July 26, 2011
The Council of State Governments has released the 2011 Book of the States, a compendium of statistics spanning all branches of state government throughout the United States. Included within this year's Book of the States is an update on the resurgence of crystal meth by SLC Policy Analyst Jeremy Williams.
July 14, 2011
Earlier this week, SLC released the fifth and final 2010 Comparative Data Report (CDR) on Southern State Transportation Programs, prepared by the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission. Click here to view this report. 2010 CDRs also include comparative data on Education, Revenues, Medicaid and Corrections.
July 7, 2011
The U.S. food safety system has developed over a lengthy period, often in response to health concerns or threats. Because of this, the system does not have a coherent, strategic focus, but is a patchwork of legal and regulatory activities that distributes the responsibility for, and information about, food safety across numerous federal, state and local entities. This SLC Regional Resource examines current practices in regards to food safety, as well as best practices to ensure that foodborne illnesses are reduced to a minimal level. Click here to read the report.
July 6, 2011
Earlier this week, the SLC released the latest Comparative Data Report (CDR) on Southern States Education Statistics, prepared by the West Virginia Legislative Staff. Click here to view the Comparative Revenues Report. Data on SLC state revenues and spending on Medicaid and Corrections also are available on the SLC publications page. In the near future, the SLC will release the final 2010 CDR analyzing state transportation programs, prepared by the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission.
July 5, 2011
The Southern Legislative Conference recently researched and published an SLC issue alert regarding U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan's June 13 proposal to grant waivers from the requirements of the "No Child Left Behind" Act to those states that adopt a set of reforms. For more information on the topic, click here.