Critiquing the State Budget while Upholding Its Public Value

by Public Works on May 31, 2013 in Changemakers

MTC_WA budgetIn this Schmudget blog, Kim Justice criticizes Washington state lawmakers’ proposed budget. But she does it while focusing on the very values she wants those same lawmakers to consider–healthy people and a healthy environment, education and opportunity, economic security, and thriving communities. Using this strategy allows her to make a case for increased investment in important state programs. Because she doesn’t slam lawmakers for being frugal and stingy and doesn’t question their motives, Justice makes her point while not undermining government and its leaders.

Making a Case for Investment

by Public Works on May 31, 2013 in Changemakers

Often when we make a case for investing in children’s programs, we are tempted to lead with the dollars and cents arguments about the savings that result from prevention. While these arguments have their place, they also run the risk … Continue reading

Popular Areas of Government Shedding Jobs

by Public Works on May 31, 2013 in May 2013 eNewsletter

This short analysis from the Pew Research Center compares the rate of job losses in the public sector to the relative popularity of those categories. The finding is paradoxical. The areas of the public sector shedding jobs are the ones … Continue reading

Unknown Government Offices Key to Financial Recovery

by Public Works on May 31, 2013 in Government

This Huffington Post article by Preeti Vissa with the Greenlight Institute highlights how some lesser-known federal agencies are working to make sure all Americans, including communities of color, can participate in the economic recovery. To do that effectively, Vissa argues, … Continue reading

Boston’s Water: Public or Private?

by Public Works on May 31, 2013 in May 2013 eNewsletter

It’s so tempting – but usually oh so wrong – to think that today’s public debates are truly original. The context and the fashions may have changed, but much of the underlying substance remains. This fabulous article by Northwestern University … Continue reading

Highlights from Public Service Recognition Week

by Public Works on May 31, 2013 in Changemakers

Do you know who helped Americans come to see drug addiction as a disease that changes brain function? Or who led the Curiosity rover mission to Mars? …Or who developed a new, safer vaccine for hoof-and-mouth disease to protect America’s … Continue reading

Civic Participation from the Bottom Up

by Public Works on May 31, 2013 in May 2013 eNewsletter

Thanks to the National League of Cities and the Knight Foundation for producing this recent report, Bright Spots in Civic Engagement: Case Studies of U.S. Communities Creating Greater Civic Participation from the Bottom Up. We know from the research we … Continue reading