2010 CSG Economic Summit of the States: Meeting Materials Now Available!

Welcome to The Council of State Governments' Economic Summit of the States.  As the nation's only nonpartisan, netural convener of state government officials from all three branches, CSG has planned this Economic Summit to provide a platform for state legislators, key legislative staff, state executive branch officials, state judicial officials and private-sector partners to exchange ideas and insights, develop creative solutions, and consider how to transform state government and the economies of the states. 

Health Care Reform: WIll States Be Left Holding the Bag? 
May 20, 2010

Session Summary

Newly enacted federal health care reform legislation promises to expand health insurance coverage to 30 million Americans through a variety of reforms, marketplace innovations, and Medicaid program expansions.  States are mandated partners in these policy changes and the associated budgetary obligations.  The Congressional Budget Office estimates states will have to spend an additional $20 billion in new Medicaid costs over the next decade.  Other provisions of the massive health legislation may generate additional state costs, futher complicating an already bleak state budget forecast for the next several years despite signs of an economic recovery. 

Health Reform: Will States Be Left Holding the Bag?
Dr. Marcia Nielsen, Vice Chancellor for Public Policy & Planning, Associate Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management at the University of Kansas Medical Center.  

Health Reform: An Overview and Implications for the States
Jennifer Tolbert, Associate Director, Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Closing the Gap: Options for Deficit Mitigation
May 21, 2010

With falling revenues, unprecedented declines in state spending and a national unemployment rate hovering around 10 percent, states face limited options for deficit mitigation as they enter into what will likely be one of the worst budget years since the Great Depression. Facing combined budget gaps exceeding $130 billion over the next two years, along with significant increases in Medicaid spending, this session will provide state officials with an overview of the policy responses required to enact transformational changes delivering services as well as options available for deficit mitigation. The session, moderated by Maryland Treasurer Nancy Kopp, will allow participants to discuss critical steps necessary to meet their state’s balanced budget requirements.

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State Fiscal Outlook Background
Scott Pattison, Executive Director, National Association of State Budget Officers

Information and Resources on Texas
Paul Priest, Assistant Director, Texas Legislative Budget Board

Robert B. Ward, Deputy Director, The Rockefeller Institute
New York Lt. Governor Ravitch's Budget Proposal

Managing Medicaid: Options for Controlling Costs
May 21, 2010

In this session, the moderator will ask experts a series of questions designed to elicit examples of money-saving health care policiesbeing tested in the states. The discussion will explore the extent to which the newly enacted federal health care reform can be expected to produce savings. While the session will focus on states’ Medicaid programs, the relationship of broader cost–saving health policies at the federal and state levels will also be discussed. Ample time will be reserved for session attendees to participate with questions, comments and program examples from their own experiences.

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Seeding the Knowledge Economy: Education and Ecomonic Development
Friday, May 21, 2010

The key to states’ success in economic development is no longer just the traditional packages of tax breaks, incentives and infrastructure, according to a study by the Rockefeller Institute of Government. State educational institutions are proving to be a vital part of economic development as well. Economists term this “the knowledge economy” and most successful businesses will be those that depend on research, new ideas, technology and upgraded skills of the work force. Some innovative programs ensure that states are meeting local and regional work force needs by working with individual employers, employer associations, economic development agencies, business and industry to identify the needed skill sets. This program will illustrate ways states can develop partnerships with industry and higher education to stimulate the economy.

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The Great Reset: Higher Education will be the Engine for State Economic Recovery
James Applegate, Senior Vice President for Program Development, Lumina Foundation for Education

Lumina Foundation for Education State Policy Agenda

Finding a Voice: Women and the Fiscal Crisis
May 21, 2010

Women account for 50 percent of the U.S. population, but only 20 percent of the total number of state legislators in the nation are female. In 2010, only six governors are women and 27 states have never had a woman serve as governor. As more and more programs are cut from state budgets, however, women are one group disproportionately impacted. This session will examine ways to bridge the disconnect, ways to motivate more women to run for office and ways to leverage female leadership. It will also look at why state supreme courts are able to overcome this disconnect. All attendees are invited to attend the session and discuss these issues with colleagues from all three branches and leading experts who study female political participation.


Energizing Growth: Opportunities in the New Energy Economy
Friday, May 21, 2010

This session focuses on how states can grow their energy economy and thereby spur job creation. Participants will engage in a discussion with nationally recognized experts and learn the potential for renewable energy and energy efficiency to generate jobs and savings as well as what they can do at the state level to create jobs. Panelists will also share programs their states have initiated in an effort to promote energy efficiency and enhance the economy. Participants at this unique event are encouraged to share their thoughts and ideas during the session about what has and has not worked in their states.

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Driving Renewable Energy
Friday, May 21, 2010

A variety of financing tools are available to state clean energy funds and programs to support solar photovoltaic technology and other renewable energy projects. Historically, states have relied heavily on rebates and other forms of direct project assistance, and states are looking for ways to leverage available funding. This session will provide an overview of established and emerging financing tools that states can use to support solar photovoltaic projects of all sizes.

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Communicating in an Economic Crisis: Insights from Vincent Covello
Keynote: Vincent Covello, Ph.D., Center for Risk Communications
Saturday, May 22

In his 25–year career, Vincent Covello has served both as a senior White House staffer and communications adviser to Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. Covello, the founder of the Center for Risk Communications, will share practical techniques for informing and reassuring constituents in the height of a crisis.

Dr. Vincent Covello is the founder and director of the Center for Risk Communication. A leading expert in the field of crisis communications, Covello served as risk communication consultant for former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and helped craft some of the scripted remarks given by the mayor on Sept. 11, 2001. He also helped former British Prime Minister Tony Blair respond to the 2005 London bombings.


Infrastructure Insights: Public Works in the New Budget Era
Saturday, May 22, 2010

State departments of transportation face backlogs of infrastructure improvement projects, unprecedented budget cuts and uncertainty in the face of indecision in Washington about the future of transportation funding. That makes now a critical time for state officials to weigh the options available to address these issues in these difficult times. Session participants will hear both the federal perspective on what the future may hold and a state perspective on the difficult choices being made every day. Audience members will be invited to offer ideas from their own states on innovative financing options and creative budgeting

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Resolutions Passed at the Economic Summit of the States:
1. Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act
2. Common Core State Standards
3. Export Promotion
4. Affirming the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
5. Public Safety Communications
6. Government Tax Preparation and Electronic Filing

Download All Resolutions Passed at the Meeting

Pattison.pdf312.25 KB
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Jennifer_Tolbert.pdf165.09 KB