By Meghan Holihan, Manager, State Issues Illinois’ budget woes have persisted for years now and almost cost the state a downgrade in its S&P credit rating last summer to “junk” status. The state’s Office of Budget and Management estimates a $1.5 billion deficit for 2018. Meanwhile, two men have spent nearly $120 million of their personal […]
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By Meghan Holihan, Manager, State Issues More Texans turned out in the first primary of the 2018 cycle yesterday than in the previous two non-presidential primary cycles. The most dramatic increase in participation was seen in the Democratic Party primary and many Texans took notice well before the polls opened in the early morning hours Tuesday. […]
By Sarah Lanford, Legislative Associate It has now been 74 days since Connecticut lawmakers failed to meet the budget deadline for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. One of only a few remaining states in the country without a budget in place for the coming year, Connecticut is on the precipice of a massive fiscal crisis. A […]
By Zack Cairns and Michaela Miller, Legislative Associates Most state legislatures across the country may have gaveled out for the year– but that doesn’t mean those Legislatures have stopped working. In fact, many states are actively meeting in preparation for next year’s sessions, and more frequently than the word “interim” might suggest. However, unlike the more formal legislative […]
By Zack Cairns, Legislative Associate During yesterday’s briefing on the opioid crisis, President Donald Trump tabled the possibility of a national emergency declaration to counter the opioid epidemic – at least for now. The decision comes following the release of an interim report by the President’s opioid commission, which recommends that the President “Declare a national […]
By Zack Cairns, Legislative Associate The opioid epidemic was at the center of last week’s National Governors Association Summer Meeting in Providence, Rhode Island. Over 30 governors from around the country attended the meeting to hear successes and lessons from other states addressing the opioid crisis. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker (R), North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper […]
By Bob Maurice, Manager, State Issues The drawdown from the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq has returned a flood of separating service members to the states, looking for civilian employment, many of them very highly skilled or credentialed. However, business and state and local officials recognize that finding employers is not the only challenge for many of […]
ARLINGTON, VA, June 8 – Stateside Associates announced today that Kiley Smith is joining its growing State and Local Government Issue Management practice as Senior Political Consultant. Kiley most recently served as Executive Director of the Republican Legislative Campaign Committee (RLCC), the national organization dedicated exclusively to electing more Republicans to state legislatures and the […]
President Trump established the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, appointing New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) as chair of the Commission. Several state leaders are expected to join the commission, and their inclusion sends a strong signal of the type of polices the Commission is likely to consider and endorse.
The Environmental Council of the States held its Spring Meeting this past week in Washington, D.C.