Sequester Hits Federal Workforce

by Public Works on September 30, 2013 in Public Opinion

Not surprisingly federal workers are reporting that their employers are the most likely to being laying off rather than hiring additional workers. Similarly, Gallup’s poll of employers confirms that federal government managers are more likely to report that they are letting people go rather than adding staff.

Doing Less with Less in Public Safety

by Public Works on September 30, 2013 in Government

Sometimes the popular mantra about “doing more with less” simply doesn’t work. This commentary by a former mayor and published in Governing magazine asks the question, “How low can you go in public safety?” Sometimes budget savings can’t be made … Continue reading

National Parks Reaching Out

by Public Works on September 30, 2013 in Government

Let’s face it – If you’ve ever visited a national park you’ve probably noticed that the visitors are not exactly representative of the U.S. population. And yet, as with all public systems, its leaders should strive to make the benefits … Continue reading

Modern Psychology Meets Modern Public Management

by Public Works on September 30, 2013 in Framing

At Public Works we LOVE psychology and cognitive sciences in general. After all, we’re constantly trying to better understand how Americans think and reason around the topic of government. That’s why we were fascinated by this article from Governing that … Continue reading

Public Works in the Field

by Public Works on September 30, 2013 in In the Works

Marcia made a return trip to Nebraska to work with the Coalition for a Strong Nebraska. This coalition, with its newly-hired staff, is strategizing about ways to promote public policy choices that strengthen their state and give all Nebraskans the … Continue reading

Facts Aren’t Enough (again)

by Public Works on September 30, 2013 in Framing

Those pesky brain scientists are always finding ways to tell us that we’re not as rational and clever as we think we are. In this somewhat alarming piece from Alternet, the author looks at the latest research from Yale law … Continue reading

Explaining Amendment 66 in Colorado

by Public Works on September 30, 2013 in Changemakers

Making budget amendments understandable is no small feat. That’s why we were impressed with this website that was launched in support of Amendment 66 in Colorado, a ballot initiative that will raise taxes to provide support for public education. The … Continue reading