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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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States Move to Bolster Private Retirement Savings

October 23, 2015 WASHINGTON — Millions of Americans are facing deprivation and poverty in their old age unless they manage to significantly increase their savings for retirement. And they know it: for a decade, polls have shown that concerns about retirement security are stronger than about the cost of health care, fear of...

Can a National Park Save Northern Maine?

September 24, 2015 BANGOR, Maine — Drive 70 minutes south from this city’s airport and you’ll arrive in Bar Harbor, gateway to one of Maine’s principal attractions—Acadia National Park. This year, some 2.5 million tourists have visited the park and spent millions of dollars in adjacent towns: Bar Harbor, Northeast Harbor and Southwest...

New England Struggles to Counter Heroin Addiction

August 25, 2015 MONTPELIER, Vt. — Here in Vermont’s state capital and in the offices of governors, mayors, state police leaders, judges and public health officials throughout New England, a topic of particular focus this summer has been the drug abuse that’s sweeping the region. Heroin, once stigmatized as only for needle-junkies, is...

Can Maine Lead New England to a Farming Renaissance?

August 11, 2015 NORTHEAST HARBOR, Maine — On a bright morning in early August, scores of shoppers gathered on the harborside village green here, coming to buy the just-picked vegetables and flowers, the just-slaughtered pork, the freshly made artisanal cheeses and other goods produced on local Maine farms. Much earlier that morning, Dylan...

Looming Northeast Corridor Rail Disaster Demands Solutions

July 28, 2015 Although New York Times editors didn’t deem it worthy of front page treatment, the top story of the day on for tens of thousands of workers in late July was captured in a Metro section headline: “Commuter Chaos as Electrical Problems Force New Jersey Train Delays.” Perhaps it was the...

For Vermont’s Public Schools, How Small Is Too Small?

July 12, 2015 MONTPELIER, Vt. — For the first time in more than 100 years, Vermont this year is beginning a sweeping restructuring of its elementary and secondary school system. A bill signed into law by Gov. Peter Shumlin last month seeks to rein in the high costs of a largely rural system...

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...

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