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How Did America's Richest State Become Such a Fiscal Mess?

BY Alan Greenblatt

Connecticut is home to many wealthy residents. Its state government, on the other hand, is feeling the consequences of what some call "two decades of bad decisions."



Population Growth Means a City Is Thriving, or Does It?

Public officials and reporters alike adopt the myth that bigger is better. That’s not always the case. BY

Buses, Yes Buses, Are 'the Hottest Trend in Transit'

Technology, declining ridership and changing demographics have spurred cities across the country to redesign bus systems that are more convenient. It's no easy task. BY

The Next Big Technology to Transform Government

It's called blockchain. Some say it will have a bigger impact than the internet. BY

The Return of the Doctor House Call

The once-antiquated practice is making a comeback -- and saving states money. But it's not without hurdles. BY



Divided Yet Productive: How Colorado Had a Gridlock-Free Year

The state’s split legislature passed more than 400 bills, some of which address longstanding issues. BY

Some States Are Treating Others Like Foreign Countries

Several ban their employees from traveling to other states for work because of policies they deem discriminatory. BY

To Wipe Out Corruption, Look to Philadelphia

The city went almost a decade without a single corruption scandal. What's its secret? BY

What’s ‘Proportional Voting,’ and Why Is It Making a Comeback?

Most U.S. cities abandoned it in the mid-20th century. BY



What Today's Democratic Party Can Learn From Yesterday's GOP

In 1977, the GOP faced an identity crisis. It eventually found a winning formula and returned to power. BY

The Fractured State of Federalism

It's hard to tell who's in charge of what in American government these days. BY

A Third Party Pops Up in a One-Party State

The 2016 election may have opened the door for third parties. This is most apparent in Utah. BY

How Much Health-Care Freedom Should Trump Give States?

More flexibility could make it easier to adopt industry-backed reforms. It could also let conservatives enact policies that Obama rejected. BY

How Tennessee's Taken the Politics Out of Renewable Energy

Its big and small, Democratic and Republican cities are going green. Other states want to know how. BY

Are We Still Bowling Alone?

In broken communities, the focus should be on social capital -- not just the economy. BY

The Right Kind of Transit for 'In-Between' Cities

Seattle offers a case study on whether cities can gain population without gaining traffic. BY



What Are Cities Spending Big On? Increasingly, It's Debt.

Many have gotten themselves into a fiscal squeeze paying bills they ran up decades ago. View data for dozens of cities. BY

Why Government Watchdogs Are Worried

Budget cuts and political retaliation, they say, are endangering their jobs and their ability to uncover information. BY
On Leadership

How the ‘Theory of Constraints’ Applies to Government

The management paradigm could help rebuild our sense of community. BY

As a 9/11-Inspired Emergency Network Nears, Some States May Go Rogue

The government is building a nationwide network that helps first responders communicate better during emergencies. To succeed, most states must opt in. BY

Stadium Shutout

Local governments are no longer as willing to take on the risky business of building a ballpark. BY

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