Monthly Archives: %sJune 2011

Local Governments Choose Bad Over Worse

By Stateside Associates

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 to fund. 

Similar to the states, […]

June 28th, 2011|Blogs, Local Government|

Major Changes Ahead for NCSL

By Michael Behm, Senior Vice President

Since late 2010, a working group – most of you have probably never heard of it – composed of legislators and staff within the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) has been considering dramatic changes to the nearly 36-year old organization of state legislatures. 

Among the initial – but still unofficial – recommendations of NCSL’s […]

June 23rd, 2011|Blogs, Stateside News|

Democratic, Republican and Tea: How Three Parties Shaped the 2011 State Legislative Sessions

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 have come to know as […]

June 16th, 2011|Blogs, Stateside News|

Health Care Reform by Waiver

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 American voters have developed a […]

June 9th, 2011|Blogs, Stateside News|

2011 Session Wrap: States Introduce Less and Pass More in 2011

By Stateside Associates

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 in the states.

At the start […]

June 2nd, 2011|Blogs, State Politics|