Top 5 in 2016

CSG Director of Education Policy Elizabeth Whitehouse outlines the top five issues in workforce development policy for 2016, including Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act implementation, employment issues for people with criminal records, engaging people with disabilities in the workforce, veterans' employment issues, and career pathways for students.

From transportation to health care and education, there is no shortage of issues confronting state governments across the nation. As states continue to shape priorities while still rebounding from the Great Recession, increasingly they are working--erasing the silos of state lines--to meet the needs of the American people, state by state.

The interstate compact is one of the few tools specifically granted...

Colmon Elridge, Director of CSG's National Center for Interstate Compacts, outlines compacts to watch in 2016, including those dealing with health care licensing and the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement, which seeks to achieve interstate reciprocity in the regulation of distance education.  He also discusses non-congressionally consented compacts and international interstate compacts.  

CSG Director of Fiscal and Economic Development Policy Jennifer Burnett outlines the top five issues for 2016, including strategic decisions following modest revenue growth, workforce development, public pensions, federal instability, and health care costs. 

Congress finished 2015 on an unusually productive streak – at least compared to recent years – by passing a variety of legislation important to state governments, including funding the highway trust fund, reforming the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (now called the Every Student Succeeds Act), reauthorizing the highly debated Export-Import Bank, extending a variety of tax incentive provisions, and funding the federal government through September 2016.  Going into a presidential election year, many experts do not expect Congress to act on major policy initiatives before November, and are closely watching what President Obama will do in his final year in office. 

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