2010 National Conference

Illinois Rep. Roger Eddy, a school district superintendent, told policymakers that it’s easy for a canoe to turn into a yacht. He was speaking at the Common Core State Standards Policy Roundtable on Dec. 6 at CSG’s 2010 National Meeting in Providence, R.I.

The U.S. and Canada share one of the most successful international relationships in the world today.  But according to Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer it’s a relationship not valued as it should be.

On the northern side of the border, the Canadians still run their government much like Great Britain. With many similarities to the British Parliament, they have many differences to American state governments.

A quarter per prescriber: That’s how much states will be asked to pay for membership in a new prescription monitoring compact.  The cost for participating compact states is one of several details discussed at The Council of State Governments’ 2010 National Conference Dec. 6 in Providence, R.I. The compact has been in the works for a year, but policymakers got their first detailed look at the proposed compact during a half-day session at the conference.

The advice Puerto Rico Gov. Luis Fortuño gave to policymakers about how to deal with the lingering budget crisis states are facing is similar to what one might say to a toddler trying to remove a bandage from a skinned knee.

“… Do it quickly, swiftly and go as far as you need to go in year one,” he said during Sunday’s lunch session, “Preview 2011: What’s Ahead for State Government.” “Don’t stretch this pain. Just do it as quickly as you can.”

Fortuño is no stranger to fiscal pain. When he took office in 2008, he...