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Connecticut Crisis: The Problem with Deficits and Denial

Connecticut Crisis: The Problem with Deficits and Denial

Budgets are simply fiscal projections of anticipated revenues and expenditures over a selected period of time. Deficits occur when these two elements do not align. Balancing the budget with revenue…

The Schoharie Limousine Tragedy – Was Government Part of the Problem?

The Schoharie Limousine Tragedy – Was Government Part of the Problem?

Although this series of articles has presented the theme that government is the solution, these types of traumatic incidents beg the counter question of what happens when government or perhaps…

Assessing Fairfax County

Assessing Fairfax County

Fairfax County is a large and growing urban county and a major part of the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Division. To assess its effectiveness, three criteria are utilized; reliability, function…

Assessing Rock Island County

This series of articles continues the theme that government is the solution, not the problem, based on building an appreciation and understanding of its 90,056 local components. To refine the…

What Does Harley-Davidson Teach Us About Our Government?

What Does Harley-Davidson Teach Us About Our Government?

Previous articles challenged the belief, popularized by President Reagan that “government is the problem.” This simple assertion has been pervasive in our view of government institutions with its powerful message…

Process and Problem Solving in Pinellas County

Process and Problem Solving in Pinellas County

Past columns in this series looked at county government’s capacity to solve problems by utilization strategic planning, based on the assumption that local government is the solution, not the problem.…

Problem Solving through Strategic Planning in Pinellas County 

Problem Solving through Strategic Planning in Pinellas County 

Last month’s article continued the theme of local government being “the solution” and focused on Pinellas County, a highly-urbanized community with a recently revised strategic plan. To evaluate the plan,…

Rating Pinellas County’s Strategic Plan

Rating Pinellas County’s Strategic Plan

This series began with the statement; government is the solution, not the problem. To assert that government is the solution, its ability to solve rather than create problems, required exploration.…

Is County Government the Solution?

Is County Government the Solution?

Last month’s column boldly proclaimed that “Local government is the solution, not the problem.” The theme was motivational, challenging past and current negative assumptions about government. Several types of governments…

Local Government is the Solution, not the Problem 

Local Government is the Solution, not the Problem 

Regardless of party, national leaders repeatedly conveyed a powerfully pervasive message that government was flawed and oversized. Although the pronouncements came from the political realm, their assumed authority instilled a…

Public Administration in Today’s Troubled World

Public Administration in Today’s Troubled World

The profession of public administration is an ancient and high calling to service within the varied institutions of government. Since its creation in 1939, ASPA has been a consistent advocate…

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