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Fiscal & Economic

State spending as a percentage of gross domestic product has been increasing since the 1980s at the same time that federal spending has decreased. This implies that states have taken on a greater share of governmental responsibility.
At the same time, states are striving to increase revenue through innovative fiscal plans and economic programs. CSG staff monitors state fiscal concerns and economic stimulation activities to provide policymakers with best practices and policy options.

 

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Chickasaw Trail Economic Development Compact
The purpose of this compact is to promote the development of an undeveloped rural area of Marshall County, Miss., and Fayette County, Tenn., and to create a development authority which incorporates public and private partnerships to facilitate the economic growth of such areas by providing developed sites for the location and construction of manufacturing plants, distribution facilities, research facilities, regional and national offices with supportive services and facilities, and to establish a joint interstate authority to assist in these efforts.
Member states: MS, TN
Multistate Tax Compact
The compact establishes a commission whose purposes are (1) to facilitate proper determination of state and local tax liability of multistate taxpayers, (2) to promote uniformity and compatibility in significant components of tax systems, (3) to facilitate taxpayer convenience and compliance. The commission seeks to avoid duplicate taxation, conducts audits of major corporations on behalf of group of states, and participates in litigation to require taxpayers to submit to audits. All states and other U.S. jurisdictions are eligible to participate.
Member states: AK, AL, AR, CA, CO, DC, HI, ID, KS, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, ND, NM, OR, SD, TX, UT, WA
Visit the National Center for Interstate Compacts for more information!

 

 

 

2008
Annual State Trends and Leadership Forum,, Omaha, Neb., Dec. 3-7
Jason R. Henderson, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
Vicki Schultz, Maryland Department of Labor
75th Anniversary Celebration Spring Conference, Lexington, Ky., May 29-June 1
Rep. Randy Borrer, Indiana
Nancy Feldman, New Jersey
Howard Mischel, Standard and Poor's
David Utz, Goldman Sachs
2007
Annual State Trends and Leadership Forum, Oklahoma City, Okla., Nov. 11-14
Paul J. Richman: Mortgage Bankers Association
David Feisal: Oklahoma Mortgage Bankers Association
Rep. Jim Davnie: The Minnesota Model to Rein In Predatory Lending
Girard Miller: What Are You (Not) Investing In?
Frank Nothaft: Mortgage Meltdown: 2008 Housing and Financing Forecast

 

 

 

Suggested State Legislation
Income Tax Deduction for Donating a Human Organ

 

 

 

Innovations Awards
Winner - Michigan - 2005 - Michigan SmartZones
Collaborations among universities, industry, research organizations, government and other local institutions have resulted in regionally based high-tech zones which target growth in a specific economic sector that fits the geographic region’s strengths and needs, creating clusters of high-skilled, high-paying jobs.
Winner - New Mexico - 2004 - New Mexico 9000
To help state companies comply with the International Organization for Standardization criteria for quality management (ISO 9000), this certification training consists of 16 three-hour or eight six-hour classroom sessions over the course of a year or less.
Winner - Ohio - 2003 - Ohio Business Gateway
This program is a Web-based filing and payment system that allows business taxpayers to file and pay various state level taxes to different state agencies at one Web site electronically for free. The program is designed to provide a "one-stop shop" for businesses to comply with a variety of state agency tax and reporting requirements, including sales tax, employer withholding, worker's compensation, unemployment compensation and unclaimed funds.
Finalist - California - 2004 - Abusive Tax Shelter Program
This state Franchise Tax Board initiative aggressively attacks abusive tax shelters through a multidisciplinary approach. This includes spearheading legislation that increased penalties for investors in and promoters of abusive tax shelters, redirecting staff auditors to focus on abusive tax shelters, and a Voluntary Compliance Initiative similar to one the IRS uses.
Finalist - Iowa - 2003 - Tax Gap Compliance Program
This program uses technology to help the Department of Revenue and Finance accurately collect all taxes owed to the state. Through a combination of data warehousing and a customized software application, the program has generated $26 million more in tax revenues than the baseline collections during the three-year development and implementation period.

