Cover Story

Who’s Winning the Amazon Tax Battles?

BY Kirk Victor

State legislative fights over Internet sales tax collection have been fierce, with the big Internet retailer playing the heavyweight.


Politics & Elections

Can Redistricting Ever Be Fair?

Several states are setting up independent commissions in the hope of removing bias from the line-drawing process. BY
Governing: State and local government news and analysis

New Jersey Comes to Atlantic City’s Rescue

With revenues in freefall, the state has stepped in to save a city in decline. BY


Health & Human Services

States Cut Welfare Benefits -- Again

At a time when people need it the most, states are tightening work requirements, lowering payments and setting time limits for welfare recipients. BY

New Headaches for ‘No Child Left Behind’

New NCLB waivers may impact the classroom more than the old law they’re trying to escape did. BY
Management & Labor

South Carolina Says It's a 'Great Day'

A new etiquette directive from Gov. Nikki Haley has state employees sounding more chipper. BY
Management & Labor

What Can Cities Learn from Wasps?

An evolutionary biologist adapts his theories to help local officials plan parks and improve schools. BY

Full-Service Government Comes to an End

Whether we like it or not, it’s time to expect less -- lots less -- from government. BY

Austin Goes 100 Percent Renewable

Austin, Texas, is the nation’s first local government to run its operations with 100 percent renewable energy. BY
Washington Watch

Column: Housing Policy Deserves a Demotion

GOVERNING Publisher Emeritus Peter Harkness says it may be time for government to get out of the business of promoting homeownership. BY
Health & Human Services

More States Employ Wellness Insurance Programs

Can incentives help state workers shed their unhealthy habits and cut health-care costs? BY
State News

Ohio EPA Will Leave National Group, State Director Says

Ohio EPA Will Leave National Group, State Director Says BY
Transportation & Infrastructure

Should Government Spend or Invest Money?

In order to ensure long-term economic prosperity, states and localities should focus on investment. BY
Urban Notebook

Pensions Threaten to Sink Cities

Pension problems at the state level have been grabbing headlines for some time, but many experts believe the real trouble is at the local level. BY


Health & Human Services

Ohio County Demolishes Homes to Remove Blight

A land bank knocks down foreclosed homes to stabilize Cleveland-area neighborhoods -- all at the lender’s expense. BY
Smart Management

Performance Auditors Lose Influence in Tight Times

Groups that assess the value of government programs inevitably make some enemies. That’s one reason the programs are always first on the chopping block. BY
Tech Talk

Governments Testing Use of Personal Devices for Work

New technologies are making it safer for government employees to access sensitive data on their personal computers and smartphones. BY
Public Money

State, Local Finances in a Global Economy

State and local fiscal fortunes are now linked to the ups and downs of markets on every continent. BY
Infrastructure & Environment

The Man Behind U.S. Transportation’s Future

Ron Thaniel guides the transportation conversation for the nation’s cities, and he wants to talk about infrastructure. BY

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