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Special Reports


MLC report on the Midwest's economy (2010) »

A project of CSG Midwest's Resurgent Midwest, Insurgent Growth Initiative, "In Search of Growth: An Economic Checkup of the Midwestern States" was unveiled at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Legislative Conference. There are two main components of the report. The first provides state-by-state “dashboard reports” of state economies by reviewing various long- and short-term economic growth factors. The second provides comparative rankings on the economic performance of states in areas such as business attraction and climate, entrepreneurial activity and education.


MLC report on K-12 math, science education (2009) »

“Laboratories of Reform: Initiatives in Midwestern States to Improve Math and Science Education" was unveiled at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Legislative Conference. Done as part of Kansas Sen. Jay Emler’s agenda as 2009 MLC chair, the report examines how states are redesigning schools, creating new scholarships and reward programs, adjusting graduation requirements, altering academic standards, and improving teacher recruitment and retraining — all with the goal of sparking young people’s interest in math and science.


MLC report on health care reform in the states (2008) »

"Practitioners of Change: Regional Case Studies in State Health Care Reform and Cost Containment" was unveiled at the 2008 Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Legislative Conference. Done as part of South Dakota Sen. Tom Dempster's agenda as 2009 MLC chair, the report takes a look at how states have tried to reform their health systems — through programs that expand health coverage, promote wellness, empower health consumers, curb the cost of prescription drugs, reduce the cost of state employee health care and address the cost of long-term care.











The Mission of CSG
and CSG Midwest

The Council of State Governments is the nation's only nonpartisan association of state officials serving all three branches of government in all 50 states and the U.S. territories. CSG is a regionally-based, national organization that promotes excellence in state government. CSG fosters the interstate exchange of insights and ideas to help state officials shape public policy, and it offers unparalleled regional, national and international opportunities to network, develop leaders, collaborate and create problem-solving partnerships. CSG Midwest focuses on meeting the needs of state policymakers and leaders in the nation's heartland, including 11 Midwestern states.