Capitol Comments

A Congressional Budget Office analysis reported that the climate change bill, the American Power Act, being sponsored by Sens. Kerry and Lieberman, would reduce the federal deficit by approximately $19 billion over the next ten years.  This squares with the EPA analysis which reported that the bill would have a modest impact on families.  However, it still seems unlikely that such a bill will pass this year.

The momentum on soda tax legislation has fizzled out.  Only Washington and Colorado were successful in passing soda tax legislation this year.   Efforts in Mississippi, New Mexico and New York were defeated by lobbying efforts by the beverage industry, according to Stateline.

At a press conference today, West Virginia Governor (and 2009 CSG President) Joe Manchin said that he would consider running for the Senate seat left vacant by the death of Robert Byrd if it is on the November ballot.  He has asked for an opinion from state Attorney General Darrell McGraw on whether the election can be held this year instead of 2012, when Byrd would have had to run again.

Just this month, some states have been trying to fill budget gaps during very tense budget decision making – but do some of their methods come at the expense of nonprofits?  The National Council of Nonprofits and the Association of Fundraising Professionals seem to think so.

Crady deGolian and Rick Masters recently spoke about CSG’s ongoing effort to assist states in developing a prescription drug monitoring compact at the sixth annual Harold Rogers PDMP Meeting in Washington DC.  The meeting, which was presented by the Alliance for State with Prescription Drug Programs, drew state PMP administrators, federal officials and national organizations with an interest in reducing the abuse of prescription drugs.  During the presentation Crady and Rick educated the group about compact law, provided specific details about the ongoing PMP compact, and answered several questions about the future of the project.

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