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Commentary: Shelley H. Metzenbaum

As we celebrated Independence Day last weekend, Americans had a lot to be proud of. Unfortunately, too many communities in Georgia and around the country will be ...

Commentary: Shelley H. Metzenbaum

Well-administered government is not a partisan issue, but that does not mean it should be ignored during campaign season. As the remaining candidates vie to be the next ...

Commentary: William Glasgall

Illinois and New Jersey are showing us how you should never, ever underestimate politicians' willingness to put off painful fiscal decisions. Not just until tomorrow, but to the next generation, ...

Commentary: William Glasgall

Put today’s obligations off until tomorrow. Claim new revenue and savings that may or may not materialize. And say your budget is balanced, just like the law dictates in most cities and states. ...
Education for the Public Workforce

Commentary: Shelley H. Metzenbaum

Katherine Archuleta, director of the Office of Personnel Management, recently told an audience at the Excellence in Government Conference that “We are drilling down in ...

Commentary: Shelley H. Metzenbaum

President Barack Obama’s nomination of Shaun Donovan, the current Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, to serve as Director of the Office of Management and Budget, signals ...

Commentary: William Glasgall

It’s a good idea for states, counties and cities to forecast their revenue. It’s not such a good idea when governments make predictions that are chronically overoptimistic. That’s ...

Commentary: Richard Ravitch

In several excerpts from his memoir “So Much to Do: A Full Life of Business, Politics, and Confronting Fiscal Crises,” Alliance Board Member Richard Ravitch discussed his experience as ...

Commentary: William Glasgall

What happens in Philadelphia may not stay in Philadelphia. That may be good news for municipal workers, pensioners and taxpayers faced with debts they may not be able to ...
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Commentary: Shelley H. Metzenbaum

In contrast to the political violence shaking Ukraine, Thailand, Venezuela and Turkey, the vibrancy of our American democracy has insured that smooth leadership transitions have ...

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