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What are States’ Obligations to Monitor the Use of Tax Increment Financing?

What are States’ Obligations to Monitor the Use of Tax Increment Financing?

States laws typically proscribe how local governments can use their tax bases. But are too many states neglecting their responsibility to monitor, document and evaluate local government use of tax…

The Best Succession Planning Practices

The Best Succession Planning Practices

This article will focus on succession hiring practices in local governments, for our cities and towns. I have developed these practices to fill department head positions in smaller and medium…

Navigating the Ruins of Political Discourse: Public Service as Crisis Management

Navigating the Ruins of Political Discourse: Public Service as Crisis Management

When I think of ruins, the picture that comes to mind is of a dismantled and mangled structure leaning and crumbled against itself. I see burned out beams and scorched…

Strategic Initiatives for Cyberspace Organizations

Strategic Initiatives for Cyberspace Organizations

Setting strategic direction for cyberspace means presenting a comprehensive picture of linking organizational mission, vision, strategic goals, strategic objectives, performance measures, targets, strategic initiatives and the budget… all part of…

Unqualified for the Job or “Diversity Shaming?”

Unqualified for the Job or “Diversity Shaming?”

Minority employees have long struggled to overcome the negative stereotype that they are unqualified and that their hiring was mainly to fulfill affirmative action mandates or diversity quotas. This assumption…

Duty, Honor, Country – A Salute to Heroes

Duty, Honor, Country – A Salute to Heroes

Duty, Honor, Country – the code of generations of American heroes throughout our Nation’s history - have been the guiding light to those who answered the call to defend liberty…

Meaning First: Government Service at a Crossroads

Meaning First: Government Service at a Crossroads

I have long argued that there is a “crisis of meaning” in government, one that poses significant implications for engagement and resilience, well-being and health, and performance and innovation. …

Facts Matter, and We Can Show our Students Exactly How

Facts Matter, and We Can Show our Students Exactly How

Every fall my budgeting and financial management students play the part of a legislative budget analyst. They take a real Wisconsin budget proposal, analyze it, and present it to the…

Power to Truth and Public Service

Power to Truth and Public Service

Truth to power is a rallying call to speak out in the face of injustice, to speak out against authoritarian regimes, to raise the voices of those vulnerable people among…

Public Administration: Do, Re-Do… Un-Do

Public Administration: Do, Re-Do… Un-Do

An instinctive reaction, especially from our community, is to disapprove of this change. However, maybe our cognitive and social biases play an important role: we are loss averse. In the…

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…