 

 

 

2008
  1. "The Value of a Dollar: States Promote Financial Literacy," State News, June/July 2008.
  2. "Smart Growth: States Promote Transit-Oriented Development," State News, March 2008.
  3. "Local Goes Global: Japan Looks to U.S. Canada for Reforms at Home," State News, Jan. 2008.
2007
  1. "Lights! Camera! Action!: Southern States Attract Filmmakers," State News, Oct. 2007.
  2. "The Biotech Promise: Lawmakers Consider Economic Impact of Growing Industry," State News, Oct. 2007.
  3. "Driving the Economy: Auto Industry in the South," State News, Aug. 2007.
  4. "Acceptance and Use of Electronic Payments for State Taxes and Fees," June 2007.
  5. "WEB of Receipt: Study Explores Acceptance, Use of Electronic Payments for State Taxes, Fees," State News, June/July 2007.
2006
  1. "Partnership Potential: U.S.-Canadian Collaboration has Economic, Policy Benefits," State News, Nov./Dec. 2006
  2. “Stemming Research: Feds Won’t Fund Stem Cell Research, But States Will,” State News, Oct. 2006.
  3. “Back in the Black: Expanding Economy Helps States Build Reserves,” State News, Oct. 2006.
  4. “Competing in a Global Economy: Lieutenant Governors Discuss Future Based on Technology, International Trade,” State News, Sept. 2006.
  5. "Good jobs, good living: States expanding scope of economic development strategies," Firstline Midwest, September 2006.
  6. “Match Game: States, Army Work to Find Compatible Neighbors for Installations,” State News, Aug. 2006.
  7. “What is the GASB?” State News, Aug. 2006.
  8. “Planning Pensions: Big Changes Ahead in State and Local Retirement Funding,” State News, June/July 2006.egislators Seek Border Security and Economic Viability,” The Nor’Easter, Winter 2006.
2005
  1. Trends in America: Navigating Turbulence to Success, Dec. 2005.
  2. “A World of Possibilities for Agri-Business in China,” State News, Nov./Dec. 2005.
  3. “Plan Targets Insurance Relief for Motorists, Homeowners,” Stateline Midwest, Nov. 2005.
  4. “Beyond Boundaries: Three Gulf Coast States Suffered the Brunt of Katrina’s Wrath, but the Economic Impact Will be Felt Nationwide,” State News, Oct. 2005.
  5. “Questions about Eminent Domain Land in State Legislatures,” Stateline Midwest, Oct. 2005.
  6. “Midwest Part of National Trend Raising State Minimum Wages,” Stateline Midwest, Oct. 2005.
  7. “States Employ New Strategies to Diversify and Strengthen Region’s Rural Economy,” Firstline Midwest, Oct. 2005.
  8. “Session Examines Changing Economy, Options for Midwest,” Stateline Midwest, Sept. 2005.
  9. From Benton to Bluegrass: The Economic Impact of the Arts in the South, Southern Legislative Conference, Aug. 2005.
  10. “Stolen ‘Golden Years’: States Address the Silent Epidemic of Elderly Financial Victimization,” State News, Aug. 2005.
  11. “Trends in America: Charting the Course Ahead,” State News, Aug. 2005.
  12. Ohio Lawmakers Enact Major Tax Restructuring Plan,” Stateline Midwest, Aug. 2005.
  13. Accessing Capital for Rural Economic Development, Southern Legislative Conference, Aug. 2005.
  14. Trends in America: Charting the Course Ahead, June 2005.
  15. “Governors’ Initiatives in 2005: Facing Up to the Problem?” Spectrum, Spring 2005.
  16. “The Challenges Facing the Eastern Region and Partners,” Spectrum, Spring 2005.
  17. “Forecast for the South: Partly Sunny Skies with a Chance of Rain,” Spectrum, Spring 2005.
  18. “Western Growth Trends: Pressure on People and Resources,” Spectrum, Spring 2005.
  19. “States Get Savvy on Trade Strategy,” State News, May 2005.
  20. “More Accountability Part of New Economic Development Plans,” Stateline Midwest, May 2005.
  21. “Systems in Stress: Public Retirement Systems Are Challenged by Shrinking Assets and Growing Liabilities,” State News, April 2005.
  22. “Piece of the Action: Revenue-Sharing Pacts for Tribal Casinos Being Eyed in Two States,” Stateline Midwest, April 2005.
  23. “Alabama’s Ace Investments: Out-of-the-Ordinary Investments Pay Off for Alabama’s Retirement System,” State News, April 2005.
