From: The Council of State Governments
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: CSG Leadership Conference Wrap-up
Date: Thu Jun 26 15:53:07 MDT 2014
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June 26, 2014

Matching Career-Readiness
with Needs of the Workforce

By Mary Branham, CSG Managing Editor


WASHINGTON, D.C.--U.S. companies looking for employees often must take that search elsewhere. But, said Kelli Wells, executive director for education for the GE Foundation, those companies would rather find a prepared workforce on U.S. soil. The Council of State Governments' State Pathways to Prosperity Initiative has a similar goal. 


Savings and Cost-Containment in Medicaid

By Anna Hartkemeyer, CSG Graduate Fellow


WASHINGTON, D.C.--The 30 state legislators attending The Council of State Governments' third annual Medicaid Policy Academy paid close attention to speakers who discussed ways to control costs and create savings in state Medicaid programs. 


Trade Still Matters

By Breana Moore, CSG Washington, D.C., Office


WASHINGTON, D.C.--Enhancing competitiveness and promoting good governance are two of the many reasons trade still matters, according to Mary Ryckman, the assistant United States trade representative for Trade and Development. Ryckman spoke June 21 during The Council of State Governments' Leadership Forum. 


Building Congressional Relationships
to Advance Role of the States

By Mary Branham, CSG Managing Editor


WASHINGTON, D.C.--The proliferation of technology has enhanced ways for people to get in touch with members of Congress. But the new technology also has made it more difficult to get through. State policymakers have an advantage because Congress is similar to state legislatures, speakers at the 2014 CSG Leadership Conference said. 


States and the U.S. Supreme Court

By Mary Branham, CSG Managing Editor


WASHINGTON, D.C.--The U.S. Supreme Court is considering "a ton of cases" affecting the states this term, according to Lisa Soronen, executive director of the State and Local Legal Center, who follows the court for associations serving states and local government



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