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Subject: CSG West Regional Roundup
Date: Tue May 20 17:31:46 MDT 2014


The Council of State Governments West


May 20, 2014

In This Issue
Rural Healthcare
Transportation Webinar
Toll Fellows Applications
2014 CSG & CSG West Annual Conference 

August 9-13. 2014
Anchorage Alaska
Upcoming Webinars 
Government Prayer after Town of Greece
May 28, 1 p.m. EDT
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Future of the Federal
Role in Transportation

May 29, 2 p.m. EDT
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Sound Science
June 25, 2 p.m. EDT
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State Facts
Location Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certified Building Space per Capita (Sq. Feet) [2010]
Alaska 0.40
Arizona 0.82
California 2.34
Colorado 2.85
Hawaii 0.37
Idaho 0.55
Montana 0.32
Nevada 10.92
New Mexico 6.35
Oregon 4.07
Utah 0.65
Washington 3.13
Wyoming 0.38

Source: Green Building Certificaiton Institute (GBCI), LEED Project Directory 
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Rural Routes to Improving Healthcare

By Mary Branham, CSG Managing Editor

Dr. James Mold believes the health care profession can learn a lot from farmers.

When farmers have a problem, many times they'll look to the network of cooperative extension agents spread across counties in a state. Mold believes creating a similar extension service network can provide that same support for health care providers.

Mold, director of the research division in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, is using a federal grant to help physicians in rural areas improve their primary care practices.

"Most of the work has to be done locally through personal relationships," Mold said. "Practices need to work with someone they trust, someone who knows their particular situation and practice."

Oklahoma Rep. Doug Cox, a physician who practices primarily emergency medicine during the legislative sessions, said such a network would help rural physicians, who often find it difficult to get away for continuing education because of a heavy workload.

"It's going to implement a program that encourages physicians to work together and share resources in rural areas so they're able to provide services that a small rural practice or a solo practitioner, or even a two-man group, could not afford to do," Cox said.

That, he said, can help to alleviate some of the challenges facing health care in rural areas, a primary one being access because of the growing shortage of physicians. 


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Future of the Federal Role in Transportation Webinar

Future of the Federal Role in Transportation

Thursday, May 29, 2-3 p.m. EDT

CSG eCademy Series


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MAP-21, the 2012 federal surface transportation authorization bill, is set to expire later this year. Meanwhile, the Highway Trust Fund faces an insolvency crisis due to rapidly dwindling gas tax revenues, and there appears to be little agreement in Congress on how to fund the federal transportation program. Some say that makes this year ripe for a reconsideration of the federal role in transportation and have proposed devolution of the federal program to the states. Many states continue to rely on the federal government for a significant portion of their transportation spending, however, and might be challenged to come up with revenues on their own from a limited tax base. This webinar will examine the pros and cons of devolution, the future of the federal role in transportation and what it could all mean for state and local governments. More info...




Dr. Rohit Aggarwala

Principal, Bloomberg Associates


Emily Goff

Policy analyst, Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation


David Levinson

Professor, University of Minnesota


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Tolls Fellows Program Applications
Due Tomorrow!

Time is ticking, but you still have time to submit your application for one of the nation's premier leadership development programs! The deadline for submitting applications for the 2014 Toll Fellowship Program has been extended to May 21.


Toll Fellowship alumni include a variety of distinguished leaders-- governors, secretaries of state, chief justices, house speakers, senate presidents and U.S. congressmen. Add your name to the ranks of these notable leaders; apply to become a Henry Toll Fellow today!


Applicants must submit the online application form and all supporting materials (i.e., letters of recommendation and support, completed questionnaire, resume) by midnight May 21.  Click here for instructions on how to apply.



The mission of CSG West is to facilitate regional, nonpartisan cooperation and exchange of information, and to strengthen legislative institutions among our 13 member states. These services are achieved through a variety of programs and services offered to legislators and their staff, including the convening of policy forums, professional development training, international relations opportunities, publications and institutional links with other political entities in the West.   


CSG West serves the Western legislatures of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Associate members include the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia and the Pacific islands of American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam. 

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