  24. “Fixing the Problem: Illinois is Among the States Considering New Pension-Reform Plans,” State News, April 2005.
  25. “Rebuilding Rural Communities,” State News, April 2005.
  26. “States Stride Forward: Solutions in Governors’ State of the State Messages Bridge Party Lines,” State News, March 2005.
  27. “North Dakota Plan Centers on University-Business Partnerships,” Stateline Midwest, March 2005.
  28. “States Seek Remedies to Workforce Shortages in Health Care,” Stateline Midwest, Feb. 2005.
  29. “10 Change Drivers for the Future,” State News, Jan. 2005.
  30. “Kansas Lawmakers Told by Court to Increase School Funding,” Stateline Midwest, Jan. 2005.
2004
  1. “Evolving Use of Eminent Domain Stirs Debate over Public Use vs. Private Rights,” Firstline Midwest, Dec. 2004.
  2. America’s Public Retirement Systems: Stresses in the System, Southern Legislative Conference, Oct. 2004.
  3. Doing the Math: Southern State School Finance Systems, Southern Legislative Conference, Oct. 2004.
  4. “States Promote International Trade of Agricultural Products,” Stateline Midwest, Oct. 2004.
  5. “Regional Cooperation: The Border Legislative Conference,” Spectrum, Fall 2004.
  6. “The Perfect Storm in Higher Education,” Spectrum, Fall 2004.
  7. “The Next Generation of Entrepreneurs: How to Attract, Keep and Grow Them,” Spectrum, Fall 2004.
  8. “MLC Session Examines Need for Entrepreneurs in Rural Midwest,” Stateline Midwest, Aug. 2004.
  9. “Midwestern Legislative Conference Focuses on Rising Health Care Costs, Ideas to Contain Them,” Stateline Midwest, Aug. 2004.
  10. “Borrowing Boom: States Take on Record Debt to Bridge Budget Shortfalls,” State News, June/July 2004.
  11. The Economic Impact of the Airline Industry in the South, Southern Legislative Conference, May 2004.
  12. “Michigan Targets ‘Cool Cities’ as Way to Stoke Economic Growth,” Stateline Midwest, June 2004.
  13. “All in the Game: Lawmakers Throughout Region Deal with Gambling Expansion,” Stateline Midwest, June 2004.
  14. “Medicaid Today: Confronting Costs, Maintaining Quality,” Health Policy Monitor, Spring 2004.
  15. “Weathering Budget Shortfalls: Many Clouds, A Few Silver Linings,” The Nor’Easter, Spring 2004.
  16. “Solving the Identity Theft Puzzle,” State News, April 2004.
  17. “Industrial Midwest Struggles with Effects of Lost Jobs in U.S. Manufacturing Sector,” Firstline Midwest, April 2004.
  18. The Drive to Move South: The Growing Role of the Automobile Industry in the Southern Legislative Conference Economies, Southern Legislative Conference, March 2004.
  19. “The Rise of the Creative Class,” State Government News, March 2004.
  20. “South Dakotans Hope Bills Help Underground Lab See Light of Day,” Stateline Midwest, March 2004.
  21. Trends Alert: Workers’ Comp, Feb. 2004.
  22. “Budget Balancing Tactics,” State Government News, Feb. 2004.
  23. “Poor Performance: Losses in Pension Funds, Long-Term Trends Have States Looking at System,” State Government News, Feb. 2004.
  24. “Off to a Good Start: Governors’ Speeches Focus on Young Learners, Economic Growth,” Stateline Midwest, Feb. 2004.
  25. Back to School: Lawmakers Take Time to Learn About Bioscience,” Stateline Midwest, Feb. 2004.
  26. “What’s in the Cards for 2004?” State Government News, Jan. 2004.
  27. “States Cautiously Optimistic about Improved Revenue Outlook,” Stateline Midwest, Jan. 2004.
  28. “Gambling Expansion in Region Has Slowed, but States Get New Round of Plans in 2004,” Firstline Midwest, Jan. 2004.
  29. “The Drive to Move South: The Growing Role of the Automobile Industry in the Southern States,” Spectrum, Winter 2004.
2003
  1. “Region Aims to Be Home of Innovation in Value-Added Agriculture,” Stateline Midwest, Dec. 2003.
  2. “The Changing Face of Corrections: Fiscal Crisis Drives Reforms in State Corrections Systems,” State Government News, Nov./Dec. 2003.
  3. “MSA: Five Years Later—The Tobacco Settlement Is Not Living Up to Financial Expectations,” State Government News, Nov./Dec. 2003.
