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Commentary: Barrett and Greene

Trice Construction was frustrated. For years, the Chicago contractor for sidewalks, curbs, gutters, foundations and pavement had been dealing ...

Commentary: Barrett and Greene

Open records laws make it possible for the public to get their hands on valuable government information. That's generally a good thing. But there are a number ...

Commentary: Barrett and Greene

In just a four-year term, it’s not uncommon for a governor to watch high-level officials walk out the door—sometimes several times for the same job. Though there are no studies indicating ...

Commentary: Raj Sharma, Peter Morrissey

Every year, thousands of professionals at all levels of government in the United States execute contracts to buy $2 trillion in public goods and services, ranging from fighter jets ...

Commentary: William Glasgall

Happy fiscal New Year! Or so the National Council of State Legislatures proclaimed in its blog post this month. I second the council’s wish for fiscal 2017, but but with a bunch of ...

Commentary: Donald F. Kettl

The dinosaurs became extinct because they didn’t adapt to a changing environment. There are bad signs that American government is caught in its own Jurassic trap — a mismatch of its ...

Commentary: Peter Morrissey

Each year, governments in the United States spend about $2 trillion to purchase goods and services—from tanks to textbooks to health care to software—for public use. While the scale ...

Commentary: Shelley H. Metzenbaum

We hate to wait, especially for something we don't want to do, such as get a license at the Department of Motor Vehicles, navigate airport bag-and-body checks, or call the cable ...

Commentary: Barrett and Greene

State and local budgets are based on general fund revenues. The cash usually comes from such primary sources as income and sales taxes, and pays for a wide swath of government ...

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