“Dissatisfaction with Government” a Growing Concern

by Public Works on March 21, 2013 in March 2013 eNewsletter

PO_Gallup PollIt appears that the partisan gridlock on display during the fiscal cliff standoff and the sequestration process is beginning to take a toll. You have to reach back to the Watergate era to find a time when a greater share of Americans cited Dissatisfaction with Government as the #1 problem facing the country. In a recent Gallup survey, more than 20% of Americans cited government as the top problem, coming in second place behind the economy.

Government’s Role in Encouraging Volunteerism

by Public Works on March 21, 2013 in Government

This thought-provoking article from The Commons magazine pokes holes in conventional arguments for replacing some major government functions with greater volunteerism. For one thing, as the article points out, government policies play an enormous role in whether or not people … Continue reading

Income Gap a Concern for Americans

by Public Works on March 21, 2013 in Economy

The Post-election American Values Survey sponsored by the Public Religion Research Institute found, among other things, that most Americans believe the government should do more do reduce the gap between the rich and the poor (see pages 16-18 of the … Continue reading

Roosevelt Campus Institute Challenges Conservatives

by Public Works on March 21, 2013 in Changemakers

Taylor Jo Isenberg with the Roosevelt Institute’s Campus Network authored this piece for the NY Times in which she challenges conservatives to acknowledge millennials’ different and overall more positive views about government. Isenberg writes: Young people firmly believe that government … Continue reading

Americans oppose cutting programs

by Public Works on March 21, 2013 in March 2013 eNewsletter

This insightful post on the Washington Post’s Wonk Blog walks through some recent poll results revealing that Americans are largely opposed to cutting funding for actual federal programs. Yet another example of why advocates and supporters of government must lay … Continue reading

Role of Good Government Management in a Local Economy

by Public Works on March 21, 2013 in Government

We have enjoyed watching the recent Life, Well Run campaign videos produced by the International City/County Management Association. This latest installment looks at how effective local government management promotes a good business climate. According to ICMA the Life, Well Run … Continue reading

Spirited Defense of Public Transit

by Public Works on March 21, 2013 in March 2013 eNewsletter

Ok, this piece from Grist magazine is a bit tongue-in-cheek, but we couldn’t help but share. The author, Isa Hopkins, recounts how switching over to public transit helped her rebuild after his “2008 nadir.” She recommends going ear-buds-free in order … Continue reading