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At the recently concluded 2016 CSG National Conference in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, the CSG Executive Committee approved 12 policy resolutions and a statement of principles on a variety of policy areas.

With this statement of principles, The Council of State Governments (CSG) calls on Congress to seek solutions to the long-term solvency of the Highway Trust Fund prior to the expiration of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act in 2020. CSG also expresses support for the efforts of states in their traditional role as the laboratories of democracy to experiment with transportation funding mechanisms. And CSG expresses its opposition to any federal legislation or executive action that would eliminate the federal tax exemption on municipal bonds.

WHEREAS, state governments collect vast sums of data—from disease outbreaks and marriage records to public school enrollments and crime statistics—as they manage a wide range of public programs; and

WHEREAS, the amount of data state governments collect will continue to increase; and

WHEREAS, states and communities across the nation are overwhelmed by the current epidemic of opioid abuse and addiction and they are struggling to respond and to ameliorate the problem; and

WHEREAS, the number of drug overdose deaths in 2014 exceeded the number of deaths due to traffic accidents; and

WHEREAS, the peaceful transition of knowledge and power from one president to another is a hallmark of American democracy; and

WHEREAS, the administration, Congress, and others should work actively with the states to ensure that the Presidential transition is efficient and worthy of the American people; and

WHEREAS, a secure, reliable and resilient power grid integrating generation resources serves as a foundation of a growing economy and is critical to our national security; and

WHEREAS, regulators, policymakers, and consumers expect generating resources and the grid to perform extremely reliably; and

WHEREAS, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) (Pub. L. 113-128) was signed on July 22, 2014, and WIOA is the first legislative reform of the public workforce system in more than 15 years; and

WHEREAS, WIOA creates a new vision for how America prepares an educated and skilled workforce that expands opportunity for all workers, provides a customer-focused one-stop delivery system, and enhances and increases coordination among key employment, education, and training programs; and

WHEREAS, military service members and their families make sacrifices for the sake of our country and in defense of our freedom; and

WHEREAS, military families often move across state lines during their service and immediately following; and

WHEREAS, President Lyndon Johnson signed Title XIX of the Social Security Act in 1965, creating the Medicaid program to provide medical assistance to individuals whose incomes and resources were insufficient to meet the costs of necessary medical services; and

WHEREAS, the Medicaid program costs are shared between the federal and state governments based on a matching formula set out under law; and

WHEREAS, the foundation of our democratic system is an informed and engaged electorate; and

WHEREAS, public trust of all levels of government is on the decline, in part because people are inherently distrustful of anything that they do not understand; and