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NGA Letters
July 21, 2015

Letter (from NGA Executive Director Dan Crippen) to U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez urging the department to extend the public comment period for the Proposed Conflict-of-Interest rulemaking to define fiduciary under ERISA and allow additional time for consultations with states. 

July 07, 2015

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 and The Superintendents Association) to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Minority Leader Harry Reid, Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Chairman Lamar Alexander and Ranking Member Patty Murray urging completion of the long overdue reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and passage of the Every Child Achieves Act.

July 07, 2015

Letter (from Governor Sandoval and Governor Hassan) to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell; Minority Leader Harry Reid, Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions; Chairman Lamar Alexander; and Ranking Member Patty Murray supporting the Every Child Achieves Act’s framework to restore balance to the state-federal education relationship and complete the long overdue reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

July 07, 2015

Letter (from Governor Snyder, Governor McAuliffe, Governor Branstad and Governor Malloy) to Congressional leadership on ensuring federal cybersecurity legislation supports state efforts to protect consumers, government networks and critical infrastructure.

July 07, 2015

Letter (from Governor Snyder, Governor McAuliffe, Governor Branstad and Governor Malloy) to House and Senate Armed Services Committee leadership regarding governors’ priorities for conference negotiations on the FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act.

June 26, 2015

Letter (from Governor Brown and Governor Mead) to House Subcommittee on Environment and Economy Chairman John Shimkus and Ranking Member Frank Pallone thanking them for their bipartisan leadership on passage of H.R. 2576, the Toxic Substances Control Act Modernization Act of 2015.

June 24, 2015

Letter (Governor Tomblin and Governor Bentley) to House and Senate leadership urging Congress to pass a long-term surface transportation reauthorization that resolves the Highway Trust Fund shortfall without delay.

May 20, 2015

Letter (from executive directors of the Big 7 state and local organizations) to House Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies leadership urging continued funding for the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey in FY 2016.

May 19, 2015

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.

May 18, 2015

Letter (from Governor Brown and Governor Mead) to Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Murkowski, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Cantwell, House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Bishop, and House Natural Resources Committee Ranking Member Grijalva urging Congress to reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund and restore the balance in the state-federal allocation to provide long-term certainty and stability for a program that has benefitted every state.

May 01, 2015

Letter (from NGA Executive Director Dan Crippen) to U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald requesting that the Department of Veterans Affairs issue waiver guidance for states requiring additional time to comply with in-state tuition provisions of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014.

April 28, 2015

Letter (from NGA Executive Director Dan Crippen) to First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Chairman Sue Swenson expressing concerns with FirstNet’s interpretation of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012.

April 20, 2015

Letter (from NGA Executive Director Dan Crippen) to Senators McCain and Reed confirming governors’ acceptance of the transfer of 48 Apaches from the Army National Guard to the active Army as authorized in last year’s defense authorization bill and asking them to prohibit the transfer of any additional Apaches beyond the 48 until FY 2017.

April 15, 2015

Letter (from Governor Sandoval and Governor Hassan) to Senators Murray, Isakson, Casey and Kirk regarding their ESEA amendment to support governors' efforts to align and improve early childhood education.

March 09, 2015

Letter (from NGA Executive Director Dan Crippen) to Speaker of the House Boehner discussing the merits of legislation to grant states the authority to collect.

February 26, 2015

Letter (from Governor Hickenlooper and Governor Herbert) to Speaker of the House Boehner, House Minority Leader Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Reid urging them to resolve their policy differences and fund the Department of Homeland Security to avoid any lapse in services.

February 26, 2015
Letter (from Governor Branstad, Governor Malloy, Governor Snyder and Governor McAuliffe) to President Obama expressing opposition to the FY 2016 Army budget proposal and its effect on the Army National Guard.
February 18, 2015

Letter (from Governor Beshear and Governor Haslam) to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Hatch and Ranking Member Wyden and to House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Upton and Ranking Member Pallone urging them to act quickly to extend federal support for the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

January 27, 2015

Letter (from Governor Snyder, Governor McAuliffe, Governor Branstad and Governor Malloy) to the President and House and Senate Armed Services Committee leadership urging the appointment of National Guard leaders to represent states on the National Commission on the Future of the Army.

January 20, 2015

Letter (from Governor Sandoval and Governor Hassan) to Secretaries Perez, Burwell and Duncan regarding implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and governors’ principles and recommendations for the process.

December 04, 2014

Letter (from Governor Sandoval and Governor Hassan) to Senate and House Appropriations leadership thanking Congress for passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act with the governors’ 15 percent set-aside and urging members to uphold that law by fully restoring the set-aside in FY 2015 appropriations.

November 18, 2014

Letter (from executive directors of the Big 7 state and local organizations) to Congressional leadership regarding passage of Marketplace Fairness legislation this year.

November 14, 2014

Letter (from Governor Snyder, Governor McAuliffe, Governor Branstad and Governor O’Malley) to Senate Armed Services Committee leadership and House Armed Services Committee leadership requesting that the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2015 maintains flexibility for the nation by preserving Army National Guard capabilities while an independent Commission reviews future Army aviation and force structure requirements.

November 13, 2014

Letter (from Governor Brown and Governor Mead) to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Work Jo-Ellen Darcy to ask for greater clarity and continued consultation with states regarding the proposal to define what waters come under the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act.

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.