  4. “States Change With Technology,” State Government News, Nov./Dec. 2003.
  5. “College Tuition Rises as States Cut Higher Education Budgets,” Stateline Midwest, Oct. 2003.
  6. “2003 Elections Already Historic,” State Government News, Oct. 2003.
  7. Issue Brief: Sending Jobs Overseas—A Growing Policy Debate in the Public Sector, Eastern Regional Conference, Oct. 2003.
  8. Issue Brief: The Changing Face of Corrections in the Current Fiscal Crisis, Eastern Regional Conference, Oct. 2003.
  9. “Forum Addresses State Policies,” State Government News,Oct. 2003.
  10. “Have You Spotted This Trend?” State Government News, Sept. 2003.
  11. “Government Restructuring: A Fiscal Fix?” State Government News, Aug. 2003.
  12. “Renewable Energy Can Benefit State Economies,” State Government News, Aug. 2003.
  13. “New Developments: Struggling Rural Economies Cause States to Consider New Approaches,” Stateline Midwest, July 2003.
  14. “Interstate Cooperation,” State Government News, June/July 2003.
  15. “Reforming Corporate Governance,” State Government News, June/July 2003.
  16. “Illinois Boosts Minimum Wage Requirement above Federal Standard,” Stateline Midwest, June 2003.
  17. “Medicaid Relief: New Federal Assistance a Help, But Rising Costs Still Devouring Budgets,” Stateline Midwest, June 2003.
  18. TrendsAlert: Renewable Energy and State Economies, May 2003.
  19. “States Have Options in Fiscal Crisis,” State Government News, May 2003.
  20. “Hard Times Generate New Ideas,” State Government News, May 2003.
  21. “The Case for State Export Programs,” State Government News, May 2003.
  22. “Future Outlook: States Look Beyond Fiscal Woes, Focus on Long-Term Economic Development,” Stateline Midwest, May 2003.
  23. “Renewable Energy Gains Steam,” State Government News, May 2003.
  24. Trends Alert: State Fiscal Crisis, April 2003.
  25. “Facing the Fiscal Squeeze,” State Government News, April 2003.
  26. “New Initiatives Focus on Growing States’ High-Tech, Knowledge-Based Economies,” Firstline Midwest, April 2003.
  27. “Fiscal Problems Make Expansion of Casino Gaming a Better Bet,” Stateline Midwest, April 2003.
  28. “The Business Bench: States Establish Business Courts to Streamline Litigation and Lure New Companies,” State Government News, March 2003.
  29. Update on Competition in the Telecommunications Industry, Southern Legislative Conference, Feb. 2003.
  30. “Health Care’s Perfect Storm: Several Factors Converge to Create Double-Digit Health Care Costs,” State Government News, Feb. 2003.
  31. “School Funding Changes Still a Priority, but Budgets Limit Options,” Stateline Midwest, Feb. 2003.
  32. “States’ Prepaid College Tuition Plans Hit by Financial Difficulties,” Stateline Midwest, Feb. 2003.
  33. Budget Crunch: Fiscal Conditions in the Midwestern States, The Council of State Governments Midwest, Jan. 2003.
  34. “Top Trends for 2003,” State Government News, Jan. 2003.
  35. “Fiscal Crunch,” State Government News, Jan. 2003.
  36. “Traffic Jam: States Struggle to Find Money to Relieve Congested Roads,” State Government News, Jan. 2003.
  37. “Education Funding Squeeze,” State Government News, Jan. 2003.
  38. “Homeland Security: Who Pays?” State Government News, Jan. 2003.
  39. “The States’ Fiscal Squeeze: Coping with Budget Shortfalls,” The Nor'Easter, Winter 2003.
2002
  1. Signs of the Times: Midwestern Demographic Trends and Their Implications for Public Policy, The Council of State Governments Midwest, 2002.
  1. State Official’s Guide to Internet Privacy, 2002.
  1. The Fiscal Crunch Confronting the South, Southern Legislative Conference, Dec. 2002.
  2. “To Trade or Not to Trade? States Take the Lead on Trade With Cuba,” State Government News, Nov./Dec. 2002.
  1. Tightening Fiscal Conditions in the SLC States: Focus on Three Major Indices, Southern Legislative Conference, Nov. 2002.
  2. “Illinois Alters Investment Strategy to Help High-Tech Industry,” Stateline Midwest, Nov. 2002.
