Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (D-Kan.) recently published a compelling article in the Harvard Law & Policy Review, the official law journal of ACS.
In "Bearing the Burden of the Beltway: Practical Realities of State Government and Federal-State Relations in the Twenty-First Century," co-authored with her son Ned, Sebelius "considers ways that President Obama and the new Congress could improve federal-state collaboration." As the authors write, "This Article is not a theoretical commentary about where federalism's proper constitutional balances lies ... . Instead, we hope to share some insight into the practical challenges facing state governments today, highlighting how federal policies crafted without state governments' input are hindering state efforts to develop sound public policies of their own.”
Perhaps previewing her expected role in the Obama administration, as an aside, Sebelius and her son also write, “The authors of this piece sincerely hope that a universal health care policy comes to fruition in the near future.” However, the authors pass on providing specific elements of how such a policy should be formed.
Sebelius's confirmation hearings for Human Health and Services Secretary began on Tuesday before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and proceed Thursday before the Finance Committee.