Capitol Comments

Attendees at Thursday’s session “Looking for Medicaid Relief in All the Right Places” were told off the bat, “If you came for the good news, this is the wrong place.”

Medicaid, the nation’s largest health insurance program, is the largest or second largest expenditure in every state budget. As states continue to face budgetary shortfalls, lawmakers are looking to Medicaid for its share of the savings.

The Council of State Governments invites you to attend Aging and Alzheimer's Disease: Emerging Issues and Policy Solutions, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue in Bellevue, Wash. The session will immediately precede the CSG National Conference and North American Summit, scheduled for Oct. 19-23. 

The 2010 edition of The Book of the States was the first in the publication's 76-year-history to be available in its entirety in a digital format.  Building on that success, the 2011 edition was also posted online in the Knowledge Center.  I am happy to report that previous editions dating back to 2004 are also now available in their entirety at  

The Council of State Governments' 2011 National Conference, which will be held October 19-23 in Bellevue, Washington, is designed to provide state leaders with the opportunity to discuss state government trends, share cutting-edge solutions and debate what's next on the political horizon.  Don't miss your chance to discuss issues with colleagues from your state, your country and the world!  Early Registration & Hotel Cut-off is TODAY, September 30.  

In July, Connecticut became the first state in the nation to require certain businesses to offer paid sick leave to their employees.  At the time, only Washington, D.C. and San Francisco had such laws.  Earlier this week, the Seattle City Council approved similar legislation, sending it to Mayor Mike McGinn for his approval, which is expected.