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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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...

New Pew Data: Most States Are Still Not Out of the Revenue Hole

March 26, 2015 Thirty states still have not fully climbed out of the fiscal hole dug by the 2008 recession, according to data released this week by The Pew Charitable Trusts. Revenues lag behind peak collections in the 30 states, when adjusted for inflation and seasonal fluctuations. On a national level, revenues have...

As Drought Crisis Deepens, California Localities Face Tough Ongoing Water Reductions

March 19, 2015 SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — When the rains came in December in this arid beach town about 75 miles south of San Francisco, the only river and reservoir on the western slope of the Santa Cruz Mountains gained enough water to give citizens a welcome break. Water-use restrictions were lifted and...

Florida, Texas Residents Have the Most to Lose If Obamacare Hits Legal Setback

March 11, 2015 Nearly 8 million people in 37 states will lose their health-care subsidies if the U.S. Supreme Court rules against the federal government in King v. Burwell, the case that has posed a serious threat to the continued viability of the Affordable Care Act. State-by-state totals of people who signed up...

How Predictive Policing Is Using Algorithms to Deliver Crime-Reduction Results for Cities

March 9, 2015 SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — We were cruising the streets in Deputy Police Chief Steve Clark’s Crown Victoria, looking for anomalies in the patterns of life in this renowned beach town 75 miles south of San Francisco, home to generations of surfers and a legendary boardwalk complete with roller coaster and...

Think Tanks’ New Data Tool Details U.S. State Population Trends

March 3, 2015 Is the United States becoming a majority-minority nation? An important new demographic analysis released last week by three Washington, D.C.-based think tanks—the Center for American Progress, the American Enterprise Institute and the Brookings Institution—suggests that reality is not too far away. And in some places, it’s already arrived. With intermarriage...

Stats Surge Continues in Cities and States

February 18, 2015 The latest ambitious effort employing data to improve local public services is getting underway on the banks of the Ohio River, as the Buckeye State’s third-largest city stands up CincyStat to track the activities of 18 municipal departments. The move by Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black to institute a statistics-driven...

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