Cover Story

Lone Star Contract Less

BY Will Wilson

A privatization program unravels in its first year and raises questions about how it could go so far south so fast.


Public Safety & Justice

Death From Washington

Federal prosecutors are increasingly eager to invoke capital punishment--even in states that don't like it. BY

Working Without Wires

If you're looking for cadres of BlackBerry addicts or Bluetooth-heads, don't look in Corpus Christi. There's nary a laptop computer to be seen on the... BY
Health & Human Services

Bad Bugs

Usually, it's just a mild skin infection, an irritating outbreak of pimples. But it can get much worse: The pimples can become painful lesions or... BY

The Disability Dilemma

When it comes to the growing costs of government, one thing particularly rankles Dean Rich, the finance director for O'Fallon, Illinois: two police officers claiming... BY
Infrastructure & Environment

Fleet Dreams

If tomorrow's cars won't be fueled by gas, what will run them and who'll pick the winner? BY
Infrastructure & Environment

Catching Up With Speed

Two states are adjusting the way they deal with lead-footed drivers. BY

Up Front

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Property Dilemma

Florida property taxes badly need reform. But it has to be sensible reform. BY
Politics & Elections

New Clout In a Big County

L.A. County supervisors have done something unusual--given up power voluntarily. BY
Politics & Elections

Horrendous Honeymoon

It's hard to imagine a worse start than the one Nevada's governor is off to. BY
Politics & Elections

Greenhouse Shift

By one vote, the U.S. Supreme Court has altered the politics of air pollution. BY
Politics & Elections

Greenhouse Shift

By one vote, the U.S. Supreme Court has altered the politics of air pollution. BY

Pantry Politics

Whenever the revenue picture in most states is relatively bright, grocery taxes inevitably emerge as a political issue in those places that still impose them. BY
Management & Labor

Making a Splash

The technology staff for Indianapolis and surrounding Marion County recently deployed a sophisticated new piece of hardware - a collaboration tool, known to many carnival-goers... BY
Washington Watch

Watered-Down TEA

This is supposed to be the era of enlightened federal transportation policy. Sometimes you have to wonder. BY
Politics & Elections

King of Swing

In an all-but-deadlocked Montana House, iconoclast Rick Jore holds the balance of power. BY

The Business of Government

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Hot Stuff: States Look to Natural Energy

As states seek ways to meet their renewable-energy goals, solar and geothermal power may become major players--despite their expensive start-up costs. BY

Doubling Trouble: Minnesota's Gigantic Mall Has Growing Pains

The Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, welcomes 40 million annual visitors, spans 4.2 million square feet and houses 32 shoe stores alone. But the mall's managers want to double its size, and they want state and local governments to help pay for it--to the tune of more than $200 million in tax breaks. BY
Politics & Elections

Highway Helper: States Add Leverage To P3 Deals

Chicago and Indiana were the pioneers: They tapped into public-private partnerships--known as P3s--to improve their highways and infuse their coffers with billions of dollars. BY
Smart Management

The Listening Post

One of the toughest things for states or localities to do is get bona fide input from citizens on how they're doing. BY
Health & Human Services

Medicaid's Breaking Point

Language is powerful. So when a negative word becomes linked to an idea or program, the result often is damaging. That's what I see happening... BY
Infrastructure & Environment


Allowing skinny houses to be built on small lots can increase both density and affordability. BY
Public Money

Lassoing GASB 45

Texas is leading a charge to get rid of the accounting rule that forces states and localities to tally the future costs of health benefits for retirees. BY
State News

A New Measure for Local Aid

States may tie strings to their helping hand. BY

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