For the past four decades, states have turned to legalization of various forms of gambling to generate tax revenues or to stimulate economic or tourism development. Legal gaming industries generated more than $92 billion in gaming revenues in 2007, with about two-thirds of that coming from commercial or tribal casinos. By 2009, lotteries had become nearly ubiquitous in the United States, and casinos are within a few hours drive of virtually every American. Internet gambling, however, is presently prohibited by federal law, and certain forms of gambling, such as sports wagering, are generally prohibited outside Nevada.

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This presentation was given by Sujit M. CanagaRetna, Senior Fiscal Analyst at the SLC, at the 2009 Spring Conference of The Council of State Governments' Executive Committee in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, May 18, 2009.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Council of State Governments calls on Congress to seize a historic opportunity and pass an adequately funded, multi-modal, multi-year transportation authorization bill to include a focus on all modes of travel as soon as possible, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Council of State Governments commends Congress for transportation and infrastucture funding included as part of the ARRA but expresses disappointment that the funding was not at the level needed to make substantial progress in meeting the nation's transportation infrastructure needs; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Council of State Governments will seek to partner with organizations that share our philosophy about the need for historic investment in the nation's transportation infrastructure in advocacy of these issues before Congress.

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments urges Congress, in coordination with the administration and state and local governments, to adopt legislation modifying the Recovery Act so as to allow state and local governments to set aside a portion of their stimulus funds for the administrative costs involved with meeting the reporting and accountability requirements established by the Recovery Act.

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This presentation was given by Sujit M. CanagaRetna, Senior Fiscal Analyst at the SLC, on May 9, 2009, at the 2009 SLC Legislative Service Agency Spring Meeting in Miami, Florida. Both the presentation and the remarks are included here.

A vital tool for policymakers across the region, Comparative Data Reports (CDRs) offer a snapshot of conditions on a number of issues. Published annually, the CDRs track a multitude of revenue sources, appropriations levels, and performance measures in Southern states, and provide a useful tool to state government officials and staff. CDRs are available for adult correctional systems, comparative revenues and revenue forecasts, education, Medicaid, and transportation.

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This presentation was given by Sujit M. CanagaRetna, Senior Fiscal Analyst at the SLC, to the Mississippi House of Representatives in Jackson, Mississippi on March 5, 2009.

CSG South

This presentation was given by Sujit M. CanagaRetna, Senior Fiscal Analyst at the SLC, at The Council of State Governments Leaders’ Meeting on February 21, 2009, in Washington, D.C. Both the presentation and remarks are included here.

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments encourages Congress to amend the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act to:

1. Apply UMRA’s cost estimation requirements to legislation that alters the conditions for receiving already existing federal grant assistance such as Medicaid and federal grants under the No Child Left Behind Act.

2. Expand the scope of cost estimates to include indirect costs imposed by new legislation and rule making such as lost revenue.

3. Remove the exception for mandates issued by independent regulatory agencies such as the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

4. Remove the current exception for urgent federal regulations issued without prior notice by requiring cost estimates to be issued for such urgent rule making decisions within six months after their adoption.
 

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments opposes the State Video Tax Fairness Act of 2007 (H.R. 3679) and;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that CSG calls upon the Congress to resist this unjustified interference into state efforts to create a tax neutral choice for consumers; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a copy of this resolution be sent to all members of the 111th Congress and the 44th President of the United States.

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