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Timothy B. Clark

Editor at Large Tim Clark served as editor in chief, publisher and president of Government Executive in the years since it was acquired by National Journal Group in 1987. He and his colleagues have built Government Executive into an essential source for federal managers, a shaper of the government management debate and a key player in the good-government movement. Clark has spent his journalistic career studying and writing about government, and is a founder of National Journal, Washington’s premier source of political insight. He also founded Empire State Report, a monthly magazine about government in New York. He is a fellow and former board member of the National Academy of Public Administration.
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Hartford Suffers Downgrade, as Connecticut Struggles With Its Budget

May 17, 2017 Connecticut’s capital city suffered a credit downgrade Tuesday in the latest sign of the state’s deteriorating public finances. On the same day, Democrats and Republican leaders in the state legislature released their fiscal 2018 proposals. Among ideas they surfaced were deep cuts in funding for municipal aid and public colleges...

More Bad News as Connecticut Grapples With Its Deepening Budget Crisis

May 13, 2017 BY TIMOTHY B. CLARK As Connecticut’s political leaders grappled with the state’s unending fiscal crisis this month, an item of local news from New Canaan underlined the Nutmeg State’s struggles to remain a prosperous place. Jeffrey Immelt, it turns out, has finally found a buyer for his house there, which...

The Poetry of Small-Town Mythologies in Arizona

May 10, 2017 SHOW LOW, Ariz. — For a veteran poker player, one who has won many a hand in seven-card high-low stud, it’s tough to resist the allure of a town named after a winning low hand. So it was that I found myself tooling up Deuce of Clubs, the main drag...

An Arizona Town ‘That Would Like to Secede and Carry On Its Own Lifestyle’

April 27, 2017 JEROME, Ariz. — This town was hopping at about 3 p.m on the last Sunday in March when I drove in on my way from Prescott to Sedona. The live band was rocking in the Spirit Room on Main Street, and libations were flowing freely. An online review of the...

Western States Negotiate Drought Contingency Plan Despite Wet Winter

April 17, 2017 AVRA VALLEY, Ariz. — Here in the desert 15 miles from downtown Tucson, a remarkable engineering system is providing a reliable supply of water that’s the envy of other communities in the arid West. Twenty ponds, ranging from 25 acres to 60 acres in size, draw water from the nearby...

Connecticut’s Perpetual Fiscal Crisis

March 9, 2017 Illinois may have the midwestern title wrapped up, and New Jersey the mid-Atlantic crown, but in the contest for fiscal misery, Connecticut is winning the Northeast race going away. So it was that earlier this month, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy delivered a grim budget address that demanded huge concessions from...

Local Governments Lawyer Up to Protect Immigrant Populations

March 7, 2017 Governments of cities and counties with large immigrant populations are beginning to take steps to prepare for newly aggressive actions to find and deport people without legal status. While the Trump administration has said it will focus removal efforts on people who have committed criminal offenses, enforcement sweeps have been...

A Telecommunications Fable: Struggles for Service in Rural Maine

February 21, 2017 MOUNT DESERT ISLAND, Maine — The month of October brought not only the glories of fall foliage to this neck of the woods but also a piece of exciting news: residents of Islesford on nearby Little Cranberry Island, would not suffer a threatened termination of the jury-rigged internet service they...

Dirty Air, Climate Change Preoccupy Salt Lake City Leaders

February 7, 2017 “We’re number one,” workers in Salt Lake City’s sustainability office exclaimed as I was asking one of them how the air quality was last Wednesday. No. 1 wasn’t a good number. It meant that Salt Lake and other communities in Utah had the worst air pollution in the country on...

Boosting Their Brands in Front of the Nation’s Mayors

January 20, 2017 WASHINGTON — The mezzanine corridors at the Capital Hilton were lined with table-top displays from Uber, Airbnb, the American Beverage Association and other organizations seeking goodwill, more business and favorable regulatory treatment from the nation’s mayors. The presence of these and other interest groups testified both to the power of...