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How to judge the effectiveness of your local government in Pennsylvania

Local governments in Pennsylvania are given certain powers to serve the public, but the services they provide vary widely by municipality.
By Min Xian/SpotlightPA

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A portrait of democracy in action

The film immerses audiences in the municipality of Boston to illustrate a government taking care of its diverse citizens.

By Fred Vigeant/WITF

Taxpayers foot bill to supply legislators, army of aides

One state representative dinged taxpayers for a $1.08 container of hairspray so she could kill flies.
By Mark Scolforo/The Associated Press

Americans are generally skeptical of government, but want it to intervene in a crisis

This is one of those times when government counts -- when government is called upon to fill the gaps that individuals and private industry can't.