CSG Research & Expertise in the News: Virtual Stumping; Military Children Compact; Tax Holidays

CSG Research & Expertise in the News: 8/7-13, 2011

The following compilation features published news stories during the week of Aug. 7-13 that highlight experts and/or research from The Council of State Governments. For more information about any of the experts or programs discussed, please contact CSG at (800) 800-1910 and you will be directed to the appropriate staff.  Members of the press should call (859) 244-8246.

The True Cost of State Sales Tax Holidays
August 12, 2011

'Tis the sales-tax-holiday season, when states give the gift of tax-free shopping for clothing, computers and other back-to-school supplies.

It seems like a good thing: Take a little pressure off the pockets of cash-strapped parents, make retailers smile and make politicians look good for supporting tax relief.

But as states grapple with huge budget deficits, the debate is on over whether states should be more like Scrooge than like Santa. More...

Interstate Compact Eases School Transitions
Armed Forces Press Service
Department of Defence
August 8, 2011

An interstate compact is spurring sweeping improvements to the school transition process for military parents and their children, while also making inroads into addressing parents’ education-related concerns, a Defense Department official said.

The Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children affects everything from school enrollment and eligibility to course placement and graduation, explained Ed Kringer, director of state liaison and educational opportunity for the Pentagon’s office of military community and family policy. Since its inception in 2006, 39 states have adopted the compact, ensuring inclusion of nearly 90 percent of military children and teens. More...

Cuomo takes to the virtual stump
August 8, 2011

In the face-to-face world of the State Capitol, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has been accustomed in his seven months in office to compliments from Republicans and Democrats alike.

In his virtual world, however, Cuomo gets mixed reviews. More...