From: The Council of State Governments
To: Dean Sanpei,
Subject: Federalism to Remain Key Issue for U.S. Supreme Court
Date: Thu Jul 18 18:05:25 MDT 2013
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E-Newsletter |July 18, 2013

Federalism to Remain Key Issue 

for U.S. Supreme Court 

By Carrie Abner,CSG Marketing Coordinator


If recent and upcoming cases are any indication, federalism is, and will remain, a critical issue before the U.S. Supreme Court.  That was the message of former U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement when he addressed state officials at the CSG Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C., in June. The Council of State Governments has undertaken a multiyear effort aimed at strengthening CSG's role in advancing the role of the states in our federal system. 


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Legislators Gain Insights into Medicaid

By Marina Byrd, CSG Graduate Fellow 


Why not federalize Medicaid? The question was theoretical, but Robert Kerr, South Carolina's former Medicaid director, gave attendees at The Council of State Governments' Medicaid Policy Academy in June something to think about.



State Policymakers Focus on 

Priorities in Higher Education

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


Higher education budgets continue to be strained as they have been for decades from cuts in state supports. At the same time, less than 60 percent of first-time, full-time students beginning at a four-year institution earn their bachelor's degree within six years.  



Supreme Court Ruling Seen 

as Victory for Interstate Compacts

By Crady deGolian, CSG Director of the National Center for Interstate Compacts


A unanimous ruling in June by the U.S. Supreme Court is being hailed as a significant victory for interstate compacts. InTarrant Regional Water District v. Herrmann, the court rejected the claims of the Tarrant Regional Water District to access water in Oklahoma based on the terms of the Red River Compact. The court ruled that under on the terms of the agreement Tarrant had no right to the water in question.


Leadership Skills the Same, 

Regardless of Subject Matter

By Mary Branham, CSG Managing Editor


One semester in the early 1970s, when he was supposed to be in classes at Oklahoma State University, Richard Opper hitchhiked his way around the country. He visited almost every state but knew immediately when it was time to stop looking. "From my very first footstep on Montana soil, I knew I was going to live here," said Opper, now the director of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services and a 2012 CSG Toll Fellow. "If you'd ever been here, you understand why."


In This Issue
Federalism to Remain Key Issue for U.S. Supreme Court
Legislators Gain Insights into Medicaid
State Policymakers Focus on Priorities in Higher Education
Supreme Court Ruling Seen as Victory for Interstate Compacts
Meet a Member: Leadership Skills the Same, Regardless of Subject Matter

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