As state governments continue to deal with budget gaps, so too are the nation’s cities, counties and towns. Local governments’ fiscal concerns mirror what is going on in most states, with employee-related costs for health care coverage and pensions having the largest negative impact on the local government’s ability […]
Revolutions often turn sour for the revolutionaries – even in victory. It is one of the most powerful lessons of the American Revolution that the victors did not become the new dictators, but instead invested their success in a system that could empower and protect the citizenry.
With that American system came the alliances we […]
By Robert A. Holden, Esq., Vice President
As partisan positions have crystallized at the federal level, changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) through legislation look increasingly unlikely. While Congress and President Obama agreed to change the 1099 reporting mandate through legislation, future bi-partisan health care policy agreements will be rare. If […]
By Michael Behm, Senior Vice President
The 2011 National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Legislative Summit is scheduled for August 8-11 in San Antonio, Texas. It will be the largest attended public officials meeting of the summer. NCSL has released a preliminary agenda for its Legislative Summit meeting. Stateside Associates’ Stefani Millie and Michael Behm will be in attendance.
As the summer months approach, the 2011 State Legislative season is coming to a close. As of June 1, 28 states have adjourned regular legislative sessions.
What have we learned so far? Budget shortfalls and the tide of partisan changes in the 2010 election cycle have influenced the legislative activity […]