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Subject: February: Finance 101 special series, California realignment and more
Date: Mon Feb 03 19:08:19 MST 2014

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February 2014
Governing Finance 101 series

The world of public finance is not a simple place. That's why Governing is devoting special attention this year to helping improve financial understanding among public officials. Follow our coverage at

What's New This February

FINANCE: Mind the Gap

Failure to understand financial outcomes, even when combined with good faith, is more dangerous to states and localities than it has ever been. There's a big gap between what public leaders know about finance and what they need to know.


Under a court order to reduce overcrowding, California's prisons are undergoing major changes. Can San Francisco, which faced a similar ruling in the 1980s, help?

POLITICS: Heir Apparent

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is poised to beat Democrat Wendy Davis in the governor's race, but most Texans know very little about him.


States are reinvesting in once-abandoned freight lines. In the past year, they have created and rekindled grant programs dedicated to improving service.

HEALTH: Creating Connections

Under the Affordable Care Act, some of the most promising experiments to improve quality of care while cutting expenses are taking place at the local level.

MANAGEMENT: Change from Within

Instead of looking for better results through data analytics or paid consultants, Denver looks to its own employees for simple, straightforward reforms.

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Upcoming Governing Events

Outlook in the States & Localities in
Washington, D.C.
February 4-5
Government Technology's California Public Sector CIO Academy in Sacramento, Calif.
February 25-26
Government Technology's Beyond the Beltway in McLean, Va.
March 24

Governing Exchange

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Mark Your Calendars

The National Association of State Energy Officials' Energy Policy Outlook Conference in Washington, D.C.
February 4-7
The National Association of Regional Councils' conference in Washington, D.C.
February 9-11
The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners' winter meetings in Washington, D.C.
February 9-12
The Association of Government Accountants' National Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.
February 11-12
The National Association of Secretaries of State conference in Washington, D.C.
February 12-15
The National Association of State Workforce Agencies' winter policy forum in Washington, D.C.
February 20-21
National Governors Association's winter meeting in Washington, D.C.
February 21-24
National Association of Attorneys General's winter meeting in Washington, D.C.
February 24-26
The U.S. High Speed Rail Association's summit in Washington, D.C.
February 25-27
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials' briefing in Washington, D.C.
February 25-28
CG/LA Infrastructure's global leadership forum in New York City
February 26-28
The National Association of Counties' legislative conference in Washington, D.C.
March 1-5
The National Association of State Retirement Administrators' winter meeting in Washington, D.C.
March 2-3
The American Water Works Association's Utility Management Conference in Glendale, Ariz.
March 10-13
The National Association of State Procurement Officials' How to Market to State Governments meeting in San Diego
March 16-18

For a complete list of upcoming events of interest to those working in state and local government, visit the Daybook at

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The Cost of Government Guide: Focusing on Fiscal Reform

This year's Cost of Government Summit energized participants to tackle some of the big fiscal problems that lie ahead, including pension obligations, debt-burdened localities, workforce benefits and Medicaid expansion.

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