National News

Video: The city that outsourced everything
With pension bombs and bond defaults, the cities of America are looking at a bleak future, burdened by huge long-term liabilities and declining revenue to fund them. In some cities, the crisis means choosing between cuts to public services or massive tax hikes that will drive off businesses and families. In Sandy Springs, Georgia, they’re trying to decide where to invest their surpluses instead.  CLICK HERE for the full article and a video.
April 13, 2011

Do Budget Cuts Drive Efficiency?
There is an old adage in the business world: that the best way to find cost efficiencies is to cut budgets. Only when faced with a reduction in resources will an organization make the difficult changes to reduce costs. CLICK HERE for full article.
February 17, 2011

Most States Used “Rainy Day Funds” In Recession
Almost all U.S. states relied on their “rainy day funds” when the economic recession began to ravage their budgets, showing that the reserves will be critical during the next downturn and states should consider putting even more money away, a think tank said on Thursday.  CLICK HERE for full article.
February 4, 2011

Video: Christie Explains to Police Officer Why He’ll Have to Pay More for Health Insurance
You’d think that sooner or later New Jersey governor Chris Christie’s blunt exchanges with his constituents at town hall meetings would grow tiresome. But this one just might be his best yet.  CLICK HERE
February 1, 2011

Massachusetts’s Governor’s Proposal Would Reshape Public Pensions
Nearly all future state and municipal employees would work five years longer, contribute more to their pensions, and have their benefits slashed if they retire early under a bill Governor Deval Patrick and legislative leaders unveiled yesterday. CLICK HERE for the full article.
January 19, 2011

Baltimore Police Union Members See Nearly 2% Pay Cut
Baltimore police officers got what they described as a stunning note accompanying their biweekly paychecks Friday — a memo from City Hall informing them that their pay will be cut by nearly 2 percent over the next six months. CLICK HERE for the full article.
January 10, 2011

Maintaining the Public Trust While Making Tough Choices
ICMA’s executive director discusses his organization’s guidelines to ensuring fair compensation.

In our quest for better, faster and cheaper government, it can be easy to lose sight of the fundamental values that underpin our commitment to public service.
Those values — honesty, trust, transparency, integrity and accountability — were challenged this past year as the Bell, Calif., salary scandal unfolded and threatened to irreparably tarnish the image of local government and its elected officials and employees, specifically city, town and county executives. CLICK HERE for the full article.
January 6, 2011

Bowles-Simpson Plan Left Out A Moral Rationale For Change.
People who wonder what America’s budget problem is ultimately about should look to Europe. In the streets of Dublin, Athens and London, angry citizens are protesting government plans to cut programs and raise taxes. The social contract is being broken. People are furious; they feel betrayed. CLICK HERE for full article.
December 7, 2010

Mt. Clemens begs for cash – nonprofits are asked to help.
In an unprecedented request, the mayor of Mt. Clemens Michigan has asked the city’s nonprofits to donate cash to help pay for city services.
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November 19, 2010

Pennsylvania house passes bill to rescue state pension systems.
The state House of Representatives took a step Monday to defuse Pennsylvania’s pension bomb.
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November 16, 2010

The Scariest Four Words in Government
“Doing more with less.” Four words that are definitely the scariest you can hear in government today.
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October 26, 2010

Schwarzenegger Brings Back Furloughs for State Workers
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July 29, 2010