Nationwide Issues Facing 2012 State Legislatures

The January 2012 issue of Governing magazine lists a series of issues facing state legislatures in the year ahead — with many of the topics predictably hitting home in Maryland.

From the article:

This year, state legislatures will be preoccupied in two important ways: They’ll still be digging their way out of the Great Recession, and they’ll still be compensating for federal inaction on a number of issues.

This shouldn’t come as a surprise, but the partisan gridlock on Capitol Hill has had serious ramifications for states. As of mid-December, the House had passed 326 bills in 2011, and the Senate, just 368. That’s the fewest since 1995. Among the perennial issues Congress pushed down the road: a new transportation bill, immigration and tax reform. This leaves states scrambling yet another year to address these critical issues in the absence of the feds.

Read the full article online here.

Michael Sanderson

Executive Director Maryland Association of Counties

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