Carrie Abner

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The Council of State Governments has released its annual listing of the top five issues legislators will face this session in nine key policy areas, including education, workforce development, energy and the environment, federal affairs, fiscal and economic development, health, interstate compacts, transportation, and international affairs.

CSG Director of Federal and International Affairs Andy Karellas and Senior Policy Adviser Jeff Stockdale outline the top five issues in federal affair for the states in 2017, including the presidential transition, strengthening states' roles in federalism, fiscal uncertainty, civic education and intergovernmental relations.

CSG Director of Federal and International Affairs Andy Karellas and Senior Policy Analyst Jack Cobb outline the top five issues in international affairs policy for 2017, including the impacts of macroeconomic policy, global trade, national security, conflicts overseas and global public health.

CSG outlines the top five issues in energy and environment policy for 2017, including an uncertain future for federal environmental policy, infrastructure, water quality and management, solar energy, and natural gas.

CSG Director of Transportation and Infrastructure Policy Sean Slone outlines the top five issues in transportation policy for 2017, including federal infrastructure investment plans, state solutions for infrastructure funding, autonomous vehicles, transit-oriented community develpoment, project selection and prioritization.

CSG Director of Fiscal and Economic Development Policy Jennifer Burnett outlines the top five issues in fiscal policy for 2017, including fiscal uncertainty, public employee retirement, health care costs, data- and evidence-based decision-making, and labor markets.

CSG Director of Education and Workforce Development Policy Elizabeth Whitehouse and Education and Workforce Development Policy Analyst Donna Counts outline the top five issues in workforce development policy for 2017, including skills and apprenticeships, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act implementation, wages and benefits, occupational licensure and workforce re-entry.

CSG Director of Education Policy Elizabeth Whitehouse outlines the top five issues in education policy for 2017, including the Every Student Succeeds Act, child care, skills and apprenticeships, physical activity in schoools, and college and career readiness.

CSG National Center for Interstate Compacts Colmon Elridge outlines the top five issues in interstate compacts for 2017, including autonomous vehicles, occupational licensing, prescription drug monitoring, infrastructure revitalization and criminal investigations. 

CSG Director of Health Policy Deb Miller outlines the top five issues in health policy for 2017, including Medicaid reform, ACA repeal and replace, prescription drug costs, social determinants of health, and the opioid epidemic. 

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