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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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Corruption in the Cross Hairs as New Yorkers Go to Polls

October 31, 2017 Bill Samuels is an unreconstructed reformer who has devoted much of his life, and a lot of money he earned in business, to cleaning up state and municipal government in New York. Now, he’s the driving force behind a once-in-a-generation opportunity to rewrite the constitution of the Empire State. Samuels...

Coalition of Strange Bedfellows Opposes N.Y. Constitutional Convention Proposal

October 23, 2017 From its perch above the Hudson River 150 miles north of New York City, Albany, capital of the Empire State, is a place that has launched many a distinguished political career. From Theodore Roosevelt a century ago, to Nelson Rockefeller 50 years ago to Chuck Schumer and Andrew Cuomo in...

Controversy Continues to Dog New National Monument in Maine

October 9, 2017 MILLINOCKET, Maine — Tim Hudson’s well-marked and tidy office on the main street of this town, and his distinctive National Park Service uniform, convey a message about the federal government’s determination to exercise its powers over the new Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, a tract of 87,500 acres a...

Hartford Nears Bankruptcy as State Aid Remains Uncertain

September 12, 2017 Connecticut’s capital city has renewed its plea for substantial state aid to avert a bankruptcy filing Mayor Luke Bronin says could occur by the end of October. The six-page letter Bronin and other city officials sent to Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and state legislative leaders last week helped turn up...

Creative Workforce Programs Aim to Stave Off Economic Decline in Maine

September 4, 2017 NORTHEAST HARBOR, Maine — When the unemployment rate in Maine hit a 40-year low of 3 percent this spring, political leaders celebrated. Republican Gov. Paul LePage was quick to boast that “our efforts to lower taxes, reform welfare and bring fiscal responsibility to government are working.” But others were not...

A Former Whaling and Textiles Hub in New England Seeks Regeneration

July 16, 2017 NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — This old port city at the mouth of the Acushnet River has seen its share of boom and bust cycles, from the time of the lucrative trade in whale oil to the heights of the New England textile boom to the declines that followed in their...

Debt-Laden New Jersey Struggles to Make Ends Meet

June 26, 2017 To even the most seasoned and hardened observers of New Jersey’s long-running fiscal follies, the dead-of-night, lightning-fast sale of $300 million in bonds to refurbish the ancient statehouse in Trenton was a cause for marvel. The opaque sleight of hand that produced the deal in mid-May was particularly audacious. Then...

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...