NGA Letters
February 10, 2016

Letter from leaders of the State and Local Implementation Network (the National Governors Association, National Conference of State Legislatures, National Association of State Boards of Education, National School Boards Association, The Superintendents Association, National Association of Elementary School Principals, National Association of Secondary School Principals, American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association and National PTA) to Acting U.S. Secretary of Education John King announcing their commitment to work together to ensure a smooth transition from No Child Left Behind to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

January 08, 2016

Letter (from NGA Executive Director and CEO Scott Pattison) to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch and Ranking Member Ron Wyden in response to their November 13 request for information regarding data gaps and opportunities to streamline Medicaid reporting.

December 02, 2015

Letter (from Governor Herbert, Governor McAuliffe, Governor Inslee and Governor Bentley) to House and Senate Education Committee leadership asking Congress to pass the Every Student Succeeds Act by the end of 2015.

November 30, 2015

Letter (from Governor Mead and Governor Brown) to House and Senate leadership urging Congress to reform the current federal wildfire suppression funding formula to ensure sufficient resources are dedicated and available for wildfire suppression activities, as the practice of using 10-year average suppression costs for budgeting no longer provides accurate funding estimates for wildfire suppression activities.

November 17, 2015

Letter (from Governor Hogan and Governor Tomblin) to House and Senate transportation leadership detailing conference priorities and asking for the longest term, highest funding level possible for surface transportation reauthorization.

November 17, 2015

Letter (from Governor Mead and Governor Brown) 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 (LWCF), while retaining federal programs that are important to states and providing the necessary funding certainty and stability for the LWCF State Assistance grant program. 

November 10, 2015

Letter (from Governor Inslee and Governor Bentley) to Senate and House Appropriations leadership urging Congress to fund Preschool Development Grants in FY 2016 appropriations.

November 05, 2015

Letter (from Governor Inslee and Governor Bentley) to Senate and House Appropriations leadership urging Congress to fully restore the set-aside in FY 2016 appropriations.

November 03, 2015

Letter (from the executive directors of the National Governors Association, National Conference of State Legislatures and the American Association of State Highways and Transportations Officials) to House leadership urging Congress to oppose an amendment to the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015 that would divert $5 billion in critical transportation dollars from the states.

October 29, 2015

Letter (from Governor Herbert and Governor McAuliffe) to Speaker Paul Ryan congratulating him on his election and urging a deliberate and meaningful collaboration between states and Congress.

October 27, 2015

Letter (from Governor Baker and Governor Hassan) to the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Treasury with recommendations regarding Section 1332 state innovation waivers.

October 27, 2015

Letter (from Governor Baker and Governor Hassan) to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services with recommendations regarding health insurance marketplaces.

October 09, 2015

Letter (from NGA Executive Director Dan Crippen) to Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner and House and Senate leadership asking for a fiscally responsible solution to the projected increase in Medicare Part B premiums. 

September 29, 2015

Letter (from Governor Inslee and Governor Bentley) to Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Chairman Lamar Alexander; Ranking Member Patty Murray; Committee on Education and Workforce Chairman John Kline and Ranking Member Robert Scott urging completion of Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization and offering governors’ priorities during conference.

September 29, 2015

Letter (from Governor Mead and Governor Brown) 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 (LWCF) before it expires September 30.

August 27, 2015

Letter (from Governor Nixon, Governor Hutchinson, Governor Branstad and Governor Malloy) to National Commission on the Future of the Army Chairman Gen. Carter Ham (ret) regarding governors’ perspectives on the importance of the Army National Guard.

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.