Governmental Operations

The CSG Committee on Suggested State Legislation will convene Saturday, December 3, 2010 and Monday, December 6, 2010 at the 2010 CSG Annual Conference to consider 100 bills on the first docket in the 2012 Suggested State Legislation cycle.

With the costs of providing healthcare benefits to employees and dependents continuing to soar, state governments across the country are looking for ways to minimize cost increases but also encourage better outcomes for the employees and their families. Research has shown that the state government employee population with higher than average healthcare utilization.

In recent years, states have continued to evaluate plan design changes with the traditional PPO and HMO plans offered and have coupled them with initiatives...

In tight finacial times for the states, many have had to rely on late payments on contracts, and more specifically late on payments to nonprofits for services rendered to the public.  Several states are in violation of their own prompt pay laws or have passed emergency spending bills to pay on overdue invoices .  But how significant is the issue? One state's comptroller dug a little further to find out.

For those in the industry of government accountability, the term “unprecedented change in 2009” is an understatement. With the enactment of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, government financial management professionals embarked on a monumental undertaking: using existing limited resources to quickly develop a new, efficient, Web-based system of reporting and accounting for federal grant funds. Everyone recognized the enormity of the task; no one, however, could have foreseen the extraordinary levels of intergovernmental cooperation that would emerge.

The current fiscal crisis is provoking budget reductions so deep they threaten the basic mission of state courts. In the 2010 fiscal year, 40 state court budgets were cut, and for the 2011 fiscal year, 48 project budget cuts. The cumulative cuts have reached as high as 20 percent of the court budget, and for many state courts, the end is not in sight. The scale of the problem is enormous.

Chapter 8 of the 2010 Book of the States contains the following articles and tables:

Chapter 1 of the 2010 Book of the States contains the following articles and tables:

Former Utah Gov. Jon M. Huntsman Jr. launched the Working 4 Utah initiative with Executive Order 2008-0006 in August 2008, which shifted a majority of state employees to a four-day, 10-hour workweek. The goal was to make a positive impact in the areas of customer service hours, energy consumption, employee recruitment and retention, and a reduction in the environmental impact of state government operations. The initiative was also intended to extend state government services that are not already available during extended hours and weekends, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

Chapter 4 of the 2010 Book of the States contains the following articles and tables:

State eNews Issue #42 | March 17, 2010

Households across the country started receiving special 2010 census questionnaires in the mail this week, and David Adkins wants everyone to take just 10 minutes to fill out the letter’s 10 questions.

That’s because as executive director of The Council of State Governments, Adkins knows the more people who fill out and return the forms, the more likely the states will get their fair share of...