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Capitol Ideas

Founded in 1933, The Council of State Governments is our nation’s only organization serving all three branches of state government. CSG is a region-based forum that fosters the exchange of insights and ideas to help state officials shape public policy. This offers unparalleled regional, national and international opportunities to network, develop leaders, collaborate and create problem-solving partnerships. The CSG mission is to champion excellence in state governments to advance the common good.

Book of the States

The Council of State Governments continues a long tradition of “sharing capitol ideas” with the publication of the 2019 edition of The Book of the States. Since 1933, CSG has served as a resource for state leaders and a catalyst for innovation and excellence in state governance. The Book of the States has been the reference tool of choice since 1935, providing relevant, accurate and timely information, answers and comparisons for all 56 states, commonwealths and territories of the United States.  

The 2021 volume includes 195 in-depth tables, figures and infographics illustrating how state government operates.Staff members mined more than 500 sources to obtain the information shared in The Book of the States

The CSG Capitol Ideas Presents series brings to life one article per issue of Capitol Ideas magazine allowing state elected and appointed officials to continue the conversation in real time during a virtual session. Registration is free.

The Current State e-newsletter sends member stories, state successes, the latest policy trends, news from CSG and more directly to your inbox every week to keep you up-to-date and connected with your fellow members and industry partners.