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Subject: New CSG Committee Takes on Fiscal, Economic Development Challenges
Date: Thu Sep 12 15:04:44 MDT 2013
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E-Newsletter | September 12, 2013


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New CSG Committee Takes on Fiscal,

Economic Development Challenges

By Jennifer Burnett, Program Manager, Fiscal and Economic Development Policy

  

The tough fiscal and economic climate of the past several years has been challenging for state policymakers across the country, although the outlook is beginning to improve as states slowly move closer to pre-recession levels of revenues and employment. To help better inform state leaders in this key policy area, The Council of State Governments' new Fiscal and Economic Development Public Policy Committee will meet for the first time Sunday, Sept. 22, during the 2013 CSG National Conference in Kansas City, Mo.

 

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What It Will Take to Cure Cancer

By Debra Miller, CSG Director of Health Policy

 

State policymakers can learn more about the role of medical innovation in curing cancer during The Council of State Governments 2013 National Conference Sept. 20. "Medical innovation is turning knowledge about disease mechanism at the genetic and cellular level into projects that cure or prevent illness," said Peggy Brand, state government relations director for Celgene. "Medical innovation has contributed more to our ability to live longer, healthier and more prosperous lives than anything else."

 


Innovations Aimed at Boosting 

Student Academic Achievement

By Pam Goins, Director, CSG's Center for Innovation
and Transformation in Education

 

Kristal Doolin, a Corbin, Ky., middle school teacher and Kentucky's 2013 Teacher of the Year, notes the benefits of flexibility with her students. "As we strive to meet the needs of our students in a competitive global society, it has become obvious that if 'necessity is the mother of invention,' flexibility is the mother of innovation," she said. She'll talk about education reform Sept. 21 during The Council of State Governments 2013 National Conference.

 



West Virginia Looks to Schools
to Curb Childhood Obesity

By Kendrick Vonderschmitt, CSG Graduate Research Assistant

  

U.S. children spend more time in school than any other place outside the home. In addition to academic instruction, children learn healthy eating habits from their experiences in cafeterias and play habits from gym class and recess. West Virginia is hoping schools can be effective in helping to fight childhood obesity. The state's Feed to Achieve effort is one approach to curbing childhood obesity and will be part of the discussion during a special policy session, "State Approaches to Obesity Reduction," during The Council of State Governments 2013 National Conference Sept. 19.




Minnesota Requires Background 

Checks for Health Licenses 

By Marina Byrd, CSG Graduate Research Assistant

 

Minnesota this year became the 36th state to pass a law requiring fingerprint-based criminal background checks for nurses and all other health licensing boards. "Public protection was a high priority for us," said Minnesota Sen. Kathy Sheran, one of the authors of Senate File 588. "It was very important for us to give licenses to people who are reliable and trustworthy." The law takes effect in January 2018.



In This Issue
New CSG Committee Takes on Fiscal, Economic Development Challenges
What It Will Take to Cure Cancer
Innovations Aimed at Boosting Student Academic Achievement
West Virginia Looks to Schools to Curb Childhood Obesity
Minnesota Requires Background Checks for Health Licenses



 





    
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