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Smart Decline

In 40 years, Youngstown has lost more than half its population. Those people aren't coming back. But shrinking doesn't have to mean dying. BY

Welfare Workout

The feds thought the states were gaming welfare reform. Now states have to deal with a new round of rules. BY
Introducing Our Public Officials of the Year

The Deal in The Details

A shared-sacrifice approach to expanding health coverage. BY
Introducing Our Public Officials of the Year

Loyal To The Library

But willing to loan out her management skills. BY
Introducing Our Public Officials of the Year

Everyman's Executive

Restoring public confidence in the wake of a scandal. BY
Introducing Our Public Officials of the Year

Steady in A Storm

Reassuring and rebuilding Mississippi after Katrina. BY
Introducing Our Public Officials of the Year


Resolution is a valuable commodity in a public official. Rigidity rarely is. Year after year, the men and women honored by Governing magazine are those who can change and adapt--to new issues and circumstances or to the need to take on a whole menu of difficult challenges simultaneously. BY

The Nuclear Option

Building nuclear power plants has been unthinkable in this country for a quarter-century. It's getting thinkable again. BY

California's Auto Upgrade

Car insurance rates in the state can no longer be based first and foremost on the driver's address. BY
Infrastructure & Environment

Pedal Pushers

Fair- and foul-weather cities alike are gearing up to make it safer and easier for commuters to bicycle to work. BY

Up Front

Troubled Waters

Offshore oil drilling sounds like a bonanza to some state interests-- and a nightmare to others. BY
Politics & Elections

Blackberry Mayor

Nobody does constituent service better than Adrian Fenty. But as D.C.'s chief executive, he'll need a much bigger repertoire. BY
Health & Human Services

Smoke Signals

No-smoking ordinances have proved surprisingly resistant to challenge. BY
Health & Human Services

Smoke Signals

No-smoking ordinances have proved surprisingly resistant to challenge. BY
Management & Labor

The Albany Triopoly

In New York, it's the governor, the Assembly speaker and the Senate president who decide all the state's crucial policy questions. BY

The Business of Government

License Reinstatement: Florida Puts Bad Drivers Online

This summer, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles approved its first online Advanced Driver Improvement course. It's a 12-hour class required for Florida drivers who have temporarily lost their driving privileges because of excessive points, habitual traffic offenses or court order. BY
Infrastructure & Environment

Easing the Campus-Parking Crunch

Car-sharing companies come to undergrads' aid. BY
Tech Talk

Addicted To Data

Policy makers are demanding unified databases, but mixing and matching data are more difficult than they think. BY
Smart Management

Speed Limits

Response time is the easiest but not necessarily the best measure of performance. BY
Health & Human Services

The Biological Boom

As biologic drugs enter the mainstream, they could break the Medicaid bank--and the health care system. BY

Empty Bowls

Building a sports venue to attract a team or spark redevelopment is an increasingly risky venture. BY
Politics & Elections

Housing Tax Bubble

Rising property values fomented tax reform in South Carolina, but restrictions in the new law may haunt the state. BY

Up in Smoke

St. Lucie County, Florida, will be making the most of its trash. Geoplasma, an Atlanta-based waste processing company, is set to invest $425 million to build a plant that will vaporize garbage using temperatures hotter than the sun. BY


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