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Governors to Discuss Public Safety, Health Care, and Job Creation at Winter Meeting

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Governors from across the nation will convene in Washington, Feb. 21-24, in hopes of finding solutions to the tough economic problems confronting their states.

During the National Governors Association's annual winter meeting, leaders will share their perspectives on critical issues, many of which have been the focus of ongoing research by The Pew Charitable Trusts, including:

Other key issues to be addressed by the governors include job creation, the economy and unemployment. Learn more about lagging employment rates in most states in this recent Pew study.

Over the years, governors from both sides of the aisle have collaborated to solve complex issues. When faced with the task of protecting public safety, democrat and republican leaders spearheaded new research-based sentencing and corrections reforms to slow the growth of prison costs and keep communities safer. See what four governors have to say about leading on public safety.

State leaders also are proving that it’s possible to reduce crime rates while also reducing imprisonment rates.  For more information, view our infographic.  

President Barack Obama, along with members of his cabinet, will participate in several sessions with the governors as the focus shifts to another important alliance: a strong partnership between state and federal government officials.

Federal and state finances are closely intertwined and understanding this relationship is important to achieving fiscal stability at both levels of government. Recently, Pew looked at a number of these fiscal intersections in terms of state and local tax deductions, the sequester’s impact on states, and federal grants.

Interested in learning more about the federal-state relationship? View Pew’s Fiscal Federalism Initiative for information on how federal actions affect state budgets, taxes, spending, and revenue.

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Projects:
Public Safety Performance Project, States' Fiscal Health , State Health Care Spending, Fiscal Federalism Initiative, Public Sector Retirement Systems
Issues:
Budget, Health Care Costs, Recidivism, Corrections Costs, Prison Population, Federal Grant, Taxes, Job Creation, Unemployment, State Debt, Unemployment
 
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