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The Statement on the Other Side of This Paper Is True: Today's Unfortunate Economic Policy Dilemma

Joe Minarik | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Minarik

One side argues firmly that "We can't afford to stimulate the economy." The other counters with equal vigor that "We can't afford not to." Unfortunately, both sides may be right.

Local Governments Held Hostage By Bank Deals

New York Times | GRETCHEN MORGENSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

In the spring of 2008, the Denver public school system needed to plug a $400 million hole in its pension fund. Bankers at JPMorgan Chase offered what ...

Hold Off On The Retirement Parties

Huffington Post | Sara Yin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

(This post has been updated.) In response to the massive pension obligations owed to soon-to-retire baby boomers, at least 10 states have voted to ...

Taking Action for Arts Education: Charles Segars

Bettina Korek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Bettina Korek

Charles Segars, Chair of the Campaign to Save Arts Education for LAUSD, spoke with ForYourArt about arts advocacy after his testimony in support of the measure to appropriate $180 million for the NEA.

Taking a hit for the country

Jennie Blackton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jennie Blackton

I read all kinds of campaign mail in my work as a communications consultant, and one of the ongoing phrases is "Enough is enough!" But, what I want to...

How Deeply Can We Afford to Cut Library Budgets?

Ron Carlee | Posted 01.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Ron Carlee

In today's economic state, families and individuals question services that are often labeled "discretionary," but are important to the quality of life in a community and to social equity.

The Jobs Deficit & The Breaking Point, Pt 1.

Terrance Heath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terrance Heath

Like the college professor he is, Dr. Bernard Anderson, member of the National Urban League President's Council of Economic Advisors, came to this wee...

Is a Blog on the Huffington Post a Violation of ICMA Ethics?

Ron Carlee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ron Carlee

Writing a blog hosted by the Huffington Post has elicited concern among some of ICMA's members. The complaints were not the content of the blog, but ...

I Love You Because You Are The Garbage Man

Ron Carlee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ron Carlee

On May 11th, I was listening to a heart-warming story on All Things Considered about Brad Metzler's book, Heroes for My Son. I was feeling all warm a...

The Local Government CEO: Making the Business of Governance Run

Ron Carlee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ron Carlee

A new form of government called the council-manager plan is designed to get work done, with honesty, efficiency, and effectiveness through the collective judgment of an elected legislative body.

Bringing Local Government into the 21st Century

Jake Brewer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jake Brewer

"Working in Government is like running a marathon. Blindfolded. Wearing Sandbags" That's a quote from Katie Stanton, who is now in the Office of Inno...

The Real Results of Copenhagen Will Be Seen in Our Cities

Steven Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Steven Cohen

It is in NYC's buildings that the real impact of sustainability policy will be felt. As our homes and businesses are weatherized and our old appliances are replaced by energy efficient models, the sentiments of Copenhagen become a reality.

Local Governments Can Lead Fight Against Climate Change

Arnold Schwarzenegger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Arnold Schwarzenegger

Even in the absence of national and international commitments, we must not ignore the tremendous movement that is already under way to solve our environmental and energy problems.

Get Ready for 'Son' of Stimulus Plan

John F. Wasik | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
John F. Wasik

There is visible progress from the stimulus spending. About $60 billion of the $288 billion in promised tax cuts has flowed into the pockets of most middle- and lower-class Americans.

Why Blogging Local Government Matters

Paul Hogarth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Hogarth

Local government has a bigger impact on our lives than most of us realize, and bloggers play a crucial role, not only mobilizing activists around a common issue, but spreading information about local government.

The American People Say "Yes We Can"

Gerald McEntee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gerald McEntee

Tuesday's election was a milestone in building an America that lives up to its ideals, an event that has broken down old barriers and opened up new doors.

A Few Reforms Are Simply Not Enough

Gerald McEntee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gerald McEntee

More than 750,000 people have lost their jobs since the beginning of the year -- 160,000 last month alone, the most in more than 5 years.