The Council of State Governments
December 5, 2008

From the Expert:
States Take the Lead on Infrastructure Projects

By Sujit M. CanagaRetna, CSG senior fiscal analyst
CSG's Southern office, the Southern Legislative Conference

As the doleful drumbeat of dismal national economic news emerges daily, states face fiscal challenges of unprecedented proportions. While there continues to be renewed expectation that the federal government in a Barack Obama administration will initiate a massive infrastructure program to revamp, restore and rejuvenate the nation's crumbling and aging infrastructure-a 21st century New Deal of sorts-state policymakers have not been idle awaiting the inauguration of the new president.

Read the full article and check out additional resources at the end.

Visit our new State News Web site for daily news from
CSG's Annual Conference and 75th Anniversary Celebration.
In This Issue
Infrastructure Projects
Higher Education Affordability
Graduation Rate Gap

Upcoming Meetings
& Events

Join Our Mailing List!
Students, Families Caught in Squeeze of
Higher Education Affordability

By Bill Voit, CSG senior project director

There's a new phenomenon in higher education. An August 2008 Policy Alert from the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education says while Americans think college is becoming critical to succeeding in life, there's an increasing fear that access to higher education is slipping out of reach for many qualified and motivated students.

Read the full article and check out additional resources at the end.

Study: Graduation Rate Gap Exists Between Black, White Males

By Tim Weldon, CSG policy analyst

A new report concludes that nearly 55 years after the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case, a majority of African-American males in this country are still not graduating from high school. The report, Given Half a Chance: The Schott 50 State Report on Public Education and Black Males, examines gaps in graduation rates between black and white males in public high schools.

Read the full article and check out additional resources at the end.

Interbranch Summit of the States

About State News | About CSG | Capitol Comments Blog | State Trends & Policy
Contact State News Magazine | Upcoming Events | Send us a News Tip

CSG Logo

State News Magazine

2760 Research Park Drive | P.O. Box 11910
Lexington, KY 40578-1910