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How Can Illinois Trim Its Massive Amount of Local Government Bodies?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.28.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

With 7,000 bodies of government, Illinois leads the nation by a long shot for number of taxing entities. By contrast, Texas ranks second with 5,000.

Illinois' State Government Must Monitor Its Own Size

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 11.21.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Government is self-limiting -- only government can make itself smaller. Illinois is the state with the highest number of taxing bodies, so Nancy Mathieson of Truth in Accounting believes that Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner should take it upon himself to enact those self-limiting governmental powers.

Artists as Global Citizens

Lane Harwell | Posted 11.19.2014 | Arts
Lane Harwell

An opportunity for our artists and arts institutions to lead, globally, is to approach their identity and creation of art holistically and with intention--to be global citizens

Problems and Fixes for the Presidential Management Fellows Program

Tom Fox | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics
Tom Fox

The government deeply needs to attract a new generation to federal service as well as groom future leaders, which happens to be the dual purpose of the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) program.

Divided Government Doesn't Have to Mean Gridlock

Rep. Jan Schakowsky | Posted 11.14.2014 | Politics
Rep. Jan Schakowsky

Speaker Pelosi was able to pass meaningful legislation despite an ideologically diverse cause because she made sure that her members understood that even though they might disagree on many things, their job was ultimately to negotiate a compromise and take action to improve the lives of ordinary Americans.

Step up to Inclusiveness

Devishobha Ramanan | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics
Devishobha Ramanan

The Bangalore Political Action Committee ( B.PAC), a non-political outfit set out its simple "Agenda for Good Governance" with the help of another great organization called Daksh. They let the numbers do the talking.

This Election Proved We Need More Recovering Alcoholics and Addicts in Politics

Patrick R. Krill | Posted 11.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Patrick R. Krill

In effect, a candidate's recovery status can be a sort of shorthand for their value system and personal code. A shorthand that, when expanded, should mean a lot more to voters than the empty campaign promises and vitriolic attack ads we have come to settle for.

An Inconvenient Process: How Solar Permitting Reform Can Help in the Fight Against Climate Change

Maury Blackman | Posted 11.10.2014 | Green
Maury Blackman

Climate change is such a big issue that at times it seems nearly impossible to solve. But simplifying our bureaucratic process for solar permitting is something that local, regional and state governments can start doing today.

You Don't Need to Found a Company to Change the World

Jeremy Pesner | Posted 11.06.2014 | Small Business
Jeremy Pesner

With all of these wonderful resources, what could possibly be the downside of entrepreneurship? Well, there are a few reasons, and they indicate the wider systems of institutions, policies and economics that play just as large a part in shaping the state of the world.

The Republicans Won -- But Have Travelers Lost?

Christopher Elliott | Posted 11.05.2014 | Travel
Christopher Elliott

Every major industry -- from cruise lines to wireless companies -- could now have its way with us, unfettered by "burdensome" state and federal regulation, if the experts are to be believed. Consumers are powerless to stop it.

Change Is Hard

Carla Shutak | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Carla Shutak

I look at the Republican Party I grew up respecting and I don't recognize it anymore. I traveled to countries that don't have the same level of infrastructure as The United States of America. I talked with people who had differing belief systems.

What Would Happen Tomorrow if Coffee Were Banned?

Quora | Posted 11.04.2014 | Taste
Quora

I'll assume this happens in the U.S., since it's what I'm familiar with. I think other instances of prohibition would be a pretty good model.

The Path to Better Political Leadership: Not Smaller Government, Smaller Countries to Govern

Tim Ward | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics
Tim Ward

Has national politics reached the end of the line? Are we so weary of mainstream politics and politicians that we are no longer searching for new personalities or even parties to lead us, but have actually reached the stage where we are looking for new forms of government?

The Costs of Ebola: Guinea and Sierra Leone

Steve H. Hanke | Posted 10.31.2014 | World
Steve H. Hanke

For a clear snapshot of a country's economic performance, a look at my misery index is particularly edifying. The misery index is simply the sum of th...

Neil Young: Who's Gonna Stand Up? (And Save the Earth)

Matthew Spiegl | Posted 11.03.2014 | Green
Matthew Spiegl

Climate change and the effect on our environment and our species isn't an abstract concept; it's about the lives of people, real people -- your family, your friends, your neighbors -- and of the collective consequences of our individual actions upon our tiny blue planet.

Three Nassau County, NY Legislators Kick-Off Initiative to Empower Local Small Businesses

Cecilia T. Capers | Posted 10.29.2014 | Black Voices
Cecilia T. Capers

At the forefront of this initiative is second term Nassau County Legislator Carrié Solages and his Democratic Minority Caucus colleagues, Legislators Kevan Abrahams and Siela Bynoe.

In Defense of 'Nudging': When the Government Nudges, Everyone Wins

Jon Jachimowicz | Posted 10.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Jon Jachimowicz

'Nudging' -- intentionally designing our environments to make certain decisions more likely than others -- can be an effective and ethically sound tool to help people make better decisions for themselves and for society at large.

Democrats Are 'Disgusted' With Politics? Boo Hoo

Carla Seaquist | Posted 10.28.2014 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

How does not voting in the coming midterm elections put things right? For that matter, how does it put things right to swear off forevermore all politics, a threat heard from Democrats across the land?

Government Gold-Plating

Steve H. Hanke | Posted 10.25.2014 | Politics
Steve H. Hanke

In addition to supporting members of Congress and civil servants, U.S. taxpayers support welfare recipients. And they support them lavishly, too. Hawaii, Massachusetts, and D.C. residents receive sizeable welfare payments (Read: salaries).

Working or Fighting: Your Choice

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 10.25.2014 | Politics
William B. Bradshaw

We hear political pundits saying it is a mistake to compromise. It is important to hold firm on principles, but in most instances, it is possible to reach consensus. There are multiple examples, starting with our founding fathers, of people in government that held very firm views on various issues, but made compromises to reach consensus.

Women Remain Under-Represented in Public Sector Leadership Across the G20

Uschi Schreiber | Posted 10.23.2014 | World
Uschi Schreiber

Unconscious bias, in both men and women, is powerful and pervasive. Leaders need to send a consistent message to achieve greater equality at senior levels.

'Citizenfour' Review: An Incredible Documentary About Edward Snowden

Michael Morgenstern | Posted 10.22.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Morgenstern

Citizenfour, a documentary about Edward Snowden's first few days of revelation which opens in theaters this Friday, is mesmerizing. It feels more like an espionage fiction film, and I had to continually remind myself I was watching a documentary about real life events.

Should Joe Biden's Son Have Been Kicked Out of the Navy for Drug Use?

James Carli | Posted 10.17.2014 | Politics
James Carli

But why is there such tolerance in high levels of government for alcohol and such admonition for other substances resoundingly less harmful?

The Great Society Meets the Taxpayer

Steve H. Hanke | Posted 10.16.2014 | Politics
Steve H. Hanke

President Lyndon Johnson's legacy was the so-called Great Society (read: entitlement programs). As these programs have matured, along with the U.S. population, the proportion of the people dependent on the State has soared

What Do Small Businesses Want From Their Government? Part 3

Lukas McGowan | Posted 10.13.2014 | Small Business
Lukas McGowan

Make sure that the necessary licenses and permits to work in the area are simple to obtain and only as burdensome as necessary to protect the public. Making service professionals wait days at City Hall to pull a permit for a plumbing job when they could be working slows everyone down.