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  • The domino effect

    You know money's tight when police and fire have to fight for their share of general revenues. Just five years ago, state and local tax revenues experienced the largest single-year increase in 15 years; and National League of Cities members were least likely to cut public safety services to close a...

  • Getting around the lowest-cost imperative when hiring consultants

    Both client and consultant know that the method for contracting professional services is broken, but only the client pays the price.

  • Fiscal Finess

    Stimulus package tests patience and numbers-crunching skills.

  • Local pensions safe for now

  • Borrowing Goes Bust

    Fallout from free-wheeling financing hits government coffers with a double whammy. The false promise of easy money earns a berth on our fifth annual Trendsetters list.

  • Persuasive Politicking

    Five ways to promote a rate increase (hint: think of yourself as a campaign-finance manager).

  • ‘Green’ Cleaning System Saves Time, Money

  • Locked Out

    Ten years ago, security at most mid-sized water treatment plants was little more than a locked door. Today, water and wastewater utilities are doing their best to protect the vulnerabilities of systems that spread out over literally millions of miles.

  • Putting it All Together

    Nonresidential construction is expected to increase 5% this year and 4% next year according to some sources, and the 2008 Outlook—our annual survey of public works budget expectations mirrors these expectations.