2012 CSG National Conference

America’s transportation system is in trouble.

The American Society of Civil Engineers’ most recent report card gave the U.S. transportation infrastructure a D and estimated the five-year need of system upgrades will require $2.2 trillion. The current system of fuel excise taxes only meet a fraction of that need.

With regard to health care exchanges, states “have a long way to go and a short time to get there,” said health consultant Paula Flowers, a former Tennessee state insurance commissioner.

“There’s a lot of heavy lifting to do in some of the states,” Flowers said during the session, “What’s Next for Health Exchanges?” sponsored by the CSG Health Policy Task Force.

The Affordable Care Act was a disruptive act—not necessarily good or bad, but it put a lot of people on notice that things were going to change.

There’s a world of difference between a traditional school and one that uses project-based learning. Those differences have helped two teenagers succeed in school.

Those students gave legislators a glimpse of their school experiences in the final Education Legislative Briefing session Saturday.

The U.S. is at a rare moment in history when the window for changing how education works is wide open—and state legislators can be key players in how that transformation takes place, said Barbara Chow, education program director for The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.