Supporting Good Governance

gov'tshutdownMoving into Day 10 of the government shutdown, it’s curious to watch the wheels keep turning (kinda) in the operations of public service. Our cities and states are moving forward, trying not to get sucked into the swamp of inefficiency that has enveloped Capitol Hill.

While most state leaders have said, according to a Governing magazine article, that they are not worried about a few days of stalemate, an extended shutdown will begin to have trickledown effects.

“State and local government budget experts say the first federal government shutdown in 17 years shouldn’t be too disruptive to their operations in the short-term, but if it lasts more than a week, they could start to encounter serious challenges” (Holeywell, Governing).

Sad to say, a government shutdown is not new. As most have heard, there is precedent to this tactic – 1995 and 1996. But as most experts have noted, this is no way to run a government.  In the Memos to National Leaders publication, ASPA and NAPA emphasized the need for better collaboration between the White House and Capitol Hill. Among the recommendations:

Now, we’re not just dreamers. So, we’re quite aware that implementation of any of these changes may be like moving the Washington Monument – but anything’s possible right?

Our public servants deserve to have leaders who demonstrate as much a commitment to good governance as they project every day (and on the days they are allowed to go to work).  The last 10 days have been a sad display of poor and ineffective leadership. Let’s hope our leaders will get it together and offer a plan that proves to the country and the world that good government still exists in the U.S.

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One thought on “Supporting Good Governance

  1. ASPA’s proposal has my full support.

    Professor Stephen R. Rolandi
    Former National Council Representative
    Past Chapter President, NY Metro Chapter, ASPA
    Former Deputy Commissioner, NYS Division of Human Rights
    Lecturer on Public Administration, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
    The City University of New York

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