GOVERNING Magazine September 2010 Issue Cover

Cover Story

Colorado Springs' Do-It-Yourself Government

BY Zach Patton

The citizens of Colorado Springs must decide how much they want from their government, and how much they're willing to pay for it.


Merging IT Systems Causes Problems for States and Localities

Why are states and localities having so much trouble merging their IT systems? BY
Governing: State and local government news and analysis

Beating Poverty With Cash Incentives

A new way to help the poor become self-sufficient raises hackles at both ends of the political spectrum -- and questions about effectiveness. BY

Community Colleges Struggle to Keep Up With Demands

Community colleges face a new challenge today -- meeting the overwhelming demand for their services. BY



Florida Unemployment Strategy Focuses on Getting Back to Work

The Sunshine State's new workforce strategy breaks with the past. BY

Politics + Policy

Politics & Elections

Governor Mark Parkinson Pins Successes on Lame Duck Status

Kansas' governor has taken the politics out of lawmaking -- and has had great success so far. BY

State Estate Taxes at the Mercy of Congress

What is the future of the 'death tax'? BY
Infrastructure & Environment

Building Demolition a Turning Point in Hartford

One of the first orders of business for the new Mayor Pedro Segarra: getting rid of the 'Butt Ugly' building. BY
Politics & Elections

Colorado Collects Popular Votes by Mail

Once open to choices, Colorado appears headed toward all-mail balloting. BY
Washington Watch

State and Federal Immigration Policy Challenges Republicans and Democrats

The politics of immigration policy are tricky for both parties. BY
Governing: State and local government news and analysis

New York Illegal Sublet Law Affects Vacation Rentals

A clarification in New York's housing laws targets illegal hotel operators -- and apartment owners. BY
Health & Human Services

NYC Handles the Rise of Bedbugs

Bedbugs are biting again in a major outbreak, forcing local officials to scramble for solutions. BY
Governing: State and local government news and analysis

Proposed Stormwater Plan in Philadelphia Emphasizes Green Infrastructure

A plan in Philadelphia to build a greener, more sustainable stormwater system may well blast green infrastructure into the mainstream. BY
Urban Notebook

Dallas Covers Highway with Greenery

Cities are increasingly decking highways with piles of greenery and new development. BY

Problem Solver

Clean Energy Programs Pit Advocates Against Mortgage Lenders

Clean energy advocates battle mortgage lenders over the validation of the ever-popular PACE programs. BY
Smart Management

Governments Need to Get to Know Their Vendors

Before contracting out a government function, a jurisdiction must have solid information about a firm's performance. BY
Tech Talk

The Costs and Liabilities of Using Old Computer Systems

States must create better ways of modernizing important computer systems before they become a liability. BY
Public Money

Could Credit Default Swaps Undermine the Fiscal Stability of Municipal Bonds?

Could credit default swaps undermine the fiscal stability of state and local bond issuers? BY

Mayor Villaraigosa’s Director of New Media Tweets Around L.A.

Adam Cooper helps Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa navigate the world of new media. BY


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