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J.B. Wogan

Governing staff writer

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

A new startup might be the key to identifying the neighborhoods most affected by drug use.
A lack of skilled professionals is driving some states to adopt a more European approach to filling vital positions – apprenticeships.
It's one of the ways states are trying to address growing concerns about the security of voting.
History suggests that social services will be in high demand for months. Are caseworkers in Texas and Florida prepared?
C-Stat has helped Colorado become one of the best states at getting benefits to unemployed and low-income people.
Some cities post letter grades on restaurants. King County opted for something more visual. The person who pushed for public ratings in the first place, though, isn't satisfied.
What’s changed most, says Jacobs, is a new management system under Gov. Doug Ducey, a former businessman, that borrows from "lean" practices in the business world to speed up the way they do things.
Lots of cities use social science data to help make decisions. But the District of Columbia is going a lot further.
Using data to measure government performance has caught on in much of the country. But the tactic is in trouble in Maryland.