  3. States on Front Lines in Battle to Restore Investor Confidence,” The Nor’Easter, Summer 2002.
  4. “Show Me the Money: Budget Shortfalls Dominated the 2002 Legislative Sessions,” State Government News, Aug. 2002.
  5. “Less Money, More Service: NASTD Members Asked to Do More, Save More,” State Government News, Aug. 2002.
  6. “New Survey, State Initiatives Underscore Housing Concern,” Stateline Midwest, Aug. 2002.
  1. Unemployment Insurance in a Diminishing Economy, Southern Legislative Conference, July 2002.
  2. “Health Care Workforce Shortages Already Threaten Patient Care, Expected to Increase,” Firstline Midwest, July 2002.
  3. “Sports Stadiums and Public Financing,” State Government News, June/July 2002.
  4. “Trends and Issues in 2002,” State Government News, June/July 2002.
  5. “Budget Crises, Public Opinion Shifts Lead to Closer Look at Sentencing and Prison Options,” Firstline Midwest, June 2002.
  6. “State Proposals Driven by Promise of Fuel Cell Technology,” Stateline Midwest, June 2002.
  7. ”Seeking Protections: States Respond to Rising Concerns about Identity Theft and Privacy,” Stateline Midwest, June 2002.
  8. “Travel and Tourism: Export of Tomorrow,” Spectrum, Spring 2002.
  9. “Innovative Tools for Economic Growth,” State Government News, May 2002.
  10. “Doing More With Less in State Government,” State Government News, May 2002.
  11. “Raising Dollars for Education,” State Government News, April 2002.
  12. “Tobacco: The MSA Revisited,” State Government News, April 2002.
  13. “Bolstering Investment in Venture Capital Seen as a Way to Boost Slumping Economies,” Firstline Midwest, April 2002.
  14. “Border Security and Trade,” The Nor’Easter, Spring 2002.
  1. TrendsAlert: Tobacco Settlement and Declining State Revenues, March 2002.
  2. “States Face Fiscal Crisis,” State Government News, March 2002.
  3. “Budgets in Crisis,” State Government News, March 2002.
  4. “Forecasting Trends in the States,” State Government News, March 2002.
  5. “Gambling Expansion Tempts Cash-Strapped State Legislatures,” Stateline Midwest, March 2002.
  6. “Medicaid Budget Woes: Recession Means States Must Insure More People with Fewer Resources,” Stateline Midwest, March 2002.
  7. “The Ties That Bind: The Midwest and Canada Are Partners in More Than Trade,” State Government News, Feb. 2002.
  8. The Outlook for Trade,” State Government News, Feb. 2002.
  9. “Have You Spotted These Trends?” State Government News, Jan. 2002.
  10. “Changes in Economy Underscore Importance of Adult Education,” Stateline Midwest, Jan. 2002.
  11. “Economic Comeback Predicted for Region Following Tough Year,” Stateline Midwest, Jan. 2002.
  12. “International Trade Between Latin America and the Southern Legislative Conference States,” Spectrum, Winter 2002.
  13. “Northeast States Tackle Budget Shortfalls,” The Nor’Easter, Winter 2002.
2001
  1. Red Ink Rising? Fiscal Trends in the Southern Legislative Conference States, Southern Legislative Conference, Nov. 2001.
  2. “Trends in 2001 Sessions,” State Government News, Nov./Dec. 2001.
  3. “Reforming School Finance,” State Government News, Nov./Dec. 2001.
  4. “Higher Education Up for Cuts as a Result of Budget Crunch,” Stateline Midwest, Nov. 2001.
  5. “More Accountability Sought for Business Subsidy Programs,” Stateline Midwest, Nov. 2001.
  6. “Have You Spotted These Trends?” State Government News, Oct. 2001.
  7. “Have You Spotted These Trends?” State Government News, Sept. 2001.
  8. “Legislators Respond to Calls for Relief from Telemarketers,” Stateline Midwest, Aug. 2001.
  9. Forging New Trade Relationships: Latin America and the Southern Legislative Conference States, Southern Legislative Conference, July 2001.
  10. “Megatrends Shape State Policies,” State Government News, June/July 2001.
  11. The Latest Gross State Product (GSP) Trends in the Southern Legislative Conference States, Southern Legislative Conference, June 2001.
  12. “Work Force Development in the Midwestern Region,” Spectrum, Summer 2001.
