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The 5 R’s of Equity and Fairness in Social Policy

By Shami Dugal This is not a technically or fiscally motivated article. It is philosophical in nature and may raise more questions for reflection than delivering answers or recipes for…

Going Alone — Obama and the Limits of Government by Executive Order

By David Schultz What can presidents really do if Congress does not cooperate?  In many cases, they can make law through the use of executive orders. We were reminded of…

Cultivating Town and Gown Relationships for Development Success

By William Hatcher This past week, my university held an open forum with our community’s mayor. The purpose of the forum was to solicit input from students about revitalizing our…

Social Equity Requires Good Communication

Social Equity Requires Good Communication

By Christine Springer Despite heightened rhetoric about engaging citizens, improving customer satisfaction and restoring public trust in government, little sustained success in doing so is evident across all levels of…

The College Crisis: Fiscal Constraints, Increased Demand and President Obama’s Call to Action

The College Crisis: Fiscal Constraints, Increased Demand and President Obama’s Call to Action

By Lorenda A. Naylor Introduction The U.S. higher education system is in a state of crisis. It is addressing what is called “the iron triangle,” which includes cost, access and…

Words Matter: Equity and Fairness in Social Policy

Words Matter: Equity and Fairness in Social Policy

By Laree Kiely Words matter. They are loaded with meaning and sometimes baggage. Especially words like “equity” and “fairness.” These terms make up much of whom we are and what…

We’re the Federales. We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Budget.

We’re the Federales. We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Budget.

By Scott Lazenby In previous columns we discussed ways to adapt governmental budget systems to modern management principles of delegation, empowerment and alignment of organizational goals. Responsibility for managing financial…

Charity Begins At Home: It’s Better To Give Than Receive

Charity Begins At Home: It’s Better To Give Than Receive

By Horace Blake When citizens conjure up thoughts of volunteering, they frequently think about working at a food bank, delivering meals on wheels or volunteering at a shelter. Not to…

The Varied and Diverse Predictors of Local Government Bankruptcy

The Varied and Diverse Predictors of Local Government Bankruptcy

By Marc Fudge While the perception of the extent of local government bankruptcy may be greatly distorted, it remains an important topic in contemporary public budgeting and finance for several…

Money and the Rules of American Politics

Money and the Rules of American Politics

By David Schultz We all grew up playing games—board games, video games, sports or whatever. Games have rules and they determine how the activity should be played. We assume the…