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Legislators’ interests veiled from public, study says

The report includes a state-by-state ranking http://www.publicintegrity.org/oi/db.aspx?act=com of how common the practice is for lawmakers to serve on legislative panels that have oversight of personal interests.

States take lead in clean air quest – Wetlands, wildlife damage prompting independent action

States from California to New England are leading the charge to cut toxic emissions of greenhouse gases from power plants, autos, and new building construction, undeterred by federal foot-dragging on the issue.

Govt. financing needs to abandon rigid top-down bureaucratic control, "steer rather than row," and delegate major authority to their operating divisions, then focus on results.

Instead of starting with the last year’s budget and figuring how to cut 10 percent to 15 percent from agencies’ requests, Locke’s team identified the 10 key results it thought citizens most wanted from state government (improved student achievement, improved food sanitation, better health results, for example).

Many states question value of part-time legislators

"People are very negative toward their politicians now, and part of that is the result of part-time legislators getting caught,"

Wyoming Governor, Dave Freudenthal receives good marks for 1st year

For Freudenthal, it’s a matter of keeping it all in perspective. He knows that governing is not a perfect science and the philosophy of his administration is: Try to do the right thing.

HR chief says lack of raises spurs exodus of Idaho state workers

No raises for state employees for two straight years is prompting many to move to other jobs despite a difficult employment market, Idaho Division of Human Resources Director Ann Heilman warns.

Opinion – Work with elected officials for better state government

Currently, government agencies have hodge – podge methods of providing citizens a way to file a complaint, ranging from no formal process at all, or just taking notes over the phone, to perhaps a procedure that nobody in the agency even understands. Talk to your friends and neighbors. Then tell your elected representatives to look closely and enact the right changes so that our government will operate the way it should.

Bozeman city manager, Clark Johnson takes chief of staff position with Burns

Bozeman City Manager Clark Johnson will resign his position and move to Washington, D.C., to become chief of staff for Sen. Conrad Burns, R-Mont. the two of them announced Friday. By SCOTT McMILLION Chronicle Staff…

Utah State Portal Ranks No. 1

"Our goal is to use technology to make state government services more efficient and accessible," said Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt. "This award shows we’re making real progress in our efforts to move more government services online instead of in line."

Toolkit Offers Innovative IT Approaches For Delivering State Services -Medicaid, education, and homeland security

The National Governors’ Association (NGA) has created a toolkit to identify innovative approaches for delivering governments services through the use of information technology in three key policy areas: Medicaid, education, and homeland security. The toolkit—Policy…