From: The Council of State Governments
To: Dean Sanpei,
Subject: Capitol Research: States Run National Parks during Shutdown, Medical Licensing Compacts and State Utilities Law
Date: Wed Oct 30 18:04:16 MDT 2013
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October 2013

 

The Council of State Governments is pleased to offer state leaders a variety of publications focused on today's most important policy issues. Through CSG's Capitol Research series, CSG policy experts examine the ways key issues are impacting your state, how the issues are evolving and how your state can respond--now and in the future. A complete list of available resources can be found on the CSG Knowledge Center.


States Run National Parks during Shutdown

During the 16-day federal government shutdown, states lost substantial tourism revenue with the closure of national parks and monuments. Several states negotiated ad hoc deals with the National Park Service to reopen the parks on a short-term basis using only federal workers. Efforts are now underway to reimburse states for the costs associated with opening the parks to the public. More... 

 


Medical Licensing Compacts Backgrounder  


The cost of health care in the United States has grown an average of 2.4 percent faster than the gross domestic product since 1970 and now represents 18 percent of the total GDP, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. One challenge contributing significantly to these costs is access to health care in hard-to-serve locations. A series of medical licensing compacts that reduce existing barriers for medical professionals gaining licensure in multiple states could help solve that issue.
 
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State Utilities Law and
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

As growth of the U.S. electric car industry hastens, the network of publicly available chargers necessary to power these vehicles faces pressure to grow as well. One possible force slowing the effort to create a ubiquitous charging network is the intersection of public electric vehicle charging stations and state electric utility regulation. The primer examines state-level regulatory choices: the choice to regulate chargers as electric utilities and the choice to permit utility ownership of chargers. More...



The Need for College- and
Career-Readiness Standards
 

Across the nation, an increasing number of students are being required to enroll in remedial courses when they arrive on college campuses. These additional courses add to the time spent obtaining a college degree and increase an already growing student debt problem. By implementing college- and career-readiness standards, states can better prepare students for the challenges of college or the workforce. More...

 


From the Blog: The Insurance Coverage Gap in States Declining Medicaid Expansion 

 

One of every 30 people living in the 25 states that have declined the option to expand Medicaid eligibility will likely remain uninsured, according to CSG calculations. CSG analyzed data from a new Kaiser Family Foundation reportthat estimated 5 million low-income adults would fall into a coverage gap, where they would remain uninsured as they are not eligible for Medicaid under their state's current rules and will not qualify for the new federal tax subsidy to make insurance affordable beginning Jan. 1, 2014. More...

 


From the Blog: States, Feds Consider
Virginia's Transportation Funding Plan

 

Recent news suggests several states could follow in the footsteps of Virginia as they seek ways to fund their infrastructure needs. Some in Congress also appear to be taking a hard look at the Virginia plan, which included eliminating the state's 17.5 cents-per-gallon gas tax in favor of new wholesale taxes on gasoline and diesel and an increase in the general sales tax. More...

 




In This Issue
» States Run National Parks During Shutdown
» Medical Licensing Compacts Backgrounder
» State Utilities Law and Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
» The Need for College- and Career-Readiness Standards
» From the Blog: The Insurance Coverage Gap in States Declining Medicaid Expansion
» From the Blog: States, Feds Consider Virginia's Transportation Funding Plan

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