Third Way Initiative to Focus on Governors’ Innovation
Washington, DC – Third Way today announced the launch of the Third Way Governors’ Initiative, which will be chaired Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius and will work with the Center for Innovative Policy, a national, progressive policy organization. The multi-year initiative will produce policy proposals and communications strategies for use by governors in preparing their states to confront some of the most serious challenges of the 21st century.
The initial focus will be on two fronts: the first is preparing citizens for the challenges of the new economy – ensuring that they have the right education and skills for Information Age jobs in a globalized marketplace. The second is crime – exploring the breadth and depth of the problem, and seeking out the best thinking for crime prevention, prosecution and punishment.
“I am delighted to forge a new partnership between Third Way and the Center for Innovative Policy because I have been impressed with Third Way’s work since their founding in January 2005,” Governor Sebelius said. “I am eager to help intensify the focus on the work our states are doing to find common-sense solutions to some of America’s greatest challenges.”
Third Way President Jonathan Cowan said, “We are honored and delighted to have Governor Sebelius join our leadership team, and we are excited about working with the Center for Innovative Policy. We have developed a model for policy and message development in our work with Congress that has yielded real results, and we are certain that it will be just a fruitful in working with our nation’s governors.”
Third Way has undertaken work with governors before, producing policy and message ideas on immigration that have been used widely in state capitals across the country. “We have already seen the close nexus between federal and state policy, and we know that states are the laboratories of our democracy,” Cowan said. “Governors are exercising some fresh and innovative thinking, and we are happy to be one of the places that they are turning to for ideas.”
Third Way and the Center for Innovative Policy will be providing about $500,000 over the next two years for the effort, which will include policy development, intensive public opinion research, and dedicated project staff.
“Preparing our citizens for the new economy and reducing crime are two of the most important policy areas where states can make a difference,” Governor Sebelius said. “We will continue to come up with thoughtful, results-oriented initiatives to grow our economies and make our communities safer. Today is another great step in that direction, and I look forward to presenting our findings and ideas.”
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