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For Immediate Release
June 21, 2010
Contact: Audrey Wall
Book of the States managing editor
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CSG Releases 75th Anniversary Edition of The Book of the States

LEXINGTON, Ky.Which state’s governor collects the highest salary? How much are legislators and judges paid? What’s the historical income tax rate by state over time? What’s the state bird of South Dakota?
The answers to these and many other questions can be found in the 75th anniversary edition of The Book of the States, the leading authority on information about the 50 states and territories. Since 1935 when The Council of State Governments published the first edition of The Book of the States, much has changed, but what prompted the leaders at CSG to begin to publish the book remains the same. Since its founding in 1933, CSG has had at its core a simple but compelling mission—to connect, inform and empower state leaders with the goal of providing them with the tools to build strong states.
“States are facing difficult times and our goal remains one of providing our members and other interested parties with the information they need to make informed decisions,” said Audrey Wall, managing editor for The Book of the States. “We are proud to offer this volume of research and analysis dedicated to furthering these objectives.”
In addition to numerous tables filled with information ranging from salaries to expenditures to referendums, The Book of the States includes a range of insightful articles analyzing trends, explaining the roles of state officials and exploring the history of state government across the 75-year span the reference book has been published.
In the forward to the 2010 edition of The Book of the States, David Adkins, CSG’s executive director and CEO, wrote the book is a useful resource for those in the states attempting to make decisions based on the facts.
“Now more than ever state leaders are hungry for the kind of evidence-based, data-driven solutions that only solid knowledge and information can help them achieve,” Adkins wrote. “We believe that state leaders through their passion, commitment, experience and perspective can convert knowledge to wisdom and marshal that wisdom for the benefit of their state and those they serve.”
The Book of the States is a prime reference book to provide that knowledge.
The Book of the States is available in many university libraries. To order your copy, visit the CSG store (
The Council of State Governments is our nation’s only organization serving all three branches of state government. CSG is a region-based forum that fosters the exchange of insights and ideas to help state officials shape public policy. This offers unparalleled regional, national and international opportunities to network, develop leaders, collaborate and create problem-solving partnerships.