While now is the best time to audit, adoption of the audit discipline should have occurred many months earlier.
The arrival of summer seems like a good time to review the value proposition the Groups provide – really, a good time to review the reasons we are involved with these organizations, the associated travel and the time and resource commitments. The following are the seven most important questions to reflect upon as we plan for a summer schedule full of Groups meetings.
Last Thursday afternoon, the Council of State Governments (CSG) released the Docket for its upcoming SSL meeting that will be held in conjunction with its 2013 Leadership Forum June 21-24 in Washington, D.C.
It happens every year. An idea pops up on the legislative agenda in a so-called “small state.” But, since it is in a “small” state, a decision is made to not get involved. True, no one can engage everywhere, but this analysis ignores a very basic rule of legislative trends–someone has to go first. Legislators ALWAYS ask what other state has done whatever is being proposed.
What has billions of dollars to spend on goods and services and a purchasing power greater than the federal government?
Have you ever been asked to provide percentages or odds on something happening or not happening with a bill? I have.
Two unsolicited comments on successive days in two different states highlighted a sometimes overlooked, but very important, component of a successful state government relations program: a network of strong state trade associations. A good state trade association is one of the most valuable allies any state government relations program can have in a state.
The possibility of a shareholder petition can be a chilling event. However, being prepared to defend your government affairs program can certainly help to alleviate many of the concerns and raise confidence that your program will be able to withstand challenges by activist groups.
If you decide to part ways with your contract lobbyist, there are some things you should do to make the change most positive for all concerned.
In a climate of unending cost-cutting, continuous program reorganization and scrutiny over political spending and participation in certain Groups of state and local officials – now understood as “increased transparency” – the scenario might hardly be considered unique. But the cumulative effect of these factors is making our Groups investments harder to defend and so the question is: Can you defend your Groups investments?