Policy Area

A vital tool for policymakers across the region, Comparative Data Reports (CDRs) offer a snapshot of conditions on a number of issues. Published annually, the CDRs track a multitude of revenue sources, appropriations levels, and performance measures in Southern states, and provide a useful tool to state government officials and staff. CDRs are available for adult correctional systems, comparative revenues and revenue forecasts, education, Medicaid, and transportation.

A vital tool for policymakers across the region, Comparative Data Reports (CDRs) offer a snapshot of conditions on a number of issues. Published annually, the CDRs track a multitude of revenue sources, appropriations levels, and performance measures in Southern states, and provide a useful tool to state government officials and staff. CDRs are available for adult correctional systems, comparative revenues and revenue forecasts, education, Medicaid, and transportation.

A vital tool for policymakers across the region, Comparative Data Reports (CDRs) offer a snapshot of conditions on a number of issues. Published annually, the CDRs track a multitude of revenue sources, appropriations levels, and performance measures in Southern states, and provide a useful tool to state government officials and staff. CDRs are available for adult correctional systems, comparative revenues and revenue forecasts, education, Medicaid, and transportation.

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This presentation was given by Sujit M. CanagaRetna, Fiscal Policy Manager at the SLC, at the 2008 Legislative Symposium in Birmingham, Alabama, on January 18, 2008.

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Daily, there are millions of tons of municipal solid waste deposited into thousands of landfills and other dumping sites, worldwide. The decomposition of organic material in these places—typically food and paper products—results in the production of methane and other greenhouse gases. Landfill gas (LFG) typically is made up of 50 percent methane (CH4) and 50 percent carbon dioxide (CO2), with small amounts of non-methane organic compounds often present. The methane in LFG is what can be burned off or used as an alternative fuel. Due to methane’s ability to trap heat, it warms the earth 23 times more than carbon dioxide and has an atmospheric lifespan of about 12 years, one much shorter than that of other greenhouse gases. Short lifespan, along with its high heat-trapping potential, make methane elimination from the atmosphere a particularly effective method of combating global warming. Many experts contend that LFG recovery projects that use methane for fuel have become effective tools for combating the effects of global climate change.

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The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act celebrated its sixth anniversary on January 8, 2008, four months beyond the date on which it was due for reauthorization. NCLB is the most recent reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which has guided federal education policy since its first passage in 1965. The sweeping legislation, passed with bipartisan support, has become a galvanizing political issue. It is appropriate and necessary that state legislators are a part of the debate on reauthorizing the Act. Education is the single largest budget item for almost all states, and there are few other pieces of federal legislation that have had such an impact on state educational expenditures and policy as NCLB. Over the past several years, the Education Committee of the Southern Legislative Conference has held a number of discussions on the Act and its implications for state policy. From these reflections on the Act and its impacts on states it is possible to draw some conclusions for guiding the reauthorization and continued implementation of NCLB.

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Sujit M. CanagaRetna, Fiscal Policy Manager at the SLC, gave this presentation before the Idaho Senate Task Force on Treasure Valley Transportation Issues in Nampa, Idaho, on December 4, 2007.

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Very few topics generate as much interest among both policymakers and the general public as a discussion on the financial viability of the United States’ retirement infrastructure. Research indicates that every element of our nation’s retirement architecture, both private and public, remains tenuous—a development that demands the focus of policymakers at every level of government.

Public pension plans are an important component of the U.S. economic architecture. This issue brief highlights the need for policymakers to focus on retirement systems, the finances of state retirement systems, several key developments and strategies employed in states across the country to bolster the finances of their pension systems.

BE IT THREFORE RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments supports the principles espoused in the Federal Consent Decree Act; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Congress should enact the Federal Consent Decree Fairness Act.
 

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED, that due to the potentially serious health impacts of climate change, The Council of State Governments urges state and local policymakers to consider policies and programs that support public health actions to prepare for and address health risks related to climate change.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments urges state and local policymakers to consider and adopt policies and programs that address the public health effects of climate change on vulnerable populations.
 

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