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  • Red Ink Rising: Navigating the Perils of Public Debt
    Money has been spent that has not been earned, and promises made that cannot be met. This will challenge democratic governance models in many countries, requiring systemic, structural changes to bend the government’s cost curve down.
  • Closing State Budget Gaps
    Faced with one of the worst economic recessions to hit America in decades, state governments are experiencing severe cuts in budgetary expenditure. General fund expenditures in fiscal year 2009 declined by 2.2 percent compared to the previous year. And the outlook for the foreseeable future is no rosier.
  • The Innovation State
    Governments at all levels face daunting challenges. This means that state governments have to become more adept at innovation; they cannot depend on established, age-old practices to meet 21st century requirements. Learn how.
  • Technology Opportunities and Challenges
    Web 2.0 technologies and low-cost online collaborative tools can fundamentally alter the way government and its agencies carry out their business. At the same time, the Internet can serve as a platform to promote unprecedented collaboration, rapid growth also brings with it certain risks.
  • Education Reform
    Today the U.S. constitutes only 14 percent of the total world population of college students, as compared to 30 percent 30 years ago. The future of American competitiveness is highly dependent on producing a skilled workforce with significant abilities in math and science. How can we compete?
  • State Health Care Reform
    When it comes to overall state health care reforms, it is imperative that sustained health care reforms, instead of incremental changes, are carried out. There are four focus areas that can build a solid foundation for systemic reform to improve care and reduce cost. Learn more.
  • Improving Human Services
    Approximately $1 trillion is spent on human services each year in America. From foster care to income assistance to education and training, human services offer a vital support system for those Americans most in need. The programs are in urgent need of modernization.
  • Infrastructure Renewal
    The American Society of Civil Engineers graded the overall condition of the nation’s infrastructure a D — recommending $2.3 trillion of investment in infrastructure over the next five years. Traditional financing and delivery mechanisms are unlikely to generate sufficient resources and match supply to demand.
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