Capitol Comments

With the additions of Illinois, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Tennessee, the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunities has grown to 35 states, covering approximately 86 percent of the impacted population.  This is another significant milestone for the Compact, which aims to reduce the educational challenges of transitioning military children.  To learn more about compact membership please click here

The RAND Corporation published in July’s Health Affairs an article that asks and answers that central question: “Could We Have Covered More People At Less Cost? Technically, Yes; Politically, Probably Not.”

Chris Whatley, director of the CSG DC office, reported in a staff meeting today that the extension of the enhanced Medicaid match appears to be dead for now. Last week for the third time, Democrats in the U.S. Senate failed to round up enough votes. Politico reports that Majority Leader Reid has pulled the bill from the agenda. The failed vote also leaves some longtime unemployed persons without unemployment benefits.

Though I predict climate change legislation will not pass in 2010, it will come to pass, most likely beginning with a utility sector cap.  Thus, it is essential to advance the development and deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS) in order to curb coal-fired power plant emissions.    

Governing magazine offers three lessons for government officials at all levels from the oil spill crisis in the Gulf of Mexico. The author, Steven Goldsmith, suggests that the lessons are relevant far outside of the current environmental disaster.

If you attended the CSG Economic Summit in New York in May and enjoyed Vincent Covello, these communication lessons fit right in with his presentation on crisis communication.