March was a big month for merger on WFPL. There were two features looking at the benefits and drawbacks of the 2003 consolidation (part 1, part 2). This week, State of Affairs had an hour-long in-depth conversation about merger.

The pieces feature legislative architects, politicians, academics and observers who have spent time working on or studying merger. It’s clear that the next mayor of Louisville will face a learning curve in learning how to run merged government. Some of the people we talked to for our stories said they see the last 7 years as a “settling in” period for merger, with Abramson setting the standard for how Metro Government is run.

But if merger has solidified under Abramson, what’s next? This is discussed in the stories and on State of Affairs. What are your thoughts?