2013 CSG National Conference

The country needs a comprehensive national authorization and regulatory model for long-distance education that will serve all interested states, accommodate all sectors of higher education and support quality, Paul Shiffman, executive director of The Presidents’ Forum, said Friday.

Do you know how much bang for the buck your state is getting from the money it spends?

That’s an important question to answer, said Gary VanLandingham, director of the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative. He spoke during Thursday’s “Results First—Cost-Benefit Approaches to State Policymaking.”

MAP-21 was one of the most transformational pieces of legislation in the area of transportation, Dave Nichols, director of the Missouri Department of Transportation, said Friday during the session, “Transportation Funding and Performance in the MAP-21 Era.”

When he launched an effort to improve civility in the Ohio legislature, Sen. Frank LaRose faced this question on Twitter: Is he an Ohio Republican who is caving?

“Civility is not caving, but it is essential to better governing,” LaRose said Thursday during the session, “Building Trust through Civil Discourse.”

Noted author and historian David McCullough said Missouri-born president Harry S. Truman exhibited many traits that helped make him a great leader.

Speaking at Friday’s luncheon, McCullough said Truman’s sister Mary Jane sent him letters in 1945, shortly after he became president, complaining about how difficult it was for her and their mother to get ready to visit him at the White House.