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WASHINGTON, D.C.—Enhancing competitiveness and promoting good governance are two of the many reasons trade still matters, according to Mary Ryckman, the assistant United States trade representative for Trade and Development.

Trade, she said, allows the U.S. and its trading partners to “define the rules of the road, the standards that countries should adhere to, the norms which create a sense of fairness among economies, and the mechanisms by which disagreements can be peacefully...

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WASHINGTON, D.C.--The 30 state legislators attending The Council of State Governments' third annual Medicaid Policy Academy paid close attention to speakers who discussed ways to control costs and create savings in state Medicaid programs.

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WASHINGTON, D.C.--U.S. companies looking for employees often must take that search elsewhere. But, said Kelli Wells, executive director for education for the GE Foundation, those companies would rather find a prepared workforce on U.S. soil. The Council of State Governments' State Pathways to Prosperity Initiative has a similar goal.

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fter the Environmental Protection Agency finalizes rules on reducing carbon emissions in mid-2015, states will have a year to develop a plan for reduction.

The goal is to reduce the “pollution to power ratio of covered fossil fuel-fired power plants in a given state,” Janet McCabe, assistant administrator for the EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation, said in a blog post explaining the rules.

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Catherine Bray believes it's important for states to become globally fluent. "The more people that think international the better," said Bray, who recently returned to lead The Council of State Governments' international program.

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