as a party outcast isn't easy, but Randy Kelly is trying. BY
Politics & Elections

Spoils 2005

A little old-fashioned patronage isn't the world's worst sin. BY

Too Much Consent

Nothing in government lasts forever--but consent decrees come close. Is that necessary? BY

Lost Art

The fine print in NCLB is worth reading. BY

A Little Ethics Left Behind

It's easy to boost school test scores--if you don't care how you do it. BY
Urban Notebook

We Buy, You Fly

When American Airlines pulled 200 daily flights out of St. Louis's Lambert Field airport in 2003, it wrecked the airport's finances. As you might have guessed, airports are weighted down with fixed costs-- things they must pay for regardless of how many people they serve, such as runways, terminals and baggage systems. BY
Smart Management

Fixing a Sagging Wage Floor

A surprising number of Republicans are joining with liberals to enact new state minimum wage laws. BY

The Business of Government

Cross Checking

A city compares its data BY

Online Hit: Seattle Drivers Can Ecalculate Their Commute

King County has taken to the Internet to persuade commuters to keep their cars in the garage. BY
Smart Management

Loving a Loser

Award-winning programs usually spawn copycats, but there may be good ideas to replicate from innovative projects that falter. BY
Health & Human Services

Medicaid on the Ramparts

It's time for the states to break down Congress's door with some basic solutions to the sustainability problem. BY
Public Safety & Justice

The Great Drain Robbery

Even if it's nailed down, thieves are stealing government property to sell for scrap. BY
Public Money

Bubble Trouble

A puncturing of today's inflated real estate values would have negative and broadscale effects on local governments. BY

Stricter Air Standards

NYC lowers emissions for its fleet BY Sarah Harney

Balancing the Load

Golden State utilities plan for peak-time pricing BY

The Great Outdoors

Cities discover the profit in parks BY


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