July 31, 2012
On Tuesday, July 31, Alabama Speaker Mike Hubbard was elected to serve as chair of the Southern Legislative Conference during the 66th Annual Meeting of the SLC in Charleston, West Virginia. Alongside Speaker Hubbard, Representative Keith Ingram of Arkansas will serve as SLC chair elect and Speaker David Ralston of Georgia will serve as SLC vice chair. Click here to read coverage from the Montgomery Advertiser.
July 31, 2012
In correlation with a closing plenary with Jennifer Garner, Artist Ambassador for Save the Children U.S. Programs, and Mark Kennedy Shriver, Vice President and Managing Director of U.S. Programs for Save the Children, the SLC/Mark Norris Campaign Against Hunger at the 66th Annual Meeting of the Southern Legislative Conference brought together SLC participants
to assemble 20,000 meals to be distributed to families in West Virginia. Click here to view photos from the event.
July 29, 2012
Chris Whatley, CSG's Washington, D.C. office director, presented "The Decision and the States" at the Legislative Fiscal Plenary of the 66th SLC annual meeting in Charleston, West Virginia. Mr. Whatley's comments provided several practical insights into the new environment created by the recent Supreme Court ruling on federal funding of state Medicaid programs. Mr. Whatley also discussed state versus federally administered healthcare exchanges. To view the presentation, click here.
July 28, 2012
Prepared under the auspices of the SLC Fiscal Affairs & Government Operations Committee, annual Comparative Data Reports track a multitude of revenue sources and appropriations levels in Southern states and serve as a useful tool to legislators and legislative staff alike as they determine their own state spending. The reports are prepared by the legislative research agencies of Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, and West Virginia. To view the reports, visit the SLC publications page and select Fiscal Affairs & Government Operations, Comparative Data Reports or 2012.
July 28, 2012
Southern state legislators are convening in Charleston, West Virginia, the home state of Speaker Rick Thompson, chair of the Southern Legislative Conference. The 66th annual meeting of the SLC brings together Southern lawmakers to examine and discuss issues of critical importance to the region and the nation. The meeting will run until August 1, 2012. Click here for further details.
July 19, 2012
The Southern Legislative Conference has released an SLC Fiscal Alert titled Public Pensions: Emerging Trends addressing the significant challenges still faced by public pension systems, a trend that has continued for more than a decade. While public pension difficulties alone would not be a destabilizing force on the economy, the fact that every other element of our nation’s retirement architecture also faces complex challenges requires the urgent attention of policymakers at all levels of government. To view the full SLC Fiscal Alert, please click here.