From: The Council of State Governments
To: Dean Sanpei,
Subject: Capitol Research: Oral Health, Pre-K Programs and Workforce Skills Gap
Date: Wed Dec 11 16:23:54 MST 2013

December 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.

Oral Health Indicators

Oral health is important to the overall health of an individual. Tracking and comparing oral health indicators is an integral component of a state's public health strategy. Diseases and certain conditions related to poor oral health--such as tooth decay, periodontal or gum disease, and oral or pharyngeal cancer--are costly issues. Overall, national spending on dental services reached $108 billion in 2011. More... 


Investment in Pre-K Programs Pays Off  


While the results from prekindergarten education are well documented, the funding and availability of early education varies widely. The Great Recession has made it difficult for states to continue funding pre-K programs at previous levels, resulting in a decrease of $442 in the average state preschool funding per child. Enrollment in state-run pre-K programs has remained relatively flat. More...


Education Key to Closing Workforce Skills Gap

Nearly 4 million youth are unemployed in the U.S., while as many as 600,000 manufacturing jobs remain vacant. This gap can be closed if educational institutions work closely with business to prepare students for the ever-changing market, where skills depreciate quickly and credentials beyond a high school diploma are necessary. When institutions and business work together, both employees and companies benefit.More...

Labor Force Participation Rates

The labor force participation rate has been declining for more than a decade, and the rate of decline has increased since the Great Recession began in December 2007. Participation rates vary significantly across states and regions, with a range of nearly 20 percentage points between the lowest and highest states. More...


From the Blog: States Move Forward with Transportation Projects Funded by P3s, Tolling


From the Columbia River Crossing bridge project in the Pacific Northwest to the Illiana Expressway project in the nation's midsection to Maryland's Purple Line light rail project, a number of transportation projects that involve public-private partnerships, or P3s, and/or tolling have been in the news. Meanwhile, a state Supreme Court decision in Virginia appears likely to pave the way for more tolls and P3s in that state. More...


From the Blog: The Challenge of Interstate Transmission Line Siting


The siting of interstate transmission lines has been a problem that has vexed both states and the federal government. With the expected growth in electricity demand, coupled with the need to bring renewable energy to market and the necessity to enhance and secure the nation's energy infrastructure, added transmission capacity is urgently needed. Federal needs and state interests, however, are not always aligned, leading to an underdeveloped and overstressed electricity transmission system. More...



In This Issue
» Oral Health Indicators
» Investment in Pre-K Programs Pays Off
» Education Key to Closing Workforce Skills Gap
» Labor Force Participation Rates
» From the Blog: States Move Forward with Transportation Projects
» From the Blog: The Challenge of Interstate Transmission Line Siting





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