J.B. Wogan

Governing staff writer


J.B. covers a number of beats including immigration, gun control, politics and more for GOVERNING magazine.

March 18, 2014

Americans Still Love Their Libraries

Most Americans enjoy their public libraries and use them frequently, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center.

January 15, 2014

Maine Struggles with Welfare Misuse at ATMs

As states work to comply with new federal welfare rules that restrict recipients from withdrawing cash benefits from liquor stores, reports released by Maine's Department of Health and Human Services show some doing just that.

October 28, 2013

Should Taxpayers Fund Seattle City Council Campaigns?

A ballot measure in Seattle is asking voters to make it one of a handful of cities that uses public funds to pay for city council races.

October 2, 2013

Furloughed Federal Employees Flood State Unemployment Offices

On the first day of the shutdown, some state unemployment offices received an unusually high number of applications from federal employees.

October 1, 2013

How Will the Sharing Economy Change the Way Cities Function?

Ride-sharing services and the uncertainty about how or whether to regulate them like taxi cabs illustrate a world where “ownership” is a rapidly changing concept.

June 3, 2013

Technology Threatens Public Officials’ Personal Safety

Several high-profile government officials were killed this year. Standing in the public light has always had its risks, but they’re higher than ever as tracking an official’s whereabouts can be as simple as following their Twitter feed.

May 29, 2013

Florida, LexisNexis Partner to Combat Public Assistance Fraud

The pilot program uses software to automatically verify an applicant's identity.