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NGA Letters
October 16, 2014

Letter (from executive directors of the Big 7 state and local organizations) and Government Finance Officers Association to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation urging them to amend the liquidity coverage ratio final rule and treat municipal securities as High Quality Liquid Assets.

August 29, 2014

Letter (from NGA Executive Director Dan Crippen) to Marlene H. Dortch, Secretary of the Federal Communications Commission, submitting comments in opposition to preemption of state laws restricting the deployment of certain broadband networks.

July 07, 2014

Letter (from executive directors of the Big 7 state and local organizations) to House and Senate leadership urging Congress to resolve the federal Highway Trust Fund shortfall and reauthorize a long-term surface transportation bill.

July 07, 2014

Letter (from NGA leadership Governor Fallin and Governor Hickenlooper and EDC leadership Governor Bentley and Governor Tomblin) to House and Senate leadership urging Congress to resolve the federal Highway Trust Fund shortfall without delay.

June 13, 2014

Letter (from Governor Beshear and Governor Sandoval) to Senate and House Leadership urging reauthorization of the Workforce Investment Act through passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

June 02, 2014

Letter (from Governor Bentley and Governor Tomblin) to Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson, Senate Banking Committee Ranking Member Mike Crapo, House Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling, and House Financial Services Ranking Member Maxine Waters urging Congress to complete its work quickly to renew the federal terrorism risk insurance backstop program prior to the expiration of the current Terrorism Risk Insurance Act on December 31, 2014.

May 16, 2014

Letter (from Governor Bentley and Governor Tomblin) to House and Senate leadership urging Congress to involve states collectively in the development of federal legislation that regulates Internet gaming.

May 14, 2014

Letter (from NGA executive director) to Attorney General Holder concerning the Department of Justice’s compliance deadlines associated with the Prison Rape Elimination Act.

April 29, 2014

Letter (from HSPS Committee leadership: Governors Nixon and Snyder, and Council of Governors leadership: Governors Branstad and O’Malley) to Senate Armed Services Committee leadership thanking them for holding a hearing to examine the work of the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force and to encourage broader collaboration with governors and the Air National Guard in future force structure planning, per the Commission’s recommendations.

April 28, 2014

Letter (from Governor Beshear and Governor Sandoval) to Education Secretary Arne Duncan urging redesign of the College Access Challenge Grant program waiver process to ensure that low income students receive critical funding.

April 16, 2014

Letter (from Governor Dalrymple and Governor Malloy) to Senate leadership encouraging them to pass legislation that will improve governors’ ability to respond to disruptions in the supply of critical home heating fuels.

March 28, 2014

Letter (from Governor Bentley and Governor Tomblin) to Treasury Secretary Lew reaffirming the policy of governors that federal laws and regulations must not preempt or undermine the state-based insurance regulatory system, in response to the Treasury’s Federal Insurance Office’s report on how to modernize and improve the U.S. insurance regulation system.

March 12, 2014

Letter (from executive directors of the Big 7 state and local organizations) to Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Ranking Member John Conyers regarding passage of Marketplace Fairness legislation.

February 28, 2014

Letter (from 50 governors) to the President about preserving Army and Air National Guard personnel and equipment in order to meet state and federal needs while reducing costs.

February 18, 2014

Letter (from Governor Beshear and Governor Sandoval) to House and Senate Appropriations leadership thanking Congress for partial restoration of the 15 percent Workforce Investment Act (WIA) set-aside and urging members to fully restore the set-aside in FY 2015 appropriations and WIA reauthorization.

February 18, 2014

Letter (from Governor Bentley and Governor Tomblin) to the Department of Transportation regarding the proposed designation of a Primary Freight Network and stressing the economic benefits of a multi-modal, interconnected national freight system.

February 12, 2014

Letter (from Governor Dalrymple and Governor Malloy) to House and Senate Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) conferees urging a final agreement on WRDA and outlining governors’ recommendations on reauthorizing the legislation.

January 14, 2014

Letter (from Governor Fallin and Governor John Hickenlooper) to the President thanking him for a productive meeting with the NGA Executive Committee on a wide range of issues important to states.

October 10, 2013

Letter (from Governor Fallin and Governor Hickenlooper) to Congressional leadership and the President calling on Congress and the Administration to reopen the federal government and fully reimburse states for federal costs incurred during the shutdown.

September 30, 2013

Letter (from Governor Fallin and Governor Hickenlooper) to Congressional leadership and the President calling on Congress and the Administration to avoid a federal shutdown, resolve the budget impasse and put the federal budget on a sustainable and long-term fiscal path.

September 12, 2013

Letter (from the executive directors of the State and Local Governance Coalition: the National Governors Association, National Conference of State Legislatures, The Council of State Governments, National Association of Counties, National League of Cities, International City/County Management Association, Council of Chief State School Officers, National Association of State Boards of Education, National School Boards Association) to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Majority Whip Dick Durbin, Minority Whip John Cornyn, Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Chairman Tom Harkin and Ranking Member Lamar Alexander urging completion of the long overdue reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

July 23, 2013

Letter (from Governor Corbett and Governor Beshear) to Senate Finance Chairman Baucus and Ranking Member Hatch urging Congress to preserve the exclusion from income on interest earned from municipal bonds and the deductibility from federal income for state and local taxes in a comprehensive tax reform package.

July 17, 2013

Letter (from Governor Malloy and Governor Branstad) to leadership of the House Committees on the Judiciary, Education and the Workforce and Ways and Means expressing strong support for inclusion of a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) Education Fund in immigration reform legislation.

June 10, 2013

Letter (from Governor O’Malley and Governor Sandoval) to House and Senate Homeland Security Committee leadership thanking Congress for supporting state and local homeland security preparedness programs and requesting that federal homeland security grant programs be restructured to streamline processes and ensure the most effective use of taxpayer dollars.

June 05, 2013

Letter (from Governor O’Malley, Governor Sandoval and Governor Branstad) to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel encouraging the Department of Defense to fully utilize the National Guard’s cost-effectiveness and high level of skill to maintain critical capabilities for the federal government and states while reducing the overall size and costs of our nation’s military.