Book of the States

The Council of State Governments continues a long tradition of “sharing capitol ideas” with the publication of the 2015 edition of The Book of the States. Since 1933, CSG has served as a resource for state leaders and a catalyst for innovation and excellence in state governance. The Book of the States has been the reference tool of choice since 1935, providing relevant, accurate and timely information, answers and comparisons for all 56 states, commonwealths and territories of the United States.  

The 2015 volume includes 152 in-depth tables, charts and figures illustrating how state government operates. It also includes 29 articles from state leaders, innovative thinkers, noted scholars and CSG’s in-house policy experts that analyze and report on the transformations taking place in state government. Staff members mined more than 500 sources to obtain the information shared in The Book of the States

  The 2015 edition of The Book of the States is now available! 

 Archive: 1935-2012

While the same-sex marriage and Affordable Care Act cases are the most significant of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2014–15 term in general and specifically affecting states, other cases will significantly impact states too. The court decided three tax cases, a Medicaid reimbursement case, two redistricting cases and a Fair Housing Act disparate impact case.

The Presidential Commission on Election Administration made several recommendations in its report to the President which draw attention to the need to modernize voter registration in the United States. This article highlights the recommendations which have been demonstrated by states to be successful policies while also addressing existing federal laws governing the registration of voters.

Chapter 6 of the 2015 Book of the States contains the following articles and tables:

Chapter 10 of the 2015 Book of the States contains the following articles and tables:

Chapter 9 of the 2015 Book of the States contains the following articles and tables:

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