Pew to Release ‘Grading the States 2008’; One-of-a Kind Report on State Performance

Date: March 3, 2008

Location:
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
Pavilion Room
1300 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20004

Description:

All 50 states will receive a grade measuring their performance in serving the public in a range of areas from budget and finance to roads and bridges. The Grading the States 2008 report reinforces the importance of state management practices and their impact on taxpayers’ pocketbooks and quality of life. At a time when states are facing severe budget deficits, a volatile economy, a housing mortgage crisis, recent natural disasters, there is an urgent need for state leaders to make government work better and cost less.

WHAT:

A Washington, DC briefing and luncheon to provide the results of Grading the States 2008. Released in partnership with Governing magazine, the report is the only 50-state assessment of its kind to measures performance in four key areas: money, people, information and infrastructure. The report presents a clear and complete picture of how states are doing by examining effectiveness in these key areas, and provides states with the knowledge and tools to pursue innovative solutions to improve performance and service to the public.

WHEN:

12:00 – 1:30 p.m. EST
Monday, March 3

WHO:  

The Honorable Jennifer M. Granholm, Governor of Michigan
The Honorable Sonny Perdue, Governor of Georgia
Susan K. Urahn, Managing Director, The Pew Center on the States
Neal C. Johnson, Director, Government Performance Project, The Pew Center on the States 
Peter Harkness, Editor and Publisher, Governing magazine

WHERE:

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
Pavilion Room
1300 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20004

Space is limited. Please RSVP for the luncheon briefing and panel discussion, contact Becky Fleischauer at 484-480-5105 or becky.fleischauer@gmmb.com.

The report and 50 state summaries will be available on March 3 at www.pewcenteronthestates.org/gpp

The Government Performance Project is strengthening and expanding its support for states and policymakers as they pursue innovative solutions to improve performance and service to the public.

The Pew Charitable Trusts applies the power of knowledge to solve today’s most challenging problems. Our Center on the States identifies and advances effective policy approaches to critical issues facing state. Online at www.pewcenteronthestates.org.

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