By making it more difficult to get and keep government assistance like welfare, Kansas and a half-dozen other states are hoping people will make more of an effort to lift themselves out of poverty.
Public-private partnerships have become a trendy way to finance transportation projects. But there are big questions to ask before entering into a P3.
BY Ryan Holeywell
The Bay State is hoping its aggressive funding plan for community colleges will close its job skills gap. But not everyone is convinced.
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As the District of Columbia’s CFO for more than decade, Natwar Gandhi’s turnaround story has been the envy of other financially struggling cities.
Some say striving for efficiency only sets governments up for problems.
Oklahoma is one of only a few states in which one executive oversees both cornfields and oil fields.
BY J.B. Wogan
Privatizing parking meters was a disaster for Chicago. So why is Cincinnati doing it?
BY Alan Ehrenhalt
After watching some of their peers get into messy mishaps, public officials are increasingly avoiding traceable channels of communication like email, social media and online commenting.
The latest movement isn't so much a policy disagreement about health care as it is a no-holds-barred war for the future direction of domestic policy.
The law's new excise tax on high-cost health insurance plans leaves government officials with three choices -- all of which have undesirable consequences.
Municipalities across the country are cutting part-time workers' hours. Some say it's because of the new health insurance mandate, but others say doing so will actually cost governments more money.
BY David Levine
Troubled cities need to look honestly at their trajectory and forecast for the future -- or else they may become the next Detroit.
Midland, Texas, ranks at or near the top of the list in every measure of recent economic and population growth. See how your area compares.
BY Mike Maciag
Facing a wave of retirements, governments are looking for new ways to build up the expertise and knowledge of people coming up in the organization.
Bridgeport, Conn., illustrates why governance, debt and demographics are so crucial for a healthy functioning city.
BY Mark Funkhouser
When a city is bankrupt, judges have a big say in whose bills will be paid. For now, all eyes are on Detroit and San Bernardino, Calif.
BY Frank Shafroth
Following a precedent set by a Playboy installation that was deemed an unlicensed advertisement, Texas ordered the demolition of an iconic art installation.