Our Governing Across the Divide fall symposium series hit the ground running in Sacramento, California last week, kick-started by a morning keynote address from the state’s Attorney General, Xavier Becerra. He emphasized the importance of political will—a “get things done” mentality—and pointed out that people are willing to pay for increased benefits if those costs are distributed as fairly as possible.
These two themes, political will and equitable delivery of government services, were woven into the day’s program, which covered environmental policy, healthcare policy, and the interactions of state and local government.
We are calling this series “Governing Across the Divide” because it seems clear to us that we must gather people with different perspectives to talk about important and tough issues, in order to find the governance solutions that can help us move forward. We began these conversations in California’s capitol city, focusing on the changing roles of states in the intergovernmental system.