July | August 2017




Have a Question? Ask CSG

By Jennifer Burnett, CSG Senior Research Analyst
As states around the country tighten their belts and cut back on costs, finding the funds to pay for research assistance can be difficult. But while funding may be scarce, the need for policymakers and researchers to remain up-to-date on the often complex and fast-changing issues of the day has only grown.
Since 1933, The Council of State Governments has served as a resource for state leaders.
“Deeply embedded in the DNA of CSG is a calling to use sound knowledge to accelerate the development and implementation of sound public policy,” said David Adkins, CSG’s executive director/CEO.
State leaders now have a new and easy way to access the expertise and knowledge of CSG at any time: Ask CSG. 
Just fill out a brief form online and a CSG staff member will get back with you quickly. The CSG policy staff will answer your policy questions and direct you to the most up-to-date and reliable resources available.

Former Utah Rep. Sheryl Allen turned to Ask CSG when she needed answers.

“I was asked to give a legislative response at a medical conference on a topic about which I had very little information, the storage of newborn blood spots,” she said. “I turned to CSG for assistance.  I received immediate, comprehensive information, and I was able to competently fulfill the assignment.”
Kyle G. Smith, an assistant attorney general in Kansas, needed specific information on the structure of every statewide law enforcement agency in the U.S. He turned to Ask CSG.
"The results of your efforts were timely, incredibly helpful and simply unavailable anywhere else,” he said in an email to CSG policy staff.
CSG a key ingredient in your strategy to become a more informed, better prepared state leader.


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