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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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Tax Resistance Unlikely to Thwart Vermont Education Reform

June 29, 2015 MONTPELIER, Vt. — After more than six years of effort, Vermont this spring enacted a sweeping education reform law designed to reduce the number of school districts and school boards in the state, to achieve efficiencies and to allow more flexibility in assignment of teachers, students and staff in districts...

Connecticut Budget Plan Sparks Big Rebuke From Major Employers

June 3, 2015 It’s rare that large, publicly traded corporations directly confront powerful state officials on matters of economic policy. But it happened in Connecticut on Monday as General Electric Co., Aetna Inc. and Travelers Insurance Companies Inc., three of the state’s largest employers, released statements opposing key elements of what had seemed...

Stuck in a Growing Pension Hole, Maryland Keeps on Digging

May 27, 2015 The latest chapter in the drama of public pension debacles is unfolding in Maryland, where Democratic lawmakers and Republican Gov. Larry Hogan are teaming up to spend money on salary increases and other purposes while reneging on a four-year-old deal to address the state’s slowly building public pension crisis. A...

California Confronts Its Daunting Pension Shortfalls

May 25, 2015 California residents attending the University of California got some good news this month when Gov. Jerry Brown unveiled his $115 billion budget plan: they will not see tuition increases over the next two years. This was the denouement of a bitter dispute between Brown and UC President Janet Napolitano, who...

Experts Explore Permitting Obstacles to Infrastructure Projects

May 13, 2015 WASHINGTON — Permitting delays that can cost infrastructure projects years and many millions of extra dollars may be mitigated by better implementation of laws and regulations, experts at a conference on “Rethinking Infrastructure Approvals” concluded on Tuesday. But sponsors of major projects from New York City to San Diego voiced...

New Book Documents Mix of Poverty and Despair That Afflicts Many Homicide-Prone Urban Neighborhoods

May 7, 2015 BALTIMORE — When Freddie Gray died in the custody of Baltimore police officers on April 19, he could have ended up just a statistic—another black man lost, little noticed, unremembered beyond his community of family and friends. The riots that ensued ensured another outcome. Fueled by building outrage about police...

Oregon Ruling Throws State and Local Pensions for a Loop

May 5, 2015 Perhaps foreshadowing negative rulings in other states, the Oregon Supreme Court last week struck down a hard-fought 2013 law that reduced, temporarily as it turns out, pension obligations to state and local retirees and current workers. And in a comment released Tuesday, Moody’s Investors Service said the ruling was “credit...

Cincinnati Sprints to Reform Its Development Approval Processes

May 5, 2015 Editor's Note: This article was originally published on April 6, 2015, as part of "The Roadmap," a multi-part Route Fifty series featuring stories from across the country. Click here to download the full series. In an era where everything we do has speeded up, and often become easier to accomplish,...

An Interview With Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild

April 22, 2015 TUCSON, Ariz. — Mayor Jonathan Rothschild is an activist Democrat who is using all the tools of government to promote the economic health of this Southern Arizona city, the state’s second largest. His task is not easy, for the city and surrounding Pima County face a variety of compelling problems:...

Intergovernmental Trends Put Pressure on Arizona’s Second-Largest City

April 13, 2015 TUCSON, Ariz. — Jonathan Rothschild, the first-term mayor of Arizona’s second-largest city, operates in a complex intergovernmental environment. That environment not only includes the Phoenix-based state government but also Pima County, which has important law enforcement and justice assignments. Then there’s Davis-Monthan Air Base, a huge employer with an uncertain...