Government

The number of states engaged in amending and revising their constitutions in 2000-2001 was the lowest in 30 years. Legislative and constitutional initiatives were the only methods used to amend state constitutions during the biennium, and three states accounted for almost half of the proposed amendments. While some constitutional trends continued from the 1990s, there were also notable differences.

The most innovative and productive state agencies do not simply execute one good program. Rather, they integrate advanced management techniques into a comprehensive approach to productivity improvement. Productive state-government agencies stress multiple measures: internal capacities, outputs produced and outcomes achieved. They use performance measurement and evaluation to help establish goals and measure results, estimate and justify resource requirements, reallocate resources, develop organization-improvement strategies and motivate employees to improve performance.

Chapter 8 of the 2002 Book of the States contains the following articles and tables:

Chapter 2 of the 2000-01 Book of the States contains the following tables:

Chapter 4 of the 2000-01 Book of the States contains the following tables:

Chapter 3 of the 2000-01 Book of the States contains the following tables:

Chapter 7 of the 2000-2001 Book of the States contains the following tables:

Chapter 1 of the 2000-01 Book of the States contains the following tables:

Chapter 9 of the 2000-01 Book of the States contains the following tables:

Trends indicate a tight labor market for Information Technology (IT) professionals in the United States. For example, a report by the Information Technology Association of America and Virginia Tech estimates there are 346,000 vacancies in core IT positions.' Surveys of the private sector show that the recruiting and retaining IT professionals remains a difficult task in light of the increasing demand for employees, the apparent lack of qualified workers and the dynamics of hi-tech industries. 

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