The National Governors Association hosted a National Summit on Government Redesign in Arlington, VA on December 13-14. The summit allowed state teams to learn about best practices and share experiences around efforts to reform and streamline state government. The meeting emphasized reforms and changes that reduce the cost of state government, as opposed to those reforms that make government more efficient but do not reduce its cost. Topics included pension and benefit reform, agency consolidation and streamlining, changing Medicaid to constrain cost growth, managing state assets, managing K-12 budgets to promote efficiency, corrections reforms, and how to implement a budget review. The meeting included a mix of plenary and breakout sessions to address national trends as well as specific state examples.
- Creating the Framework for Change
- Pensions and Benefits
- Consolidation and Streamlining Agencies
- Curbing the Growing Costs of Medicaid
Improving Management of Assets and Cutting Red Tape
- John Gamberoni, executive partner, Accenture
- Keith Gardner, chief of staff, Governor’s Office, New Mexico
- Maximizing Investments in K-12 Education
- Looking Forward: The Outlook for State Budgets
Pension and Benefits Reforms
- Boston College, Center for Retirement Research. Peter A. Diamond, Alicia H. Munnell, Gregory Leiserson, and Jean-Pierre Aubry, Problems with State-Local Final Pay Plans and Options for Reform.
- Center for State and Local Government Excellence, Strengthening State and Local Government Finances: Lessons for Negotiating Public Pension Plan Reforms. 2011.
- Pew Center on the States, The Trillion Dollar Gap Grows Wider.
- National Conference of State Legislatures, Pension and Retirement Plan Enactments in 2011 State Legislatures.
- Arizona State Retirement System. Paul Matson and Susanne Dobel, A Comparative Analysis of Defined Benefit and Defined Contribution Retirement Plans. 2006.
Consolidation and Streamlining of Agencies
- Deloitte. “Closing State Budget Gaps.”
- Deloitte Review. William D. Eggers, Robert Campbell III and Joel Bellman, Red Ink Rising: Navigating the Perils of Public Debt. 2011.
- Deloitte. “A Framework for Cost Reduction: U.S. State Government Guide.”
Maximizing Investments in K-12 Education
- Education Resource Strategies. “Rethinking Resources for Student Success: School Budget Hold ‘em.”
- Education Resource Strategies. Karen Hawley Miles and Karen Baroody with Elliot Regenstein, Restructuring Resources for High-Performing Schools: A Primer for State Policymakers.
- McKinsey & Company, Byron Auguste, Paul Kihn, and Matt Miller, Closing the talent gap: Attracting and retaining top third graduates to a career in teaching.
- NGA Issue Brief: Efforts in Sentencing and Corrections Reform, Jeff McLeod (October 2011).
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