There will be a lot of talk about “reform” in the states this year.
Education reform, pension reform, health care reform, Medicaid reform, tax
reform and immigration reform will be legislative priorities across the
country. Reform is code. In this context reform does not necessarily mean
better. It means cheaper. The discussion is not really about policy. It
will be about budget and how budget relates to other priorities.
This document previews several issues to be debated heavily this
year beginning, of course, with budgets. Other priorities include:
education, health care and pension reform, legislative redistricting, job
creation, public private partnerships (P3), immigration and transportation.