April 25, 2014
The latest SLC Regional Resource, Waste Storage and Water Safety: Lessons from West Virginia and North Carolina, examines the importance of coal and chemical industries in the Southern region and the necessity of striking a balance between business interests and environmental protection. Recently, hazardous spills in two SLC states - West Virginia and North Carolina - have focused attention on this careful balance. This SLC Regional Resource reviews the spills in West Virginia and North Carolina and the immediate remedial action taken by each state. Understanding how these states reacted in the wake of water contamination can help other SLC states respond quickly and effectively if faced with similar challenges.
April 25, 2014
The Supreme Court's decision in Town of Greece v. Galloway may change allowable prayer practices before local government bodies and state legislatures. Join Tom Hungar, Gibson Dunn, who argued this case before the Supreme Court, Douglas Haney, City Attorney for the City of Carmel, Indiana, and Lanny Proffer, former General Counsel for the National Conference of States Legislatures, in a discussion about how the Court's ruling will affect both state and local government.
This complementary webinar is co-sponsored by the State and Local Legal Center, the International Municipal Lawyers Association, and the National Conference of State Legislatures.
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April 22, 2014
Recent research by SLC Fiscal Policy Manager Sujit CanagaRetna examines the recovery of state unemployment funds from the depths of the Great Recession. As a result of the doggedly high unemployment rates in so many states during the Great Recession and the actions taken by states (such as expanding unemployment benefits and cutting unemployment insurance taxes), the unemployment insurance funds in a majority of the states were thrust into perilous shape. The funds were attacked at both ends: more people were tapping benefits while a shrinking number of companies were paying fewer taxes to replenish the funds. With the deleterious effects of the Great Recession tapering off and the employment situation in the SLC states improving, fewer and fewer individuals were eligible for unemployment insurance payments by 2013. As a result of this development and essential reforms to state plans, the balances of these trust funds improved significantly by 2013.
April 21, 2014
As leaders of The Council of State Governments, West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris have selected State Pathways to Prosperity as their initiative for 2014.