  13. “Sales Tax Bill Hits the Mark,” State Government News, May 2001.
  14. “A Look at Current State Tax Issues,” State Government News, May 2001.
  15. “No Easy Answers: Midwestern Legislators Work Through a Trying Budget Year,” Stateline Midwest, May 2001.
  16. “Scouting Trends in the States,” State Government News, April 2001.
  17. “A Computer in Every Home?” State Government News, April 2001.
  18. “Which States Have Rainy Day Funds?” State Government News, April 2001.
  19. “Level Playing Field: Brownfields Initiatives Help Old Sites Compete with ‘Greenfields,’” Stateline Midwest, April 2001.
  20. “Measures Seek Tax Relief for Agricultural Property Owners,” Stateline Midwest, March 2001.
  21. “Preparing for Hard Times,” State Government News, March 2001.
  22. “What’s Big in 2001,” State Government News, Feb. 2001.
  23. “State Lotteries Face an Uncertain Future,” Firstline Midwest, Feb. 2001.
  24. “States Ward Off the Cold,” State Government News, Jan. 2001.
  25. “Every State’s Lost and Found: State Unclaimed Property Programs Return Millions,” State Government News, Jan. 2001.
  26. “The Cost of Cash,” State Government News, Jan. 2001.
  27. “Higher Medicaid Expenditures Cause Budget Crunch,” Stateline Midwest, Jan. 2001.
  28. 8 for the States: Top Issues for the 2001 Legislative Sessions, The Council of State Governments Midwest, 2001.
2000
  1. Addressing the Skill Shortage: A Report from the Midwestern Workforce Development Policy Forum, The Council of State Governments Midwest, Nov. 2000.
  1. More than a Song and Dance: The Economic Impact of the Arts in the Southern Legislative Conference States, Southern Legislative Conference, Nov. 2000.
  1. State Business Incentives: Trends and Options for the Future (Second Edition), 2000.
  1. Electronic Commerce: Revenue and Implications for States, 2000.
  2. “With Identity Theft on the Rise, Lawmakers Explore New Ways to Protect Consumers,” Firstline Midwest, Dec. 2000.
  3. “An Economic Splash: Hawaii Makes Some Changes to Ride the Wave of Change,” State Government News, Nov./Dec. 2000.
  4. “Short-Term Lending Falls Under Scrutiny of Lawmakers and Regulators,” Firstline Midwest, Nov. 2000.
  5. “Iowa Eyes Immigrants to Fill Impending Worker Shortages,” Stateline Midwest, Oct. 2000.
  6. “Slowdown Seen in Job Race,” State Government News, Aug. 2000.
  7. “Investing in a Digital Economy,” State Government News, Aug. 2000.
  8. “Enterprise Zones Show Early Signs of Economic Success,” Stateline Midwest, Aug. 2000.
  9. “Midwestern States and Businesses Struggle to Find Workers in a Tight Labor Market,” Firstline Midwest, July/Aug. 2000.
  10. “Governors Travel the World Looking for Trade Opportunities,” Stateline Midwest, July 2000.
  11. Despite Obstacles, Privacy Legislation Won’t Go Away,” Stateline Midwest, July 2000.
  12. “Play Ball! State Financing of Sport Facilities,” State Government News, June/July 2000.
  13. “Internet Tax Freedom Costs States,” State Government News, June/July 2000.
  14. “The Big Budget Battle,” State Government News, May 2000.
  15. “Breeding, Budgeting and Bible Verses,” State Government News, May 2000.
  16. “Internet Tax-Free Zone?” State Government News, April 2000.
  17. “ATM Bank Fees Scrutinized by Policymakers,” Stateline Midwest, April 2000.
  18. “Wanted: A Skilled Work Force,” State Government News, March 2000.
  19. “Ready for E-commerce?” State Government News, March 2000.
  20. “Torts Pit Lawmakers vs. Courts,” State Government News, Feb. 2000.
  21. “Lots to Do in 2000: Congress Faces Tough Budget Battle,” State Government News, Feb. 2000.
  22. “States Go Global,” State Government News, Feb. 2000.
  23. District Commerce,” State Government News, Feb. 2000.
  24. “Business Incentives,” State Government News, Feb. 2000.
  25. “World Trade is Big Business in the Midwest,” Stateline Midwest, Feb. 2000.
  26. “Agenda 2000,” State Government News, Jan. 2000.
  27. “Electronic Commerce,” State Government News, Jan. 2000.