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Every State Is a Battleground Now

Every State Is a Battleground Now

As public administrators, we are faced with upholding our state laws and municipal statutes. If states continue to impose their will upon other states or jurisdictions for any reason, we…

The Federal Budget: How Big is Too Big?

The Federal Budget: How Big is Too Big?

We do have a suggestion to help think through the righteous problems of the national government vs. local government: Put a group of non-partisan economists, public administrators and experienced, elected officials in…

Who Knows Better? Educators or Parents

Who Knows Better? Educators or Parents

While educators must meet standards set by state and federal officials, parents also set their own standards—after all, children are the product of particular homes. Parents may have certain values…

When Your County Is No Longer Effective: Case Study of Broward County, FL Emergency Management Division

When Your County Is No Longer Effective: Case Study of Broward County, FL Emergency Management Division

This article will discuss how the Emergency Management Division of Broward County, FL lacks an effective program to assist the 31 cities within its jurisdiction that encompass close to 1.9…

Collaborating, Creating and Choosing: An Exploration of Participatory Budgeting

Collaborating, Creating and Choosing: An Exploration of Participatory Budgeting

The participatory budgeting process is a growing way to promote participation and reduce inequities within governments and schools. By creating participatory budgeting processes and by eliminating barriers to involvement, organizers…

Using Reflection to Transform the Public Sector Workforce

Using Reflection to Transform the Public Sector Workforce

As a collective activity, team reflection turns the evaluation of a shared experience into learning by transforming personal insights into knowledge that can be applied to future desired behaviors or…

Acknowledging Appreciation in Our Teams

Acknowledging Appreciation in Our Teams

In a world where we’ve become distanced through virtual platforms, Public Service Recognition Week is an opportunity to bring our teams back together and build strong bonds between workers.…

Unlocking the Mysteries of Municipal Bonds and Bond Ratings

Unlocking the Mysteries of Municipal Bonds and Bond Ratings

The municipal institutions of modern America continue to encourage the spirit of liberty by incurring public debt through constitutional limitations and other means. One way this occurs is through the…

Public Administration and Institutions that Commit Child Abuse or Neglect: Part 1 – Confronting the Problem

Public Administration and Institutions that Commit Child Abuse or Neglect: Part 1 – Confronting the Problem

For more than a decade now, investigative journalism, and actions in various courts around the United States, have revealed systematic patterns of child abuse and neglect occurring within institutions that…

Disaster Accounting: The Reality of Federal Disaster Aid

Disaster Accounting: The Reality of Federal Disaster Aid

Given the comments made by many in the aftermath of each disaster, it might be time to revisit these policies to determine if they meet the needs and expectations of…

Poverty in America…Still

Poverty in America…Still

Poverty is a condition defined by lack of income. The consequences for those that are poor, well documented in Desmond’s work, are pain and trauma and jail and hunger. We…